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Written by: Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach
Monday, July 26, 2010

I was invited to attend Varalakshmi Vratham ceremonies in the home of a friend originally from Andhra Pradesh (Telugus) when I lived in Corning, New York. The celebrations I attended in the home were mainly attended by Telugus, a few Tamils and some Kannidigas. As far as I know this celebration is concentrated among those from Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka states in India though it is quite possible it extends into other communities throughout India. I have also attended this prayer in the Sri Vidya Rajarajeshwari Temple in Rush, New York. Based on my experiences attending this festival in two different kinds of venues, I wanted to share some of the etiquette I learned while attending these ceremonies.

As I wrote these etiquette tips last year, I will post briefs about the two articles and link to them. Feel free to click through to read the details.

In part one (here), I answer the question "What happens during a Varalakshmi Vratham prayer celebration?" I had found a really nicely made video on YouTube of Varalakshmi Vratham as celebrated in someone's home. This celebration is very traditional and also very similar to the one I attended in my friend's home. I had taken time to watch the video and explain the different sections of the video so a newcomer would know what is happening during each part of the celebration. Also, view this post to browse some photos of decorations of the puja celebrations- the main attraction being the decorated coconut that represents Devi (Goddess), Lakshmi.

In part two (here), I share some tips on cross-cultural behavior, mannerisms and spiritual tips to follow during the ceremony.

I hope you find something useful in these tips that relates to daily life. If you have some further tips to share or want to help me improve what I have here, feel free to leave comments on the blog or contact me! Thank you.

Thank you for spending time on my blog.

Related posts/sites:
Varalakshmi Vratham Prayer Celebrations Video, Tutorial and Tips     
Tutorial: Tips and Etiquette for Attending Varalakshmi Puja at Home or in Temple  


Jennifer Kumar is a cross-cultural teacher, trainer and lifestyle adjustment mentor helping people feel more comfortable in cultures far from home. Are you worried about making friends, adjusting to a new job, raising children, conversing in a new language or everyday lifestyle changes when moving to a new country? She can help you explore these topics and more before you leave or after you arrive. She was educated in India as a social worker and in America as a life coach. Feel free to see her website - Authentic Journeys - Lifestyle and Cultural Transition Services.

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