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This auspicious day of the Friday before the Full Moon in the month of Sravan (July or August in English) is celebrated as Varalakshmi Vratam festival. On this day pooja is performed in honor of Varalakshmi, the Goddess of Boons for the wellbeing of family. Goddess Varalakshmi is considered as a culmination of all the eight incarnations of Goddess Lakshmi (Wealth, Earth, Learning, Love, Fame, Peace, Pleasure, and Strength). So, worshipping her on this auspicious day is believed to would bring the same to one's life. (More on the festival here)

This year on this day another festival is also celebrated. Onam, festival commemorating the Vamana Avatara of Lord Maha Vishnu, is the state festival of Kerala, India. It usually falls in the Malayalam month of Chingam (August or September in English). This year both festivals crossed paths. (More about the festival here)

Here's wishing all my friends who are celebrating both festivals a Happy Onam and Happy Varalakshmi Vratam. This devotional song from the 1970 hit Telugu film Chitti Chellelu ( = Little Sister) Sung by P. Susheela shows about the Vratam being performed. Music was composed by S. Rajeshwara Rao.



Lyrics in Romanized Telugu:

Managala Gowri Mamu Kanna Thalli, Na Manavi Daya Tho Vinavamma
Managala Gowri Mamu Kanna Thalli, Na Manavi Daya Tho Vinavamma
Managala Gowri

Kulastreelu Koliche Ilavelpu Neevu, Kulastreelu Koliche Ilavelpu Neevu
Kalaganna Aasha Neravercha Galavu, Kalaganna Aasha Neravercha Galavu
Vara Devata, Vara Devata Pedda Muddaiduvamma
Pasupu Kukuma Nilapettavamma

Managala Gowri Mamu Kanna Thalli, Na Manavi Daya Tho Vinavamma
Managala Gowri

Nee Pooja Cheya Divinchinaavu, Nee Pooja Cheya Divinchinaavu
Manasaina Patini Daya Chesinaavu, Manasaina Patini Daya Chesinaavu
Ma Jantaye Oka Noorella Panta, Ma Jantaye Oka Noorella Panta
Kalalo Ilalo Vidadeeyakamma, Kalalo Ilalo Vidadeeyakamma

Managala Gowri Mamu Kanna Thalli, Na Manavi Daya Tho Vinavamma

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