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Lakshmi (; ''Lakṣmī'', ), also known as Sri (, IAST: ''Śrī'', ), is one of the principal goddesses in Hinduism. She is the goddess of wealth, fortune, love, beauty, joy and prosperity, and associated with ''Maya'' ("Illusion"). Along with Parvati and Saraswati, she forms the trinity of Hindu goddesses (Tridevi). Within the Goddess-oriented Shaktism, Lakshmi is venerated as a principle aspect of the Mother goddess. Lakshmi is both the wife and divine energy (''shakti'') of the Hindu god Vishnu, the Supreme Being of Vaishnavism; she is also the Supreme Goddess in the sect and assists Vishnu to create, protect and transform the universe. Whenever Vishnu descended on the earth as an avatar, Lakshmi accompanied him as wife, for example as Sita and Radha or Rukmini as consorts of Vishnu's avatars Rama and Krishna respectively. The eight prominent manifestations of Lakshmi, the Ashtalakshmi symbolize the eight sources of wealth. Lakshmi is depicted in Indian art as an elegantly dressed, prosperity-showering golden-coloured woman with an owl as her vehicle, signifying the importance of economic activity in maintenance of life, her ability to move, work and prevail in confusing darkness. She typically stands or sits on a lotus pedestal, while holding a lotus in her hand, symbolizing fortune, self-knowledge, and spiritual liberation. Her iconography shows her with four hands, which represent the four aspects of human life important to Hindu culture: ''dharma'', ''kāma'', ''artha'', and ''moksha''.Divali – THE SYMBOLISM OF LAKSHMI
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Archaeological discoveries and ancient coins suggest the recognition and reverence for Lakshmi existing by the 1st millennium BCE. Lakshmi's iconography and statues have also been found in Hindu temples throughout Southeast Asia, estimated to be from the second half of the 1st millennium CE. The festivals of Diwali and Sharad Purnima (Kojagiri Purnima) are celebrated in her honor.Jones, Constance. 2011. In ''Religious Celebrations: An Encyclopedia of Holidays, Festivals, Solemn Observances, and Spiritual Commemorations'', edited by J. G. Melton. , pp. 253–54, 798.


Etymology and epithets

Lakshmi in Sanskrit is derived from the root word ''lakṣ'' ( sa2|लक्ष्) and ''lakṣa'' ( sa2|लक्ष), meaning 'to perceive, observe, know, understand' and 'goal, aim, objective', respectively. These roots give Lakshmi the symbolism: ''know'' and ''understand'' your goal.Plum-Ucci, Carol. ''Celebrate Diwali''. . pp. 79–86. A related term is ''lakṣaṇa'', which means 'sign, target, aim, symbol, attribute, quality, lucky mark, auspicious opportunity.'' Lakshmi has numerous epithets and numerous ancient Stotram and Sutras of Hinduism recite her various names:Rhodes, Constantina. 2011. ''Invoking Lakshmi: The Goddess of Wealth in Song and Ceremony''. State University of New York Press, .Vijaya Kumara, 108 Names of Lakshmi, Sterling Publishers, *'' Padmā'': She of the lotus (she who is mounted upon or dwelling in a lotus) *'' Kamalā'' or Kamalatmika: She of the lotus *''Padmapriyā'': Lotus-lover *'' Padmamālādhāra Devī'': Goddess bearing a garland of lotuses *'' Padmamukhī'': Lotus-faced (she whose face is as like as a lotus) *'' Padmākṣī'': Lotus-eyed (she whose eyes are as beautiful as a lotus) *''Padmahasta'': Lotus-hand (she whose hand is holding lotuss *'' Padmasundarī'': She who is as beautiful as a lotus *''Sri'': Radiance, eminence, splendor, wealth *'' Śrījā'': Jatika of Sri *'' Viṣṇupriyā'': Lover of Vishnu (she who is the beloved of Vishnu) *'' Ulūkavāhinī'': Owl-mounted (she who is riding an owl) *'' Nandika'': The one who gives pleasure, the vessel made up of clay and Vishnupriya (she who is the beloved of Vishnu) Her other names include: Aishwarya, Akhila, Anagha, Anumati, Apara, Aruna, Atibha, Avashya, Bala, Bhargavi, Bhudevi, Chakrika, Chanchala, Devi, Haripriya, Indira, Jalaja, Jambhavati, Janamodini, Jyoti, Jyotsna, Kalyani, Kamalika, Ketki, Kriyalakshmi, Kuhu, Lalima, Madhavi, Madhu, Malti, Manushri, Nandika, Nandini, Nikhila, Nila Devi, Nimeshika, Parama, Prachi, Purnima, Radha, Ramaa, Rukmini, Samruddhi, Satyabhama, Shreeya, Sita, Smriti, Sridevi, Sujata, Swarna Kamala, Taruni, Tilottama, Tulasi, Vaishnavi, Vasuda, Vedavati, Vidya, and Viroopa.

