Goddess Laxmi (महा लक्ष्मी)
या देवी सर्वभूतेषु लक्ष्मीरुपेण संस्थिता |
नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नमः ||
Lakshmi or Mahalakshmi (महा लक्ष्मी)
Lakshmi or Mahalakshmi is the goddess of wealth, material fortune, beauty and prosperity. Goddess Lakshmi in Hindu iconography
is described with four arms, seated on a lotus, dressed in fine garments and precious jewels. Her expression is always calm and
loving. The four hands represent the four ends of human life: dharma (righteousness), kama (genuine desires), artha (wealth), and moksha (liberation from birth and death). The front hands represent the activity in the physical world and the back hands indicate the spiritual activities that lead to spiritual perfection.
The most striking feature of the iconography of Lakshmi is her persistent association with the lotus. The meaning
of the lotus in relation to Shri-Lakshmi refers to purity and spiritual power.
Rooted in the mud but blossoming above the water, the lotus represents spiritual perfection and authority.
Goddess Lakshmi's Vahan ( vehicle) is Owl. The owl (Ulooka in Sanskrit),
is a bird that sleeps through the day and prowls through the night.
Hindus worship Lakshmi on Diwali (दीपावली ), the festival of lights.
Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped by those who wish to acquire or to preserve
wealth. It is believed that Lakshmi (wealth) goes only to those houses which are clean and where the people are
hardworking. She does not visit the places which are unclean/dirty or where the people are lazy.
Mahalakshmi (महा लक्ष्मी) Puja
Goddess Mahalakshmi worshiped on the day of Diwali with Lord Ganesha and Goddess Sarswati,
Mahalakshi puja is performed with puja material, flowers,
lightning the earthen lamps. The Goddess Mahalaxmi puja mantra
महालक्ष्मि नमस्तुभ्यं नमस्तुभ्यं सुरेश्र्वरि|
हरिप्रिये नमस्तुभ्यं नमस्तुभ्यं दयानिधे ||
Laxmi puja with Ganesha
Traditionally on Diwali night this year on November 13, 2012, Lord Ganesha (श्री गणेश)
shares the altar with Lakshmi. Shri Laxmi-Ganesh Pooja takes place on Diwali by placing
their idol on a platform, making various offerings of sandal paste, saffron paste,
perfume (itr), haldi, kumkum, abeer, gulal, garland of cotton beads, flowers.
The legends related to goddess Lakshmi
According to the Vishnu Purana, Lakshmi is the daughter of Bhrigu and Khyaati
and resided in Swarga but due to the curse of Durvasa, she left Swarga and made
Ksheersagara (Sea) her home. The reappearance of Lakshmi after Samudra manthan and her marriage to
Lord Vishnu विष्णु) thereafter.
Lord Vishnu विष्णु)
Lakshmi is the power and Maya of
Lord Vishnu विष्णु) . In some places She is seen in two forms, Bhudevi and Sridevi, both
either side of Vishnu. Bhudevi is the fertility form in which She is Mother
Earth. Sridevi is the wealth and knowledge of Her which is seen with Narayan.
Mahalakshmi is the presiding Goddess of the Middle episode of Devi
Mahatmya. Here she is depicted as Devi in her universal form as Shakti. The manifestation
of the Devi to kill Mahishasura is formed by the effulgences of all the gods.
The Goddess is described as eighteen armed bearing string of beads, battle axe,
maze, arrow, thunderbolt, lotus, bow, water-pot, cudgel, lance, sword, shield,
conch, bell, wine-cup, trident, noose and the discuss sudarsana. She has a
complexion of coral and is seated on a lotus. She is known as Ashta Dasa Bhuja Mahalakshmi.
Goddess Lakshmi many names
In Hindu mythology, Laxmi, also called Shri, is the divine spouse of Lord Vishnu and provides him with wealth for the maintenance and preservation
of the creation. Goddess Lakshmi has many names:
One who likes lotuses
Padmamaladhara devi: One who wears a garland of lotuses
One whose face is as beautiful as a lotus
One whose eyes are as beautiful as a lotus
One who holds a lotus
One who is as beautiful as a lotus
One who is the incarnation of the daughter of Sage Bhrigu
Goddess of wealth
One who is fickle and does not stay at one place
Rama devi/Vaishnavi: Wife of Vishnu
Born from sea.
Wife of lord Hari
Some pictures of Laxmi show two elephants standing next to the goddess, to symbolize the name and fame associated with worldly wealth. The idea conveyed here is that a true devotee should not earn wealth merely to acquire name and fame or only to satisfy his own material desires, but should share it with others in order to bring happiness to others in addition to himself.
The spraying of water denotes activity. The golden vessels denote wisdom and purity.
Goddess Laxmi famous temples in India
Kolhapur - 2000 years old Laxmi temple built by Raja Karan dev in year 109
Orcha - Raja Virsingh Dev built this Laxmi temple in 1662
Khujrahoo - This laxmi temple was built in 920-925
Mumbai - Ramji Sivaji trader built this temple in 1785.
Velour - Velour (Tamilnadu) Lami temple is 5 years old is most richest and beautiful temple in India. This
Mahalaxmi temple built with 1500 kg Gold plates, is illumined with 10,000 deeps (lamps) on Diwali.
Goddess Laxmi Puja