Shops, business establishments deck up for occasion
Temples witness a steady stream of devotees
VISAKHAPATNAM: “Varalaksmi Vratham,” performed on the second Friday of the Sravana month, was celebrated with devotion and zeal by women. Puja was performed to the decorated idol of Goddess Varalakshmi, the giver of boons, for health and prosperity. Women woke up early in the morning in the “Brahmi Muhurt” to perform the puja. Crossing its homebound character, the festival acquired an occasion to celebrate with shops and business establishments also decked up. ‘Perantams,’ or gatherings of women in the evenings, marked the conclusion of the day’s celebration. Heavy rain in the evening, however, put a dampener on shopping plans for some.
Temples witnessed a steady stream of devotees throughout the day.
Women who generally worship goddesses on Friday make it a point to visit temples.
Sri Kanyaka Parameswari Temple in One Town organised a series of rituals to mark the occasion. “Ksheerabhishekam,” mass ‘kumkuma’ puja, recitation of Lalita and Vishnu sahasranamams, Sri Mahishasura Mardini stotram and the ‘stuti’ of Sri Kanakamahalakshmi were performed by a large number of women, according to Devasthanam Sangham President Paluri Suryanarayana Murthy and secretary K.M.V.S.T. Ramakrishna. Sangham vice-president Kolla Aruna organised the worship by women.
Around 250 women participated in the rituals performed by devasthanam priest R.R.B. Kumar Sarma.