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Goddess Lakshmi

Festivals | 4-10 yrs | Interactive, Learning Pod

About Goddess Lakshmi

Lakshmi is the bountiful provider. As Vishnu’s consort, she aids in the preservation of the three worlds by bestowing wealth and abundance of a material and spiritual nature.

She is pictured as a beautiful woman standing in a lotus blossom with her arms open and giving.

Chant

Om
Sri MahaLakshmyai
Namaha

Goddess Lakshmi’s Description

  • Her personal charm is considered par excellence.
  • An aura of divine happiness, mental and spiritual satisfaction, and prosperity always exist around her.
  • Her palm is always extended to bless people. She is adored by Lord Ganesha.
  • Lakshmi fulfills all the wishes of her sincere devotees.
  • Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped to attain wealth, beauty and good luck.
  • Lakshmi is described as bestowing coins of prosperity and flanked by elephants signifying her royal power. Her expression is always calm and loving. By prayers to Goddess Lakshmi, She blesses you with success and wealth.
  • She is the wife of Lord Vishnu and is the goddess of prosperity, purity, chastity and generosity. Her four hands represent four spiritual virtues (Prosperity, Purity, Generosity, Energy). She sits on a fully blossomed lotus, a seat of divine truth.

Story of King Bali and Goddess Lakshmi

The tale of King Bali and Goddess Lakshmi epitomizes the pious bond of Raksha Bandhan. Their legend is a famous example of how dedicated siblings can be to each other. This mythological story reflects on the pure bond of Rakhi which is full of love, compassion, trust, faith and loyalty.

As per the legend, Demon King Bali, the grandson of Prahlada was a true devotee of Lord Vishnu. With the Lord’s blessings, he had become invincible in the battle field and managed to defeat all Devas.

The entire heaven, especially Lord Indra, became apprehensive about his increasing strength.

At last, Lord Vishnu disguised as Vamana (dwarf), arrived on earth, to rescue Indra and other Devas from their plight. King Bali had the reputation of being a generous and good king. Using this quality, Vamana asked for space which could be covered in three sides. Surely a dwarf could not cover much ground, thought the King, and agreed to his request.

At this point, the dwarf changed into Vishnu and his three strides covered the Earth, the Skies and the whole Universe. As a result, Bali was sent to nether lands. But we all know, Gods are ever generous and cannot see their true devotees suffer. So Lord Vishnu decided to protect Bali and brought him back from nether land.

Bali was promised divine protection and immortality till the next aeon, when he will be crowned Indra. Lord Vishnu disguised himself, as Bali’s doorman, and protected him from all dangers.

As a result, Vainkuntha was devoid of the Lord and Goddess Lakshmi became restless. She descended on earth as a Brahmin woman in an attempt to bring back her love. She told Bali, that her husband has gone away for a long errand and she needed a place to stay. King Bali welcomed her full heartedly and protected her as his own sister. Since the arrival of the Brahmin woman, i.e. , the Goddess herself the entire household of Bali was suddenly blooming with happiness, wealth, and harvest.

Lakshmi Mantra

Sarvagyay Sarvavarday Sarvadusht bhaydkree
Sarva Dukhaharay Devi Mahalakshmi Namostutay !!
AUM SHRING HRING KLEENG
MAHALAKSHMI NAMAH AUM
Shring is the Lakshmibija.
The prescribed number for japa is 1,00,000

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