Lakshmi, or commonly known as Sri, is the wife of Vishnu and
under various names appears in this relation in his various
incarnations. Seated on a bhadrapitha pedestal (a rectangular
pedestal with four short legs) in a padmasana mudra, she is the
goddess of wealth and prosperity. Reflecting on her face is peace
and serenity, signifying that where peace dwells, prosperity
follows. The karandamukuta adds to her glory. She wears a saree,
the end of which fall on either side of her body. She is adorned
with multiple strings of necklaces, bangles, earring and a nose
ring, jewellery that pales in front of the beauty of the goddess.
Her two hands emanating from her shoulders hold fully bloomed
lotus flowers. The lotus has much importance in Hindu pantheon.
It symbolizes self-creation. Her right hand makes a gesture of
'fear not' or protection. The other hand makes a 'varada mudra'
the hand pose that confers grace or boon.
Placing an image of Lakshmi at a trading place or a home is
considered auspicious and it ensures bounty and wealth.
This description by Renu Rana
Of Related Interest:
Lakshmi as Shridevi (Mysore Painting)
Goddess Lakshmi (Brass
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