Goddess Lakshmi is the Goddess of wealth and prosperity, and Varalakshmi Pooja is the day for propitiating her and invoking her blessings. Worshipping her on this day would fill one’s life with positivity and good health. It is celebrated on a Friday that comes before the full moon day during the month of Shravana. Some people also keep fast on this day to achieve any specific goals in life.
Goddess Lakshmi has eight forms, and worshipping her on the day of Varalakshmi Pooja would provide the blessings of all her eight forms.
LegendChurning the Ocean of Milk
In the legend of the churning of the ocean of milk by the Devas and Asuras to obtain the Amrit, the elixir of life, they found 14 treasures. Goddess Lakshmi was one among the treasures that came out of the ocean during this event. She came out with a garland in hand for Lord Vishnu.
Story of Charumathi
According to Skanda Purana, Goddess Parvati requested Lord Shiva to tell her about some religious practice that would benefit women in general. He then enlightened her about fasting on the day of Varalakshmi Vratham. He explained the story of Charumathi. Charumathi was depressed about the bad luck and poverty that prevailed in her life. She was very devoted to Goddess Lakshmi. Hence, the Goddess herself appeared in the woman’s dream and instructed to perform the Varalakshmi Vrat, and explained the procedures. Charumathi performed the Pooja the next day by inviting her friends and relatives. As a result, the Goddess blessed Charumathi, and all those attended the Pooja with wealth and prosperity.
Story of Princess Shyamabala
There also exists a story about Princess Shyamabala. Shayamabala’s dad named Bhatrasiravas was a King and his wife Surachandrika was the Queen. Shyamabala was married to the Prince of the neighboring kingdom. Once, when she visited her parents, she saw her mother, the Queen chasing away an old woman. Upon enquiring her mother about it, she found out that her mother was furious with that old woman for advising her to perform Varalakshmi Pooja, as the woman was a beggar. Unhappy with her mother’s act, she approached that old woman to know about the Pooja. After getting to know the details, she started performing it in her Kingdom. Her Kingdom began to prosper with good health and wealth, whereas, her father’s kingdom was heading towards a downfall due to poverty. She sent gold coins to her parents, but all those turned to ashes just by the gaze of the Queen. The Queen realized that her ego and the fact that she did not perform the Pooja were the reasons behind all these. She then started performing the Pooja, and slowly her Kingdom began to prosper.