As the goddess of wealth and prosperity — both material and spiritual, Lakshmi is a symbol of good luck.
“Lakshmi” is derived from the Sanskrit word Laksya, which translates as “aim” or “goal.”
Usually depicted as a beautiful woman with a golden complexion and four hands, Lakshmi is the daughter of Durga and the wife of Vishnu, having taken different forms to be with him in each of his incarnations.
Her four hands represent four aspects of human life: dharma (righteousness), kama (desires), artha (wealth) and moksha (liberation) from the cycle of rebirth.
She is often shown wearing gold-embroidered red clothes. Lakshmi is usually depicted either sitting or standing on a lotus and holding a lotus bud to represent beauty, purity and fertility.
She is believed to be a protector, as well as bestower of fortune.
Lakshmi is often associated with the dosha kapha.
A common mantra to Lakshmi:
Om Sarvabaadhaa Vinirmukto, Dhan Dhaanyah Sutaanvitah
Manushyo Matprasaaden Bhavishyati Na Sanshayah Om
Ode to the goddess to eradicate all evil forces and bestow upon all a prosperous and a better future.
Articles consulted for this blog post:
- Invoking Lakshmi: the goddess of wealth in song and ceremony
- The book of the goddess, past and present: an introduction to her religion
- Is the goddess a feminist?: the politics of South Asian goddesses
- Hindu gods and goddesses
- Femininity, equality, and personhood
- The constant and changing faces of the goddess: goddess traditions of Asia
- The Little Book of Hindu Deities: From the Goddess of Wealth to the Sacred Cow
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