GREEN LIVING / FEATURES
The Varamahalakshmi festival is observed in Shukla paksham, in the month of Shravana July-August it falls this year on 31 July 2020. It falls a few days ahead of Raksha bandhan, the month of Shravan in Hindi and Aadi in Tamil is very auspicious . Varamahalakshmi is a goddess who grants boons to her devotees who pray to her .It is believed that worshipping the Goddess Varalakshmi on this day is equivalent to worshipping Ashtalakshmi - the eight goddesses .I chant Lalitha Sahasranama,Shree Suktam and also sing songs for Goddess Lakshmi.
As a practice women offer give aways as they offer the Thamboolam - Coconut, betel leaf and nuts, turmeric sticks, kumkum, coconut along with flowers, blouse piece, mirror and comb . This practice is a small ritual that follows the pooja. I have planned five innovative giveaways this time largely sustainable and also supporting a msme.Also palm leaf give away has spiritual significance, its products like palm sugar, the ice apples are natures gift. The tree is considered very special and has evil warding qualities.So I decided on this Varamahalakshmi give away, you may plan this part of your upcoming festive seasons.
The Palm leaf offerings come in about five types as carry bags,boxes, leaf basket, pencil stand, jewellery box. The palm leaf boxes are cute and I thought of them as ideal for kids. They are in bright colours and can be part of your house decor.The Palm leaf basket was ideal for my older set of ladies who visit the temple often and also for them for their pooja times.Palm leaf pencil stand this stand is beautiful and can be used as a stationery stand, and innovatively as a bathroom decor.The Palm leaf jewellery box was a giveaway for my dear friends who value the gifts I give them.I picked them up from Veena Suresh from Vastrabharana Bangalore. These boxes are done with dexterity and in times as such she has taken the initiative to protect our artisans. A little innovation can go a long way in planning a good festival and also helping our artisan ecosystem.