Lakshmi Puja

Lakshmi Puja, Laxmi Puja, Lakshmi Pooja, Lakshmi Homam

Worshipping Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth (by way of Laxmi Puja or Lakshmi Pooja, Lakshmi Homam, Lakshmi Yajna etc) is the mantra for wealth, fortune, power and beauty. Wealth in this context also includes the nobler values of life, power of the mind and the intellect, moral and ethical qualities etc, which are a part the spiritual wealth.

Goddess Lakshmi as per the puranas, was born out of the ocean of milk at the time of its churning (Samudramanthana). She is expressed as Swarnahastha by virtue of the fact that she pours out wealth to the community. This wealth is gained by invoking the Goddess. Wealth, however does not come to anyone of its own accord. The capacity to earn wealth remains the inherent power in man and it has to be drawn out through self-effort (purushartha). This allegory is well brought out in the allegory of ‘the churning of ocean of the milk’.  She is the consort of Lord Vishnu, the preserver, and is born as his spouse whenever he incarnates.  When he appeared as Vamana, Parasurama, Rama and Krishna, she appeared as Padma (or Kamala), Dharani, Sita and Rukmini. She is the inseparable form of Vishnu as speech from meaning, or knowledge from intellect, or good deeds from righteousness.

Lakshmi is usually described as enchantingly beautiful and standing on a lotus, and holding lotuses in each of her hands. It is because of this perhaps that she is named as Padma or Kamala. She is also adorned with a lotus garland. Very often elephants are shown emptying pitchers of water over her, the pitchers being presented by celestial maidens. Her color is variously described as dark, pink, golden yellow or white. While in the company of Vishnu, she is shown with two hands only. When worshipped in a temple, she is shown seated on a lotus throne with four hands holding Padma, Sankha, Amrithakalasha (pot of ambrosia) and Bilva fruit.

If Lakshmi is pictured as golden in complexion, it shows her as source of all wealth. If white, she represents the purest form of Prakriti (nature) from which the universe had developed. The pinkish complexion, which is more common, reflects her compassion for creatures, since she is the mother of all. Her four hands signify her power to grant the four Purusarthas (end of human life), Dharma (righteousness), Artha (wealth), Kama (desires and pleasures of flesh) and Moksha (beatitude). The lotuses, in various stage of blooming, represent the worlds and beings in various stages of evolution. The fruit stands for the fruit o four labors. However – much we may toil and labor, unless the mother is gracious enough to grant the fruits of our labor, nothing will be of any anvil. If the fruit is a coconut- with its shell, kernel and water- it means that from her originate the three levels of creation, the gross, the subtle and the extremely subtle. If it is a pomegranate or a citron, it signifies that the various created worlds are under her control and that she transcends them all. If it is a bilva fruit- which, incidentally, is not very tasty and attractive, but which is extremely good for health-it stands for Moksha, the highest fruit of spiritual life. 

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