Lakshmi is the auspicious goddess of wealth and fortune, whether it is
material or spiritual. The word ''Lakshmi'' has been derived from the
Sanskrit word Lakshay, meaning "aim" or ''goal''. Goddess
Lakshmi suggests the aim of life, which includes all worldly and
spiritual success. Lakshmi is the divine consort of Lord Vishnu and
provides him with wealth for the maintenance and preservation of the
creation. Sometimes, Maha Lakshmi is also known as ''Laxmi''.
Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth, luxury, fertility, fortune, purity,
beauty, power, generosity and auspiciousness. She is claimed to fulfill
the promises of material, wealth and contentment.
Lakshmi and her association with "Shri''
According to the Hindu mythology, the sacred name of Lakshmi is
''Shri''. Whether in written or verbal form, ''Shri'' always suggests
presence of goddess Lakshmi in it. ''Shri'' is written at the top of
most of the documents. It is usually spoken before addressing a god, or
any revered individual. The usage of ''Shri'' itself evokes grace,
affluence, abundance, authority and auspiciousness. The word ''Shri'' is
spoken or written, an aura of holiness is established. Sri is associated
with the material side of life, just like the word ''Om'' is associated
with the spiritual side of life.
Goddess Lakshmi - The Image
Generally, Lakshmi is portrayed as a beautiful lady with golden
complexion, dressed in red color attire and adorned with precious
jewels. Lakshmi has four hands representing the four ends of human life,
Kama (desires), Artha (wealth), and Moksha (liberation) from the cycle
of birth and death. She holds lotus bud in two of her hands, which
stands for beauty, purity, spirituality and fertility. She sits on a
fully blossomed lotus, a seat of divine truth.
Cascades of gold coins are seen flowing from her hands, illustrating
that she blesses people with wealth. The constant effort of two
elephants is often shown standing next to the goddess and spraying
water. It denotes that, in accordance with one's dharma when governed by
wisdom and purity, leads to both material and spiritual prosperity. The
personal charm of Lakshmi is considered par excellence. An aura of
divine happiness, mental and spiritual satisfaction, and prosperity
always exists around her.
Belief Regarding Goddess Lakshmi
It is believed that Lakshmi resides in a place where virtue, righteous-
ness, truth and compassion prevail. Goddess Lakshmi is considered to
stay at a clean place. Wealth is required to meet the basic needs of
life. People worship Lakshmi for the well being and prosperity of the
On the auspicious night of Diwali, Hindus worship Lakshmi ceremonially
at home, pray for her blessings. It is believed that on this night the
goddess herself visits the homes and replenishes the inhabitants with
Lakshmi Chalisa is a forty verse prayer dedicated to Maha Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity. Shri Laxmi Chalisa is believed to have been composed by Sundardasa. Verses are usually dedicated to praise the goddess. The acts and deeds of Goddess Lakshmi are recalled in these verses to aid the devotee to meditate on virtuous and noble qualities.
Names of Lakshmi
Lakshmi is the goddess of beauty, wealth and good fortune in the Hindu Mythology. Goddess Lakshmi is one of the most popular goddesses among the Hindus. Maha Lakshmi is the divine consort of Lord Vishnu and assists him with wealth for the maintenance of the universe. Lakshmi fulfills all the wishes of her sincere devotees. Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped to attain wealth, beauty and good luck.