Goddess Lakshmi is the Goddess who governs all the forms of wealth and auspiciousness. It is She who paves a w way for success and all the forms of prosperity. Mother Lakshmi is often depicted in several colors: Pink, Gold and White. When Lakshmi's skin color is Pink, She is the Divine Mother. When Her skin is Gold, She is the Universal Shakti and when Her skin is white, She is Mother Earth. As the consort of Lord Vishnu (Narayana), She is the Mother of divinity, wellbeing and beauty. Sri Lakshmi embodies Sublime Beauty, Siddhi, Peace, Strength, Balance, Auspiciousness, Opulence and Wisdom. In the Atharva Veda (7:155) it is mentioned that a thousand Lakshmis are born with the birth of a virtuous and auspicious being. This signifies Her auspiciousness. Because Lakshmi possesses all of these good and noble qualities, She embodies infinite wealth~ symbolizing that good and noble qualities are the only wealth we can keep. As mentioned in the Shatapatha Brahmana, Sri is the purest and the original form of Lakshmi. Sri is the auspicious energy (consort) of Lord Vishnu. It is Sri from who the gods and other heavenly personalities derive their energies in the matter of the cosmic maintenance.
Lakshmi Devi is always depicted sitting or standing on a lotus with golden coins flowing in an endless stream from one of her hands symbolic of when the lotus of wisdom blossoms, the wealth of good and noble qualities appears and Lakshmi's blessings are present. The word 'Lakshmi' is derived from the Sanskrit word "Laksya", meaning 'aim' or 'goal', and she is the goddess of wealth and prosperity, both material and spiritual. She emerged during the churning of the Ocean between Devas and Asuras as the Goddess of Fortune and was accepted by Lord Vishnu as His Consort. Lakshmi is the household goddess of most Hindu families, and a favorite of women. Although She is worshipped daily, the festive month of October is Lakshmi's special month.
Lakshmi is depicted as a beautiful woman of golden complexion, with four hands, sitting or standing on a full-bloomed lotus and holding a lotus bud that stands for beauty, purity and fertility. Her four hands represent the four ends of human life: dharma or righteousness, kama or desires, artha or wealth, and moksha or liberation from the cycle of birth and death. Cascades of gold coins are seen flowing from Her hands, suggesting that those who worship Her gain wealth. She always wears gold embroidered red clothes. Red symbolizes activity and the golden lining indicates prosperity. Lakshmi is the active energy of Vishnu, and also appears as Lakshmi-Narayan,
Two elephants are often shown standing next to the goddess and spraying water. This denotes that ceaseless effort, in accordance with one's dharma and governed by wisdom and purity, leads to both material and spiritual prosperity.
Regarded as Mother
Worship of a mother goddess has been a part of Indian tradition since its earliest times. Lakshmi is one of the mother goddesses and is addressed as "mata" (mother) instead of just "devi" (goddess). As a female counterpart of Lord Vishnu, Mata Lakshmi is also called 'Sri', the female energy of the Supreme Being. She is the goddess of prosperity, wealth, purity, generosity, and the embodiment of beauty, grace and charm.
Regarded as Family Goddess:
The importance attached to the presence of Lakshmi in every household makes Her an essentially family deity. Householders worship Lakshmi for the wellbeing and prosperity of the family. Businessmen and women also regard Her equally and offer Her daily prayers. On the full moon night following Dusshera or Durga Puja, Hindus worship Lakshmi ceremonially at home, pray for Her blessings, and invite neighbors to attend the puja. It is believed that on this full moon night the goddess Herself visits the homes and replenishes the inhabitants with wealth. A special worship is also offered to Lakshmi on the auspicious Diwali night.
Blessing of Sixteen Types of Wealth:
Goddess Lakshmi bestows 16 types of wealth: Fame, knowledge, courage and strength, victory, good children, valour, gold, gems and other valuables, grains, happiness, intelligence, beauty, higher aim, higher thinking, morality, good health and long life. The festive month of October is Lakshmi`s special month. Fridays are considered auspicious to worship the Goddess. Three days of Navratri - 4th, 5th, 6th days - are highly meritorious to worship the Goddess and invite the wealth energies into one`s life.
How to Please Goddess Lakshmi
Recite Sri Sukta
Keep a picture or an idol of Goddess Lakshmi in the prayer room. Pray to her with deep sincerity. Recite Sri Sukta for 30 days and life will change. It is a composition of 15 verses and all desires are fulfilled by her mercy on its holy recitation.
Lakshmi epitomizes wealth, prosperity, fortune, and the embodiment of auspiciousness. She is the divine consort of Lord Vishnu. Her four hands represent the four goals namely Dharma, Karma, Artha and Moksha. As the goddess of fortune and beauty, she represents abundance, prosperity, wealth, well-being and harmony. Worshiped by millions of Hindus or followers of Vedic customs, she is also considered as the universal goddess of opulence. Lakshmi idols can be placed at your home for daily worship and it is the best way to meditate on her powerful form. It fills the home and the occupants with positivity and fortune. We offer Lakshmi idols in brass and marbles as well as natural gemstones.
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Chanting of Lakshmi Mantra
"Om Shreem Hreem Shreem Mahalaxmiyei
Om Shreem Hreem Shreem namah!!"