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.
Vahan ( vehicle) is Owl. The owl (Ulooka in Sanskrit), is a bird that sleeps through the day and prowls through the night.