One of the most auspicious days in the Indian calendar, the Varamahalakshmi Puja, was celebrated at Sathya Sai Grama, Muddenahalli with much fervour and devotion. The day is observed on the Friday preceeding the Full Moon Night of the Sravana month, which corresponds to the July-August months of the Gregorian calendar. So, this year, the auspicious day was 24th of August, and special seating arrangements were made in the Premamrutham Hall for ladies who observed the Vrata so that they could offer their obeisance to the deity in an elaborate and detailed manner. A tastefully decorated idol of Goddess Varalakshmi adorned the stage adjacent to Bhagawan’s majestic throne.
Reflecting the auspicious colour of vermilion, Swami took a full-round of the Hall, blessing everybody, accepting flowers and letters. The Puja had commenced at 9 a.m. in the morning, and upon Bhagawan’s arrival the final part of the Puja which included the tying of the sacred yellow thread, was conducted in His divine presence.
For the benefit of participants who could not understand the language of the priests, English translation of how to perform the Puja as per the rituals was provided. As traditionally prescribed, Akshata (yellow rice), flowers, fruits, holy water, and sweets were offered to the Goddess during the Puja. Aarti and Bhajans were also offered. It was indeed a very fortunate day for the women who were able to offer their worship to the Goddess both in the Sthoola and Sookshma form!
As the Puja concluded, Swami walked down the stage and poured Akshata on everybody’s head, blessing them with their love and grace and a special blessing for worshipping the Boon-Giving Goddess.
Swami blessed the priests and also blessed the Prasadam to be distributed before accepting Mangala Arati.