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Varalakshmi Viratham

One of the famous festivals of South India, especially in Tamilnadu, Karnataka and Andrapradesh is Varalakshmi Vratham, a pooja to worship goddess Lakshmi. Varalakshmi - as the name denotes is the goddess who grants boons to those who pray. Normally this pooja falls on the second friday of the month of Tamil Month Aavani or Sravana which comes in July and August. This Pooja is performed on that Friday that preceeds the full moon day. It is performed by the head woman and all the married woman of the family join her to perform the pooja for the well being of all the famil
y members and specially for the well being of husband and to bear good kids. The significance of the Pooja is that, all the eight Lakshmis are worshipped on this particular day. Legend says that Lord Shiva himself asked Goddess Parvathi his consort to perform this Pooja for the welfare of the family. And thats why all the married woman do this Pooja to seek the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi. Though it is to be performed by all the married woman, in some families it is not a practice to do this Pooja.

 The girl's parents give Amman face(mugham), silver sombu as seer. The amman mughams of those who perform the pooja alone should be kept in the pooja. Only one kalasam should be kept in one house hold, even if more than 1 woman is performing the pooja.   For neivedhyam some special items are made. I am adding the same here.

are the main items that are offerred. In some houses, Ulundu Kozhukattai is left out and all the other items are made.

To make the outer cover for the Kozhukattai's
Both coconut pooranam and sesame poornam can be made the previous day itself.

Apart from these Neivedhyams, an easy to make menu plan for Varalakshmi Viratham:
and ofcourse Curd