Mother Goddess Lakshmi is a mother of prosperity, peace, and illumination. Without her grace one can’t have inner peace or perennial joy.
Mother Goddess Lakshmi is commonly known as Goddess of wealth. Wealth is not only the money. Tradition and values of life also wealth. Our family and progress is also wealth. Our belongings such as land, prosperity, animals, grains, etc as well as virtues like patience, persistence, purity etc in the form of a character are wealth and so is glory or victory.
Mother Goddess Lakshmi is the source and provider of the following enumerated well known sixteen types of wealth and many more :
1) Fame, 2) Knowledge, 3) Courage and Strength, 4) Victory, 5) Good Children, 6) Valour, 7) Gold and other gross properties, 8) Grains in abundance, 9) Happiness, 10) Bliss, 11) Intelligence, 12) Beauty, 13) Higher Aim, Higher Thinking and Higher Meditation too, 14) Morality and Ethics, 15) Good Health, 16) Long life.
Let us glance upon the glory of Mother Goddess Ashta Lakshmi’s individual nature and forms.
AshtaLakshmi, The Eight Forms, Confer All Types Of Wealth :
Her four hands represent dharma (righteousness), kama (genuine desires), artha (wealth) and moksha (liberation from cycle of life and death). The golden coins falling out from her right palm means she is the giver of wealth and prosperity. It signifies that a true devotee should not earn wealth just to earn name and fame but must be generous so that others can be happy too. The lotus bud held in the hand signifies beauty, purity, spirituality and fertility. Her other hand holds a pot of wealth as if to say that she is its sole possessor and is flanked by white elephants a striking image of name and fame associated with abundance. Not just material wealth, the goddess epitomises wealth in all forms and that’s why she’s recognized in eight forms collectively known as Ashta Lakshmi, each known for a particular aspect of wealth.
The Eight Forms of Goddess Lakshmi Bestow Varied Types of Blessings :-
1) Adi Lakshmi/Ramma Lakshmi (Primordial) :
Mother Goddess Lakshmi resides with Lord Narayana (Vishnu) in the Vaikuntha, the abode of Lord Narayana. She is known as Ramaa, means bringing happiness to the mankind. She is also known as Indira (who holds lotus or purity in the hands or heart.) Divine Mother’s this form is normally seen serving Sri Narayana. Lord Narayana is omnipresent. Adi Lakshmi or Ramaa Lakshmi serves Sri Narayana is symbolic of her serving the whole creation. Though Sri Narayana is attended by innumerable devotees, still she personally loves to serve the Lord. Actually Mother Goddess Adi Lakshmi and Lord Narayana are not two different entities but one only. Many a place we see her form sitting in the lap of Sri Narayana.
First to be worshipped and is symbolised for eternal wealth. There is no end to her supply of wealth which is never ending and keeps flowing incessantly.
2) Dhanya Lakshmi (Foodgrains) :
Dhanya means grains. This includes all kind of purified food containing all essential vitamins, minerals, protein, calcium, carbohydrates and so on. With the grace of Mother Goddess Dhanya Lakshmi one gets all essential nutrients grains, fruits, vegetables, and other foods. The mother who feeds. ‘Dhanyam’ means food grains and she is the goddess of food and sustenance and nourishes the entire universe.
3) Dhairya Lakshmi (Courage) :
This form of Mother Goddess Lakshmi grants the boon of infinite courage and strength. Those, who are in tune with infinite inner power, are always bound to have victory. Those who worship Mother Goddess Dhairya Lakshmi they live and lead a life with tremendous patience and inner stability. She is worshipped for courage and strength. She is depicted as having eight arms and wears a red sari.
4) Gaja Lakshmi (Elephants) :
In the holy book of Srimad Bhagavata the story of the churning of the ocean by Gods and Demons is explained in detail. Author, the Sage Vyasa writes that Mother Goddess Lakshmi came out of the ocean during the churning of the ocean (Samudra Manthan). So she is known as a daughter of the ocean. She came out of the ocean sitting on a full-bloomed lotus and also having lotus flowers in both hands with two elephants by her sides, holding a beautiful vessels filled with milk and pouring it over Sri Lakshmi. Many a time we see Sri Lakshmi standing in the lotus and elephants are pouring nectar over her. During the festival of the lamps or the Deepavali along with Sri Lakshmi the Ganapati or the Elephant God also gets worshipped; that signifies the protection from evils as well as abundant grace and blessings for additional prosperities. The Goddess with Gajas or elephants is the most common form where in two tuskers are seen on either side of the goddess pouring water from their trunks over the goddess. This signifies the very aspects of Lakshmi like prosperity, good luck and abundance.
5) Santan Lakshmi (offspring) :
In the family life, the children are the greatest treasure. Those who worship this particular form of Sri Lakshmi, known as a Santan Lakshmi, are bestowed with the grace of Mother Goddess Lakshmi and have wealth in the form of desirable children with good health and long life.
The Goddess who is invoked for begetting children. She bestows her devotees with wealth in the form of perfect children with good health and long life.
6) Vijaya Lakshmi (Victory) :
Vijay is victory. Vijay is to get success in all undertakings and all different facets of life. Some are strong physically but weak mentally while others are economically rich but poor in their attitude and cannot exert any influence. Vijay is to have all encompassing victory. Vijay is to rejoice glory of our real nature – Vijay is to conquer the lower nature. Vijay is the victory in external and internal wars and of course eternal wars! Hence those, with grace of Mother Goddess Vijay Lakshmi, have victory everywhere, at all time, in all conditions and situations. Victory to Mother Goddess Vijay Lakshmi. This form symbolises victory in all endeavours. She endows her devotees with success in all activities during different stages in life. She ensures triumph anywhere, everywhere and at all times.
7) Vidya Lakshmi (Education) :
Vidya is education. Education is not mere studies to receive the degrees and diplomas certificates from the educational institutes or universities. She ensures 16 qualities imbibed by a person through education.
Education does not only mean knowledge gained from schools or colleges, but also qualities acquired from experience like serenity, absence of vanity, sincerity, adaptability, humility, nobility, magnanimity, charity, equanimity, fixity, simplicity, purity, generosity, regularity, integrity and charity.
8) Dhana Lakshmi (Wealth) :
Dhana is wealth. But as per Rigveda’s Purush Shukta Dhana is not only a wealth in coins and currency. Even Sun and Moon, Fire and Stars, Rains and Nature, Oceans and Mountains, Rivers and Streams, all these are our wealth, so are the progeny, our inner will power, our character and our virtues. With the grace of Mother Goddess Dhana Lakshmi we will get all these in abundance. She symbolises material wealth, prosperity and fortune. She is also worshipped for luxury, relinquishing courage and blissful life.