Varalakshmi Vratam is an important pooja performed by many women in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka and some parts of Tamil Nadu, and women who worship Goddess Lakshmi (Goddess of Wealth) situated in many parts of the world.
The Hindu festival going by the name 'Vara Lakshmi Vrata' is celebrated on the last Friday of the bright fortnight in the month of Ashadha, also called Adi, which corresponds to the English months of August-September.
The prescribed day for the pooja is the last Friday of the month of Sravana in the fortnight known as Sukla paksha, preceding the full moon day.
Eight forces or energies are recognised as Sri (Wealth), Bhu (Earth), Sarasvati (learning), Priti (love), Kirti (Fame), Santi (Peace), Tushti (Pleasure) and Pushti (Strength).
Vishnu representing the preservative aspect of the universe, radiates these forces from him. These forces are personified and worshipped as Lakshmis, since abstract force is beyond the comprehension of the ordinary people. As health, wealth and prosperity depend upon the rythmic play of these forces, the worship of Lakshmi is said to be to obtain these three.
This year on 2011, the Varalakshmi Vratham Pooja falls on Friday, 12th August 2011. The auspicious time lies from 12.00 to 1.30 pm which is apt for performing the Manthra Pooja
For those who dont have Varalakshmi Picture, You can download this picture and make a printout.