Symbolism and iconography

Lakshmi is a member of the Tridevi, the triad of great goddesses. She represents the Rajas ''guna'', and the Iccha-shakti. The image, icons, and sculptures of Lakshmi are represented with symbolism. Her name is derived from Sanskrit root words for knowing the goal and understanding the objective. Her four arms are symbolic of the four goals of humanity that are considered good in Hinduism: ''dharma'' (pursuit of ethical, moral life), ''artha'' (pursuit of wealth, means of life), ''kama'' (pursuit of love, emotional fulfillment), and ''moksha'' (pursuit of self-knowledge, liberation).Parasarthy, A. 1983. ''Symbolism in Hinduism''. Chinmaya Mission Publication. . pp. 57–59. In Lakshmi's iconography, she is either sitting or standing on a lotus and typically carrying a lotus in one or two hands. The lotus carries symbolic meanings in Hinduism and other Indian traditions. It symbolizes knowledge, self-realization, and liberation in the Vedic context, and represents reality, consciousness, and ''karma'' ('work, deed') in the Tantra (Sahasrara) context.Parasarthy, A. 1983. ''Symbolism in Hinduism''. Chinmaya Mission Publication. . pp. 91–92, 160–62. The lotus, a flower that blooms in clean or dirty water, also symbolizes purity regardless of the good or bad circumstances in which it grows. It is a reminder that good and prosperity can bloom and not be affected by evil in one's surroundings. Below, behind, or on the sides, Lakshmi is very often shown with one or two elephants, known as Gajalakshmi, and occasionally with an owl. Elephants symbolize work, activity, and strength, as well as water, rain and fertility for abundant prosperity. The owl signifies the patient striving to observe, see, and discover knowledge, particularly when surrounded by darkness. As a bird reputedly blinded by daylight, the owl also serves as a symbolic reminder to refrain from blindness and greed after knowledge and wealth have been acquired. The Gupta period sculpture used to associate lion with Lakshmi but was later attributed to Durga or a combined form of both goddesses. Lion is also associated with ''Veera Lakshmi'', who is one of the Ashtalakshmi. In some representations, wealth either symbolically pours out from one of her hands or she simply holds a jar of money. This symbolism has a dual meaning: wealth manifested through Lakshmi means both materials as well as spiritual wealth. Her face and open hands are in a mudra that signifies compassion, giving or ''dāna'' ('charity'). Lakshmi typically wears a red dress embroidered with golden threads, which symbolizes fortune and wealth. She, goddess of wealth and prosperity, is often represented with her husband Vishnu, the god who maintains human life filled with justice and peace. This symbolism implies wealth and prosperity are coupled with the maintenance of life, justice, and peace. In Japan, where Lakshmi is known as ''Kisshōten'', she is commonly depicted with the Nyoihōju gem (如意宝珠) in her hand.

