Saturday, 2 July 2011

Margashira Lakshmi vratham

Margashira Lakshmi vratham

by Mantra & shlokas on Thursday, December 9, 2010 at 11:28am

Margashira Lakshmivara Lakshmi vratham is observed on all Thursdays during Margasira masam in Andhra Pradesh, especially in North Coastal Andhra districts – Visakhapatnam, Srikakulam and Vizianagaram. Margasira Lakshmi vratam 2010 dates are – December 9, December 16, December 23, December 30, and 6 January 2011.
Margasira Guruvara Lakshmi vratam is observed with much devotion in Kanaka Mahalakshmi temple in Visakhapatnam. Thousands of devotees throng to the temple during the vratam. In Orissa, this vratam is observed as Manabasa Gurubar Vrata.
Naivedyam or food offerings to Goddess Lakshmi during Margasira Lakshmivara Vratham 2010:
  • 1st Thursday – Pulagam – 9 December 2010
  • 2nd Thursday – Ksheerannam (Paalannam) – 16 December 2010
  • 3rd Thursday – Kudumulu – 23 December 2010
  • 4th Thursday – Paramannam – 30 December 2010
  • 5th Thursday – Poornam Boorelu – 6 January 2011
On Thursdays in Margasira month, devotees prepare to perform Laxmi puja either in temples or at homes. Houses are cleaned and kept neat during the festival days and the image or small idol of Goddess Lakshmi is placed at puja place. Some people also place a Kalasham instead of image or idol of Lakshmi.

Lord Vinayaka or Ganesh is worshipped first. Devotees perform Prathama puja to Ganapati to get rid of obstacles or vignas. After Ganapati puja, GoddessLakshmi is worshipped with shodashopachara puja and ashtottaram and offered special Naivedya on each day during the month. The MargasiraLakshmi vratha katha or the story of Margashira Laxmi puja is recited after puja.

Lakshmi puja is performed on all Thursdays during the month of Margashirsha. If only four Thursdays fall in Margashria masam, then the Laxmi Vratham is also observed on the first Thursday of Pushya masam.

Naivedyam or food offerings to Goddess Lakshmi during Margasira Lakshmivara

  • 1st Thursday – Pulagam
  • 2nd Thursday – Ksheerannam (Paalannam)
  • 3rd Thursday – Kudumulu
  • 4th Thursday – Paramannam
  • 5th Thursday – Poornam Boorelu
On the last Thursday after Lakshmi puja, poornam boorelu are offered to five mutthaiduvulu (married women) along with ‘thamboolam. The five women are considered as the avataras ofLakshmi and offered meals on this day. There is no udyapana or udwasana for this vratham. One can perform the Margashira Lakshmi vratham for longtime. It is believed that observing Lakshmi puja during the month will solve all problems of performers and Goddess Laxmi blesses devotees with prosperity, wealth and health.

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