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, Goddess Lakshmi,
also called Shri, is the divine spouse of Lord Vishnu and the Goddess
of wealth and fortune. In the vedas, she called Sri.
Goddes Lakshmi indicates prosperity. Worhip of Lakshmi indicates
an appreciation of prosperity and a sense of responsibility towards
it. Depicted an extremely beautiful woman, Lakshmi stands on a lotus.
She has lotuses in various stages of bloom in her two hands. And
even wears a lotus garland.
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, Goddesses Lakshmi is the possessor of
every form of wealth. She is the possessor of great beauty and is
depicted in standing as well as in the seated postures. She is however
always seen on a lotus. In her hands she holds two lotuses.
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