A handful of rice is spread on the cloth. Then copper or brass kalash a pot shaped vessel containing water is placed on the spreaded rice. A small cup Arghyam cup with a gold or silver coin is placed on the Kalash. A one rupee coin can be substituted instead of a gold or silver coin. Then sandalwood paste is applied to the coin and kalash. Then red flowers are also offered.
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Then one should recite the following hymn or praise of Goddess Laxmi. Ya rakta rudhirambera Harisakhi Ya Shree Manolhadini! Ya ratnakarmanthanatpragatita Vishnosvaya gehini! Sa mam patu Manorama Bhagavati Lakshmi Padmavati!!
Significance: Oh Goddess, Laxmi One who resides in the red lotus, one who is graceful, who has glorious rays of divine light luster, who is completely reddish, who is clothed in the form of blood, who is beloved to God Vishnu, Goddess Laxmi, who gives happiness to the heart, who is created by churning of the ocean, one who is the wife of God Vishnu, one who is born from the lotus, who is extremely worthy to be worshipped kindly protect me.
Vrat Katha: Many years ago there was a very big city. Lakhs of people lived there. In ancient times, people really lived the happy social life. They used to meet and sit together and enjoyed themselves. In those days, people used to lead the life completely in different way. People of this city were totally busy engaged in their own personal worldly affairs.
The elements of holy devotion, benevolence, sympathy and affection all these virtues were rarely visible in the cultural life of the society. Innumerable vices had spread in the daily-life of the citizens living in that city. Wine and gambling, race and speculation, illegal relations and various guilty misdeeds were done by the people living in that city.
There is always a silver line hidden among the black clouds in the sky. The lightning of the eternal hope spreads into the thousands of dark clouds of disappointments. Inspite of so many vices prevailing in the social life some pious people lived the virtuous life like the lotus in the muddy water of the pond.
Among all the virtuous people, Sheela and her husband also lived pious worldly life. Sheela was of religious nature living the contented life. Her husband was a humble fellow having good character. Sheela and her husband lived honestly. They never abused or displeased anyone. They were happy to utilize their time in worshipping God. Their worldly life was ideal and people never got tired while praising them.
Thus she had been passing her life happily. It is said that the end of the misdeeds is quite strange. Who could read the words of fate written by the Goddess of Fortune? A king becomes a poor man, and a poor man becomes a king. By the destiny, in just a moment, such a great change can be done. It is said that the man is influenced by the company he keeps.
As a result he misled his life and became as good as a beggar instead of becoming the wealthy person. He followed evil ways of immorality and began to ruin his life. He indulged in drinking wine, gambling, and race, speculation that had spread in the city-life. His friends were also on the same immoral path. He began to waste his money in the way of immorality. And at last he lost all the savings and also the ornaments of his wife. Once there was a golden time when he was passing his life happily with his wife and they were utilizing the time in worshiping God.
Now there was a great change in their life. They became so poor that they could not get food to satisfy their hunger. Moreover Sheela had to suffer much due to the abusive language of her husband. Sheela was a polite and well-cultured woman. But keeping faith in God she began o bear the sufferings of unhappy life. Unhappiness is followed by happiness and happiness is followed by unhappiness in this worldly life.
That is the eternal truth. Having faith in the eternal truth of the happiness and unhappiness, Sheela forgot herself in praying and worshipping God, she was hopeful for future happy life. While she had been passing her unhappy time of her life, one day at noontime someone came knocking at her door. To her wonder, she saw an old woman standing in front of her.
She was a very old woman. Her face was dazzling with the glow of divine light. Her eyes were dripping with the glow of divine light. Her eyes were dripping the nectar of love. Her majestic face was overflowing with the compassion and love.
Sheela experienced immense peace in her heart though she was not acquainted with her. She was full of delight. She welcomes her and gave her the only torn mat and requested her to sit with hesitation. Did you forget me? Every Friday I used to come to the temple of Goddess Laxmiji, when there had been singing praise of the Goddess. There we happened to meet each other! She had stopped going to the temple of Goddess Laxmiji.
She felt ashamed to get associated with others. She tried much to recollect the memory of that old lady. But she was not successful. Now days you are not seen there. Hence I have begun to think the reason for it. She began to sob painfully. The old lady moved near her and began to console her striking lightly on her back with love. Happiness and misery come one after the other.
Please have patience and tell me all about your sufferings. My husband was also having a good character. By the grace of God, we wee pleased with our financial position. We used to utilize our time in worshipping God. But by our ill luck, my husband was influenced by his bad company. At last he ruined the life by going on the path of immorality: drinking wine, speculation, gambling, race, intoxicating drugs etc. Moreover the end of the misdeeds is strange. Every man has to suffer the consequences of his good or bad deeds.
Now, you will have happy days of your life. You are the devotee of Goddess Laxmiji. Goddess Laxmiji is the incarnation of love and compassion. She is very merciful to her devotees. Hence, have patience and observe the Vrat of the Goddess Laxmiji and your life will be quite easy-going.
Kindly tell me how the Vrat of Laxmiji can be observed. I will certainly observe it. Then she began to describe how to perform the Vrat. Many people observe this Vrat by the improper method. People believe that the Vrat can be observed only by applying yellow and red turmeric to golden ornaments. But it is not so. Vrat should be performed with proper ceremony according to the religious scriptures or shastras. Then only the observance of the Vrat becomes fruitful.
One should not speak evil of others. Having washed hands and feet in the evening, one should sit on the wooden seat facing the east direction. One should put a big wooden seat, and then one should put a copper pot on the small heaps of rice arranged on the handkerchief spread on the wooden seat.
One should keep gold or a silver ornament or a rupee coin in a small bowl placed on the copper pot. One should light the lamp-stand and the incense stick near the wooden seat. Then one should sing the prayer of Laxmiji. Afterwards one should apply the ornament or a rupee-coin with the yellow and red turmeric and rice-grain. After the rituals one should offer the prasad among the members of the family.
That ornament or a rupee-coin should be put to the safe place. The water kept in the copper-bowl should be poured into the pot of basil-plant [tulasi] and the rice grain should be thrown to the birds. In this way one gets his or her desires fulfilled by observing the Vrat according to the prescribed ceremony of the shastras.
Vaibhav Lakshmi Vrat Katha in English
Lakhs of people lived there. In ancient times, people really lived the happy social life. They used to meet and sit together and enjoyed themselves. In those days, people used to lead the life completely in different way. People of this city were totally busy engaged in their own personal worldly affairs.
वैभवलक्ष्मी (शुक्रवार) व्रत पूजा विधि और कथा (Vaibhav Laxmi Vrat Pooja Vidhi In Hindi)
Vaibhav Lakshmi Vrat Vidhi