Lady of Preservation : Goddess Lakshmi Picture

Inspired from the churning of the sea. I don't like how her headdress turned out.


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Goddess Lakshmi is the consort of god Vishnu. She is the goddess of material wealth and abundance. Because of this, she is also linked to good luck and fortune. Lakshmi is often associated with beauty and love (which then associates her with the goddess Aphrodite). During the churning of the ocean, she was born from seafoam and was given to the god Vishnu, even though all the gods wanted her as their wife.

She is the Shakti (power/creative force) of Vishnu. In some legends, it is said that if she flees from him, Vishnu will lose his power. She is also said to reside in his heart. This came from a legend when the sage Bhirju kicked Vishnu on the chest, just over the heart. Mahalakshmi felt enraged as she considers it to be an insult to her since he stamped over the heart where she resides.

In Vaishnavism sects, she is the Supreme Feminine (Vijay Lakshmi took the form as Durga). She is the pure manifestation of Adi Parashakti herself (in Shivaite sects, however, it is Parvati/Kali/Durga). Several legends portray her to be the sister-in-law of Parvati (as some consider Parvati to be Vishnu's sister).

Since she is the wife of the Lord Preserver, she is known as Lok Mata (World Mother).


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Lakshmi is described as bestowing coins of prosperity and flanked by elephants signifying her royal power. However, in some texts, she has an owl as her vahana. Her expression is always calm and loving. The lotus also symbolizes the fertile growth of organic life, as the world is continually reborn on a lotus growing out of Vishnu's navel.

Lakshmi is called Shri or Thirumagal because she is endowed with six auspicious and divine qualities, or Gunas, and also because she is the source of strength even to Vishnu. When Vishnu incarnated on earth as avatars Rama and Krishna, Lakshmi incarnated as his consort. Sita (Rama's wife), Radha (Krishna's lover) and Rukmini and Satyabama are considered forms of Lakshmi.


I bow to You, Who is the Mother of all the worlds, Who is associated with lotus, Who is wealth, Who has blooming lotus as eyes, and Who is seated at the chest of Viṣṇu. I adore Goddess, Who lives in a forest of lotus, Who holds a lotus, Who has lotus-like eyes and face, and Who is dear to lotus-navel Viṣṇu.
-Indrakit Mahalakshmi Stotram
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