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Sri Lakshmi was the daughter of the sage Bhrigu and took refuge in the ocean of milk when the gods were sent into exile. Lakshmi was reborn during the Churning of the Ocean. Lakshmi is the goddess of light, beauty, good fortune and wealth. While Laxmi is generally worshiped to achieve success, she does not reside long with anyone who is lazy or desire her only as wealth.

It is extremely important to keep the house clean and pure on Diwali. Goddess Lakshmi likes cleanliness, and she will visit the cleanest house first. This is also the reason MahaLakshmi is worshipped on this day with offerings of haldi and kumkum (turmeric and vermilion).

Before performing Laxi Pooja you must take a bath, and wear new, or at least clean, clothes. Lamps are lit in the evening to welcome the goddess. They are believed to light up Her path.

Lakshmi Puja consists of a combined puja of five deities: Ganesha is worshipped at the beginning of every auspicious act as Vighnaharta; Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped in her three forms – Mahalakshmi (the goddess of wealth and money), Mahasaraswati (the goddess of books and learning), and Mahakali; Kuber (the treasurer of the gods) is also worshipped.

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Steps/Process Performing Lakshmi Puja :

Make Kalash Pot :

Place a handful of grains in the center and, on this, place a kalash (pitcher) made of gold, silver, copper, or terracotta. Fill three-fourth of the kalash with water and place a betel nut, 5 Mango leaves inside the neck a flower, a coin. Place a saucer of rice ontop of the Kalash. Place a small dish on the kalash and fill it with rice grains. Draw a lotus with turmeric powder ( haldi ) over the rice grains and place the idol of goddess Lakshmi over it, along with coins.

Place One big diya, filled with ghee, on the plate of rice resting on top of the Kalash (this represents THE SUN). Together they represent MAHA LAXMI.

Take a red cloth, spread rice grains and place 8 (diyas) with ghee and wicks and place them around the Kalash in a Half circle with the circle towards you. 

Place the idol of Ganesha:

In front of the kalash, on the right place the idol of Ganesha. You can also place books related to education, your business you desire. Light a lamp and begin the puja by offering haldi, kumkum, and flowers to the platform on which the kalash is placed. Then offer haldi, kumkum, and flowers to the water that is to be used for the puja. Invoke the river goddesses to be part of this water.

Perform Sodasamatrika Puja (recieting 16 names of Godesses.

The 16 mothers are represented on the platform by 16 small heaps of rice and a NUTMEG on top. Bowing to the 16 mothers, take rice, flowers and fragrance (atar) in your hands and say:

GOURI PADMA SACIMEDHA SAVITRI VIJAYA JAYA DEVASENA SVADHA
SVAHA MATARO LOKAMATARAH HRSTIH PUSTISTATHATUSTI ATMANAH-
KULADEVATAH GANESE NADHI KAPUJ YAH URDD HOU PUJYASCA SODA SAH

Gouri, Padma, Saci, Medha, Savitri, Vijaya, Jaya,Devasena, Svadha, Svaha, Mataro,Lokamatrah, Hrstih, Pustistatha, Tusti, Atmakuladevataare the sixteen venerable mothers.

Take a handful of rice, and pouring it through yourfingers on the red cloth. This is the representation for various deities as explained below: Sprinkle the flowers, rice and fragrance (atar).

Now Begin Doing THE MAHALAXMI PUJA :

Place a small dish on the kalash and fill it with rice grains. Draw a lotus with turmeric powder ( haldi ) and flowers over the rice grains and place the idol of goddess Lakshmi over it, along with coins.

LAKSHMI MANTRA ;

Om Shree Laxmi Devayay Namah

Oh Goddess Lakshmi ! We pray to you in benign solemnity to bestow your blessings and shower your wealth on us. 

