Varalakshmi Pooja is an important pooja performed by many women in the states of Andra and Tamilnadu. This year Varalakshmi Viratham is on 28th Aug 2015.

Varalakshmi Pooja is celebrated on the friday, before the full moon day, in the Tamil Month Sravana (July-August). Varalakshmi is yet another form of Lord Vishnu’s consort, Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. Varalakshmi is believed to be the one who grants boons (Varam).

Varalakshmi Pooja can be performed any woman with no restriction of caste or creed. The legend of Varalakshmi Vratham is that Goddess Varalakshmi appeared in a woman devotee named Charumathi’s dream and expressed her satisfaction in the woman’s devotion towards the Goddess.


Varalakshmi Vratham / Varalakshmi Pooja


During this auspicious day, married women gets up early in the morning and decorate their front yards with rangolis. Later they take oil bath and wear new cloths and jewellery. Also they start preparing neivedhyam for the pooja and decorate the kalasam. Every women who has the ritual to perform this viratham will have the Varalakshmi face(Amman mugham) in Silver. As a conclusion to the festivities, they sing praises of the goddess and also invite another married woman to don the role of Lakshmi and offer them sweets. That evening, the neighbours are invited to the home and offered tamboolam. Together they sing hymns in praise of goddess Varalakshmi.

Decorating Varalakshmi Amman
In a thambalam(Plate), plantain leaf(Vazhaiilai) is laid and over the leaf, put 1 cup of raw rice and spread it evenly. Keep a silver pot(Sombu) and decorate the sivler pot with sandal and kumkum. The silver pot is filled with rice or water, coins, turmeric, betel leaf and a nut. Take a coconut rub it with turmeric keep that Over the silver pot, on the top of the coconut, decorate with karugumani bangles and cover the silver pot with blouse piece. Now place the Varalakshmi face over the coconut and tie it tightly in the back of the coconut to avoid falling. Decorate the Amman Mugham with different colors of flowers and gold chains. Decorating amman with Panju thiri malai is very auspicious. Now decorate a small table with thoraman and maaviali(Mango tree leaf) and place the thamabalam inside the table. On the day of varalakshmi viratham, in the morning, we need to decorate the amman in thambalam first and in the entrance of house, we need to wet the floor and put kolam and place the amman thambalam in the kolam and we need to sing "Varalakshmi Ra Ve Ma Intiki" and slowly lift the amman thambalam and bring it to the Pooja room where the small table is ready with thoranam and maavilai and place it thambalam inside the table slowly and gently.

Preparation before Pooja:
We need to ensure the following items to be kept ready before starting the pooja as it not advisable to get up in the middle of pooja.
  1. Coconut
  2. Beetle leaf with nut
  3. 5 varieties of fruits if not at least banana
  4. Flowers( Especially lotus petals and Ganera(Sev arali poo) are very auspicious)
  5. Neivedhyam Items ( Annam (Rice with dal and ghee), Pacharisi Idly, Kozhakattai, Payasam, Vadai)
  6. Nonbu Saradu (Holy yellow rope with a small flower tied in the middle of each rope). This ninbu saradu has to be placed in Varalakshmi Amman's Feet
  7. A Tumber with water and a spoon
Perform Pooja
Pooja is available in the internet as well as we can get DVD's which can be played to perform the viratham. We can also call sastri(priest) who will perform this pooja at our home.

Vinayakar Pooja

Take a beetle leaf, and place it by the edge facing the north side. Take 2 teaspoon of turmeric and using little water make small mountain like mould which represent Lord Vinayakar. Place it in the middle of the beetle leaf and place some kumkum at the top of vinayakar and chant the following slokas by taking flowers and akshadhai.
  1. Om Sumugaya Namaha
  2. Om Yegathanthaya Namaha
  3. Om Kabilaya Namaha
  4. Om Kajakarnikaya Namaha
  5. Om Lambodharaya Namaha
  6. Om Vigadaya Namaha
  7. Om Viknarajaya Namaha
  8. Om Ganadhipaya Namaha
  9. Om Thumakedhave Namaha
  10. Om Ganadhakshaya Namaha
  11. Om Balachandraya Namaha
  12. Om Vakrathundaya Namaha
  13. Om Soorpakarnaya Namaha
  14. Om Heryrambaya Namaha
  15. Om Skandhapoorvajaya Namaha
  16. Om Mahaganapadhiye Namaha
Nanavidha Parimala Patra Pushpani samarpayami. We need to perform the above vigneshwara pooja and move the beetle leaf to the north side and then start with Varalakshmi Pooja.

