Lakshmi : Not Confined In India Only
Lakshmi: The Goddess of Safety and Prosperity
Lakshmi is the goddess of prosperity and wealth who is worshiped in the homes of almost every Hindu. She is the consort of Lord Vishnu, one of the most revered Trinity deities of Hinduism (Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwar). Looking for the literal meaning of the word Lakshmi, it appears that Lakshmi is the goddess who guides one’s goal( Lakshya). Saraswati, Lakshmi and Parbati are also known as the Trinity Goddess. It is da believed that “Lakshmi Thakurani” is worshiped only by Hindus in different parts of India, but that proves to be wrong, when we look at the stone artefacts of “Lakshmi Thakurani” found in different nations of South Asia.
In China, Lakshmi’s name is written as Lāhākxīmǐ (拉克希米; ‘Competitor-Profit – Hope- Rice’).
The Japanese goddess of luck and prosperity, Kishijoten (吉祥 天, ‘Happy Heaven’), is similar to Lakshmi.
According to mythology, the sea moved during the churning of the sea in search of nectar, and Mother Lakshmi ascended. When she woke up, her ” Bhuvan Mohini”(world beauty who fascinates each and all) beauty attracted all the gods but Vishnu demanded her hand and she also liked him.
According to the Markandeya Purana, Lakshmi killed Mahisasur in the form of her incarnation (DURGA) . Therefore, she is also known as Mardini of Mahisasur( killer of the demon ).
She is called Padma because of the similarity and association of her beauty with the flower . Her other names include Kamala, Padmapriya, Padmamukhi, Padmaxi, Padma Sundari, Jagadishwari, Vishnupriya and Ulkabahini.
Goddess Lakshmi is mentioned as the daughter of Brahmarshi Bhrigu and the gods left heaven and took refuge in the sea due to the specific curse of a sage on Indra. Lakshmi was reunited with Narayan after the churning of the sea.
Lakshmi is also seen in Jainism and Buddhism as an important goddess of fortune and wealth, depicted in stupa, places of worship, and cave temples.
Goddess Lakshmi is very dedicated to her husband and many pictures show her massaging His feet. Whenever Lord Vishnu descended on earth for human lila( role play), Lakshmi Thakurani accompanied him. She was Sita for Lord Rama and Rukmini for Lord Krishna. Lakshmi is believed to be a symbol of all female beauty .She is the divine power of Lord Vishnu .According to Hindu beliefs, all women are supposed to be symbols of Lakshmi.
Goddess Lakshmi is worshiped for wealth, family living, friends, good harvests, good health, etc. She is worshiped alone or with Lord Vishnu. According to the Vishnu-Purana, Sri or Lakshmi is the mother of all beings and Hari or Vishnu is the father. Lord Vishnu is called Narayan. In a rough translation, we can extend GOD as GENERATOR, OPERATOR, DESTRUCTOR . The Trinity of our God Brahma stands for Generator, Vishnu as Operator and Shiva as Destructor. If Lakshmi represents the speech, then Lord Vishnu represent the meaning of it . If Lord Vishnu represents understanding, Lakshmi is the intellect behind it. The kind eyes of Goddess Lakshmi can change one’s destiny . Its symbol is the lotus (lotus) which symbolizes beauty, fortune and liberation and can be seen depicting the art standing or sitting on it.
Gajalakshmi or Lakshmi seen with elephants is usually seen sitting on the lotus flower . Surrounded by elephants (symbols of abundance and prosperity) who pour water on the goddess.
Lakshmi is commonly found in ancient artefacts in coins.One is the Abhay coin (the image of fearlessness) and the other is the Baramudra (the image of the fulfillment of desires).
Lakshmi’s four hands symbolize the four goals of Hindu life which are religion, work, money and salvation. Lakshmi’s name is also mentioned in the Rig Veda and Atharva Veda. Her idols are found in Hindu temples throughout South Asia. She is depicted on coins of ancient India. Diwali, Navratri and Sharadapurnima are dedicated to her.
Lakshmi present in Anant cave, khandagiri
( Ist century BC)
Lakshmi present in Srabanbelagola Karnataka ( present in Jain tradition)
Lakshmi in AngkerVat temple Combodia
Lakshmi present in Sanchi Stupa, North gate, Madhya Pradesh,India
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Dr. Manoj Mishra
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Very interesting write up manoj Yes they are one & the same Ravana tried to split Lakshmi from Narayana & we all know how that ended