In Hinduism, Goddess Lakshmi is considering as
the goddess of light, beauty, good fortune, wealth and prosperity, both material
and spiritual. The word Lakshmi is taken from Sanskrit word Laksme which mean
"goal." Hence the goddess Lakshmi symbolizes the goal of life, which includes
sophisticated as well as religious success. Lakshmi is believed to be the
daughter of the sage Bhrigu and get refuge in the ocean of milk when all the
gods were sent into banish. Lakshmi get reborn at the time of Churning Ocean.
When gods saw Lakshmi, they all fell in love with her attractiveness. Lord Shiva
declare Lakshmi as his wife, but the lard Shiva had already taken the Moon so
her hand was given to Lord Vishnu, whom Lakshmi herself chosen. Goddess Lakshmi
was reborn as consort of lord Vishnu all time when Vishnu incarnated. For
example, Lakshmi was Sita to Rama, Radha and later Rukmini
to Krishna. Goddess Lakshmi frequently expresses her dedication to Vishnu by massaging his feet as
he lies on the coils of the snake Shesha. Generally goddess Lakshmi is
worshipped to get success, she does not live long with anyone who is lazy or
desires her only as wealth.
Goddess Lakshmi have four hands which symbolize the four ends of human life:
dharma (decency), kama (true desires), artha (wealth), and
moksha (freedom from
birth and death). Their front hands stand for the action in physical world and
back hands show the spiritual actions that guide to sacred exactness. Goddess Lakshmi wears red clothes with a golden lining and is standing on a lotus.
Goddess Lakshmi has golden coins and lotus in her hands. The two elephant's
position after Goddess, symbolizes the name and fame connected with worldly
wealth. The golden coins are falling on the ground from front left hand of
Lakshmi which shows that she give wealth and prosperity to her devotees. While
her front right hand shows grant blessings to the devotees. Goddess Lakshmi is
regularly worshipped in home by her devotees as daily and annually on the
promising day of Diwali.