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Vishnu's consort. According to Puraan, Lakshmee sprang from ocean, in full beauty, with a lotus flower in her hand at the time of Saagar Manthan. Everyone present there wanted to marry her, but she chose Vishnu as her husband. She is considered goddess of prosperity and thus is worshipped many times during the year. Her main day is Deepaavalee day People especially worship her on this day.
There are numerous names of Lakshmee, but her most common names are - Haripriyaa, Indiraa, Kamalaa, Padmaa, Padmaavatee, Ramaa, Shree. Some unknown author has composed Shree Sookt in her praise on the pattern of the Sookt of Rig Ved Sanhitaa. It is very popular among the devotees of Lakshmee. She is known as Vajreshwaree, the 8th Nityaa of Chandramaa's Kalaa Devee, also.
How Many Lakshmee?
(1) The Original Prosperity (Aadi Lakshmee ). This is the Original Lakshmee
or Mahaalakshmee, the Great Lakshmee. She gives protection to the devotee
and sits with Abhaya Mudraa (protection gesture ) and Varad Mudraa welcome
Veracity, Equanimity, Fixity, Non-irritability, Adaptability Humility, Regularity, Absence of Vanity, Sincerity, Simplicity, Tenacity, Integrity, Nobility, Magnanimity, Charity, Purity, Generosity and Serenity- the eighteen "ities" associated with Wisdom. These 18 ities can confer Self Actualization.
The Octagram - Emblem of Asht Lakshmee. The Octagram is the Emblem of the Eightfold Prosperity. Two rectangles. The Octagram (the Eight Pointed Star) symbolizes Asht Lakshmee. Known in the West as the Star of Lakshmee, this star figure is used in Indian Philosophy to represent the eight forms of Wealth. Mathematically, it is a complex star figure with two rectangles with the same center at 45 degrees.
Jains add one other Lakshmee name to this list, that is Moksh Lakshmee.
Padm Puraan, p 927-928 gives her names like this --
Anant Lok Naabhi, Bhoo, Bhooteshwaree, Gauree, Ksheerod-Tanayaa, Kamalaa, Lakshmee, Leelaa, Maataa, Mahaadevee, Naaraayan Varaarohaa, Nityaa, Padmaakshee, Padmaalayaa, Padmahastaa, Padmasundaree, Ramaa, Rati, Rukminee, Saraswatee, Sarvagataa, Sarvasukhpradaa, Sarvavedvatee, Satee, Satyaa, Shaanti, Shree, Shubhaa, Swaahaa, Swadhaa, Vidyaa, Vishnor Nityaanu Paayinee, Vishnupatnee, Vishnupriya.
Who reads these names in the morning, he gets lots of wealth.
Created by Sushma Gupta on 3/15/06
Updated on 02/12/13