Mahalakshmi Vrat is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi and is observed for sixteen consecutive days starting from the ‘Ashtami’ of the Shukla Paksha in the Hindu calendar month of ‘Bhadrapada’. It ends on ‘Krishna Paksha Ashtami’ of the ‘Ashwin’ month.
Mahalakshmi Vrat 2022 starts: September 3, Saturday.
Ashtami Tithi Begins: September 03, 2022 12:28 PM.
Ashtami Tithi Ends: September 04, 2022 10:40 AM.
Mahalakshmi Vrat 2022 ends: September 17, Saturday.
Rituals: Devotees offer prayers to Goddess Lakshmi every morning for 16 continuous days during the vrat. All the eight forms of Mahalakshmi are worshipped during this period.
Ritualistically, the vrat observer wears a string on left hand with sixteen knots being tied in the string.
After puja of Goddess Lakshmi, sixteen Durva grasses are tied together. It is dipped in water and sprinkled over the body. At the end of puja, Mahalakshmi Vrat Katha is recited.
Those who observe the vrat don’t eat non-vegetarian food during the period of 16 days.
On the last day of the vrat, a Kalash is worshipped. It is filled with water, few coins and akshatas. The neck of the Kalash is covered with mango or betel leaves, with a coconut placed on the top.
The Kalash is smeared with sandalwood, turmeric paste and kumkum. A piece of new cloth is tied to the Kalash.