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