Fasting is a sacred part of worship in Hinduism. Every day is dedicated to different deities. Therefore, the fasts associated with each day also have different rules to follow. Let us know about the famous Lakshmi Vrat, which is dedicated to Shri Lakshmi Mata, the goddess of wealth. If we further explore the belief of 'Lakshmi Vrat showers wealth on devotees', we will find astrological facts supporting it. In fact, astrologically, Friday is dedicated to the planet Venus, which rules our relationships, business, career, money, real estate and success. Therefore, it is widely believed that if you observe a Friday fast and worship the divine feminine energy, all your wishes will be fulfilled and you will become successful and prosperous.
Before starting Lakshmi Vrat, you have to decide the number of Fridays that you will dedicate to Goddess Lakshmi. This fast is started on Friday by waking up early, taking bath and doing morning prayer. Remember that you shouldn't gossip or lie during the day and be on your best behavior to attract positivity. Also, it is important to limit your diet to fruits and milk.
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Friday Lakshmi Vrat Udyapan Vidhi
After fasting for the prescribed number of Fridays, it is necessary to perform 'Vrat Udyapan'. You need to invite 11 married women to your place on the last fasting Friday and offer them Prasad, food, gifts and books of Lakshmi Vrat. When the devotees are in a tight spot, the goddess helps to save them. By sharing these books you are giving hope to your friends in times of crisis.
The most important thing to remember while observing Friday Lakshmi Vrat is that you should do it with pure devotion and complete faith because only then all your wishes will be fulfilled.
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Rules to be followed for Maa Lakshmi Friday Vrat Udyapan
-Maa Lakshmi Vrat is performed on Friday. It should be done on 11 or 21 Fridays in total and it should be decided how many Fridays you will fast before starting the fast.
-Fasting should be done at home only. If due to any reason the fast is broken or the devotee is on that Friday's journey, then that Friday should not be counted but should be observed on the next Friday.
-A female devotee should not observe Maa Lakshmi Vrat Udyapan during menstruation.
-After completing the fast on all Fridays i.e. 11 or 21 as many as you have resolved, you should do Udyapan method accordingly.
Friday Prasad for Lakshmi Vrat Udyapan Udyapan
-Udayana Prasad is consumed as a culmination of the religious fast observed in honor of Goddess Lakshmi. The platter for the garden includes whole or fried Indian bread, pieces of coconut, aloo sabzi or potato curry and rice kheer or rice pudding.
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Friday Lakshmi Vrat Vidhi
Place a clean (new) red cloth on a raised platform and decorate it with an idol of Goddess Lakshmi, Shree Yantra, a Kalash filled with water, jewelery or gold/silver coins.
Make some rice pudding (kheer) to offer to the goddess and distribute it as prasad after the puja is over.
Read the vrat katha aloud, chant Lakshmi mantras and sing aarti.
End the Friday fasting puja with aarti. After the puja is over, distribute the prasad among friends and relatives.
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Friday Lakshmi Vrat Katha
It is a matter of ancient times. Once upon a time a poor Brahmin lived in a village. The Brahmin used to worship Shri Hari Vishnu regularly. Lord Vishnu, pleased with his worship and devotion, appeared to him one day and asked the brahmin to express his wish. The poor Brahmin expressed his desire to have Lakshmi ji's abode in his house. Hearing this, Shri Hari Vishnu told the Brahmin the way to attain Lakshmi. Shri Hari Vishnu said that every morning a woman comes in front of the temple, who comes here and pats it. You invite him to come to your house. That woman is none other than Goddess Lakshmi herself. After Goddess Lakshmi comes to your house, your house will be filled with money and grains and you will not have any shortage. Saying this Shri Hari Vishnu became invisible.
The next morning at four o'clock in the morning the poor Brahmin sat down in front of the temple. After some time, when Lakshmi ji came to put the pudding, the Brahmin requested her to come to his house. Hearing the words of the Brahmin, Lakshmi understood that all this happened at the behest of Shri Hari Vishnu. Lakshmi ji told the poor Brahmin that you should fast on Lakshmi on Friday. 11 By fasting, your desire will be fulfilled. The brahmin performed the fast and worshiped as per the instructions of the goddess. After performing Udyapan by law, Goddess Lakshmi fulfilled her promise and the poor Brahmin did not remained poor. From that day it became a belief that by observing this fast on Friday according to the law, one's wishes are fulfilled
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