Still stressing about what to gift your friends, family, and guests for Varalakshmi Vratam this year? Finding the perfect return gifts that show you care without breaking the bank can be tricky. But don't worry; Desifavors has got you covered. In this article, we'll share some thoughtful yet affordable gifting options for the extraordinary women in your life to show your appreciation for them on this auspicious day. From pastel purses to tealight holders and backdrop decor to combo gifts, we have gift ideas for moms, sisters, aunts, and friends. By the end of this article, you'll have some great gift inspiration to thrill your loved ones this season!
Rituals of Varalakshmi Vratam
The rituals of Varalakshmi Vratam are quite elaborate and involve several steps. The preparations for the puja start a day before the actual day of the puja. Women clean their houses and decorate the puja room with flowers, rangoli, garlands, and other traditional items. They also prepare the neivedyam (an offering made to the goddess). On the puja day, women install the Kalash, a pot filled with rice and decorated with mango leaves and turmeric, in their pooja space. The Kalash symbolizes Goddess Varalakshmi.
The puja involves reciting mantras, offering the goddess flowers, fruits, and sweets, and performing the aarti. Women also tie a sacred thread, called the "Raksha," on their right wrist, which is believed to bring them good luck and prosperity. After the puja, the women offer “neivedyam” to the goddess, which usually consists of rice, jaggery, coconut, and other sweets. They then distribute the “prasad” to their family members, neighbors, and guests. As gratitude for having attended the puja ceremony, return gifts are given to all the guests.
Return Gift Ideas for Varalakshmi Vratam
Varalakshmi Vratam celebrates the divine feminine energy, so gifting something that empowers the women in our lives is ideal and thoughtful. Here are some unique and traditional return gift ideas for Varalakshmi Vratam 2023:
Lakhsmi Home Decor
Since the puja is dedicated to Goddess Varalakshmi, gifting a memento of the goddess as a take-home gift is a great idea. You can get guests a beautiful idol of the goddess. Goddess Lakshmi has long been associated with the Lotus flower. Like the lotus, Lakshmi shows how to transcend material wealth for spiritual progress. So anything Lotus-themed should be an excellent choice for this day. Bright and colorful Pooja garlands, rangoli, cutouts, or backdrop sheets are other gifts that will earn special attention and help your guests transform their pooja spaces.
Gifting traditional handicrafts, which are unique and represent the cultural heritage of India, may be something your friends prefer. Beautifully handcrafted Kumkum boxes used for the tilak make a cherished gift and represent womanhood. Bangles, blouse pieces, sindoor and kumkum boxes, and floral accessories are all preferred in-budget traditional gifting choices for this season. Combo gifts are a huge recommendation for this season. A bag filled with goodness and love is the right way to cheer your guests this season.
Gifting pooja items your friends can use at home can be a very thoughtful gesture. A diya, incense holder, tealight holder, or a small statue of Lakshmi are thoughtful gifts that can be used during prayers and worship. Decorative thalis, torans, or wall hangings featuring festival Lotus and Lakshmi themes are popular return gift options. You might also consider kitchenware like bowls or glassware for more practical gift ideas.
Traditionally an essential ritual of the Varalakshmi Vratam puja is the "Vayanam" given to the female guests. A "Vayanam" contains a thali, kumkum and haldi sachets, flowers, a blouse, fruit, and bettle nut pieces. Apart from these, modern-day traditions have added a lot more to show how much they value their guests based on the depth of their pocket. However, one can always add thoughtful and helpful gifting items like purses, ring holders, Goddess idols, etc., to add a personal touch to their gifting.
Backdrop kits are contemporary ways to transform pooja spaces traditionally. Backdrop sheets instantly take over any room they are added to with their charm. Additional accessories like garlands, cutouts, torans, flowers, and lights add a traditional and cultural touch to the decor. Such gifts add beauty and vigor to your loved one's celebrations as with the right background and color, one can create stunning decor ideas.
Varalakshmi Vratam is a significant festival in India celebrated with great enthusiasm and devotion. Whether you gift a Laksmi backdrop kit or a home decor item, try to pick something meaningful yet contemporary. With so many options, finding the perfect, modern return gift for your Varalakshmi Vratam 2023 guests will be a breeze. Focus on high-quality, practical, yet premium presents, and your thoughtfulness will be felt and remembered for years to come. Make the most of this auspicious festival by strengthening your bonds with friends and family. Head to the Desifavors store for an unending list of items you can purchase for your pooja day!
May Goddess Lakshmi bless you and your loved ones with prosperity and happiness!