Sri of Rgveda bifurcated into B’rhmsi and Rajeysri in the Yajurveda, ultimately termed as Lakshmi in the Puarnas, is the goddess of
wealth, prosperity and bliss. She is the embodiment of all the three attributes of nature – Sattva, Rajas and Tamas. Lakshmi, the
bestower, of cherished desires, with hundreds of names, virutes and qualities, has been described comprehensively in the Hindu
mythology and religion.
The first six chapter deal with her importance, glory, origin and benevolence; chapters seven, eight and nine describe her relationship
with parvati, Ganesh and Kunber and Demon King Jalandhar; Chapter 10 her position vis-a-vis Lotus and Tulsi and Chapter 11 Owl
and Cow and chapter 12 & 13 describe her is the subject of chapter 14. A dialogue between Lakshmi and Poverty appearing in the
Brahamanapurana is citied in chapter15. Chapter 16,17 and relate to the forehead marks (Tilak) and her place in the scriptures, art and
craft. Chapter 19 Describes Lakshmi’s prominent place in Mantra, Yantra and Tantra and also the worship procedures and the mantras
connected with different yantra meant exclusively to propitiate her.
Goddess Lakshmi has a universal appeal and is revered and invoked by one and all – rich and poor both – for wealth and prosperity.
Being the consort of Lord Vishnu, preserver of the universe, Lakshmi is represented as the power of multiplicity and the goddess of
fortune – both an integral part of the the process of preservation.
Lakshmi is worshipped in complete from along with Vishnu but mostly alongwith Ganesa who is the administrator and custodian of the
treasure of the goddess. An attempt has been made in this book to give the maximum information about Lakshmi who finds respectful
references in Buddhism, Jainism besides the much older Brahaminism.
Human knowledge flourishes in two ways – by discovering facts, and by presenting the discovered facts from a new angle. The
former is scientific; the latter philosophical. It is the later that has been adopted in this series on Hindu gods and goddesses. The facts
are all based on ancient sacred scriptures. In this Ganesa, Saraswati and Durga.
Virtus and attributes of gods and goddesses are numerous and countless. It is not people for anyone to present them perfectly.
However an attempt has been made by giving a few names of Goddess Lakshmi in the appendix and explaining their relation to her
virtues. In common talk, it is said that Lakshmi is unsteady, transient, inconsistent, flicking, and restless. This aspects has been
explained. Illustrations and sketches have produced to make home the glory and bliss of the goddess in the mind of the reader.
We express our gratitude to Shri S.C. Sethi, Director, Crest Publishing House, New Delhi, for his encouragement and valuable advice
from time to time.
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