Varamahalakshmi Vratam or Varamahalakshmi Pooja which falls today is one of the most auspicious festivals for married women. This day is celebrated to worship the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity, Goddess Lakshmi, who is a consort of Lord Vishnu. The day is majorly celebrated in the southern states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Also Read - Assam: FIR Against Authors, Publisher For 'Misleading Line Against PM' on Godhra in History Guide Book

Married women perform Varamahalakshmi Pooja for the well being of their family, especially husbands. Varamahalakshmi Vratam falls in the month of Shravan on the second Friday or the Friday before full moon day. Praying to Varalakshmi is believed to be equal to worshipping Ashtalakshmi, the eight goddesses of  Wealth (Sri), Earth (Bhu), Learning (Saraswati), Love (Priti), Fame (Kirti), Peace (Shanti), Pleasure (Tushti) and Strength (Pushti). Also Read - History Repeats as Supreme Court to Witness all-women Bench on September 5

As the history goes, Varalakshmi was incarnated from the milky ocean or the Kshir Sagar. Varalakshmi is often described as someone with the complexion of the milky ocean. While mainly women observe fast on this day, some men also participate. While the pooja for Varalakshmi is similar to that of Mahalakshmi pooja, there are also Dorak and Vayana. A holy thread which is tied during Varalakshmi Pooja is called as Doraka and sweets offered to Varalakshmi is known as Vayana. Also Read - India vs Afghanistan One-Off Test: Asghar Stanikzai, Yamin Ahmadzai Become Part of History And Join Elite List of Firsts

Varalakshmi Puja Muhurat and Vidhi

Varalakshmi Pooja is performed during a specific time or Lagna for long-lasting prosperity. While any suitable time can be chosen for Varalakshmi Puja, people chose the evening time which overlaps with Pradosh as it is considered the most appropriate to worship Goddess Lakshmi.

Simha Lagna Puja Muhurat = 06:17 to 07:49 (morning)

Duration = 1 Hour 31 Mins

Vrishchika Lagna Puja Muhurat = 11:50 to 14:00 (afternoon)

Duration = 2 Hours 10 Mins

Kumbha Lagna Puja Muhurat = 18:04 to 19:49 (evening)

Duration = 1 Hour 45 Mins

Vrishabha Lagna Puja Muhurat = 23:24 to 25:28+ (midnight)

Duration = 2 Hours 3 Mins

According to legends, Lord Parameswara asked his wife Parvathi to perform the prayers to seek prosperity and happiness for the family. Following which married woman started praying for the well being of their families emulating Parvathi. According to another myth, Goddess Mahalakshmi appeared in the dreams of one of her devotees and asked her for her wishes, Charumathi impressed by her devotion to her family. Charumathi’s family encourage her to perform special prayers for Mahalakshmi after which women in her village followed suit. Eight forces or energies come together to be called the Ashta Lakshmis or the right Lakhshmis of the Hindus. People worship Goddess Lakshmi to be blessed with health, wealth, and prosperity.