Story behind Varamahalakshmi Pooja
Like every festival, varamahalakshmi also has its own origin story. This story starts with Lord Shiva telling Parvati about the varamahalakshmi vratham. Lord Shiva narrates the story of a brahmin woman named Charumathi who lived in Magadha. She was a highly devoted wife and daughter-in-law to her family. Looking at the sincerity and devotion of charumathi, Goddess Lakshmi was highly impressed and appeared in Charumathi’s dream asking to be worshipped as “varamahalakshmi” and all of her wishes will be fulfilled soon. The vratham is said to be performed before a full moon of a sravana month by Goddess Lakshmi. After hearing about Charumathi’s dream, her family encouraged her to perform the puja considering it was the Goddess Lakshmi that asked her to do so, the other women in the town joined her as well.
“Padmaasane Padmakare sarva lokaika poojithe
Narayana priyadevi supreethaa bhava sarvada”
The meaning of the above mantra is : One who is sitting in the lotus, holding lotuses on her hand, one who is prayed by the entire universe, One Who is very dear to Lord Narayana, Please always be benevolent to me.
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