Image from Moor.
Basic Description: Lakshmi
is the wife and shakti of Vishnu and is known as the goddess of good fortune,
wealth, and prosperity.
Alternate Names: Padmam, Sri,
Ada Maya, Locki. Also, she has a different incarnation for many of Vishnu's
has no temples
but is worshiped in every home on all important occasions. Divali, the day dedicated
to her worship, is observed all over India. A specific practice associated
with Lakshmi is a special bath Hindu women take with particular ceremonies occurring
on certain days that are auspicious to female beauty.
pictured with Vishnu, Lakshmi is seen sitting at his feet or flying with him
on his riding animal, Garuda. Alone, she is pictured with a lotus.
is said that Lakshmi rose from the milk-ocean when it was churned for ambrosia.
When she appeared, she captivated all the gods with her beauty. Shiva asked
for her hand, but he had already captured the moon which had come from the sea.
This being the case, Vishnu pressed his claim for Lakshmi, who
preferred Vishnu as opposed to Shiva anyhow. Shiva, in despair, drank poison
that was prevented from reaching his bowels by Parvati.
Riding Animal: She
rides with Vishnu on Garuda.
is the consort of Vishnu and appears with him in every many of his avatars.
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Pantheon. Los Angeles, CA: The Philosophical Research Society, Inc., 1976.
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