OM SHREEM HEEM SHREEM KAMLE KAMALALAYE PRASEED PRASEED,
SHREEM HEEM SHREEM
OM MAHALAXMI NAMAYE
 

Om and salutations to that feminine energy which bestows all manner of wealth, and for which  
Shreem is the seed.  

Drop the flowers and the rice at the feet of the goddess  

Take flowers or unbroken grains of rice in yourhands. Meditate upon the goddess, saying:

YA SA PADMA SANASTHA VIPULA KATI TATI PADMA PATRAYAT AKSI
GAM BHIRA VARTANA BHISTANA BHARANA MITA SUBHRA VASTROTTARIYA
YA LAKSMIR DIVYA RUPA IRMANI GANA KHA CITAIH SNA PITAHEMA KUMBH AIH
SA NITYAM PADMA HASTA MAMA VASATU GRHE SARVA MANGALYAYUKTA SWAHA

Laksmi who is seated on a lotus, has eyes as wideas lotus petals, massive hips, deep navel, and heave breasts, wears white upperand lower garments, wears jewelry, is bathed from a golden pitcher, carries alotus in her hand, and is associated with every auspicious sign, let her residein my house.

Drop the flowers and the rice at the feet of the goddess
 
AVAHANAM (INVOCATION)

Now you have to invokeLaxmi. Avahanam is the act of invoking her. Make the usual gesture of welcoming guests in, and invite Laxmi to the household, office or factory where she is going to be worshipped and say ;

OM SARVA LOKASYA JANANIM SULA HASTAM TRILO CANAMSARVADE VAMA YIMI SAM DEVI  
MAVA HAYA MY AHAM DEVIM AVAHA YAMI SWAHA

 
I invoke the mother of the three worlds, the three eyed one with the spear in her hand, in whom all the gods reside. I invoke the goddess

Now, INVOKE LAKSHMI DEVI DOING Kalash Puja :

Place the Kalash You made before or Put THE KALASH FILLED WITH WATER, SPRINKEL SANDALWOOD POWDER, FLOWER, TULASI TO IT. PLACE A COCONUT ON THE TOP OF THE VESSEL as below;
 

 

KALASHASYA MUKHAE VISHNUHU KANTAE RUDRAHASAMAASHRITAHAMULAE
TATRA STHITHO BRAHMA MADHYAE MAATRAGANAHASMRITAHA

We worship the kalasha (vessel above which the coconut is placed) invoking Mahavishnu at the mouth of the vessel. We invokeLord Rudra (an aspect of Shiva) at the neck of the kalasha and Brahma at thebase of the vessel. We invoke the Universal Mother Goddess and Her retinue in midst of the kalasha. Thus the male and female trinities are invoked. Salutations!

LAKSHMI PANCHAMRITH STANAN :

Place the idol of Lakshmi in a plate and bathe it with water, panchamrit (a mixture of milk, curd, ghee or clarified butter, honey, and sugar) and then with water containing some gold ornament or a pearl. Wipe the idol clean and place it back on the kalash. Alternately, you can just sprinkle water and panchamrit on the idol with a flower.

Do the following while chanting the mantra ;

Offer Seat to the deity – Aum Idam aasaanam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha

Touching the feet of the deity - AumPaada-yoha paadyam Sri Laxmi Mata samarpa-yaami  swaha 

Giving deity water to drink – AumHastayor-arghyam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swah

Purifying area around deity with water -AumMukhe aachman-eeyam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha

Vastram (Silk Cloth) – AumVastram Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha

Kacha Soot (Holy Thread) – AumYajno-paveetam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha

Attar (Perfume) – AumGandham Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha

Chandan (Brown Sandalwood) – AumChandanam prati grihayatam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha

Sindoor (Red Sandalwood) – AumSindooram Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha

Hardee (Yellow Tumeric) – Aumhaldeeyam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha

With an incense arti the deity – Aumdhoopamaa-ghraa-payaami Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha

