How to Receive Mother Lakshmi’s Grace
During the Month of Shravana
August 8 – September 6, 2021
Shravana Masa is the lunar month that begins two weeks after Guru Purnima occurs. When we worship Mother Lakshmi during the month of Shravana, She drives away the three sufferings of restlessness, worry, and depression. During this month, one should worship Sri Maha Lakshmi to receive Her Divine Grace and drive away the ashta kashtas, which are the eight types of hardship that people face in life.
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Amma’s Guidance for Shravana Masam
During this very auspicious month, Mother Lakshmi’s grace overflows in abundance, and so this month is dedicated to the worship of Sri Maha Lakshmi Devi. Tuesdays and Fridays are two very significant days for worshipping any form of Divine Mother, and observing these days during the month of Shravana is even more powerful. The four Tuesdays throughout the month of Shravana are known as Shravana Mangalavaras, and are very powerful days for the worship of Gauri Devi, the Divine Mother and consort of Lord Shiva. In the month of Shravana, or Shravana Masa, the four Fridays are most important for the worship of Sri Maha Lakshmi. Goddess Sri Maha Lakshmi is Aishwarya Pradayini, the bestower of every kind of wealth–financial, spiritual, or emotional. By worshipping Sri Maha Lakshmi one can eliminate commotion, anxiety, poverty and ill health, and attain peace, brilliance, prosperity, and all noble desires.
For the worship of Sri Maha Lakshmi, Amma recommends the chanting of Samputita Sri Suktam. For those who don’t know Samputita Sri Suktam, they can listen to a recording of it, or they can do japa of any Lakshmi Devi or Devi mantras, or they can just do more meditation.
For the entire month of Shravana, it is best to eat only sattvic foods, like dairy products, fruits, nuts, chapatis, vegetables, lentils, and rice. It is also beneficial to reduce salty, sour, spicy and oily foods in one’s diet. For spiritual aspirants, this is a golden opportunity to focus on one’s sadhana. We should maintain a pure heart and mind, to speak truthfully and kindly, and to act with compassion and in dharma.
Sri Vara Mahalakshmi Vratam Mandala Maha Pooja
During the last few months, Manidweepa Mahasamasthanam under the Divine guidance of Amma Sri Karunamayi, has completed the inauguration of Sri Subramanya Swami Maha Mandala 40-day initiation (deeksha). A new deeksha has been undertaken now for the grace and blessings of Sri Varalakshmi Devi. The Pandita Mandali (a group of extremely learned and eminent Vedic pundits) hane provided the following explanation as to why the ‘Mandala Deeksha’ needs to be performed at Manidweepa Mahasamasthanam under the guidance of Amma.
In 2020, for 3 days – September 1,10:45 am and September 14 and 15, 2:20 pm, the following six planets were sitting in their own houses as per Vedic astrology:
- Sun in Leo
- Moon in Cancer
- Mercury in Virgo
- Mars in Aries
- Jupiter in Sagittarius
- Saturn in Capricorn
A similar planetary alignment took place almost 600 years ago. Vedic astrology predicts that from September 13, 2020, until September 14, 2021, the effects of these 6 planets planetary positions will be felt by all of mankind. In this case Mars is moving closer to Earth and as a result, there are 3 Kalasarpa doshas as per Vedic astrology.
What is a Kalasarpa dosha?
Kalasarpa dosha means “death” in one word.
When Mars (Kuja) comes very close to the gravitational pull of the earth there are significant dangers of fire accidents, water disasters, floods, earthquakes, catastrophic deaths, crop failures, and the loss of human lives in all countries.
In 2020, we all experienced the effects (especially financial difficulties) of Pancha (5) Graha Yoga – 5 planets in their own houses and also Chatur (4) Graha Yoga. The impact will continue until September 2021
Before mankind was able to recover from these malefic effects in 2020, the year 2021 saw 4 more Kalasarpa doshas; 3 of which have aready passed. December 4 will be the start of another Kalasarpa dosha. This year’s doshas will continue until Ugadi 2022. For the Vedic year 2021-2022, Mars (Kuja) is the King and Commander-in-Chief, Senadhipathi. The lord of the year, Mars (Kuja) is a fiery and violent planet. Recently, we have all experienced the Mars (Kuja Graha) afflictions as the planet expresses his negative side which warps into rage, jealousy, fights, arguments, physical violence, war, abuse, etc. He is a cruel force, kroor-graha, a natural malefic. In your birth chart and also in transit, he brings about changes linked with force and action.
