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Lakshmi is the auspicious goddess of
wealth and fortune, whether it is material or spiritual. The word ”Lakshmi”
has been derived from the Sanskrit word Lakshay, meaning “aim” or ”goal”.
Goddess Lakshmi suggests the aim of life, which includes all worldly and
spiritual success. Lakshmi is the divine consort of Lord Vishnu and provides him
with wealth for the maintenance and preservation of the creation. Sometimes,
Maha Lakshmi is also known as ”Laxmi”.
Lakshmi is the goddess of
wealth, luxury, fertility, fortune, purity, beauty, power, generosity and
auspiciousness. She is claimed to fulfill the promises of material, wealth and
Lakshmi and her association with “Shri”
According to the Hindu mythology, the sacred name of Lakshmi is
”Shri”. Whether in written or verbal form, ”Shri” always suggests presence
of goddess Lakshmi in it. ”Shri” is written at the top of most of the
documents. It is usually spoken before addressing a god, or any revered
individual. The usage of ”Shri” itself evokes grace, affluence, abundance,
authority and auspiciousness. The word ”Shri” is spoken or written, an aura of
holiness is established. Sri is associated with the material side of life, just
like the word ”Om” is associated with the spiritual side of life.
Goddess Lakshmi – The Image
Generally, Lakshmi is portrayed as
a beautiful lady with golden complexion, dressed in red color attire and adorned
with precious jewels. Lakshmi has four hands representing the four ends of human
life, Kama (desires), Artha (wealth), and Moksha (liberation) from the cycle of
birth and death. She holds lotus bud in two of her hands, which stands for
beauty, purity, spirituality and fertility. She sits on a fully blossomed lotus,
a seat of divine truth.
Cascades of gold coins are seen flowing from her
hands, illustrating that she blesses people with wealth. The constant effort of
two elephants is often shown standing next to the goddess and spraying water. It
denotes that, in accordance with one’s dharma when governed by wisdom and
purity, leads to both material and spiritual prosperity. The personal charm of
Lakshmi is considered par excellence. An aura of divine happiness, mental and
spiritual satisfaction, and prosperity always exists around her.
Belief Regarding Goddess Lakshmi
It is believed that Lakshmi
resides in a place where virtue, righteous- ness, truth and compassion prevail.
Goddess Lakshmi is considered to stay at a clean place. Wealth is required to
meet the basic needs of life. People worship Lakshmi for the well being and
prosperity of the family.
On the auspicious night of Diwali, Hindus worship
Lakshmi ceremonially at home, pray for her blessings. It is believed that on
this night the goddess herself visits the homes and replenishes the inhabitants
Lakshmi Chalisa is a forty verse prayer dedicated to Maha
Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity. Shri Laxmi Chalisa is believed to
have been composed by Sundardasa. Verses are usually dedicated to praise the
goddess. The acts and deeds of Goddess Lakshmi are recalled in these verses to
aid the devotee to meditate on virtuous and noble qualities.
Lakshmi is the goddess of beauty, wealth and good fortune in the
Hindu Mythology. Goddess Lakshmi is one of the most popular goddesses among the
Hindus. Maha Lakshmi is the divine consort of Lord Vishnu and assists him with
wealth for the maintenance of the universe. Lakshmi fulfills all the wishes of
her sincere devotees. Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped to attain wealth, beauty and