As the month of August is ushered in, Hindu women from across South India spruce up their homes and prepare to honour Goddess Lakshmi. During the festival of Diwali, which takes place usually in the month of October or November of each year, Lakshmi is worshipped as the Goddess of wealth. However, it is during the festival of Varamahalakshmi, that she is exalted in all her eight avatars.
This year, the festival of Varamahalakshmi will be celebrated in Karnataka and in other parts of India on the fourth of August. In accordance with the Hindu calendar, the festival occurs in the holy month of Shravan, before the night of the full moon, since it is considered auspicious to worship Lord Vishnu and his beautiful consort – Goddess Lakshmi – during this time.
Hindu devotees and sacred texts trace back the origins of the festival to the age of Magadha. Legend has it that in a town called Kundina, a Brahmin woman, by the name Charumathi, was renowned for her devotion to Goddess Lakshmi. Moved by her many years of devotion, Goddess Lakshmi came to her and joined forces with Ashtalakshmi, another avatar of the Goddess, to grant wishes that pertain to wealth, courage, strength, wisdom, family, success, food, love, and learning. Today, it is the married women who take the lead when it comes to celebrating the festival and praying to the Goddess to bless their families with all eight blessings. Special prayers are also offered for the long life and prosperity of their husbands.
In the days leading up to the festival, women prepare the households and create a special place for the idol of the Goddess. On the morning of the festival, they rise early and after a bath adorn themselves in resplendent silks. For Varamahalakshmi, in all households the women wear new sarees that reflect the beauty and auspiciousness of the occasion. A new saree is a must to please Goddess Lakshmi who blesses the family where the lady of the house is adorned and pampered like the Goddess herself.
Angadi showcases a collection that are both classic and modern- to suit the tastes and enhance the beauty of the Lakshmis’ on earth!
The collection boasts of sarees in bright greens and yellows, elegant blues and maroons that are woven with checks and also feature peacock or coin bhutta designs.
When you want your Varamahalakshmi celebrations to befit the glory and splendour of Goddess Lakshmi, look no further than Angadi Silks to add undeniable beauty to the festivities.