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I am collecting Indian Heritage and culture related vintage postcards, paintings, prints etc. and exhibited them at several locations across India in various events and also sharing them with school and college children by giving presentations to them on Indian Heritage and Culture with my collections and also documenting puppetry etc. intangible performances.

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Varalakshmi Vratham in Sravana masam

Sravana Masam is the fifth month in the Hindu calendar. It is one of the most important and auspicious months for the Hindus. The month is full of festivals and coincides with the months of August and September. Sravana Nakshatra is believed to be the birth star of Lord Vishnu and hence this month is considered highly auspicious. Goddess Sri Mahalakshmi - the wife of Lord Vishnu is worshiped on the four Fridays of the month. Second Friday of the month is the most important day as Varalakshmi Vratam is celebrated on this day when Goddess Lakshmi Devi is worshiped in the form of Varalakshmi Devi - The Goddess who grants boons. In addition to four Fridays of the month, four Tuesdays of the month are also important for the newly married women of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. They perform Sravana Mangala Gowri Nomu / Vratam on Tuesdays and worship Goddess Parvati Devi in the form of Mangala Gowri for the welfare of their family, for a happy married life and for a healthy and long life of her husband. This nomu / vratam is celebrated by the Hindu woman with much devotion.

Below is a video with information about Varalakshmi Vratham pooja procedure.

These are some photographs taken at the time performing Varalakshmi Vratham.

These are 2 different vintage postcards in my collection. These vintage postcards containing the images of Indian Woman performing pooja rituals and prayers with much devotion.

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