దీర్ఘసుమంగళిగా ఉండాలంటే వరలక్ష్మి వ్రతం చేయాలి! | Significance of Varalakshmi Vratham | Mana Devullu
India is a country with many traditional values, cultures, religions, and festivals. Our country has people of various religions like Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Jain, Christian etc. Some of the festivals are celebrated at national level whereas some at a regional level. Among many festivals, Varamahalakshmi Vrata is an important Hindu Festival. It is performed by women in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. This is celebrated in the Shraavana Masam, July –August on the Second Friday or the Friday before full moon day – Poornima. Varalakshmi Puja is performed by married women for the well-being of their family members. It is believed that worshipping Goddess Vara Maha Lakshmi on this day is equivalent to worshipping Ashta-Lakshmi – the eight goddesses of Wealth, Earth, Learning, Love, Fame, Peace, Pleasure, and Strength. According to Hindu mythology, the importance of Varalakshmi Puja is mentioned in the Skanda Purana. It is believed that importance of Varalakshmi Puja was narrated to Goddess Parvathi by Lord Shiva. Goddess Parvathi wanted to know about a Vrata that is highly beneficial to a woman, which will help her lead a happy and prosperous life on earth. Lord Shiva then mentioned about the Varamahalakshmi Vratam. There are a couple of popular stories associated with the Varalakshmi Vratam. One amongst them is the story of “Shyamabala”.
King Bathrasiravas and Queen Surachandrika had a daughter named Shyamabala. She was married to a prince of neighboring kingdom. Once when Shyamabala was in her parent’s palace when she saw her mother, Queen Surachandrika, driving away an old lady. The old lady had asked the Queen to perform Varalakshmi Pooja, but the queen did not like a beggar advising her regarding Pooja and therefore drove her out. The kind-hearted Shyamabala invited the old lady and listened to the greatness of Varalakshmi Vrata. When she returned to her country, she performed the Vrata as directed by the old lady. Soon her kingdom started prospering and the prince was appreciated for his good governance. However, parents of Shyamabala had to undergo numerous troubles and there was suffering all around. The king and queen lost all their wealth and people started revolting against their rule.
Hearing about the suffering in her parent’s kingdom, Shyamabala sent pots of gold, but the moment Queen Surachandrika set her eyes on them they turned into ashes. Upon hearing this incident, Shyamabala realized that all this is the result of her mother driving out the old woman from the palace. She realized that the old woman was Goddess Lakshmi in disguise. Shyamabala asked her mother to ask forgiveness to Goddess Lakshmi and perform the Varalakshmi Vrata. She did so and was able to attain the previous glory. Watch this video to know the details…
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