Iconographically, Goddess Laks
hmi is described as a fair lady, generally with
four arms, seated or standing on a lotus, dressed in
fine garments and precious jewels. She has a benign
countenance, is in her full youth and yet having a
The most striking feature of the iconography of Lakshm
i is her persistent association with the lotus.
The meaning of the lotus, in relation
to Goddess Lakshmi, refers to her purity and
spiritual power. Rooted in the
mud but blossoming above the water, completely
uncontaminated by the mud, the
lotus represents spiritual perfection and authority.
Two divine characteristics
of this supremely popular goddess.
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