Customs & Rituals
The previous evening of the festival, the house is cleaned and a bronze or silver kalasam is filled with rice or water, coins, turmeric, a whole lime, betel leaf and nut. The face of Goddess Lakshmi decorated with jewels is placed against the coconut. The next morning the Goddess is welcomed to the specially erected pandal by singing the song "Varalakshmi Raave ma intikki". The women who do the Nonbu fast that day eating only certain foods that have been offered to the Goddess first.
Regional Celebrations Of Varalakshmi Vratham
This unique festival is popularly celebrated in the South India states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra.