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The Mahalakshmi Vrat is dedicated to goddess Lakshmi, the deity of Wealth and fortune. It is performed to please Mahalakshmi and receive her blessings. It is observed for an uninterrupted period of 16 days starting from the Ashtami , the 8th day of the Shukla paksha(waxing phase of the moon) of the Bhadrapada’ month till the Krishna paksha astami (the 8th day, of the waning phase of the moon).
As per the Gregorian calendar, it begins four days after the Ganesha Chaturthi and ends on the 8th day of the Pitru Paksha. This vrat is more common in the Northern parts of India.
Mahalakshmi Vrat and Puja date
Mahalakshmi Vrat Begins on September 09, 2016 (Friday).
Mahalakshmi Vrat Ends on September 23, 2016 (Friday).
Significance of Mahalakshmi Vrat
The Vrat is observed by men and women to please Goddess Mahalakshmi and receive her blessings of wealth and prosperity. She is well known as the goddess for Wealth, wisdom, prosperity, fortune, generosity, courage and fertility.
On the commencement of the Mahalakshmi Vrat day devotees wake up early and offer prayers to Goddess Mahalakshmi after a bath, Some even offer ‘aaryga’ to the Sun god. This is done on all the 16 days. A scared thread is knotted 16 times and tied in the left hand of the vrat beholder. A small pot is filled with water, few coins and akshatha, beetel and mango leaves decorate the neck of the Kumbha, on which a coconut is placed. During the pooja sandal wood, kumkum and turmeric paste are smeared on the coconut. A new cloth is tied around the Kumba representing the Goddess Mahalakshmi. The devotees begin with a sankalpa to bless them and their family with happiness and prosperity. After the Pooja, water is sprinkled with a bunch of 16 Durva grass that is tied together. At the end of the puja the Mahalakshmi vrat katha is recited.
Dos and Don’ts
The above is to be followed on all the 16 days of the vrat without fail.
Non vegetarian food is strictly prohibited.
Read books like Lakshmi Sahasranaam’, ‘Satanamavali’ and ‘Lakshmi Ashtottara
On the last day of the fast the Kumbha is worshipped and 9 different sweet and eateries are offered to the Goddess and later distributed to other devotees and family members.
Legends about Mahalakshmi Vrata
There are various legends associated with the Mahalakshmi Vrat. One legend as per Bhavishya Purana states that when Yudhishtira (the eldest of the pandavas) asked Lord Krishna about how they could regain the wealth and prosperity that they lost due to Gambling. Then Lord Krishna suggested the Mahalakshmi Vrat and it is believed to have regain the health, wealth, prosperity, family and kingdom through the divine grace and generosity of Goddess Lakshmi.
Another prevalent legend states that Lord Shiva requested Parvathi to observe the Mhalakshmi Vrat to gain wealth and good fortune. One another legend states that Goddess Lakshmi visited a very pious lady by name Charumati in her dreams and asked her to observe the fast to attain her desire. She and the villagers methodically performed the fast and finished it successfully. After which she and the villagers were blessed with expensive jewels and riches. Since then women observe this fast to be prosperous.
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