Lakshmi (for London school children)—Post No.9627

WRITTEN BY LONDON SWAMINATHAN

Post No. 9627

Date uploaded in London – –21 May   2021           

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Lakshmi (for London school children)

(THIS IS WRITTEN FOR LONDON SCHOOL CHILDREN AND MAY BE USED IN OTHER COUNTRIES AS WELL. I WILL POST MY SUMMARY ON HINDU GODS ONE BY ONE. LORD GANESH , SKANDA/MURUGA, LORD SHIVA, GODDESS PARVATI AND VISHNU ARE ALREADY POSTED HERE. THIS ‘GODDESS LAKSHMI’ IS THE SIXTH ESSAY IN THE SERIES.)

Lakshmi is the Goddess of Wealth. She is wife of Vishnu. Her other name is Sri.

In western countries names of people have Mr or Mrs before their names given by their father and mother. In Indian languages we have ‘Sri or Thiru’ before our names. It means the person has the blessing of Lakshmi. Shri or Sri has more meaning. Prosperity, Fortune, Auspiciousness ,Beauty etc.

When Lakshmi is alone she is shown standing on a lotus flower. She has four hands. if she holds lotus in both her hands she is called Padma vathi . Padma is lotus. In many pictures you will se her with two hands only.

In some South Indian temples she is shown with her husband Vishnu as Sri Devi and Bhu Devi . One and the same goddess Lakshmi is shown as the Earth/ Bhu and all the good things on Earth as Sri .

The vehicle of Lakshmi is owl. In Europe owl is called the bird of wisdom. In india great seers (Rishis) have bird names. Kausika is owl, Bharadwaja is Crow and Kashyapa is Tortoise.

In some pictures we see Lakshmi sitting on a lotus and showering gold coins from a pot .

Lakshmi’s Eight Forms are extremely popular. Each one is shown giving us our daily needs.

Eight is Ashta in Sanskrit.

Following are the Ashta/ Eight Lakshmis:-

1.Aadhi Lakshmi- Lakshmi who came from the Milky Ocean , First Lakshmi.

2.Aishwarya- Goddess who gives reputation and fame.

3.Dhanalakshmi- who gives us wealth and prosperity.

Dhanyalakshmi- who gives us food grains to make chapatis and rice.

Gaja Lakshmi with elephants on her sides- who gives us all useful animals.

Santana lakshmi- who gives us children; she gives more brothers and sisters to you.

Veeralakshmi – goddess who gives you power and strength which will make you a hero, a leader.

Vijaya lakshmi- goddess who gives us Victory, Success in al the examinations, competitions and jobs. You will succeed in all your works.

Though goddess is Only One, you worship her in a particular form so that you think and aim at Only One thing at a time.

As a boy or a girl, you want a particular toy or game or clothe and then you always talk about it to your mum and dad . Your parents also surprise you on your birthday with that gift.

Goddess Lakshmi helps you like your mother and fulfils your wishes.

If you don’t know a hymn or a mantra on Lakshmi just say,

“Jaya Lakshmi , Jaya Lakshmi, Jaya Lakshmi Paahimaam

Sri Lakshmi, Sri Lakshmi, Sri Lakshmi  Rakshamaam”

Paahi, Raksha means ‘Protect’

Maam means ‘Me’

Together it means “Protect Me, Save Me”.

Her famous temples are in Maharashtra. Mahaalakshmi temple in Mumbai and Kolhapur are famous. Ashta Lakshmi temple is in Chennai. In other temples she has a small shrine inside the temple.

——-Subham——-

tags- Lakshmi, Ashtalakshmi, Gajalakshmi, Wealth, Goddess

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