A powerful and highly auspicious manifestation of Shakti (the divine feminine), Goddess Lakshmi is often referred to as the Goddess of wealth and prosperity. She is the consort of Lord Vishnu and is worshipped in eight unique forms, each of whom bestows a specific kind of wealth. Here is a look at the eight forms of Lakshmi, commonly called “Ashtalakshmi”.
Adhi means “first”; hence, Adhi Lakshmi is said to be the primordial form of the Goddess. She is the embodiment of compassion and is always ready to aid those who live every moment striving towards the ultimate spiritual aim of life. She helps a person attain life’s foremost objective i.e. freedom from the cycle of death and rebirth. She is thus known also as Moksha Pradayani or one who bestows liberation.
While the literal translation of Dhana is “wealth” in terms of money, gold, property etc., Dhana also refers to qualities like willpower, strength, courage, determination and perseverance. Dhana Lakshmi is believed to favour devotees who work hard by providing them with wealth and prosperity. She is known to be the storehouse of all the universe’s wealth and helps devotees who are sincere and persevere despite all difficulties
Dhanya means “blessed,” and as life would be impossible without food, Dhanya Lakshmi blesses her devotees with the great fortune of agricultural wealth. Devotees, in turn, show their gratitude by honouring her before partaking in meals and by offering food to others who are in need of the same.
Flanked on either side by elephants and sitting on a lotus, Gaja Lakshmi was traditionally worshipped by farmers whose cows and bulls would provide dairy and till the land. She is worshipped for good rain and to alleviate poverty. “Gaja“ which means elephant signifies power and royalty and Gaja Lakshmi is widely believed to be the giver and protector of wealth, prosperity, grace and royalty.
Traditionally prayed by couples desiring children, Santhana Lakshmi (santhana meaning “progeny,” or “children”) symbolizes fertility and happiness. She also signifies the ferocity of a protective mother and fulfils the desire of those longing for an offspring.
A symbol of bravery and valour, Veera Lakshmi blesses her devotees with the strength required to overcome obstacles. Wielding a medley of weapons, she is also called Dhairya Lakshmi (‘dhairya’ means courage) and is known to grant one the fearlessness needed to persevere through life’s ups and downs. She is believed to favour those who resolve to remain determined and optimistic in all circumstances
As Vidya means “knowledge,” this form of Lakshmi bestows one with wisdom and intellectual development. For those who are troubled by self-doubt and insecurity, Vidya Lakshmi is known to bring knowledge to foster mental resilience and will power. More importantly, she also provides divine wisdom to those who are looking to spiritually transform their lives.
Vijaya Lakshmi, whose first name means “victory,” is a bestower of success and instills devotees with hope and inspiration. Vijaya Lakshmi favours those who maintain a positive attitude in the face of adversities and blesses them with happiness and success.
In general, the presence of Goddess Lakshmi can be invoked by maintaining cleanliness, offering flowers and lighting lamps. Always remember to pray with purity, sincerity, gratitude and utmost devotion.
Should Your Pooja Room Have Doors?
First of all, make sure the Pooja room has a door. A mandir without a door is simply like the other rooms of the house and no more sacred – God deserves their space!
How to decorate Pooja’s room?
Choose a distinctive Pooja door design, create a beautiful backdrop for the Pooja room, Use effective lighting and Fix some door accessories, idols, and bells.
What type of metal is best for Pooja door accessories?
Brass is good for puja and Decorative items at home. The Vedic texts have showcased the use of brass metal to attract positivity and abundance in life.
How Can Artisticks Help You?
We hope that our list of door accessories has helped you to know which type of design would best match your style and needs for your Pooja Room.
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