Akshat – Aumakshataya Shri Lammi Mata samarapa-yaami swaha

Now Recite/chant 108 Names of SRI LAKSHMI ASHTOTHARA DOING KUMKUMA PUJA

RECIET SRI MAHA ALSKHMI STOTRAM

Pushpam (White Flower) – Aumpushpam Maalam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha

Tambulam (Betal leaves, areca,fruits)- AumTambulam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha

Naivediam (Mixture of Sugar, Milk Cream,Ghee) – Aum Naivedyam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaamiswaha

Coins (silver) – Aumdakshinaam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha

With a diya arti the deity – Aumdeepam darsha-yaami Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha

Circle the Deity with Karpoor – Aumkarpoor-aaraarti-kayam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami

Samarpa-yaami” means not for me but for you God

Recite Mahalaxmi Bhajan & Aarti after performing this.

OFFERINGS FOR MAHALAKSHMI:

Offer sandal paste, saffron paste, perfume (Athar ), haldi, kumkum, abeer, and gulal to the goddess. Offer a garland of cotton beads to the goddess. Offer flowers, especially the marigold flowers and leaves of Bel (wood apple tree). Light an incense stick and dhoop. Make an offering of sweets, coconut, fruits, and tambul. Make an offering of puffed rice and batasha. Pour some puffed rice, batasha, coriander seeds, and cumin seeds over the idol. Safe where you keep money and jewelry; Worship this safe as a symbol of Lord Kuber.

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Steps in Performing Varalakshmi Vratham  :

Om Apavitrah Pavitro Va Sarvavastham Gatoapi Va,
Yah Smrait Pundarika Aksham Sa Vahy Abhyantarah Shuchih

Tilak is considered auspicious mark and Aachman is considered helping washing off sins committed by action, thought, and speech. Apply Tilak on your forehead and do ‘Aachman’ (drinking of holy water after accepting it in your palm) with the following mantra:

Om Keshavaya Namah, Om Narayanaya Namah, Om Madhavaya Namah, Om Govindaya Namah drop the water in a plate… and chant 20 names of narayana…

Om Vishnave namah

Om Madhusudayanaya namah

Om Trivikramaya namah

Om Vamanaya namah

Om Shridharaya namah

Om Rshikesaya namah

Om Padmanabhaya namah

Om Damodaraya namah

Om Sankarshanaya namah

Om vasudevaya namah

Om Pradyumnaya namah

Om Anirudhaya namah

Om Purushothamaya namah

Om Adhokshjaya namah

Om Narasimhaya namah

Om Achyutaya namah

Om Janardhanaya namah

Om Upendraya namah

Om Haraye namah

Om sri Krishnaya namah…

SankalpaM

Shubhe shobhane muhUrte Adya-brahmaNaH dvitIya-parArdhe Shveta-varAha kalpe vaivasvata-manvantare ashtAvimSatitame kaliyuge  prathame pAde jambU- dvipe bhArata-varshe bharatha-khaNDe meroH dakshiNe pArshve  —-shakAbde  asmin vartamAne vyAvahArike prabhavAdi shhashTi-samvatsarANAM madhye   —- nAma-samvatsare —-ayane —–Ritau  —-mAse    —pakshe   —  tithau — nakshatra-yuktAyAM shubha-yoga shubha-karaNa evamguNa viSeshaNa-viSishTAyAM asyAM — shubha-thithau  mamopAtta-samasta-durita-kshayadvArA  shrI-parameSvara-prItyarthaM asmAkaM saha-kuTumbAnAM kshema-sthairya-vIrya-vijaya-Ayur-Arogya-aiSvaryANAM abhivRiddhyarthaM  dharmArtha-kAma-moksha caturvidha-phala-purushArtha-siddhyarthaM ishTa-kAmyArtha-siddhyarthaM sarvAbhIshTa-siddhyarthaM sarvArishTa-shAntyartham ShrI Mahalakshmi Prithyadham – sri Varalashmi poojam karishye..