In 2021, mankind experienced 3 Kalasarpa doshas and the world has become fragmented. Many people have experienced financial difficulties, experienced tragedies, faced many obstacles etc. Human beings and planets must work in unison and now it is time to seek the grace and blessings of Sri Mahalakshmi Devi. If Sade Sati, (a 7 ½ year when Saturn enters the zodiac sign immediately before the zodiac sign of Moon at the time of the birth of an individual) occurs it will not leave immediately. The initiation of Sri Varalakshmi Devi as part of the the 40-day Mandala Deeksha will prevent all changes in life that can cause many serious difficulties. As a result, all efforts will be positive and favourable, and by the grace of Sri Mahalakshmi Devi the great wealth willbe bestowed. Sri Mahalakshmi Devi removes all the misery and misery of mankind.
In how many forms Sri Mahalakshmi Devi can be worshipped?
1. Sri Mahalakshmi Devi Nitya Puja
It is also known as Nityamu (daily) Sri Nitya Mahalakshmi Pooja. In most Hindu families, the Ashtottara Pushpa (flowers) Pooja or Kumkum (Red vermilion) Archana is performed daily for Sri Mahalakshmi Devi. Archana includes Shodasha Upacharas. Offerings of pure cooked rice, jaggery pongali (pudding) and fruit as Naivedyam, and Harathi are offered. This is the way to worship Sri Mahalakshmi Devi all the time.
2. Sri Lakshmi Pooja every Friday
Arrangements for Sri Mahalakshmi Pooja on Fridays begin from the preceding Wednesday. Thursday is called Sri Lakshmi day. Note: The deities are not to be moved on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Hence, the entire pooja altar should be cleaned on Wednesday and prepared for Friday pooja.
On Friday, the pooja altar is decorated with flowers. Later, abhishekam with milk or Panchamritabhishekam is performed to the idol of Sri Lakshmi Devi, or the idol of Sri Lakshmi Narayana and to Sri Chakra. Abhishekam with Brahmi cow milk is used to increase will increase the energy in the house. Those who perform the abhishekam in this manner will be freed of all ailments and the divine glory or glow of Goddess Sri Maha Lakshmi will enter the body. On Friday, the milk pudding (Payasam) is offered to Sri Lakshmi Devi. Simply cook the rice with Brahmi cow milk and mix it with sugar candy powder or aged jaggery, Brahmi cow ghee, cardamom powder, natural camphor, saffron, raisins and cashews which are first are fried and mixed. This is called Ksheerannam (Milk rice) or Palapayasam (Milk pudding). This is the Pradhana (main) Naivedyam offered mainly to Goddess Sri Mahalakshmi Devi and Lord Narayana! For Sri Maha Lakshmi Pooja on Friday, Indian women take holy bath – Abhyangana snanam by applying oil to their head and complete all the pooja before sunrise.
Firstly, perform Sri Ganesha Pooja, followed by Lord Sriman Narayana Pooja with tulasi (holy basil) leaves and offer the same tulasi (basil) leaves to goddess Sri Mahalakshmi Devi. When the pooja is performed in this manner, Sri Mahalakshmi Devi bestows great blessings.
3. During the month of Shravana – every Monday, Sri Mahalakshmi Pooja and Rudrabhishekam
The month of Shravana is associated with Shravana Star. Since Shravana Star is the most sacred birth star of Lord Sri Venkateswara Swamy, on this day Sri Maha Lakshmi Narayana is specially worshipped with Bilwarchana (bael leaves). Bilvapatram is literally the abode of Sri Mahalakshmi. Performing Bilva Patra Pooja is very special for both Sri Mahalakshmi and Lord Sriman Narayana on all Mondays during Shravana month. Fast throughout the day.
Sri Shiva Panchakshari Japam is chanted at least 5,000 times. In the evening, after performing Rudrabhishekam to Lord Shiva, offer Naivedyam and Harathi followed by Vedic Mantrapushpam offerings. Then eat fruit, milk, or light fasting food. Shiva pooja performed on this day bestows the highest results. It’s a very great sacred day.
