This year it is a different experience of Varamahalakshmi Vratham.
Unlike every year it was a quiet one without any friends or family (thanks to COVID craziness and social distancing) . However, we had a great pooja and my favorite of all ❤ This year I had an additional ammavaru, my husband’s aunt gifted me a new amma’s set (body) with a kalash on top to add coconut and face(roopu). But I already have a roopu that my MIL gave for my wedding and wanted to continue using it. It took a while for me to figure out setting up both the idols and this is how my ammavaru looks ❤
This year setup is simple, elegant and my ammavaru and decorations have come together well.
I used some diya decals ( from Amazon India) and used the orange and red tissue paper garland ( tutorialon my blog) . And for some color pop I used little wood blocks as diya stands( tutorial coming soon) and flowers are a wonderful addition for the whole set up to look divine.
So, here is goddess body with a hole ( kalash) to place coconut. So since the silver face I have is small I have bought a new face(easily available in every temple store).
Well, the real challenge was to place the face to the body without adding coconut. then, i used a foam cone to fill the space and tied the face to it. Then added some wool hair (braided) as jada!
To raise the height used some books and covered with my daughter’s silk skirt (repurposed) in 2 layers and placed the idol on it.
And I always use some jewelry wire to make garlands and they are always a hit. They stay well and easy to decorate.
So, these are some tips in setting up ammavaru for varalkshmi vratham/pooja, hope you find it useful and have a wonderful pooja this year.
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