Lakshmi: Everything You Need To Know

Lakshmi (or Laxmi) is the Goddess of wealth and prosperity: both in the material sense and the spiritual sense. She is associated with Vishnu, which makes sense because he is the God who maintains the world, so during everyday life, Lakshmi plays a big role.  You may also hear her called Mahalakshmi, which is “Maha” + “Lakshmi,” meaning Great Lakshmi. When Vishnu incarnates on earth as an avatar, Lakshmi joins him. Sita and Radha (lovers of Rama and Krishna) were incarnations of Lakshmi. It is said that Lakshmi gives Vishnu his energy

Why Worship LakshmiStories * Symbolism * Holidays * How She Is Worshiped * Mantras and Bhajans

 

Why Worship Lakshmi

She brings success to hard working and dedicated people who call on her. Though she is the Goddess of wealth, one should not call on her with greed. Fridays are the best day for worshiping Lakshmi.

Stories

Lakshmi’s Rebirth

The story of the churning of the ocean comes up once again! According to legend, Lakshmi was angered by Indra’s arrogance and left the world. She was rediscovered when she emerged during the churning of the milky sea. Having her there brought success to the Devas and they were able to defeat the demons because of her presence.

Birth of Lakshmi

Sage Bhrigu set out to find what satisfies hunger and learnt from Varuna, the god of the sea, that everything in this universe is ultimately food. Soon Sage Bhrigu realized that Goddess Saraswati nourishes only the mind. He realized the importance of food and found that it is also equally important to nourish the body. With the help of his learning, he invoked Goddess Lakshmi, which nourishes the body. For a balanced and happy life – Goddess Saraswati, that nourishes the mind, and Goddess Lakshmi, that nourishes the body, are equally important. – http://www.hindu-blog.com/2008/12/story-of-goddess-lakshmi-as-daughter-of.html

Kamadeva

Did you know that there is a Hindu cupid? Just like the western stories, he is a mischeveous God of desire who shoots people with arrows of lust. His bow is made of sugarcane and his arrows are tipped in flowers. He rides a parrot. Some stories say that he is the son of Lakshmi.

Symbolism

They say that she prefers a clean home and will visit the cleanest homes first!

The lotus flower has a great significance for Hindus. It is said that it is able to float on the surface of muddy water without becoming unclean. This is a symbol of what we should be as human beings: a part of the world, within the world, but also unsullied by the world. Lakshmi is the ultimate worldly Goddess who also brings spiritual blessings.

Holidays

She is one of the forms of mother Shakti that is worshiped during Navratri

Her worship ceremonies also include people offering food and sweets, chanting her 108 names, prayers repeated and devotional songs being sung. To light the way for Lakshmi to enter their homes, women line up their windows in light. –Hindu Devotional Blog

Here are the 108 names:

Name Meaning
Prakruti Natural World
Vikruti Many-Sided Nature
Vidya Knowledge
Sarvabhootahitaprada Provider of Universal Facts
Shraddha Devotion
Vibhuti Prosperity
Surabhi Celestial Creature
Paramatmika Omnipresent
Vachi Eloquent Speaker
Padmalaya Sitting on the Lotus
Padma Lotus
Shuchi Personification of Purity
Swaha Shape of Swahadevi (Auspicious)
Swadha Shape of Swadhadevi (Inauspicious)
Sudha Amrut (Nectar)
Dhanya Embodiment of Gratitude
Hiranmayi Golden Appearance of Hirana (Dear)
Lakshmi Goddess of Wealth and Fortune
NityaPushta Gaining Strength Day By Day
Vibha Radiant
Aditi Bright like the Sun
Deetya One who Answers the Prayers
Deepta Flame-Like
Vasudha The Earth
Vasudharini Bearing burden of the Earth
Kamala Lotus
Kantha The Divine Consort of Vishnu
Kamakshi One with Attractive Eyes
Kamalasambhava Originating from the Lotus
Anugrahaprada Granter of Good Wishes
Buddhi Intelligence
Anagha The Sinless
Navadurga All Nine Forms of Durga
Harivallabhi The Devine Consort of Lord Hari
Ashoka Dispeller of Sorrows
Amrutha One who is like Amrut (Nectar)
Deepa With Radiance
Lakashokavinashini Remover of Universal Agonies
Dharmanilaya Creator of Eternal Law
Karuna Kindhearted
Lokamatri Mother of the Universe
Padmapriya The Lover of Lotus
Padmahasta Having Lotus-Like Hands
Padmakshya Lotus-eyed
Padmasundari Beautiful Like the Lotus
Padmodbhava One Who Emerged Out of the Lotus
Padmamukhi Lotus-Faced
Padmanabhapriya Beloved of Padmanabha
Ramaa Pleaser of the Lord
Padmamaladhara The Wearer of Lotus Garland
Devi The Goddess
Padmini Lotus
Padmagandhini Having the Aroma of Lotus
Punyagandha Having Divine Scent
Suprasanna Ever Glowing and Smiling
Prasadabhimukhi Emerging to Grant Boons
Prabha One who is Radiant like the Sun
Chandravadana Having Moon like Face
Chanda One who is cool like the Moon
Chandrasahodari Sister of the Moon
Chaturbhuja One having four arms
Chandrarupa Moon-Faced
Indira Radiant like the Sun
Indusheetala One who is cool like the Moon
Ahladajanani Source of Joy
Pushti Healthy
Shiva The Auspicious One
Shivakari Source of all auspicious things
Satya The Truthful
Vimala Pure, Chaste
Vishwajanani Mother of the Universe
Pushti Possesses All Wealth
Daridriyanashini One who removes poverty
Preeta Pushkarini One with lovely eyes
Shanta Peaceful
Shuklamalambara Wearer of White Garland
Bhaskari Radiant like the Sun
Bilvanilaya One who lives under Bilva tree
Vararoha Ready to Offer Boons
Yashaswini The Famous
Vasundhara Daughter of the Earth
Udaranga Endowed with a Beautiful Body
Harini Beautiful like Deer
Hemamalini Having Golden Garlands
Dhanadhanyaki Bestower of Wealth and Food grains
Siddhi Ever Ready to Protect
Straina Soumya Showering Goodness on Women
Shubhaprada Granter of Auspicious Things
Nrupaveshvagathananda Loves to Live in Palaces
Varalakshmi Granter of Bounty
Vasuprada Bestower of Wealth
Shubha One who is auspicious
Hiranyapraka Amidst Gold
Samudratanaya Beloved Daughter of the Ocean of Milk
Jaya The Goddess of Victory
Mangala Most Auspicious
Devi The Goddess
Vishnuvakshah Residing in Vishnu’s Chest
Vishnupatni The Consort of Vishnu
Prasannakshi With graceful eyes
Narayana Samashrita One who sought Refuge in Narayana
Daridriya Dhwamsini Destroyer of Poverty
Devi The Goddess
Sarvapadravanivarini Dispeller of all Distresses
Mahakali A Form of Kali
Brahma-Vishnu-Shivatmika Trinity of Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva
Trikala-dnyanasampanna Aware of all, the Past, Present and Future
Bhuvaneshwarya The Supreme Deity

