Gods + Goddesses - Get to Know Lakshmi

Goddess of the Week: Lakshmi

Who is Lakshmi?:

Lakshmi is the household goddess of most Hindu families, and a favorite of women. Although she is worshipped daily, the festive month of October is Lakshmi's special month. Lakshmi Puja is celebrated on the full moon night of Kojagari Purnima.

Wikipedia: Lakshmi (Sanskrit: लक्ष्मी) is the Hindu goddess of wealth, love, prosperity (both material and spiritual), fortune, and the embodiment of beauty. She is the wife and active energy of Vishnu.

Name Meaning:

Lakshmi in Sanskrit is derived from the root word lakṣ  and lakṣa, meaning "to perceive, observe, know, understand" and "goal, aim, objective" respectively. These roots give Lakshmi the symbolism – know and understand your goal. A related term is lakṣaṇa, which means "sign, target, aim, symbol, attribute, quality, lucky mark, auspicious opportunity".

Who Worships the Goddess:

For many Hindu Families, Lakshmi is the household goddess, and she is a favorite of women. Although she is worshipped daily, the festive month of October is Lakshmi's special month, during the holiday of Diwali. Lakshmi Puja is celebrated on the full moon night of Kojagari Purnima. Lakshmi is one of the mother goddesses and is addressed as "mata" (mother) instead of just "devi" (goddess). As a female counterpart of Lord Vishnu, she's also called Shri, the female energy of the Supreme Being.

Fun Fact:

Lakshmi's four hands represent the four goals of human life considered proper in Hindu way of life – dharma, kama, artha, and moksha. In addition, Lakshmi is also called Sri or Thirumagal because she is endowed with six auspicious and divine qualities, or Gunas, and also because she is the source of strength even to Vishnu.

Urban Dictionary:

1. The epitome of the all-perfect girl. She has the butt, the hair, and the guys. never leave your man around her, because she will snap him up. the guys are always surrounding her, not because she's beyond gorgeous, but because there's something about her that they can't define. Everybody who meets her falls in love with her, and even if she has any enemies, they are people that don't matter anyway. The key to everything she has is her confidence, it lets her get away with anything. Lakshmi is probably the most sexy and amazing person you will ever meet, and if you're an attractive guy, you better watch out, because you will end up falling for her.

2. The Hindu Goddess of wealth, which bestows people with wealth, wellbeing and prosperity. The goddess is worshipped especially on Diwali day, the biggest hindu festival in a year. The significance of Goddess Lakshmi is known to man since ancient times. Lakshmi can make millionaire in a tick and turn human suffering and grief into happiness.

Bill Gates the Microsoft chief is the richest man in the world is bestowed with billions due to blessings of Goddess lakshmi!

3. The Lakshmi. It is a thinking process often used in the subject of mathematics. Preferably used in geometry. All that has to be done is to stare with intense focus and look at the problem with a passion for a loooong time until you find your answer. The Lakshmi is a time consuming process but worth it when you get the answer right... or not on your test. The thought process is often used in Hehs.

Marta: Ugh.. I could'nt figure out that problem on the math test, so I did The Lakshmi.

Hailey: Really? Me too!