The Vaibhav Lakshmi Vrat Vidhi takes place as a period of ceremony, adoration, and worship of the Goddess Lakshmi. It is recommended to be done for 11 or 21 Fridays in order to achieve the Goddess blessing of wealth, success in projects, and good fortune.
In case the devotee cannot keep the tradition for consecutive Fridays, it can be resumed the following week. The relevant action is to honor the total amount of days the Vaibhav Lakshmi Puja is carried out.
In order to conduct the Vaibhav Lakshmi Vrat Vidhi, there are a series of preparations necessary to be carried out beforehand to welcome the visit of the Gods and for the adequate set up of the Yantra and the altar where the Puja will take place every Friday.
Preparations for Vaibhav Lakshmi Vrat Vidhi
The first step to start the arrangement for the traditional Puja, the devotees must clean the area intended for the altar. Once it is clean and purified, the worshiper must bow to the eight incarnations of the Goddess Lakshmi, and then cover his eyes with the hands. The eight incarnations represent eight different ways of wealth. This salute marks the start of the Vaibhav Lakshmi Vrat Vidhi.
Next, the devotee must arrange the altar where the Puja will take place. The worshiper must take a shower before starting the arrangement, which can be done in different ways but it is important that certain elements are offered. Usually, a red cloth is placed in front of the Yantra, filled with rice or wheat, and then a metal vessel or Kalash filled with water and coins is placed over the grains and covered with a coconut or a plate decorated with mango leaves, kumkum, and sandalwood paste.
Food and gifts offered
The food offered, also referred to as Neivedyam, is placed on the altar during the Puja for the Goddess serves as an offering. Before placing it on the altar, it is necessary that the devotee carries a fast all day where it is only allowed to eat fruits and milk if feeling weak. At the end of the day, the devotees may have one meal.
Once the worshiper recites several prayers, mantras, and poems or Slokas for the Goddess, he can place the neivdyam on the altar. The food offered can be fruits like coconut, banana, betel leaves, and nuts. Sweet dishes are also commonly offered to please the Goddess, like rice pudding, jiggery, and kheer.
Significance of the Vaibhav Lakshmi Vrat Vidhi
By offering this time of worship and gifts to the Goddess Lakshmi it is believed that one can gain her blessing and that can help accomplish many goals and wishes for the one praying or any beloved person.