Mangalore, August 21: The Hindu calendar marks Varamahalakshmi Pooja as the start of a new festive season; and Hindus all over the state celebrate the day grandly. They take the auspicious day as an opportunity to welcome the Goddess of wealth Lakshmi into their homes.
Varamahalakshmi Pooja is given more importance in Old Mysore and Bangalore and arrives during the third week of August. Usually, caste Hindus perform special poojas to the please the Goddess of wealth. They decorate the altar with money, gold, silver, and jewelry, which they offer to the goddess and request boons of wealth for everybody in the family. They believe that the goddess grants all boons requested on this day.
The ladies of the community offer special worship on this day by decorating the house with flowers and inviting neighbors to participate in the pooja. They offer flowers, clothes, sweets, and fruits, sing hymns in praise of the goddess, and pray for the wellbeing of family members.
Special poojas were held in temples dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi in Mangalore such as Mangaladevi, Kateel Durgaparameshwari, Boloor Mariyamma Temple, and Bolar Mathangi Temple.
All the seven Devi temples in Udupi including the Kadiyali Mahishamardhini and Katyayini, Durga Temple at Kunjarugiri, Kannarpadi Durgaparameshwari Temple, Kaup Mahakali Temple, Indrali Panchadurga Temple, and Ambalpadi Temple offered special ceremonies of worship.
Devotees visited these temples in large numbers.