Varalakshmi Pooja

There are many DVD's available in market, you can buy them and follow the instructions or we can call a priest(Sashtri) and perform the pooja. If you are living abroad and have a short time to perform viratham, then you can chant "Mahalakshmi Ashtothram" and put flowers for each sloka and finish the pooja.

After the pooja is done, we need to perform neivedhyam which is followed by maha deeparadhanai.

General Neivedhya Items for the pooja

SalyannamPlain white cooked rice
Kruthakula Payasam Paruppu Payasam(Dal Kheer)
MashapubamUlundhu vadai (Urid dal vada)
KudapubamAppam
LattugamPacharisi Idly
SanagamKondaikadalai Sundal(Chick peas sundal)
ModhagamKozhukattai
NalikerakandamCoconut break into half
KathalepalamBanana
PatharepalamIlandhapazham(Ber)
JambubalamNavarpazham(indian blackberry)
Peejapurapalam)Guva fruit
NarthapalamOrange/ sweet lime

Once the Neivedhyam and Deeparathanai is done, every women in the house including babies from 1 year should tie the nonbu saradu in their right hand. Generally, the elderly married women in the house ties the nonbu kayiru in her right hand with the help of her husband and she will in turn ties other nonbu kayiru to kanya(unmarried) girls at home. Everyone after they tie the knot in their hand ,they will pray to Varalakshmi godess to seek her blessings.

Saradu Katum Slokam
Before tying the knot, we need to do the following.

Take a tambalam and place coconut, fruits, beetle leaves with nuts, turmeric and give the thambalam to the women and chant the following sloka and tie the nonbu saradu

" Navathanthu Samayuktham Navakranthi Samanvitham
  Pathneeyam thakshanye hasthey thoragam harivallabey"

After saying these lines, we need to tie the knot to the first elder women in the family. We have to again  repeat the same for the rest of kanya girls in the family.

If we have invited Priest, we need to give him a thambalam with beetle leaves with nut, fruits, coconut, neivedhyam items and also his fees.

On this day day for the dinner, woman should not eat rice. They can eat light tiffin. Generally it is a tradition to eat the neivedhya items for dinner. My mom used to eat only pacharisi idly for dinner.

In the evening, We need to make fresh arathi and after lighting the deepam, and we should invite other married women and give them thambulam along with chick peas sundal. Generally in my young days, my mom used to do sundal the next day which we call it as Punar Poojai.

Punar Poojai:
Next day, we need to do Punar Poojai. We need to do neivedhyam(fruits) for Amman. We need to chant Lakshmi Ashtotharam and do deeparathanai. Chant the below mantra using flowers and akshatai

" Asmath Kumbath Sri Varalakshmem
  Yadhasthanam Pradhishtapayami
  So' Panarthey Kshemaya Punaragamanaya cha "

Chanting the above mantra, we need to put the flowers and akshatai in Amman's feet and gently move the kalasam to the north direction and we can sing Amman songs.

Before going to sleep, we need to take the Amman kalasam and keep it inside the rice drim(sack). We can use the coconut in the kalasam the next friday and make payasam.

Please click here for the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions). I tried to answer some of the questions on this pooja to my best knowledge.

Recipes for Neivedhyam:

Pacharisi IdlyChick Peas SundalArisi Paruppu Payasam

KozhukattaiUlundhu Vadai




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  1. hi i have a question on varalaxmi pooja .If 2 women do together one keeping amman with kalasam and other one keeping amman in a silver bowl is it the right way.please help me.

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  2. Hi mami,
    I'have one doubt wether we have prepare paruppu payasam or semiya payasam?i've seen in one article that we have prepare white payasam.

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  3. Normally we prepare paruppu payasam for neivedhyam.

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    1. The Varamahalakshmi Puja is performed in Karnataka as well. kindly provide with complete information.
      Its one of the important festivals in Karnataka.