Grand pujas to her are also done on Diwali

The Ashta Lakshmis are eight manifestations of the goddess Lakshmi and preside over eight sources of wealth and thus represent the powers of Sri Mahalakshmi. They are as follows:

  1. Aadi Lakshmi – The First Lakshmi
  2. Dhaanya Lakshmi – Granary wealth
  3. Dhairya Lakshmi – Wealth of courage
  4. Gaja Lakshmi – Elephants, symbolizing wealth and prosperity
  5. Santana Lakshmi – Wealth of fertility and progeny
  6. Vijaya Lakshmi – Wealth of victory
  7. Vidyaa Lakshmi – Wealth of knowledge and education
  8. Dhana Lakshmi – Wealth in monetary terms

How She Is Worshiped

Here is one of the more involved and detailed pujas that can be performed to Ma Lakshmi:

Vaibhava Lakshmi Puja

Here is a basic Diwali Lakshmi puja printable: https://www.mypanchang.com/simplelakshmipuja.pdf

Here is one from Hindu Blog (a great resource!) http://www.hindu-blog.com/2007/11/how-to-perform-lakshmi-puja-at-home.html

 

These resources were so good and thorough that I didn’t feel the need to clarify and reword them; I think you’ll find everything you need at their pages.

Mantras and Bhajans

Lakshmi Beej Mantra

“Om Hrim Shrim Lakshmibhyo Namah”

Chant the mantra 5, 11, 21, 51, or 108 times for purifying your heart and home and opening doors to opportunities

Several Lakshmi mantras are available here at Lifegiving Mantras

Lakshmi Gayatri Mantra

“OM Maha Deyvicha Vidmahay
Vishnu Patnicha Deemahee
Thanno Lakshmi Prachodayat”

For overall spiritual growth.

More mantras also at Puja.net and the Sri Mahalakshmi Ashtakam here

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  • Seeker

    Thanks for this it is highly informative!

  • It is not always easy to keep a house immaculate. One finds men have great trouble with keeping things clean. So, it must be upon women that Laxmi bestows most of her blessings.

    • Ambaa

      And yet in our house my husband is a lot better about it than I am! lol

  • Namaste Ambaa,

    I can say that a lot of American women have trouble keeping houses clean. You’ve NO IDEA what I’ve seen in my life here… But still, men have even more trouble! I just don’t get the lack of cleanliness.

    I have a question for you, since you include a LOT of Sanskrit words – is there a possibility that you will start using IAST characters for Sanskrit/Hindi words/names in your articles, since it would help those of us more linguistically aware to learn to pronounce such words right off the bat?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Alphabet_of_Sanskrit_Transliteration

    Dhanyavaad

    • Ambaa

      That is a great idea! I’ve always believed that it’s important to read the words in the original Devanagari script rather than in English characters. That always helped me understand the words more quickly. I’ll try to remember in the future to put in Devanagari, English, and also the proper pronunciation characters.

      • I would have preferred Devanagari ahead of IAST, but at least with IAST, I can get the best pronunciation with Latin-based characters in the absence of Devanagari characters. Dhanyavaad!

  • There is a significance behind the detailed story of Goddess Lakshmi
    http://www.simplyhindu.com/story-goddess-lakshmi-attract-goddess-lakshmi/

  • Nischay

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  • Nischay

    Very Good Article,Thank you for sharing about Namakaran Puja and Keep on Posting

  • Nischay

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