Goddess Lakshmi is personified not only as the bestower of fortune and wealth but also as an embodiment of loveliness, grace and charm. She is the goddess whose presence in any home or establishment is said to ensure continuous prosperity and peace. Iconographically, Goddess Lakshmi 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 motherly appearance.
The most striking feature of the iconography of Lakshmi 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.
Lakshmi is the Goddess of wealth and prosperity, both material and
spiritual. The word 'Lakshmi' is derived from the Sanskrit word 'lakshya',
meaning 'goal'. Goddess Lakshmi, therefore, stands for the goal of life,
which includes worldly prosperity as well as spiritual prosperity.
Seated on a lotus in the graceful Lalita Asana (one leg pendant and the
other resting on a lotus flower), Devi Lakshmi being the Goddess of
prosperity, is appropriately bedecked in a rich array of ornaments;
including a ornamented crown, a profusion of necklaces and various bracelets
and armlets. Significantly in addition to being seated on it the Goddess
also holds the lotus flower in two of her four hands. This is to display her
persistent association with this spiritually significant flower. It
signifies that when one lives in this world, one can enjoy its wealth, yet
not become obsessed with it. Such a living is analogous a lotus that lives
in water but does not become wet by it.
Her four arms themselves signify the four directions, denoting the
omnipresence and omnipotence of the Goddess. Significantly the Goddess is
depicted with four arms only when depicted alone. When shown with her
husband Vishnu, she is shown with two arms only.
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Goddess Laksmi : Origin and Development (Hardcover Book)
May You Prosper (Kalamkari Painting)
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How to keep a Brass statue well-maintained?
Brass statues are known and appreciated for their exquisite beauty and luster. The brilliant bright gold appearance of Brass makes it appropriate for casting aesthetic statues and sculptures. Brass is a metal alloy composed mainly of copper and zinc. This chemical composition makes brass a highly durable and corrosion-resistant material. Due to these properties, Brass statues and sculptures can be kept both indoors as well as outdoors. They also last for many decades without losing all their natural shine.
Brass statues can withstand even harsh weather conditions very well due to their corrosion-resistance properties. However, maintaining the luster and natural beauty of brass statues is essential if you want to prolong their life and appearance.
In case you have a colored brass statue, you may apply mustard oil using a soft brush or clean cloth on the brass portion while for the colored portion of the statue, you may use coconut oil with a cotton cloth.
Brass idols of Hindu Gods and Goddesses are especially known for their intricate and detailed work of art. Nepalese sculptures are famous for small brass idols portraying Buddhist deities. These sculptures are beautified with gold gilding and inlay of precious or semi-precious stones. Religious brass statues can be kept at home altars. You can keep a decorative brass statue in your garden or roof to embellish the area and fill it with divinity.
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