Shri Lakshmi, Goddess of Wealth


Goddess Lakshmi is the Goddess who governs all the forms of wealth and auspiciousness. It is She who paves a w way for success and all the forms of prosperity. Mother Lakshmi is often depicted in several colors: Pink, Gold and White. When Lakshmi's skin color is Pink, She is the Divine Mother. When Her skin is Gold, She is the Universal Shakti and when Her skin is white, She is Mother Earth. As the consort of Lord Vishnu (Narayana), She is the Mother of divinity, wellbeing and beauty. Sri Lakshmi embodies Sublime Beauty, Siddhi, Peace, Strength, Balance, Auspiciousness, Opulence and Wisdom. In the Atharva Veda (7:155) it is mentioned that a thousand Lakshmis are born with the birth of a virtuous and auspicious being. This signifies Her auspiciousness. Because Lakshmi possesses all of these good and noble qualities, She embodies infinite wealth~ symbolizing that good and noble qualities are the only wealth we can keep. As mentioned in the Shatapatha Brahmana, Sri is the purest and the original form of Lakshmi. Sri is the auspicious energy (consort) of Lord Vishnu. It is Sri from who the gods and other heavenly personalities derive their energies in the matter of the cosmic maintenance.

Lakshmi Devi is always depicted sitting or standing on a lotus with golden coins flowing in an endless stream from one of her hands symbolic of when the lotus of wisdom blossoms, the wealth of good and noble qualities appears and Lakshmi's blessings are present. The word 'Lakshmi' is derived from the Sanskrit word "Laksya", meaning 'aim' or 'goal', and she is the goddess of wealth and prosperity, both material and spiritual. She emerged during the churning of the Ocean between Devas and Asuras as the Goddess of Fortune and was accepted by Lord Vishnu as His Consort. Lakshmi is the household goddess of most Hindu families, and a favorite of women. Although She is worshipped daily, the festive month of October is Lakshmi's special month.

Bodily Features

Lakshmi is depicted as a beautiful woman of golden complexion, with four hands, sitting or standing on a full-bloomed lotus and holding a lotus bud that stands for beauty, purity and fertility. Her four hands represent the four ends of human life: dharma or righteousness, kama or desires, artha or wealth, and moksha or liberation from the cycle of birth and death. Cascades of gold coins are seen flowing from Her hands, suggesting that those who worship Her gain wealth. She always wears gold embroidered red clothes. Red symbolizes activity and the golden lining indicates prosperity. Lakshmi is the active energy of Vishnu, and also appears as Lakshmi-Narayan, Two elephants are often shown standing next to the goddess and spraying water. This denotes that ceaseless effort, in accordance with one's dharma and governed by wisdom and purity, leads to both material and spiritual prosperity.

Regarded as Mother

Worship of a mother goddess has been a part of Indian tradition since its earliest times. Lakshmi is one of the mother goddesses and is addressed as "mata" (mother) instead of just "devi" (goddess). As a female counterpart of Lord Vishnu, Mata Lakshmi is also called 'Sri', the female energy of the Supreme Being. She is the goddess of prosperity, wealth, purity, generosity, and the embodiment of beauty, grace and charm.

Regarded as Family Goddess:

The importance attached to the presence of Lakshmi in every household makes Her an essentially family deity. Householders worship Lakshmi for the wellbeing and prosperity of the family. Businessmen and women also regard Her equally and offer Her daily prayers. On the full moon night following Dusshera or Durga Puja, Hindus worship Lakshmi ceremonially at home, pray for Her blessings, and invite neighbors to attend the puja. It is believed that on this full moon night the goddess Herself visits the homes and replenishes the inhabitants with wealth. A special worship is also offered to Lakshmi on the auspicious Diwali night.

Blessing of Sixteen Types of Wealth:

Goddess Lakshmi bestows 16 types of wealth: Fame, knowledge, courage and strength, victory, good children, valour, gold, gems and other valuables, grains, happiness, intelligence, beauty, higher aim, higher thinking, morality, good health and long life. The festive month of October is Lakshmi`s special month. Fridays are considered auspicious to worship the Goddess. Three days of Navratri - 4th, 5th, 6th days - are highly meritorious to worship the Goddess and invite the wealth energies into one`s life.

How to Please Goddess Lakshmi

Recite Sri Sukta

Keep a picture or an idol of Goddess Lakshmi in the prayer room. Pray to her with deep sincerity. Recite Sri Sukta for 30 days and life will change. It is a composition of 15 verses and all desires are fulfilled by her mercy on its holy recitation.

Lakshmi Idols:

Lakshmi epitomizes wealth, prosperity, fortune, and the embodiment of auspiciousness. She is the divine consort of Lord Vishnu. Her four hands represent the four goals namely Dharma, Karma, Artha and Moksha. As the goddess of fortune and beauty, she represents abundance, prosperity, wealth, well-being and harmony. Worshiped by millions of Hindus or followers of Vedic customs, she is also considered as the universal goddess of opulence. Lakshmi idols can be placed at your home for daily worship and it is the best way to meditate on her powerful form. It fills the home and the occupants with positivity and fortune. We offer Lakshmi idols in brass and marbles as well as natural gemstones.