In Hindu literature



Vedas and Brahmanas

The meaning and significance of Lakshmi evolved in ancient Sanskrit texts.Muir, John, ed. 1870. "Lakshmi and Shri." Pp. 348–49 in , volume 5. London: Trubner & Co. Lakshmi is mentioned once in Rigveda, in which the name is used to mean 'kindred mark, sign of auspicious fortune'''.'' '|"an auspicious fortune is attached to their words"|italicsoff=off|attr2=translated by John Muir|attr1=Rig Veda, x.71.2 In Atharva Veda, transcribed about 1000 BCE, Lakshmi evolves into a complex concept with plural manifestations. Book 7, Chapter 115 of Atharva Veda describes the plurality, asserting that a hundred Lakshmis are born with the body of a mortal at birth, some good, ''Punya'' ('virtuous') and auspicious, while others bad, ''paapi'' ('evil') and unfortunate. The good are welcomed, while the bad urged them to leave. The concept and spirit of Lakshmi and her association with fortune and the good is significant enough that Atharva Veda mentions it in multiple books: for example, in Book 12, Chapter 5 as ''Punya Lakshmi''. In some chapters of Atharva Veda, Lakshmi connotes the good, an auspicious sign, good luck, good fortune, prosperity, success, and happiness.lakṣmī
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Later, Lakshmi is referred to as the goddess of fortune, identified with Sri and regarded as the wife of ' (). For example, in Shatapatha Brahmana, variously estimated to be composed between 800 BCE and 300 BCE, Sri (Lakshmi) is part of one of many theories, in ancient India, about the creation of the universe. In Book 9 of Shatapatha Brahmana, Sri emerges from Prajapati, after his intense meditation on the creation of life and nature of the universe. Sri is described as a resplendent and trembling woman at her birth with immense energy and powers. The gods are bewitched, desire her, and immediately become covetous of her. The gods approach Prajapati and request permission to kill her and then take her powers, talents, and gifts. Prajapati refuses, tells the gods that males should not kill females and that they can seek her gifts without violence. The gods then approach Lakshmi, deity Agni gets food, Soma gets kingly authority, Varuna gets imperial authority, Mitra acquires martial energy, Indra gets force, Brihaspati gets priestly authority, Savitri acquires dominion, Pushan gets splendour, Saraswati takes nourishment and Tvashtri gets forms. The hymns of Shatapatha Brahmana thus describe Sri as a goddess born with and personifying a diverse range of talents and powers. According to another legend, she emerges during the creation of universe, floating over the water on the expanded petals of a lotus flower; she is also variously regarded as wife of Dharma, mother of Kāma, sister or mother of and , wife of Dattatreya, one of the nine Shaktis of , a manifestation of as identified with in Bharatasrama and as Sita, wife of Rama.Williams, Monier.
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Epics

In the Epics of Hinduism, such as in Mahabharata, Lakshmi personifies wealth, riches, happiness, loveliness, grace, charm, and splendor. In another Hindu legend, about the creation of the universe as described in Ramayana, Lakshmi springs with other precious things from the foam of the ocean of milk when it is churned by the gods and demons for the recovery of . She appeared with a lotus in her hand and so she is also called Padmā. Sita, the female protagonist of the ''Ramayana'' and her husband, the god-king Rama are considered as avatars of Lakshmi and Vishnu respectively. Similarly, Rukmini, the queen-consort of Vishnu's avatar Krishna from the ''Mahabharata'', is regarded as an avatar of the goddess.

Upanishads

Shakta Upanishads are dedicated to the Trinity (Tridevi) of goddesses—Lakshmi, Saraswati and Parvati. Saubhagyalakshmi Upanishad describes the qualities, characteristics, and powers of Lakshmi.Mahadeva, A. 1950. "Saubhagya-Lakshmi Upanishad." In ''The Shakta Upanishads with the Commentary of Sri Upanishad Brahma Yogin'', Adyar Library Series 10. Madras. In the second part of the Upanishad, the emphasis shifts to the use of yoga and transcendence from material craving to achieve spiritual knowledge and self-realization, the true wealth. Saubhagya-Lakshmi Upanishad synonymously uses Sri to describe Lakshmi.Mahadeva, A. 1950. "Saubhagya-Lakshmi Upanishad." In ''The Shakta Upanishads with the Commentary of Sri Upanishad Brahma Yogin'', Adyar Library Series 10. Madras.

Stotram and sutras

Numerous ancient Stotram and Sutras of Hinduism recite hymns dedicated to Lakshmi. She is a major goddess in Puranas and Itihasa of Hinduism. In ancient scriptures of India, all women are declared to be embodiments of Lakshmi. For example: Ancient prayers dedicated to Lakshmi seek both material and spiritual wealth in prayers.

Puranas

Lakshmi features prominently in Puranas of Hinduism. Vishnu Purana, in particular, dedicates many sections to her and also refers to her as Sri. J. A. B. van Buitenen translates passages describing Lakshmi in Vishnu Purana:
Sri, loyal to Vishnu, is the mother of the world. Vishnu is the meaning, Sri is the speech. She is the conduct, he the behavior. Vishnu is knowledge, she the insight. He is dharma, she the virtuous action. She is the earth, the earth's upholder. She is contentment, he the satisfaction. She wishes, he is the desire. Sri is the sky, Vishnu the Self of everything. He is the Sun, she the light of the Sun. He is the ocean, she is the shore.


