Varalakshmi Vratham 2018 Pooja images

Varalakshmi Vratham ( வரலட்சுமி விரதம் in Tamil ) , Varamahalakshmi Pooja ( ವರಮಹಾಲಕ್ಷ್ಮಿ ಪೂಜಾ in Kannada )  and వరలక్ష్మి వ్రతం  in Telugu 

is a very popular festival for Goddess Lakshmi.  For me the preparations start on Thursday, the previous day.  Cleaning all the Pooja vessels and Pooja room takes a lot of time.


On Thursday ,  I purchase all the flowers, fruits, kewda flowers, mango leaves for thoran and plantain plants for mantapa alankara.

Hridaya kamalam is my most favourite rangoli for the mantapa.  We can draw Aishwarya Patra rangoli also.

Neivedyam preparation starts early in the morning on Friday , around 4.30 am because the Pooja should commence before 10.30 am on Friday. The early bird is always lucky ,   so I thanked the Goddess because there was a general power shut down from 9 am to 5 pm.  If I had delayed naievedyam would have been affected..  Offerings include, appe payasa , ambode, rava idli


The arrangement of fruits, Yamuna kalasam, diyas,

At least five type of fruits are offered.

I purchase  sampige flowers ( shenbaga poo in Tamil ) for Rs.100 in the Koyambedu flower market

A close up of the shenbagapoo - Fifty flowers cost Rs.100 in the flower market.

Mullai, malli , jaadhi malli , I purchased by weight and tied the flowers , Thursday night

Goddess Lakshmi waiting outside our house to be welcomed with aarthi.  Our family kalasam has Her Face etched on it with shankh and chakra on either side. We can decorate Her with some of our jewels.


Praying to Goddess to enter our house 🙏🙏

I sing Bhagyada Lakshmi Baramma in Kannada
or Lakshmi rave maintiki in Telugu


Nombu saradu is prepared with a thread dipped in turmeric paste.  Nine knots are made.  On the middle knot tie a flower or kewda petal.


Aarthi is prepared with poornam because it is Sravan Sukrvar and we perform Jivathi Pooja also.

All the nombu saradu are ready ( at least five ) and are kept near the kalasam

Vaan for  Suhasini kept in Puja


After Aarthi and offering camphor , nombu saradu is tied on the right hand

Goddess Lakshmi is divine after Puja

How to make Varalakshmi Nombu saradu

Traditional Varalakshmi Vratham Nombu saradu

  • Take a string long enough to tie around a wrist
  • Dip it in turmeric powder mixed in water
  • Tie  nine knots for each saradu
  • For the central knot tie a flower or part of thazhampoo petal
  • Make at least five for five sumangalis including the person performing the  Puja
  • Keep the saradu near Goddess Lakshmi in the mandapam
  • After the Puja ask another lady  to tie on your right hand.  
  • The husband can also tie the saradu.
  • Keep betel leaves , areca nut and  fruit in the  right hand while the saradu is tied
  • The saradu can be removed and offered to the plants preferably Tulsi plant after a few days
  • I retain the saradu till Navaratri

The pictures below  should give us an idea





How to decorate silver Lakshmi Face

How to decorate Goddess Lakshmi Face


My sister bought Her Face from Kolhapur.  I requested her to buy two because there Goddess Laxmi's Face is beautiful and divine.

Provisions are available to insert thread to tie the Face to the kalash.


Using different types of kundan stones and stone chain I have decorated the crown of Laxmi Devi
A beautiful and big red stone adorns the crown above Her Forehead.


I have used ear rings made by me, nose ring, mangal sutra and a small necklace using  craft items

On the Forehead I have applied the traditional kumkum and kajal for the Eyes

A close up view of Goddess Lakshmi .  Divine 🙏🙏


Varalakshmi Vratham amman alangaram 2018

How to do Varalakshmi Amman Alangaram

A simple idea.  shown below using craft ideas made at home.  The crown made from old CD and kundan stones.  The necklace has been made from saree lace.


First draw a manai kolam on a plank , we can draw a kolam below it also


Place a silver or brass vessel and fill with rice or wheat.  We can also spread out some rice below the vessel.

Tie a readymade dress available in shops for Goddess Alankara.We can small and beautiful dresses


Place a coconut.  This picture is just a demonstration.  When we actually do it smear with turmeric powder paste and apply kumkum.

This Goddess Lakshmi Face my sister got it from Kolhapur Lakshmi temple.

I have decorated Her Face with ear rings, necklace nose ring , jewels on the crown.  I have also used a mangalsutra, applied kajal and kumkum (on the Forehead )


This is a crown I made with decorative stones available in craft shops using an old CD.


This garland is made from cotton and stones used are the same as in the crown

Goddess Lakshmi after decoration.


This is a kaasumalai or Laksmi Hara I made with material I purchased from craft shop.

So the options are many .  Once we make the Goddess idol with kalasam, coconut, Face and ready made dress we can decorate Her further as per our imagination by using craft items that are readily available in the market.

Thazhampoo flower jadai thalam poo jadai

Traditional bridal decoration | Navratri decoration | Varalakshmi Nombu decorations

Remove the outer thorny layers.  Careful because they can prick.


As we go inside the layers become thinner and slender

Remove the petals of the flower

Cut the bottom of a petal with a pair of scissors

Cut elements that are dovetail shaped

Cut the pointed end at the top


A collection of petals cut is ready as shown in the image below


Sew with a fine needle and thread because the petals  are delicate and can  tear.


Sew both sides so that the petal  elements hold on to the braid


The third element  being sewn


Decorate the gaps with artificial jewellery or fresh flowers.

Another type of decoration is by keeping the petals cut in a dovetail formation one above the other and stitching them as shown in the picture.   We should cut the first petal and use it as a template so that the width is maintained uniformly in all the petals .  Also the angle formed should be equal on both sides so that the petals merge easily when placed one above the other.  This method is the most traditional method.  In this the plaits are not visible and the entire length is covered with mogalirekalu jada.

I have shown a demonstration only because after Varalaxmi Pooja the petals started withering and made this hair decoration with what ever petals I had.



Mugalirekalu jada | kewda flowers decoration 

Also called fragrant screw pine in English
mugali puvvu in Telugu ( the petals are called mugalirekalu )
In Hindi and  Marathi it is kewda

is one of the most fascinating and fragrant flowers in nature.  It is regularly used in hair style decoration for Navratri kanya .  When we were young it was used quite often for bridal braid decoration as also for festivals and other functions.