Sri Lakshmi is worshipped across the Indian subcontinent as the harbinger of unimaginable
amounts of wealth and luxuries when she is pleased. Kings and commoners seek her blessings
in order to gain all kinds of material and spiritual wealth.
Goddess Lakshmi is represented in her Gajalakshmi form in this beautiful brass image. She sits
on a kamalasana(lotus throne), holding two lotus buds in her hands, while her main left-hand
makes the Varada mudra (gesture of bestowing blessings) and her main right hand is held in
Abhaya mudra (gesture of fearlessness). The elephants in this brass murti are stylistically
drawn, (with only their upper body shown depicted clearly) instead of being naturalistically
represented. The artist has conveyed the idea of Gajalakshmi - the provider of grandeur and
might that equals an elephant's pride.
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