Shravana Monday Rudrabhishekam, destroys the heinous sins of millions of births. Shravana Monday is the great sacred day for bestowing good fortunes. All over India, Shiva temples are bustling with millions of devotees from morning until the temples close at night. Fasting on this day blesses with all yogas. The divine charisma of Sri Mahalakshmi enters the devotees.
4. Shravana Tuesdays
There are 4 Tuesdays in month of Shravana which are auspicious for the worship to Sri Sarva Mangala Gauri Devi. During these great festive days, women especially worship goddess Sri Mangala Gauri Parvati Devi.Because many unrests in everyone’s life are emotionally depressing. Illnesses hurt severely. Sometimes, your children will not read well, and development may be poor in some cases.
Sri Gauri pooja is performed on Tuesdays during Shravana month to prevent property disputes, court issues and for harmony between husband and wife,
happiness in the family, for happy atmosphere at home. The solution to all problems is Sri Shravana Mangala Gauri Pooja.
Life goes into a lot of turmoil due to some doshas as the marriage does not take place at the right time (right muhurtham) during one’s marriage. This causes a lot of depression. For all these, the only pooja is the grace of goddess Sri Gauri Devi. If this pooja happens on Tuesdays during Shravana month, all the above difficulties due to “Kuja” doshas will be removed immediately.
Sarva ‘Mangala’ is goddess Sri Gauri Mata, one who performs abhishekams and worship goddess Sri Gauri Mata all these dangers will be removed immediately and immense strength, peace and daily development in the home will be bestowed. Removes all gandalu (all deaths).
Mother Sri Mangala Gauri Devi protects from hardships caused by Mars. Goddess who bestows strength and courage is Shakti Mata Sri Mangala Gauri Mata.
CALENDAR OF SELECT EVENTS FOR 40-DAY MANDALA DEEKSHA
Beginning July 30, 2021, and ending September 6, 2021, Manidweepa Mahasamathanam will be focusing on a 40 Day Sadhana for the grace and blessings of Goddess Sri Mahalakshmi Devi in the month of Shravana and to mitigate the malefic effects of Sade Sati on all mankind – the ‘hard’ transit of Saturn.
Day 1: Friday, July 30 Saptami, starts in Revathi Star. In the morning, abhishekams in the sanctum sanctorum to Sri Lakshmi Devi and Sri Lakshmi Sahasranama Kumkuma archana will be performed. In the evening 13 homams will be performed each day during the 40-day festival.
Day 2: Saturday, July 31 till 6:38 am Saptami. Then Ashtami, Ashwini star Saturday.
Day 3: Ashada Krishna paksham – Ashtami till morning 6:32 am; Bharani Star till 7:30 pm night, Sunday.
Day 4: Monday, August 1 – Navami – Krittika Star until 10:05 pm
Day 5: Tuesday, August 2 – Ashlesha Karte, Dashami Rohini Star until 12:41 am.
Day 6: Wednesday, August 3, Ekadashi until 12:26 pm. Maasa (monthly) Shivaratri, Star Mrigashira until 3:10 pm.
40-Day Mandala Sri Mahalakshmi Saubhagya Vratam
August 8 – New Moon Padmaka Mahayogam. It is also the day of Sri Jyotir Bhimeshwara Swamy Vratam.
August 9 – Moonrise
August 13 – Naga Panchami festival day
August 14 – Surya Sashti festival day
August 15 – Bhanu Saptami, Independence Day
August 17 – Simha Sankranthi at 4:13 pm; Hari Pada Punyakalam; Kruta Yuga ends today.
August 20 – Sri Mahalakshmi Devi Vratam
August 21 – Onam festival
August 22 – Shravana Poornima; Raksha Bandhan Day; Sri Chandi Homam
August 24 – Chatur Masya Dwiti Yakam
Sri Krishna Janmashtami 3-Day Festival Celebrations
Day 1 – August 25: Sankashta Chaturthi Vratham
Day 2 – August 29: Bhanu Saptami
Day 3 – August 30: Sri Krishna Janmashtami
August 31 – Pubba Karte
September 1 – Shani Trayodashi,
September 5 – Masa (monthly) Shivaratri, Teachers’ Day
- Agni Savarnika Manvantaram
- Kusha Grahanam
- Polala Amavasya
- Soma Amavasya
- Shravana Amavasya
- Padmaka Yoga Punya day
- Shravana Masam ends today
September 7 – Shiva Mauna Vratam Day; New Moon.
