Varalakshmi Viratham recipes for Neiveidhyam

Varalakshmi Pooja is an important pooja performed by many women in the states of Andra and Tamilnadu. This year Varalakshmi Viratham is on 20th Aug 2021.  It is dedicated to the Goddess, who is believed to have the combined powers of Ashta Lakshmi (the eight forms of the Goddess Lakshmi) the consort of Lord Vishnu.
Varalakshmi Pooja is celebrated on the friday, before the full moon day, in the Tamil Month Aavani/Aadi. 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).

The 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.

The Varalakshmi Puja is usually performed by those women who have inherited the tradition from their mother-in-law. Therefore, it a custom carried forward from one generation to the other. Those who perform Varalakshmi Vratam get the face of the Goddess sculpted in silver or any other metal. This is used year after year during the puja.

varalakshmi viratham recipes

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.

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

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.

Varalaskhsmi Pooja at home

Check the below items for preparing as neiveidhyam

  • Plain white cooked rice
  • Paruppu Payasam(Dal Kheer)
  • Ulundhu vadai (Urid dal vada)
  • Appam
  • Pacharisi Idly
  • Kondaikadalai Sundal(Chick peas sundal)
  • Kozhukattai

Paruppu vadai

Medhu vadai | Sambhar vadai


Nei appam

Sweet Pooranam Kozhukattai

Thalicha kara kuzhukattai

Sweet Coconut Poli

Stuffed Paruppu Poli

Jackfruit Payasam | Palapazham payasam

Arisi Payasam | Rice Kheer

Pachapayiru payasam

Ada Payasam | Ada Pradhaman

Thirupathi Ladoo

Kadalai maavu laddoo

Carrot Ladoo


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