Subhasita, Genomic and Didactic Literature

Lakshmi, along with Parvati and Saraswati, is a subject of extensive Subhashita, genomic and didactic literature of India.Sternbach, Ludwik. 1974. ''Subhasita, Gnomic and Didactic Literature'', A History of Indian Literature 4. Otto Harrassowitz Verlag. . Composed in the 1st millennium BC through the 16th century AD, they are short poems, proverbs, couplets, or aphorisms in Sanskrit written in a precise meter. They sometimes take the form of a dialogue between Lakshmi and Vishnu or highlight the spiritual message in Vedas and ethical maxims from Hindu Epics through Lakshmi. An example Subhashita is ''Puranartha Samgraha'', compiled by Vekataraya in South India, where Lakshmi and Vishnu discuss ''niti'' ('right, moral conduct') and ''rajaniti'' ('statesmanship' or 'right governance')—covering in 30 chapters and ethical and moral questions about personal, social and political life.

Manifestations and aspects

Inside temples, Lakshmi is often shown together with Vishnu. In certain parts of India, Lakshmi plays a special role as the mediator between her husband Vishnu and his worldly devotees. When asking Vishnu for grace or forgiveness, the devotees often approach Him through the intermediary presence of Lakshmi. She is also the personification of spiritual fulfillment. Lakshmi embodies the spiritual world, also known as Vaikuntha, the abode of Lakshmi and Vishnu (collectively called Lakshmi Narayana. Lakshmi is the embodiment of the creative energy of Vishnu, and primordial Prakriti who creates the universe. According to ''Garuda Purana'', Lakshmi is considered as ''Prakriti'' (Mahalakshmi) and is identified with three form Sri, Bhu and Durga. The three forms consists of Satva ('goodness'), rajas, and tamas ('darkness') gunas, and assists Vishnu (Purusha) in creation, preservation and destruction of the entire universe. Durga form represents the power to fight, conquer and punish the demons and anti-gods. In the ''Lakshmi Tantra'', Lakshmi is given the status of the primordial goddess. According to the text, Durga and forms like Mahakali, Mahalakshmi and Mahasaraswati and all the Shaktis that came out of all gods such as Matrikas and Mahavidya are all various forms of Goddess Lakshmi. Lakshmi says that she got the name Durga after killing an asura named Durgama. Lakshmi, Saraswati, and Parvati are typically conceptualized as distinct in most of India, but in states such as West Bengal and Odisha, they are regionally believed to be forms of Durga. In Hindu Bengali culture, Lakshmi, along with Saraswati, are seen as the daughters of Durga. They are worshipped during Durga Puja. In South India, Lakshmi is seen in two forms, Sridevi and Bhudevi, both at the sides of Venkateshwara, a form of Vishnu. Bhudevi is the representation and totality of the material world or energy, called the ''Apara Prakriti'', or Mother Earth; Sridevi is the spiritual world or energy called the ''Prakriti]''. According to Lakshmi Tantra, Nila Devi, one of the manifestations or incarnations of Lakshmi is the third wife of Vishnu. Each goddess of the triad is mentioned in Śrī Sūkta, Bhu Sūkta and Nila Sūkta respectively. This threefold goddess can be found, for example, in Sri Bhu Neela Sahita Temple near Dwaraka Tirumala, Andhra Pradesh, and in Adinath Swami Temple in Tamil Nadu. In many parts of the region, Andal is considered as an incarnation of Lakshmi. Ashta Lakshmi (Sanskrit: ) is a group of eight secondary manifestations of Lakshmi. The Ashta Lakshmi presides over eight sources of wealth and thus represents the eight powers of Shri Lakshmi. Temples dedicated to Ashta Lakshmi are found in Tamil Nadu, such as Ashtalakshmi Kovil near Chennai and many other states of India.

