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Goddess Laxmi Lakshmi on Lotus Blossom Flower Statue Figurine

Goddess Laxmi Lakshmi on Lotus Blossom Flower Statue Figurine
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Lakshmi (also spelled Laxmi) is the Hindu goddess of prosperity,
though luck, light, beauty, courage, and fertility are also her province.
She is daughter to the sea and sister to the moon.

This hand-painted cold-cast resin statue shows her seated atop a lotus blossom, raising two flowers to the heavens with her other hands stretched out to those who look upon her, coins trickling from her hand to the pot of gold by her right knee.
The statuette is 5.5" tall x 3.5" wide x 3.5" deep.

Who is Goddess Lakshmi?

Lakshmi is the consort of the god  Vishnu. She is one of the most popular goddesses of  Hindu mythology and is known as the goddess of spiritual prosperity, fortune, and purity.

What does Lakshmi look like? 

Lakshmi is commonly portrayed as  a beautiful woman with four arms, standing on a lotus flower. There is usually one, or sometimes two elephants behind her, anointing her with  water. She is often depicted sitting beneath Vishnu, massaging his feet. 

The rebirth of Lakshmi

One of the most compelling  stories in Hindu mythology is that of the Churning of the Milky Ocean. It is the story of the gods versus the demons and their fight to gain  immortality. It also tells of the rebirth of Lakshmi. Indra, the warrior god, was given  the responsibility of protecting the world against the demons. He had protected it successfully for many years, and the goddess Lakshmi's  presence had made him sure of success. 

One day, a wise sage offered Indra a garland of sacred flowers. In his arrogance, Indra threw the flowers to  the floor. According to Hindu belief, this display of arrogance upset Lakshmi, who left the  world of the gods and entered into the Milky Ocean.

Without her, the gods were no  longer blessed with success or fortune. The world became darker, people  became greedy, and no offerings were made to the gods. The gods began to lose their power and the asuras (demons) took control. Indra asked Vishnu what should be  done. He told Indra that the gods would need to churn the Milky Ocean to regain Lakshmi and her blessings. He then told them the Ocean held other treasures which would also help them. This included the elixir of life, a potion bestowing immortality, which would  enable them to defeat the demons.

The story of the Churning of the  Ocean tells of how the gods worked together to churn the ocean. They churned for many years, but it was 1,000 years before anything rose to the  surface. 

Finally, the treasures began to  rise to the surface. Among them, a beautiful woman standing on a lotus flower. This was Lakshmi, who had returned to the world. With her presence, the gods eventually defeated the demons and chased them out  of the world. 

This story highlights the good  fortune and success that Lakshmi bestows upon those who work hard and seek help  sincerely. It also demonstrates that during times of success, one must never become  complacent or arrogant, as success has a way of getting away from people. 


Worshipping Lakshmi 

Hindus believe that anybody who  worships Lakshmi sincerely, and not in greed, will be blessed with fortune and  success. It is said that Lakshmi resides in places of hard work, virtue and bravery, but leaves whenever these qualities are not apparent any more. 

Lakshmi is particularly  worshipped during the festival of Diwali. This festival commemorates the epic  story, Ramayana. Ramayana is the legend of Lord Rama's battle with the demon Ravana, in which  Lakshmi features. 

In the story of Ramayana, Sita is  married to Lord Rama. Hindus believe Sita is an incarnation of Lakshmi. The story tells us that Rama had been cast out of his rightful kingdom, and had  gone to live in a forest with his wife and brother. The battle between Rama and the  demon Ravana begins when Ravana abducts Sita from the forest. The epic follows the story of Rama defeating the demon, and his eventual return  to his kingdom. As the three heroes, Rama, his  brother Lakshman and Sita, returned home, people lit candles to guide their way  in the dark. In honour of this, on the second day of Diwali people light candles in their  homes to guide Lakshmi, in the hope that she will bestow good fortune on their home for the coming year. After worshipping Lakshmi on  Diwali, many Hindus gamble and spend profusely, believing that Lakshmi has bestowed good fortune upon them. In addition to this, two days  before Diwali, a festival called Dhantares is celebrated to seek more blessings  from her. During this time Hindus buy gold and silver and start new business ventures.  Hindus worship Lakshmi at home as  well as in the temple. Friday is believed to be the most auspicious day for her worship.

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