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lakshmi

in hinduism, lakshmi or laxmi is the goddess of wealth, light and fortune, as well as (secondarily) luck, beauty and fertilitylakshmi is married to vishnu, and also married his incarnations rama (in her incarnation as sita), krishna (as rukmini) and venkateshwara (as alamelu.) physically, goddess lakshmi is described as a fair lady, with four arms, seated on a lotus, dressed in fine garments and precious jewels. she has a benign countenance, is in her full youth and yet has a motherly appearance.

the most striking feature of the iconography of lakshmi is her persistent association with the lotus. the meaning of the lotus in relation to shri-lakshmi refers to purity and spiritual power. rooted in the mud but blossoming above the water, completely uncontaminated by the mud, the lotus represents spiritual perfection and authority. furthermore, the lotus seat is a common motif in hindu iconography.

hindu gods and goddesses, typically sit or stand upon a lotus, which suggests their spiritual authority.

goddess lakshmi is worshipped by those who wish to acquire or to preserve wealth. it is believed that lakshmi (wealth) goes only to those houses which are clean and where the people are hardworking. she leaves places which are unclean or where the people are lazy.

adi lakshmi: mother lakshmi resides with lord narayana in vaikuntha, the abode of lord narayana. she is known as rama, which means bringing happiness to the mankind. she is also known as indira (who holds lotus or purity). in this form, laxshmi is normally seen serving sri narayana. lord narayana is omnipresent. adi lakshmi or rama lakshmi serving sri narayana is symbolic of her serving the whole creation. adi lakshmi and narayana are not two different entities but one only. lakshmi is shakti. lakshmi is the power of narayana.

dhanya lakshmi: dhanya means grains. lakshmi is the goddess of the harvest and the devi who blesses with abundance and success in harvest. harvest is a time of abundance after a long period of patience and tending to fields. this symbolizes the inner harvest, that, with patience and persistence, we obtain the abundance of inner joy through the blessing of dhanya lakshmi.

dhairya lakshmi: this form of mother lakshmi grants the boon of infinite courage and strength. those, who are in tune with infinite inner power, are always bound to have victory. those who worship mother dhairya lakshmi lead a life with tremendous patience and inner stability.

gaja lakshmi: in the holy book of srimad bhagavata the story of the churning of the ocean by gods and demons is explained in detail. sage vyasa writes that lakshmi came out of the ocean during the churning of the ocean (samudra manthan). so she is known as a daughter of the ocean. she came out of the ocean sitting on a full-bloomed lotus and also having lotus flowers in both hands with two elephants by her sides holding beautiful vessels.

santana lakshmi: in the family life, the children are the greatest treasure. those who worship this particular form of sri lakshmi, known as a santan lakshmi, are bestowed with the grace of mother lakshmi and have wealth in the form of desirable children with good health and a long life.

vijay lakshmi: vijay is victory. vijay is to get success in all undertakings and all different facets of life. vijay is to conquer the lower nature. hence those, with grace of mother vijay lakshmi, have victory everywhere, at all time, in all conditions. victory to vijay lakshmi!

dhana lakshmi: dhana is wealth. wealth comes in many forms: nature, love, peace, health, prosperity, luck, virtues, family, food, land, water, will power, intellect, character, etc. with the grace of mother dhana lakshmi we will get all these in abundance.

vidya lakshmi: vidya is education. serenity, regularity, absence of vanity, sincerity, simplicity, veracity, equanimity, fixity, non-irritability, adaptability humility, tenacity, integrity, nobility, magnanimity, charity, generosity and purity are the eighteen qualities imbibed through proper education that only can give immortality.


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