Creation and legends

''Devas'' (gods) and ''asuras'' (demons) were both mortal at one time in Hinduism. Amrita, the divine nectar that grants immortality, could only be obtained by churning Kshirasagar ('Ocean of Milk'). The devas and asuras both sought immortality and decided to churn the Kshirasagar with Mount Mandhara. The samudra manthan commenced with the devas on one side and the asuras on the other. Vishnu incarnated as Kurma, the tortoise, and a mountain was placed on the tortoise as a churning pole. Vasuki, the great venom-spewing serpent-god, was wrapped around the mountain and used to churn the ocean. A host of divine celestial objects came up during the churning. Along with them emerged the goddess Lakshmi. In some versions, she is said to be the daughter of the sea god since she emerged from the sea. In Garuda Purana, Linga Purana and Padma Purana, Lakshmi is said to have been born as the daughter of the divine sage Bhrigu and his wife Khyati and was named ''Bhargavi''. According to Vishnu Purana, the universe was created when the devas and asuras churned the cosmic Kshirasagar. Lakshmi came out of the ocean bearing lotus, along with divine cow Kamadhenu, Varuni, Parijat tree, Apsaras, Chandra (the moon), and Dhanvantari with Amrita ('nectar of immortality'). When she appeared, she had a choice to go to Devas or Asuras. She chose Devas' side and among thirty deities, she chose to be with Vishnu. Thereafter, in all three worlds, the lotus-bearing goddess was celebrated.van Buitenen, J. A. B., trans. ''Classical Hinduism: A Reader in the Sanskrit Puranas'', edited by Cornelia Dimmitt. Temple University Press. . pp. 95–99

Worship

Many Hindus worship Lakshmi on Diwali, the festival of lights. It is celebrated in autumn, typically October or November every year. The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil and hope over despair.Mead, Jean. ''How and why Do Hindus Celebrate Divali?'' . Before Diwali night, people clean, renovate and decorate their homes and offices. On Diwali night, Hindus dress up in new clothes or their best outfits, light up diyas (lamps and candles) inside and outside their home, and participate in family ''puja'' (prayers) typically to Lakshmi. After ''puja'', fireworks follow, then a family feast including ''mithai'' (sweets), and an exchange of gifts between family members and close friends. Diwali also marks a major shopping period, since Lakshmi connotes auspiciousness, wealth and prosperity.India Journal: ‘Tis the Season to be Shopping
Devita Saraf, The Wall Street Journal (August 2010)
This festival dedicated to Lakshmi is considered by Hindus to be one of the most important and joyous festivals of the year. Gaja Lakshmi Puja is another autumn festival celebrated on Sharad Purnima in many parts of India on the full-moon day in the month of Ashvin (October). Sharad Purnima, also called Kojaagari Purnima or Kuanr Purnima, is a harvest festival marking the end of monsoon season. There is a traditional celebration of the moon called the ''Kaumudi celebration'', Kaumudi meaning moonlight. On Sharad Purnima night, goddess Lakshmi is thanked and worshipped for the harvests. Vaibhav Lakshmi Vrata is observed on Friday for prosperity. Devi Lakshmi is worshipped as: * Ambabai in the Kolhapur Shakti peetha, * Mookambika in Kollur (Karnataka), * Bhagavathi in Chottanikkara Temple (Kerala), * Sri Kanaka Maha Lakshmi in Vishakhapatnam.

Hymns

Countless hymns, prayers, ''shlokas'', ''stotra'', songs, and legends dedicated to Mahalakshmi are recited during the ritual worship of Lakshmi. These include: * Sri Lalitha Sahasranamam, * Sri Mahalakshmi Ashtakam, * Sri Lakshmi Sahasaranama Stotra (by Sanath kumara), * Sri Stuti (by Sri Vedantha Desikar), * Sri Lakshmi Stuti (by Indra), * Sri Kanakadhāra Stotram (by Sri Adi Shankara), * Sri Chatussloki (by Sri Yamunacharya), * Narayani Stuti, * Devi Mahatmyam Middle episode, * Argala Stotra, * Sri Lakshmi Sloka (by Bhagavan Sri Hari Swamiji), and * Sri Sukta, which is contained in the Vedas and includes Lakshmi Gayatri Mantra ("''Om Shree Mahalakshmyai ca vidmahe Vishnu patnyai ca dheemahi tanno Lakshmi prachodayat, Om''").

