Hindu God - Goddess Lakshmi

by V.A.Ponmelil (All rights reserved by the author)

Goddess Lakshmi is symbolism of wealth and prosperity. In Sanskrit, the word ''Lakshmi'' means "goal." She represents the goal of life including worldly and spiritual prosperity. She is also called as Shri, who is the divine spouse of Lord Vishnu. She is believed to provide him with wealth for the maintenance and preservation of the creation.

The four arms in four directions represent the omnipresence and omnipotence of the Goddess.

The red color with golden lining cloth indicates that she is always busy distributing wealth and prosperity to the devotees.

The lotus seat represents that enjoying the wealth without being obsessed by it.

The four hands represent the dharma, the kama, the artha and the moksha.

The gold coins depict the wealth and prosperity given by her. The two elephants signify the name and fame.

Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped at home shrines and temples.  She is offered special poojas during Diwali.


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