Today we celebrated Varalakshmi Vratham in our house, sharing the simple decor and the Korvai Kanjeevaram saree I wore.
Varalakshmi Vratam is celebrated on the second Friday of the auspicious month of Shravana. It is celebrated in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Maharashtra states of India, where married women observe it for their husbands’ and family members’ well-being. On this day, it is thought that worshiping Goddess Vara-Lakshmi is akin to worshiping Ashtalakshmi, or ‘the eight Goddesses.’- Sri (Wealth), Bhu (Earth), Saraswati (Learning), Priti (Love), Kirti (Fame), Shanti (Peace), Tushti (Pleasure), and Pushti (Strenght).
Simple Varalakshmi Vratam Decor
I used this Desi Favor Lakshmi Mata backdrop kit for the decor. It came with the Lakshmi Devi cloth backdrop and the Lotus hanging garlands. I hung the cloth backdrop on the wall using pushpins and the small garlands on the DYI mandapam (DIY mandapam details shared in this post) and the bigger one on both sides of the backdrop. It literally took me 10 mins to put this together.
There are many ways to do this puja, my in-laws have a tradition of worshipping the Kalasam and my mom worships the pausupu (turmeric) ammavaru and a few put the Varalakshmi devi rupam (face) on a doll and drape a saree to it and worship it as the goddess. I worship both the Kalasam and pasupu Ammavaru following both my parent’s and in-laws’ traditions.
I put coconut (the tail portion of coconut should face upward) on a silver pot filled with water, turmeric, and akshantulu and drape the coconut with a blouse piece. The kalasam is worshipped as the Varalakshmi ammavaru. I decorated it with my gold jewelry and bottu (Sindoor). I also made the Tumeric goddess and adorned it with flowers.
What I wore for the Varalakshmi Puja
I wore a beautiful yellow and blue Korvai Kanjeevaram saree that has Lakshadeepam butti’s all over the saree. Lakshadeepam is a very traditional design in kanjivarams. It’s inspired by the tradition in the famous Sri Ananthapadmanabha Swamy in Kerala where the temple is lit with 1 lakh lamps every four years. Lakshadeepam means 1 lakh lamps. The body of the saree has deepam-like butti’s.
The saree is from a boutique called KRSAANGI here in the US. They operate completely on Instagram. Their traditional Kanjeevaram collection is to die for. I want every saree they post and they also sell out as hot cakes. They weave all the classic Kanjeevarams, the colors, and the borders that you hardly find now. I have not seen a Lakshadeepam saree before and the beautiful Sampangi (shade of yellow) color stole my heart at the first sight. The blouse didn’t come with the saree, it’s a ready-made blouse I bought from the same boutique.
Rajesh wore a Banana factory shirt and joggers. Vihaan wore a Patola tie-dye shirt from Vastrabandhan to daycare. I wish I got a pic with him, getting him ready and packing lunch and snacks in the morning, I didn’t get a chance to drape the saree before he left for the daycare. Anyway, he had a fun day at school as per his teacher and I had a peaceful puja celebration at home, win-win!
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Mandapam DIY details here
Ram Parivar necklace and Jhumakas are gold from my wedding jewelry
Tarte Lip paint in the shade FOMO
Patola Tie dye shirt c/o Vastrabandhan
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