Shravana Masam Sponsorships
By worshipping Divine Mother in the Sri Chakra, aspirants will attain every kind of blessing and will also attain moksha – spiritual liberation. When one offers flowers to the Sri Chakra while chanting Samputita Sri Suktam on all the thirty days of the month of Shravana, Sri Dhana Lakshmi will come to stay in one’s home, bringing peace, love, harmony, and true abundance. The soothing, compassionate glances of Mother Dhana Lakshmi will fill one’s entire home with radiant divine light. Dhana means wealth, and Sri Dhana Lakshmi grants every kind of wealth, from financial wealth, to the wealth of good health, and to the wealth of a rich inner life.
When you sit in front of a Sri Chakra and chant the Samputita Sri Suktam, the sound vibrations from the mantras fall on your six chakras and untie the subtle granthis, or knots, allowing all the chakras to open like beautiful lotus blossoms. In this way, you will be protected from any negative karma or ill health. Those powerfully auspicious sound vibrations will give you courage, mental balance, and the ability to dwell in your higher Self. In addition, those who wholeheartedly worship Divine Mother in the Sri Chakra will be blessed with harmony in all their relationships. May all receive Divine Mother’s abundant grace by worshipping Sri Maha Lakshmi in the month of Shravana!
Other Days of Special Note in the Month of Shravana
August 20, 2021 – This day is known as Sri Vara Lakshmi Vratam, and on this day, Mother Lakshmi grants every kind of auspicious boon. A vara, or boon, is a divine gift that is obtained in an incomprehensible and completely surprising manner, at a time when you thought it could never be obtained. Sri Vara Lakshmi Devi is the Goddess who confers upon you such boons that you never thought of or imagined. When you worship Sri Vara Lakshmi Devi for four Fridays in the month of Shravana, then Sri Vara Maha Lakshmi Devi will bless you with the fulfillment of all the boons that you desire. The worship of Sri Vara Lakshmi Devi will enable you to attain even sashvata vidya, or eternal knowledge. Sri Saraswati Devi is none other than Vidya Lakshmi, who grants Her worshippers this eternal knowledge. With the grace of this Goddess, even a complete illiterate can be transformed into a scholar.
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Another very auspicious day is Shravana Purnima, August 3, the full moon day in the month of Shravana. This day is a very powerful day for worshipping Divine Mother, and you can chant the Sri Devi Khadgamala Stotram. One can perform Sri Chakra puja and offer kumkum, flower petals or milk to a Sri Chakra while chanting Sri Khadgamala Namavalih.
This day is also known as Rakhi Purnima, because on this day the festival of Raksha Bandhan is celebrated. This is a very touching festival which honors the special bonds of affection between brothers and sisters. It doesn’t matter what our family situation may be, we will always have a loving mother and father in Sri Devi and Lord Siva. And since Sri Ganesha is Sri Devi and Lord Shiva’s son, this is like acquiring a loving older brother for us all. Thus, imagining Sri Ganesha as your brother, you can observe Raksha Bandhan by offering him a rakhi (new white cotton string to which turmeric is applied). Imagine that you are tying that rakhi on Sri Ganesha’s wrist, and offer him some sweets or fruits. Then you will feel and experience that Sri Ganesha is your own brother, and that he is always with you to protect you!
Performing Sri Chakra puja on any full moon day fulfills all desires, gives abundant divine radiance, and grants moksha itself.
SPONSORSHIP FOR SRI MAHA LAKSHMI DURING THE MONTH OF SHRAVANA
Sri Maha Lakshmi’s face is filled with tranquility, and she wears a subtle and gentle smile upon her face. When she is worshipped with utmost faith and devotion on all four Fridays of the Sravana Masa, we can receive her daya, her most loving compassion, and thereby attain the highest fulfillment of our lives.
At the Sri Manidweepa Mahasamstana, Shodasa Abhishekas, sixteen types of sacred offerings will be lovingly poured over Sri Maha Lakshmi Devi’s divine form. The sixteen offerings include milk, yogurt, honey, fruit juices, sugar, coconut water, fruit pieces, waters from sacred rivers, water charged with the vibrations of nine jewels, kumkum, turmeric, sandalwood powder, water charged with the divine power of gold, sugarcane juice, flowers, and perfumed water. Each of these sixteen items carries a slightly different energy which brings different types of blessings into our lives, whether for financial wealth, emotional peace, or harmony in the family.
