Goddess Lakshmi is also called Varalakshmi/Varamahalakshmi, the one who grants the boon “Vara”. It is celebrated by south Indians on the second Friday of Shravana Month as per the Hindu Calendar.
This year (2015) it is falling on 28th Augusut. My husband’s family has the tradition of placing Goddess Lakshmi roopu(face) on Kalash and my MIL gave me a silver one after our wedding. Last year, I used a readymade skirt/saree and pallu set 🙂
Here is a picture of 2014 Varamahalakshmi pooja!
This year I decided to have a new and customized set and here is a tutorial on how to make a readymade saree and pallu set!
Choice of fabric
Sewing machine/hand stitched
Trims and other embellishments that match the fabric.
How you make:
Step 1: Measure the height and the circumference of the kalash like shown below. Add 2 inches to the height and double or 2 1/2 of circumference( for more pleats)
Step 2: Cut the fabric as per the measurements. Finish up the raw edges with matching thread (I used white for demonstration). You can also glue the edges with “no stitch fabric glue”
Step 3: Fold the fabric to form pleats and stitch. For no stitch – use a dot of fabric glue for each fold and leave to dry for 30 minutes.
Step 4: Wrap around the kalash to make sure it fits well. Stitch or glue the decorative trim/border to saree and pin it.
Step 5: Make a pallu 3inches wide and length depending on how you want to place on the idol and you have the set ready 🙂
On the actual pooja day, place kalash and the face of goddess. Wrap around the saree and pin it. Add necessary jewelry and finally place pallu. ( For demonstration, I used a mango to place the face – traditionally coconut is used).
Hope you enjoyed the tutorial and make a cute and beautiful saree set for this year pooja! I shall share this year pooja pictures soon after the vratham 🙂
Here is 2015 Varalakshmi pooja picture – I made a green set to match my saree 🙂
And 2016 I made orange and maroon saree set to match my saree again 🙂