Lakshmi is the Goddess of wealth and prosperity, both material and spiritual. The word ''Lakshmi'' is derived from the Sanskrit word Laksme, meaning "goal." Lakshmi, therefore, represents the goal of life, which includes worldly as well as spiritual prosperity. In Hindu mythology, she is also called Shri, is the divine spouse of Lord Vishnu and the Goddess of wealth and fortune.
She indicates prosperity. Worhip of Lakshmi indicates an appreciation of prosperity and a sense of responsibility towards it. Depicted an extremely beautiful woman, she sits on a lotus. She has lotuses in various stages of bloom in her two hands. And even wears a lotus garland.
Lakshmi normally appears on one of three vehicles. In her enlightened aspect, sattvic guna, she accompanies Vishnu on Garuda. In her materialistic aspect, raja guna, she appears with two elephants on either side of her. The owl depicts the pernicious aspect of wealth. Though its considered a bird of ill omen and a symbol of darkness, the owl also symbolizes wisdom and intelligence because of its ability to presage events.
The four arms represent the four directions in space and thus symbolize omnipresence and omnipotence of the Goddess. The red color symbolizes activity. The golden lining (embroidery) on Her red dress denotes prosperity. The idea conveyed here is that the Goddess is always busy distributing wealth and prosperity to the devotees.
The lotus seat, which Lakshmi is standing upon, signifies that while living in this world, one should enjoy its wealth, but not become obsessed with it. Such a living is analogous to a lotus that grows in water but is not
wetted by water.
Since the right side of the body symbolizes activity, a lotus in the back right hand conveys the idea that one must perform all duties in the world in accordance with dharma. This leads to moksha (liberation), which is symbolized by a lotus in the back left hand of Lakshmi.
The golden coins falling on the ground from the front left hand of Lakshmi,
illustrate that She provides wealth and prosperity to Her devotees. Her front right hand is shown bestowing blessings upon the devotees. To go hand in hand with Lord Vishnu's act of maintenance and protection, she is the possessor of every form of wealth.
In the avatarams of Lord Vishnu, Lakshmi also took varous forms to accompany him - Sita with Rama , Rukmini with Krishna. Ashta Lakshmi are her eight forms which are the commonly worshipped aspects. In each form, she bestows one form of wealth to her devotees.
The 8 FORMS are
ADI - Gives us wealth,
AISHWARYA - Gives us Fame,
DHANA - Gives us Food,
DHANYA - Good us Prosperity ,
GAJA - Gives is Money,
SANTANA- Gives us Children,
VEERA - Gives us strength,
VIJAYA - Gives us Sucess . (Ashtlakshmi Sukta Yantra)There are numerous poojas and festivals which are performed to invoke her blessings.
HOW TO PLEASE GODDESS LAKSHMI
Heera Shankh - Dakshinavarti Shankh to appease Maa
Yantras : Shree Yantra , Mahalakshmi Yantra , Ashtlakshmi Sukta Yantra , Shubh Labh , Vyapar Vridhi Indrani Yantra, Meru yantra
Rudraksha : One mukhi , Seven mukhi,
Pendants : Mahalakshmi , LakshmiGanesh, LakshmiNarayan
Puja : Mahalakshmi Homam, LakshmiNarayan Homa
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