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Art Show: Images of India

Lakshmi

by Tau

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Art: Lakshmi by Artist Tau
"I resort to that Lakshmi for shelter in this world, who is beautiful like the moon, who shines bright, who is blazing with renown, which is adored (even) by the gods, which is highly magnanimous, and grand like the lotus. May my misfortunes perish. I surrender myself to Thee, O Thou resplendent like the Sun! By Thy power and glory, plants like the bael tree have grown up. May the fruits thereof destroy through the grace of all inauspiciousness rising from the inner organs and ignorance as well from the outer senses." ~ Hindu Prayer

Lakshmi is the Hindu Goddess Who Governs All form of Wealth and Success and the Paths, Means and Results of all forms of Prosperity.

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.

She is often accompanied by elephants, symbolizing Her power of bestowing royal power and legitimacy, and also hinting at Her special relationship with the elephant-headed Lord Ganesh/Ganapati. Lakshmi very often carries a brimming pot, again suggesting abundance.


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