Varalakshmi Vratam is an important pooja performed by many women in thestates of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka and some parts of Tamil Nadu.The Hindu festival going by the name ‘Vara Lakshmi Vratam‘ is celebrated on the last Friday of the bright fortnight in the month of Ashadham, also called Adi, which corresponds to the English months of July-August. There is a legend that says that this vratam was recommended by Lord Shiva to his wife Parvati to gain wealth and prosperity. There is also another legend that tells us the story of a very pious lady Charumati who was asked by goddess Varalakshmi, in her dream, to do the vratam in-order to fulfill her wishes. She performed the vratam along with other ladies in her village with a lot of devotion. They offered the deity lots of delicacies and once the vratam was completed, they were amazed to find their bodies decked with expensive jewels and their homes full of riches.