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  4. Can a 4month pregnant woman can do this pooja ?

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  5. Anybody can do the pooja and pregnant woman do not need to fast.

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  6. can I start it for the first time this year

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  7. it is very helpful thank u

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  8. kindly intimate the exact time to perform puja

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  9. kindly intimate the exact time to perform puja

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  10. nirmala radhakrishnan27 July 2012 at 01:39

    its very helpfull and informative so thankyou verymuch

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  11. Can I eat out on day of varalakhsmi pooja... is there any restrictions on what not to eat .. (like onion, garlic)

    I have already completed the pooja this morning and everything went well. thank you for all the good information

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  12. no you cannot eat outside

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  13. can we make this kozhakattai mavu with ready made arisi mavu available in the shop..if so whats the measurement

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    1. Hi

      We can make kozhukattai with ready made arisi mavu or even with idiyappam mavu. Take the same measure. For 1 cup of rice flour you need 1.5 cups -2 cups of water. The pooranam ingredients remain same.

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  14. please post appam recipe

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    1. You can refer the this link for appam recipe. http://www.subbuskitchen.com/2010/09/appam-method-ii.html

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  15. Useful information for the latest generation.

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  16. Dear mami,
    Ur information is very helpful. What to do when we decorate the amman and ready up things for pooja and suddenly get menses/periods unexpectedly? can we keep the amman waiting for a week?

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  17. wonderful information, I had come to know about your blog from my friend nandu , hyderabad,i have read atleast 7 posts of yours by now, and let me tell you, your website gives the best and the most interesting information. This is just the kind of information that i had been looking for, i'm already your rss reader now and i would regularly watch out for the new posts, once again hats off to you! Thanks a ton once again, Regards, Varalakshmi Vratham

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  18. i'm into 7th month pregnancy can i perform normal varalaksmi pooja without fasting.

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    1. Hi, Sorry for the late response. After 5 months of pregnancy, it is not good to do any pooja. So you can do it next year.

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  19. Most Helpful information for me thank you soooo much

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  20. I am doing varalakshmi vrat first time. I don't know anyone here to invite for thamboolam. Because we shifted to new house . What should i do mam ?

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    1. Hi Sukanya, you can go to nearby temple and give thamboolam for ladies coming there. You can take vethalai, pakku, blouse bit, coin, flower and sundal and give it to the ladies who come to temple.

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  21. Hi madam.. The post was very useful.. I have a doubt.. u have mentioned that before going to sleep we need to remove the kalasam and keep it in rice box..but is it on nombu day or the next day

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    1. The next day we need to move the amman in north direction and keep milk as neivedhyam and then after 10 minutes, we can remove the kalasam and keep it in rice box

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  22. Hai mam..pls clarify my doubt. I m unmarried girl. Can I do this pooja. . I m working.. so if I finish d prayer in early morning do I need to keep fast.. clear my doubt mam

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    1. Hi Shalini, it is a general tradition to perform this pooja only after marriage according to the family customs of your in-laws. But you can surely pray to goddess before going to work. Fasting is not mandatory for you.

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  23. grat information madam.. thanku very much madam..

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  24. Due to health issues I am NOT able to perform the poja on the exact day of varalakahmi.can I do the poja with all thE traditional methods the next Friday ?

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    1. As per my best knowledge, this should be performed only on this specific day.

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  25. Can v do this pooja during periods??

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  26. Hi maami. I find your blog so useful. I would like to ask you if the kalasam you are referring to is the coconut together with Amman's face? Because you were saying that we must put the kalasam in the rice pot so if that's the case must we put the Amman's face together with jewellery in the rice pot? Or just the coconut itself?

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  27. do I have to move the kalasam and keep, so that I can take it tomorrow. please could you explain me the concluding procedure of the pooja?

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  28. Where to keep the Amman mugham after the prayers?

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  29. hai mam i am the lover of ur site
    acually i saw the face of laxmi statue ( like a mould) in net
    where can i buy
    plz need ur sharing

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  30. Hi mam,
    ur website is very useful. But if u post all the details in tamil, it will be very useful for many of the people like me who are living in urban areas. We are not able to identify the material names in english

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  31. mami can u publish all the information in tamil?

