Mahalaxmi Vrat Begins From Today: Know Puja Rituals, Legend & Significance

‘महा लक्ष्मी आली घरात सोन्याच्या पायानी, भरभराटी घेऊन आली’ 

‘mahā lakṣmī ālī gharāta sonyācyā pāyānī, bharabharāṭī gheūna ālī’ 

Along these lines filled with utter devotion, Maa Laxmi will be venerated by millions of Maharashtrians today. Every year, the festive occasion of worshipping Maa Laxmi begins from Bhadrapada Shukla Ashtami, which falls today, i.e. 25 August according to the English or Gregorian Calendar. In many parts of the country, people celebrate this festival with enthusiasm according to their own beliefs. In several places, this festive event lasts for three days, while in others, for 16 days.

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Those who observe a 16-day fast must perform the Udyapan on the last day after the fasting is concluded. However, those who are unable to fast for sixteen consecutive days can fast for three days. In this, this fast is performed on the first, 8th and 16th day. Keep in mind not to consume any kind of grain or solid food while fasting. However, milk, fruits, sweets etc. can be consumed.

This year, Mahalaxmi Vrat starts on 25th August i.e. from today and will continue till Ashtami Tithi of Ashwin Krishna Paksha. According to religious scriptures, this fast is considered of high significance. By observing this fast, Maa Lakshmi fulfils all desires and ends all kinds of problems and adversities in life.

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Mahalaxmi Vrat in 2020

Mahalaxmi Vrat Begins Shukla Ashtami, Bhadrapada Month 25 August 2020, Tuesday
Mahalaxmi Vrat Ends Krishna Ashtami, Ashwin Month 10 September 2020, Thursday
  • Ashtami Tithi Begins: on 25 August 2020, Tuesday from 12:23:36
  • Ashtami Tithi Ends: Ashtami Upto 10:41:20 on 26 August 2020, Wednesday

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Mahalakshmi Vrat: Puja Rituals To Follow

  • After waking up on the day of fast, meditate peacefully while remembering the name of Maa Laxmi. After this, take a bath and clean the temple altar.
  • After this, take a vow to observe the fast and pray to the Goddess for successful completion of this fast without any disruption.
  • When taking a vow, the following mantra can be translated: 

करिष्यsहं महालक्ष्मि व्रतमें त्वत्परायणा। तदविघ्नेन में यातु समप्तिं स्वत्प्रसादत:।।

kariṣyashaṃ mahālakṣmi vratameṃ tvatparāyaṇā। tadavighnena meṃ yātu samaptiṃ svatprasādata:।।

  • Meaning: O Devi! I vow to conclude this fast with utter devotion and dedication. I wish to succeed in performing this fast without any obstacle!
  • If you are observing the fast for 16 or even three days, then you must worship the Goddess in the morning as well as evening as well.
  • Thoroughly clean your house for these 16 days.
  • After the completion of the fast on the sixteenth day, prepare a Mandap or Pavillion with a red cloth and place the idol of Maa Laxmi in it.
  • Keep fruits, flowers, sweets, nuts, kumkum etc. at the place of worship.

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  • Offer yarn during the worship sixteen times to the Goddess, and chant the mantra given below while doing it. The meaning of this mantra is, “O Mother Lakshmi; I hope that you are satisfied with this fast observed by me.”

क्षीरोदार्णवसम्भूता लक्ष्मीश्चन्द्र सहोदरा। व्रतोनानेत सन्तुष्टा भवताद्विष्णुबल्लभा।।

kṣīrodārṇavasambhūtā lakṣmīścandra sahodarā। vratonāneta santuṣṭā bhavatādviṣṇuballabhā।।

  • After this, bathe the idol of Mata Lakshmi with Panchamrit and perform the Shodashopachar puja ritual. If you are capable, then you can invite four Brahmins on this day and feed them. 
  • On the day of Mahalakshmi Vrat, do not consume any food items other than fruits, milk and sweets.

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Mahalaxmi Vrat & Mythological Legend

Ione can find a mythological legend associated with the Mahalaxmi Vrat in the Puranas. According to this legend, there lived a poor Brahmin in a village who was a devotee of Lord Vishnu. Once pleased with his devotion, Lord Vishnu appeared in front of him and offered him a boon. The Brahmin wished for Maa Goddess to reside at his place. After listening to to the Brahmin, Lord Vishnu told him about a woman who prepares the cow dung or Gobar at the temple near his village, who is the incarnation of Maa Laxmi. He asked him to invite her home. 

The Brahmin followed the idea given by Lord Vishnu and invited her to his place. Hearing his words, Goddess Lakshmi understood that this idea belongs to Lord Vishnu. With this, she advised the Brahmin to observe the Mahalaxmi fast for 16 days, and offer Arghya to the Moon at midnight on the 16th day. The Brahmin followed her advice, observed Mahalakshmi fast, and on the 16th day, Maa Laxmi kept her promise. Since then, Mahalakshmi Vrat is observed by the people of India.

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