- Attributes: Goddess of wealth and prosperity, both mental and spiritual. She is also considered the embodiment of beauty, abundance and generosity
- Symbols: Lotus, gold coins, elephants spouting water
- Place: India
In Hinduism, the Goddess Lakshmi is considered part of every woman. Her images show a woman with golden skin and four arms symbolizing the goals of mankind: Dharma (seek for a moral and ethical life), Artha (search for spiritual wealth), Kama (search for love, emotional fulfillment) and Moshka (self knowledge).
Considered the Goddess of Wealth by most Hindus, the name Lakshmi means “good luck” and she is revered every Friday at the altar inside the houses of her devotees as she brings fortune to the family. She is the Goddess who, through her representation, attracts and generates prosperity, purity, generosity, grace and charm.
Lakshmi had no children. At one point in her life, the Goddess found herself surrounded by riches but she felt something was missing in her life. Shiva warned her that she lacked the experience of being a mother in order to understand that only material wealth was not enough to be happy.
Without possessing a consort, Lakshmi appealed to the Goddess Parvati and asked to adopt one of her two children. Parvati found the request of Lakshmi strange since she was single and she traveled a lot, thus there would be no time to take care of a child. Lakshmi begged and promised to take care with all the love and affection that were needed. Parvati accepted and sent Ganesha to be the son of Lakshmi.
Lakshmi then became complete and all her wealth, which once supported her ego, came to sustain love and generosity. Lakshmi represents wealth and Ganesha represents wisdom. It is not possible to possess wealth without wisdom.
Prosperity and Perseverance
Lakshmi has many names and among them is the name Shri, the feminine energy of the supreme being. Through her teachings, the Goddess shows how to achieve goals, material and spiritual prosperity with wisdom and purity.
Like other Hindu Goddesses such as Saraswati, Lakshmi is also often associated with the lotus flower, which blooms in clean or dirty water. This is a symbolism for life itself: even though it does not possess favorable conditions to flourish, the lotus flourishes showing that with determination and perseverance everything can be achieved.