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  32. The kalasam slipped , half the rice and the coin and including kalasam everything fell on the ground while removing the varalakshmi. Is it good or bad?

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  33. Aunty thank u very much .

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  34. hi mami,
    I'm doing this for the 1st time.As you have mentioned earlier,to filled the silver pot with rice or water,if i use water, what should i do with the water after completed the pooja.

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  35. Hi mami,

    kindly advice me where to keep the aman mugham after the prayes.

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  37. Hi mami
    I am now 5 th month pregnant. Can I do varalakshmi Pooja .

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    1. Hi sunitha, I will check with my MIL and let you know by tomorrow

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    2. I checked with my mom and she confirmed that you can perform the pooja

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  38. Hello mam. This is a very useful post specially for the ones who are doing the vratham for the first time. I have one question mam. Can we use the dolls for the vratham that are available in the market ? Can we reuse them next year?

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    1. Generally, they will use amman mugham (Goddess face made in silver.) But many people design the goddess face in coconut. You can get a round coconut and apply turmeric all over and then decorate the coconut by drawing face and decorate with jewels. But if you are doing for the first time and don't have silver face or not sure of how to design goddess face in ccoconut, then you can use the dolls. Ultimately, its all how we do the pooja dedicatedly that is more important. So all the very best.

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    2. Thanks a lot mam.

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  39. Hello Mami,
    Thanks for ur valuable information, I have 1 doubt that is if I'm not able to invite other ladies for pooja, can I visit their home to give thamboolam?

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    1. Sure. You can very much visit their home and give the thamboolam.

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  40. Thank u so much

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  41. Hi
    I have never done this pooja before. Even in my family no one does it. But I had a dream of a women (sumangali) at the temple asking me to do it. So I checked with my in-laws. They said, since this will be first time, it has to be started either by priest or some one who is doing this pooja. Is that true? Can I start by myself? Please guide me!

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    1. Hi Hema, Your MIL is right. This is has to be started by an elderly women who is already doing this Pooja. That's the tradition.

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  42. Hello Madam ...
    I have a doubt that as this is the second year of my marriage I couldn't perform puja in the first yr coz of some issues .. As I got the info that u shouldn't start the puja in the second year ... Is this is right ... Plz help me out from this confusion

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    1. Hi you can perform the pooja. But as it is the first time, you take the pooja from a priest or an elderly women like mom-in-law or mother who is already doing this pooja

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  43. Hi mam , what are the things We have to keep inside the kalasam?? Is thre any counting ?
    How many mango leaves we use in kalasam 5 or 9

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    1. Decorate the kalasam with sandal and kumkum. The should be filled with rice or water, coins, turmeric, betel leaf and a nut. No specific count for mango leaves

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  44. Hi madam,
    varalakshimi Puja comes on the 5 Th day of my menustral cycle.can I perform Puja or take tambulam from others.I am quite confused with different answers.suggest me..thanks in advance

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    1. Hi Manasa, if your cycle is completely over, then you can very well perform the pooja. But if your periods not completely over, then you should not do the pooja

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  45. Vanakam mam. Can i do this pooja since its 32 days after my mother in law passed away.

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  46. Mam pls let me know in the case where we are not in India and neither my mom or mil is near by me to start this. This is 2nd year of my marriage & I would like to start this. Advise me.

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  47. Mam pls let me know in the case where we are not in India and neither my mom or mil is near by me to start this. This is 2nd year of my marriage & I would like to start this. Advise me.

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    1. The actual tradition is to take the pooja from mom-inlaw or mom. But if you really want to start, you can check with them if they are ok, you can take the pooja from any elderly women staying around you who is already doing this pooja every year

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  48. Hi mam can Amman face be in brass and it looks like some different ammann not like Lakshmi can be used for varalakhmi vratam

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    1. This is the proper lakshmi face made out of silver and not brass

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  49. after finishing puja shall I go to office ad givent hambulam in the evening. chitra

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    1. Sure Chitra you can give tabulam in the evening.

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  50. Hi mam, when to untie the yellow nombu saradu...and what to do after un tie???

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    1. We can untie anytime later than a week. It is not advisable to untie on tuesdays and fridays.

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  51. Thanx a tonne . U have described this in detail.

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