Archaeology

A representation of the goddess as Gaja Lakshmi or Lakshmi flanked by two elephants spraying her with water, is one of the most frequently found in archaeological sites. An ancient sculpture of Gaja Lakshmi (from Sonkh site at Mathura) dates to the pre-Kushan Empire era.Singh, Upinder. 2009. ''A History of Ancient and Early Medieval India: From the Stone Age to the 12th Century''. , Pearson Education. p. 438 Atranjikhera site in modern Uttar Pradesh has yielded terracotta plaque with images of Lakshmi dating to 2nd century BCE. Other archaeological sites with ancient Lakshmi terracotta figurines from the 1st millennium BCE include Vaisali, Sravasti, Kausambi, Campa, and Candraketugadh.Vishnu, Asha. 1993. ''Material life of northern India: Based on an archaeological study, 3rd century B.C. to 1st century BCE''. . pp. 194–95. The goddess Lakshmi is frequently found in ancient coins of various Hindu kingdoms from Afghanistan to India. Gaja Lakshmi has been found on coins of Scytho-Parthian kings Azes II and Azilises; she also appears on Shunga Empire king Jyesthamitra era coins, both dating to 1st millennium BCE. Coins from 1st through 4th century CE found in various locations in India such as Ayodhya, Mathura, Ujjain, Sanchi, Bodh Gaya, Kanauj, all feature Lakshmi. Similarly, ancient Greco-Indian gems and seals with images of Lakshmi have been found, estimated to be from 1st-millennium BCE. A 1400-year-old rare granite sculpture of Lakshmi has been recovered at the Waghama village along Jehlum in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir. The Pompeii Lakshmi, a statuette supposedly thought to be of Lakshmi found in Pompeii, Italy, dates to before the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 CE.

In other religions and cultures



Jainism

Lakshmi is also an important deity in Jainism and found in Jain temples. Some Jain temples also depict Sri Lakshmi as a goddess of ''artha'' ('wealth') and ''kama'' ('pleasure'). For example, she is exhibited with Vishnu in Parshvanatha Jain Temple at the Khajuraho Monuments of Madhya Pradesh, where she is shown pressed against Vishnu's chest, while Vishnu cups a breast in his palm. The presence of Vishnu-Lakshmi iconography in a Jain temple built near the Hindu temples of Khajuraho, suggests the sharing and acceptance of Lakshmi across a spectrum of Indian religions.Dehejia, Vidya. 2009. ''The Body Adorned: Sacred and Profane in Indian Art''. Columbia University Press. . p. 151. This commonality is reflected in the praise of Lakshmi found in the Jain text Kalpa Sūtra.

Buddhism

In Buddhism, Lakshmi has been viewed as a goddess of abundance and fortune, and is represented on the oldest surviving stupas and cave temples of Buddhism. In Buddhist sects of Tibet, Nepal, and Southeast Asia, Vasudhara mirrors the characteristics and attributes of the Hindu Goddess, with minor iconographic differences.Shaw, Miranda. 2006. "Chapter 13." Pp. 258–62 in ''Buddhist Goddesses of India''. Princeton University Press. . In Tibetan Buddhism, Lakshmi is an important deity, especially in the Gelug School. She has both peaceful and wrathful forms; the latter form is known as Palden Lhamo, Shri Devi Dudsol Dokam, or Kamadhatvishvari, and is the principal female protector of (Gelug) Tibetan Buddhism and of Lhasa, Tibet. In Chinese Buddhism, Lakshmi is referred to as either Gōngdétiān (功德天 lit "Meritorious god" ) or Jíxiáng Tiānnǚ (吉祥天女 lit "Auspicious goddess") and is the goddess of fortune and prosperity. She is also regarded as one of the twenty-four protective deities of Buddhism. In Japanese Buddhism, Lakshmi is known as Kishijoten () and is also the goddess of fortune and prosperity. p. 102: "Kishijoten, a goddess of luck who corresponds to Lakshmi, the Indian goddess of fortune..." Kishijoten is considered the sister of Bishamon (, also known as Tamon or Bishamon-ten), who protects human life, fights evil, and brings good fortune. In ancient and medieval Japan, Kishijoten was the goddess worshiped for luck and prosperity, particularly on behalf of children. Kishijoten was also the guardian goddess of Geishas. While Bishamon and Kishijoten are found in ancient Chinese and Japanese Buddhist literature, their roots have been traced to deities in Hinduism. Lakshmi is closely linked to Dewi Sri, who is worshipped in Bali as the goddess of fertility and agriculture.

See also

*Ashta Lakshmi *Deepalakshmi *Doddagaddavalli *Mahalakshmi Temple, Kolhapur *Hindu goddess *Lakshmi Narayan *Star of Lakshmi *Tridevi

Notes



References



Bibliography

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Further reading

* (in Sanskrit only) * Dilip Kododwala, , * * ''Lakshmi Puja and Thousand Names'' () by Swami Satyananda Saraswati


External links


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