August 3rd, 2020


53 Week Journey through the Land of Drapes and Colors: Week #23

For details on all the sarees I have posted so far, go here.

Happy Varalakshmi Vratam!!

Varalakshmi Vratam is a Hindu festival that falls on the Friday before the Full Moon in the month of Shravana - which is usually July or August per the Gregorian Calendar. It is celebrated by people hailing from most of Southern and Central states in India. It is a festival to offer prayers and perform pooja (= act of worship) to Goddess Lakshmi to provide one with vara (= boon).

The pooja is performed by women of the household to for their own well being and their families and friends as well as for health and prosperity. If interested to know more about the festival, read here.

Every year since past six years I have been doing this pooja as well. Last two years though I had my parents with me. As always this year also I did the pooja with a bit more decorations that I normally do (inspired by my cousin Vinni who is superb with the decorations). Not as elaborate as hers but I did more than what I normally.

For this festival I wore this Blue-Grey Banarasi Kora Organza Saree with Zari and Silk. It has an orange border that runs through the length of the saree. There are beautiful brocades woven through the rich fabric in various designs; silver and gold threads are woven along with Zari within. The brocades are usually made of warp and weft. 

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