After offering these sixteen items, ashtagandha dhupam, or eight types of fragrances will be offered to Sri Maha Lakshmi Devi. Then, some beautiful nine-yard silk saris are offered to Devi. Sri Maha Lakshmi Devi will then be adorned with many types of jewels and ornaments as a gesture of intense love and affection. When we see Mother Lakshmi dressed in such beautiful colors and sparkling with gold and gems, we get a tiny glimpse of the vast cosmic glory of Mother, who contains the light of billions of suns and moons put together. Then, Sri Maha Lakshmi Devi is worshipped with the chanting of her 1000 divine names as 1000 lotuses are offered at her lotus feet.
This is followed by worship with very rare and auspicious sixteen-petaled gold lotuses. When gold is offered to Mother, she showers the Earth with her cosmic radiance, and the offering of lotuses attracts the divine energy of purity and true abundance.
Then, Sri Maha Lakshmi Devi is offered maha naivedyam, the consecrated food which has been carefully prepared with love and faith. When we offer food to Mother, she ensures abundance of food for all her children. Finally, the auspicious harati ceremony is performed, which celebrates the offering of our own souls to Mother. Special lotuses and other sacred articles are offered to Mother as auspicious divine music is played in her presence. This ceremony continues with the offering of many types of scented smoke and trays with different numbers of lights, according to Amma’s specific guidance. Harati culminates with maha mangala harati, the final supremely auspicious offering of 108 auspicious lights.
Each Friday during Shravana, a special homa for Sri Maha Lakshmi Devi will be performed. A number of other homa ceremonies will also be done, in order to attract various aspects of divine grace for healing different problems. These homas include Sri Lakshmi Ganesha homa, Sri Narayana Mula Mantra Homa, Sri Maha Lakshmi Samputita Sri Sukta Homa, Sri Kamalatmika Lakshminarayana Hrudaya Homa, Sri Maha Lakshmi Mula Mantra Homa, and Sri Maha Lakshmi Gayatri Homa.
These Homas have the power to heal problems in family relationships, encourage harmony between husband and wife, and attract every kind of prosperity into one’s home. As always, the homa ceremony will end with purnahuti, the supreme offering to the homa fire, mangala harati, the offering of auspicious lights, and naivedyam, the offering of consecrated food.
Truly, Sri Maha Lakshmi represents subtle light, subtler than the subtlest tejas, or divine effulgence. In the physical world, the closest phenomenon through which one can witness this most subtle effulgence is the yajna, the sacred fire ceremony. The Veda rishis say that the power of the yajna fire is the effulgence of Sri Maha Lakshmi Devi. A rishi, or sage, means “a being with immense faith.”
During a Homa ceremony, numerous mantras are chanted by a group of highly trained Brahmin priests. A mantra is an assembly of specific syllables combined with the power of divine thought and principle. When a mantra is chanted repeatedly by a single person or by a group of people for 108 times or even 1000 times, these sound waves create circular energy waves that emanate outwards to create a field with a supreme potential. This energy field cannot be witnessed by the naked eye. However, a flow of supreme, divine energy is generated in this field. What happens to this flow of energy? As the field expands rapidly, the energy flows through the entire atmosphere of the Earth, enveloping it in divine energy. This cosmic flow of energy can create wondrous things in this external world according to one’s noble wishes.
The seed letters contained within a mantra are indestructible. The powerful effulgence of these seed letters fills those who hear the mantras and also those beings for whom these seed letters are being chanted. The circular waves of power and energy that emanate from the chanting of the mantras can traverse this entire cosmos. Not only this, these waves enter deeply into the inner minds of those for whose benefit the mantras are being chanted. This phenomenon is not limited by how far away the beneficiaries reside.
Prana Shakti, or life energy, can travel wherever Bhavana Shakti, the power of thought, can travel. There is much potency even in the casual words spoken by a person. But compared to the power of casually spoken words, the power of mantra is far more powerful. With a power that is beyond this external world, the radiance of a mantra can spread throughout all the galaxies of this universe. The radiance of a mantra also enters into the inner world, and awakens the energy centers of the subtle body, no matter how fast asleep these centers may be. Thus, they fill the individual with indescribable effulgence. Those who are immersed in the chanting of a mantra will radiate a light and power that is completely beyond this external world. The inner consciousness of these practitioners will blossom at once.