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Chanting of Lakshmi Mantra

"Om Shreem Hreem Shreem Mahalaxmiyei
Om Shreem Hreem Shreem namah!!"
Lotus Seed Mala:

Use Lotus seed mala or rosary for reciting the mantra. It is called Kamal Gatta mala. This mala is made from lotus seeds, the lotus being a symbol of growth, as it blooms beautifully even in the most unlikely, difficult environments, and is a metaphor for our own growth. To get rid of poverty and have material gain this bead is used for daily worship as this pleases the Goddess immensely.
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12 Mukhi Rudraksha
Lotus stem wick :

Every Friday, light an earthen lamp of ghee, using nine wicks of lotus stem. This organic lotus stems wicks proficiently prepared by fibers of Lotus stems would be a blissful and unique way to light lamps. It attracts highly positive wealth vibrations and grants all kinds of material success.
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Sea Shells or cowries :

It is a natural and auspicious Large Sea shell. It may be used as an offering plate for your Puja items or as a decorative piece. Place cowries or sea shells in the place of worship to attract highly positive energies into the household.
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Wealth Success Chakra Vastu Kit:

This kit activated your Venus Corner of the home. It comes with a large Rose Quartz rock and 7 mukhi and Gauri Shankar Java Rudraksha beads and Pink Tourmaline bead. It electrifies your wealth corner and enhances prosperity, good fortune, abundance and wealth.
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Lakshmi Puja Mantra Japa and Homa:

It is one of the best was to please Lakshmi. One should perform this havan in order to attain prosperity through one’s honest hard works.

This havan or homa includes Kalash Sthapana, Panchang Sthapana (Gauri Ganesh, Punyavachan, Shodash Matrika, Navgraha, Sarvotabhadra), 64 yogini Pujan, Shetrapal Pujan, Swasti Vachan, Sankalpa, Ganesh Pujan and Abhishek, Navgraha Pujan and 108 chants of each planetary mantra, Invocation of major Gods and Goddesses in Kalash, Laxmi Idol Abhishek and Pujan, Laxmi Yantra Puja, Recitation of Lakshmi Suktam, Lakshmi Stotram Mantra and Recitation of Kanakdhara Strotra, Lakshmi Mantra Japa, Laxmi Homa, Aarti and Pushpaanjali.
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Mahalakshmi Kantha
Mahalakshmi Kantha:

For those who seek good health, fulfillment of desires and grace of Goddess Mahalaxmi. This is the key. It is made of Collector 7 mukhis in thread with sandal wood bead spacers. Wear it and it gradually brings financial stability.
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Seven Mukhi Rudraksha Mala:

Those who are seeking definite progress in career, good health and relief from the unnecessary contentment should chant Lakshmi mantra on or wear this bead. All the beads are Seven Mukhi. A Seven Mukhi bead is ruled by Mahalakshmi. Once worn with proper mantra chanting, it gradually introduces you to financial or wealth opportunities.
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Lakshmi Pyramid:

Lakshmi Pyramid is one of the most mysteruious and powerful sacred objects. It has Shree Yantra etched on the base. This unique art provides the benefit of both Pyramid and Shree Yantra. The Crystal pyramid is itself a forceful field of light and energy, which can be used as a sonic protection against negativity. Pyramid structure emits positive energy which neutralizes the negative energy caused within any premises due to incorrect vastu. The Shree Yantra, also known as the Yantra of the cosmos, is a highly eye-catching and one of the most dynamic of all Yantras with a total of nine triangles, four pointing upward and five pointing downward.
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Praying to Tulsi:

Another way to please Goddess Lakshmi is by lighting a lamp and praying to tulsi plant. All the Gods reside in the place where a tulsi plant is grown. Fragrant agarbattis or incense can be lit to fill the atmosphere with pleasant vibrations. All wishes get fulfilled by worshipping tulsi and immense merit is accrued by paying obeisance to her.

Bamboo Flute:

Keep a bamboo flute tied with a silken cloth at home for peace and harmony. Flute is dear to Lord Krishna and Lakshmi is pleased when Lord Krishna (an incarnation of Vishnu) is pleased. It must be placed in the prayer altar for its auspicious vibrations that help promote unity of family and continuous flow of good luck into one`s life.

Feeding a Cow:

On Fridays, feed a cow with sweetened white rice to attract the grace of Mahalakshmi. All obstacles are removed and sins are destroyed. Immense wealth is obtained when cows are fed well.

Footprints of Lakshmi:

Draw the footprints of Lakshmi by using raw rice flour in the pooja room to welcome her into the house. Drawing the auspicious footprint of Lakshmi will invite the presence of Vishnu too. Both Lakshmi and Vishnu are inseparable. Their blessings will relieve one of all sins, curses and grant eternal blessings of good conduct, right living, virtues and abundance. Peace and wellbeing is assured.

Laxmi Puja Procedure

The first and foremost step to perform any puja requires cleanliness; likewise Sri Mahalakshmi Puja also necessitates cleanliness. According to Puranas, Goddess Lakshmi akin to neatness and visits the houses those are kept clean. The following are the few steps to perform Sri Mahalakshmi Puja; it is believed that whoever worships Sri Mahalakshmi with utmost faith devotion would be blessed with peace and prosperity throughout their life.

Chakra Association

Laxmi rules the Manipura Chakra. This is the place where a person become a “lustrous Gem” and achieves name and fame and fulfillment of all worldly desires. Blockage of chakra causes worries, stresses and the person feels stuck in an endless loop of bad luck.

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