Varalakshmi Vratam is a pooja (worship) performed in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. This pooja is performed by the fairer sex.
Varalakshmi Vratam is the Sanskrit name of ‘Vara Lakshmi Vrata’. The name itself suggests that this pooja is dedicated to the Goddess Lakshmi.
This pooja is always done on the last Friday of the month of Ashadha or Adi (a month in Hindu- Indian calendar) that falls in the months of July – August, according to the English calendar.
As per the Hindu mythology, Goddess Lakshmi is said to have visited a lady by the name Sarmadi, who was very religious in her dreams. She had her home in Kuntinapura – Magadha, Bihar. Goddess Lakshmi was very impressed by the lady’s devotion towards her children and so expressed her satisfaction regarding this and blessed her.
The lady, aware of her dream performed pooja of Lakshmi the very next day. As soon as the other women who stayed near around came to know about the lady’s dream and her pooja, they too performed pooja on the very same day.
After that day, the women every year perform the Varalakshmi Vratam on the same tithi, that is the last Friday of the month Ashadha.