Lakshmi is depicted seated on a lotus, her skin also the colour of a lotus in bloom. Hence, she is often called Padma. Here she is shown in her Gajalakshmi image with elephants on either side showering her with water. She looks resplendent in a jewel encrusted crown and gold ornaments. Seated in padmasana, she holds lotuses in her back hands. The front two hands are showering gold coins, reinforcing her status as the goddess of wealth and fortune.
Lakshmi is worshipped throughout the year in a variety of festivals but the most important occasion associated with her is Deepavali when she is invoked to bring wealth and prosperity. Her status as a bountiful goddess is also apparent in her demeanor and ornamentation.
The background is illuminated by her radiance. The richly caparisoned elephants, having long, pointed tusks balance urns in their trunks to lustrate the goddess.
The painting with its strictly representational elements invokes our religious sentiment and aesthetic delight at the same time.
Of Related Interest:
Artworks of Devi Lakshmi
Hindu Goddess Gallery
Tales of Lakshmi
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