This year Varamahalakshmi puja is on 15th August. I’ve received many requests to detail the exact puja procedures. I am just a beginner when it comes to performing the pujas on my own. I have already published some details in my last years post along with the recipes for the viratham.
The exact puja procedures are available in CDs and also in the internet. For the Indians staying abroad, I would suggest that during your next trip to India make sure to buy books that explain the puja details very well.
For any puja devotion is most important. Our relationship with God should be one of faith and not fear or guilt. So just go ahead and do the puja with whatever knowledge you have.
May Goddess Lakshmi bestow upon all of us Happiness and Peace!
Preparing the Kalasam
Fill a pot ( Silver, copper or mud) with water. Put some coins, jewellery, tulsi, saffron and some flowers into the water. Place 5 mango leaves and coconut smeared with turmeric over the pot. You can also use leaves of 5 different flowering plants instead of mango leaves. Tie the Mugam of Ambal on the coconut. Now your kalasam is ready for the puja. You can further decorate the Kalasam with kumkum(Haridra Soornam), Sandal paste ( Kandham) Flowers ( Pushpam) etc.
During the Puja we invoke the presence of 7 holy rivers( Ganga, Yamuna, Godavari, Saraswathi,Narmada, Sindu, Kaveri) in this order. Later we invoke the Devi and perform the Aaradanai and Archanai.
On the next day after punar puja the water in the kalasam is distributed to all family members(Theertham) and some water is sprinkled all over the house. Rest of the water is poured into Tulsi plant. The coins can be deposited in Hundi of any temple we visit.
SARVEJANA SUKINO BHAVANTHU!