Start worshiping Lord Ganesha, who is believed to drive away all obstacles and evil forces. Offer prasadam or fruit to Ganesh and chant the mantra…
Shuklaambaradharam vishnum
shashivarnam chaturbhujam |
prasannavadanam dhyaayaet
sarva vighnopa shaantayae ||

Give Aarathi to Lord Ganesha and Start performing vara Lakshmi Pooja . Invoke Goddess  Mahalakshmi into the kalasha.

Om Shree Laxmi Devayay Namah

Oh Goddess Lakshmi ! We pray to you in benign solemnity to bestow your blessings and shower your wealth on us.

OM SHREEM HEEM SHREEM KAMLE KAMALALAYE PRASEED PRASEED,
SHREEM HEEM SHREEM , OM MAHALAXMI NAMAYE

Om and salutations to that feminine energy which bestows all manner of wealth, and for which  Shreem is the seed.

Drop the flowers at the feet of the goddess.

OM SARVA LOKASYA JANANIM SULA HASTAM TRILO CANAMSARVADE VAMA YIMI SAM DEVI
MAVA HAYA MY AHAM DEVIM AVAHA YAMI SWAHA

Then worship a couple of torams (a bunch of nine threads with nine knots) and tie one to the kalasha while the other one is tied around the right hand wrist of the lady performing the pooja ans start performing pooja.

Do the following while chanting the mantra ;

Offer Seat to the deity – Aum Idam aasaanam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha

Touching the feet of the deity - AumPaada-yoha paadyam Sri Laxmi Mata samarpa-yaami  swaha

Giving deity water to drink – AumHastayor-arghyam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha

Purifying area around deity with water -AumMukhe aachman-eeyam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha

Vastram (Silk Cloth) – AumVastram Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha

Kacha Soot (Holy Thread) – AumYajno-paveetam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha

Attar (Perfume) – AumGandham Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha

Chandan (Brown Sandalwood) – AumChandanam prati grihayatam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha

Sindoor (Red Sandalwood) – AumSindooram Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha

Hardee (Yellow Tumeric) – Aumhaldeeyam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha

With an incense arti the deity – Aumdhoopamaa-ghraa-payaami Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha

Akshat – Aumakshataya Shri Lammi Mata samarapa-yaami swaha

Now Recite/chant 108 Names of SRI LAKSHMI ASHTOTHARA DOING KUMKUMA PUJA

RECIET SRI MAHA LASKHMI STOTRAM AND  SRI ASHTALAKSHMI STOTRAM

Pushpam (White Flower) – Aumpushpam Maalam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha

Tambulam (Betal leaves, areca,fruits)- AumTambulam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha

Naivedyam (Special dishes,sweets)   – Aum Naivedyam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaamiswaha

Coins (silver) – Aumdakshinaam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha

With a diya arti the deity – Aumdeepam darsha-yaami Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha

Circle the Deity with Karpoor – Aumkarpoor-aaraarti-kayam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami

Samarpa-yaami” means not for me but for you God

Recite Mahalaxmi Bhajan & Aarti after performing this.

Sing Varalakshmi Rave ma Intiki – Goddess Lakshmi Song

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Varalakshmi Vrathamu – Puja Process In Telugu

Varalakshmi Vratam is an important pooja performed by many women in the month of Sravanamasam / Aavani. In this month many women perform Mangalagouri vratam on Tuesdays and Mahalakshmi puja on Fridays.VaraLakshmi Vratham is performed on The 2nd firday of Sravana maasa or the firday before full moon day (Pournami).It is believed that worship of Goddess Lakshmi on this day will bring health, wealth and prosperity. Vara means boon. Needless to say, performing puja (in the form of a Vratam) to Goddess Varalakshmi will bring in boons to those who performs with utmost devotion. Those who fail to perform the Vratam  can do it so on any other Friday of the Sravanamasam.

