Goddess Laxmi (also written as Lakshmi) indicates wealth, prosperity and good fortune. She is the feminine consort of Lord Vishnu.
As Vishnu is the energy that sustains the Universe, it is but natural that his consort is the shakti, the ability or the energy that allows for maintenance of this Universe. After all, who can deny that we need money and good fortune to live and sustain ourselves. She is sometimes simply indicated by the word Sri and her Bija mantra, i.e. seed sound or seed mantra is Shrim (Shreem). Laxmi is one of the Goddess that form the prime Shakti trinity of Maha Laxmi.
As we all know wealth and fortune is not just about having money. We can be fortunate to have good food, good children, great knowledge and so on…
- Aishwarya Lakshmi, one who gives Prosperity and Riches (aishwarya).
- Saubhagya Lakshmi, one who bestows good fortune (saubhagya) and overall prosperity.
- Rajya Lakshmi, one who blesses a native with secular power and a territory which they ‘rule’ over. This could be literal or figurative area (rajya) in which one enjoys absolute power and precedence.
- Vara Lakshmi, one who blesses and bestows boons (vara).
In today’s materialistic societies, we typically think of Ma Laxmi mainly as the giver of money and riches. It would be helpful to realize that true fortune is not just money but a combination of various aspects of Ashta Laxmi.
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