MOTHER LAKSHMI

The word Lakshmi is derived from the Sanskrit word called “Laksya” which means goal. Mother Lakshmi is good luck for Hindus and is the goddess of spiritual wealth, luxuries, peace, and illumination. Lakshmi is depcited as a beautiful woman with four arms sitting on a a lush lotus. Her four arms represent the four ends of life as a human. These four ends are known as dharma (righteousness), kama (desires), artha (wealth), and moksha (liberation). In her picture, gold coins flow from her hands showing that those who worship her gain wealth.

A consort of Lord Vishnu, it is said that Mother Lakshmi only goes to the homes of those devotees whose house is clean and the people are hard working. She is mostly worshipped on Diwali, the festival of lights. The hindu devotees will light lamps outside their homes in hope that Mother Lakshmi will vist their homes and shower blessings upon them. With her other two hands she plays the music of love and life on a string instrument called the veena. She is dressed in white – the symbol of purity – and rides on a white swan – symbolizing Sattwa Guna or purity and discrimination. Saraswati is also a prominent figure in Buddhist iconography – the consort of Manjushri.

The lotus that she holds in her hand and sits upon signifies beauty. The red saree that she wears signifies prosperity. The coins flowing from her hand signifies wealth tho those who engage in proper worship. The elephants spraying water in the background signifies Dharma (righteousness). With her other two hands she plays the music of love and life on a string instrument called the veena. She is dressed in white – the symbol of purity – and rides on a white swan – symbolizing Sattwa Guna or purity and discrimination. Saraswati is also a prominent figure in Buddhist iconography – the consort of Manjushri.

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