Hindu Gods and Goddesses
Goddess Laxmi (Goddess of Wealth & Prosperity
Consort of Vishnu
Goddess Lakshmi is the consort of Lord Vishnu (Lord of Protection Maintenance & Preservation). To go hand in hand with Lord Vishnu's act of maintenance and preservation, Goddesses Lakshmi is the possessor of every form of wealth. "Sri" is consdiered to be a pre-vedic deity associated with fertility, water and this deity was later merged with the vedic deity of beauty, Lakshmi.
The word Lakshmi could have its origin from the sanskrit terms
Thus Goddess Lakshmi is the source of wealth, fortune, prosperity, love and beauty. In the avatarams of Lord Vishnu, Lakshmi took various forms to accompany him - Sita with Rama, Rukmini with Krishna.
She is the possessor of great beauty and is depicted in standing as well as in the seated postures, always on a lotus. In her hands she holds two lotuses and wears a garland of lotus. She is often depicted clad in a red saree.
She is accomapnied by two (sometimes four) elephants on either side either garlanding her or spraying water from pitchers. She has four arms. The two upper arms are holding lotuses, while the lower arms are normally in abhaya and varada mudras. She has on her lap, a pot overflowing with gold and other riches. She is also depicted sometimes holding the amirtha kalasam (pot of ambrosia) and bilva fruit.
Lakshmi are her eight forms which are the commonly worshipped aspects. In
each form, she bestows one form of wealth to her devotees.
There are numerous poojas and festivals which are performed to invoke her blessings such as on Deepavali, Varalakshmi Viratham. During Navarathiri (9 nights) special prayers are offered to Sakthi, Lakshmi and Saraswathi - 3 nights for each goddess.
Lotus: The lotus has an exclusive quality. Though the plant & flower dwells in water, water tends to roll of the surface. Lord Krishna says in his Bhagavad Gita, ‘live life like a lotus that is untouched by water even when it dwells in it". Goddess Lakshmi is the deity most associated with the lotus to indicate that while we should enjoy the wealth & prosperity showered by her we should try not to be too attached to material wealth.
Amritakalasam: signifies that Goddess Lakshmi is the bestower of the immortality.
Santhaanalakshmi namasthaesthu puthrabowthra pradaayini |
Vidhyalakshmi namasthaesthu brahma vidhyaaswaroopini |
Dhanalakshmi namasthaesthu sarvadhaarithrya naasini |
Dhaanyalakshmi namasthaesthu sarvaabaranabooshithae |
Maedhaalakshmi namasthaesthu kalikalmasha naasini |
Gajalakshmi namasthaesthu sarvadevaswaroopini |
Veeralakshmi namasthaesthu paraasakthiswaroopini |
Jeyalakshmi namasthaesthu sarvakaarya jeyapradhae |
Bhaagyalakshmi namasthaesthu sowmaangalya vivarthini |
Keerthilakshmi namasthaesthu vishnu vashasthalasthithae |
Aarogyalakshmi namasthaesthu sarvaroga nivaarini |
Soundaryalakshmi namasthaesthu sarvaalangaara shobithae |
Saamraajyalakshmi namasthaesthu bukthimukthi pradaayini |