Eight forces or energies are recognised and they are known as Sri (Wealth), Bhu (Earth), Sarasvati (learning), Priti (love), Kirti (Fame), Santi (Peace), Tushti(Pleasure) and Pushti(Strength). Each one of these forces is called a Lakshmi and all the eight forces are called the Ashta Lakshmis or the eight Lakshmis of the Hindus. Vishnu is also called Ashta Lakshmi Padhi which is equivalent to saying that he is the asylum for the eight-Lakshmis or forces. 

Lakshmi is a woman. So she will more readily sympathise with women. Hence this varalakshmi Vratam is performed by women invoking the blessings of Lakshmi on their family and bless them with health, wealth and  prosperity.

Preparation of Varalakshmi Vratham :

Goddess Lakshmi loves cleaner and tidier homes. Hence,the pooja room and the house is cleaned on previous day itself. Puja related vessels are cleaned and polished. On the Puja day Women woke up early morning clean the pooja room and make kolam (rangoli) with rice flour.

Keep a flat wooden platform/ plate spread a blouse piece over it. Over the blouse piece spread a cup of rice . Place a cloth and spread some raw rice on it and place kalash on it. The Kalash is half-filled with water and decorated with betelleaves, usually five in number.The Kalash tray can be filled with turmeric, kumkum, sandalwood and other Pooja items..

The coconut is applied with turmeric and is richly decorated with kumkum. Now close it with with coconut with red cloth folded like pyramid,(look like a cap). The features of the Goddess are also drawn on the coconut to make the image of Her to facilitate worship. Jewelry is put round the coconut. Decorate and place some flowers.

Steps in performing Varalakshmi Vratham Puja & process

Varalakshmi Vratam Story :

The story happens in a beautiful town called Kundinagaram located in the Kingdom of Vidarbha (Vidarba Rajyam). In that Kundinagram town, Goddess Adilakshmi, being pleased by her devotion tells Charumathi in a dream and directed her to perform the vrata to enable Her to fulfil her desires. Charumathi wakes up and tells her husband about the dream. Charumathi along with some neighbourhood women takes bath in the wee hours and prepare a mandapam and invites Varalakshmi Devi. She recites the following sloka along with other women with utmost faith and devotion.

Lakshmi Ksheerasamudra rajatanyam sri rangadhameswareem
Dasibootha samastha devavanitham lokaika deepamkuram
Sri manmanda kataksha labdhivibhat brahmendra gangadharam
Twamtrayamlokyakutumbhineem sasijavandemukunda priyam

Then she wore nine threads Thoranam to right hand and offers naivadyam to Goddess Lakshmi Devi. On the completion of the first circumstance, she heard she found Gajjelu, Andelu and other ornaments. On the second circumstance, they found kankanams made of navaratnams to their hands. On completion of the third circumstance, they found immense wealth. Then Charumathi offers Tambulam to the brahmin priests and distribute the vrata prasadam to the relatives and lead a happy life. Since then, Hindu women perform this vrata with utmost faith and trust till today. With this, Lord Eswara concludes telling the story to Goddess Parvathi.

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PostHeaderIcon Mahalakshmi Mantra and Shri Yantra – Wealth Giving

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Lakshmi is the Hindu goddess of wealth, prosperity (both material and spiritual), light, wisdom, fortune, fertility, generosity and courage; and the embodiment of beauty, grace and charm. Also is also called as Mahalakshmi,  as she is said to bring good luck, and is believed to protect Her devotees from all kinds of misery and money-related sorrows.

|| Om Shreem Hreem Shreem Kamale Kamalaleyi Praseed Praseed
Om Shreem Hreem Shreem Mahalaxmiyei Namaha ||

|| Om Shreem Hreem Shreem Kamale Kamalaleyi Praseed Praseed
Om Shreem Hreem Shreem Mahalaxmiyei Namaha ||

|| Om Shreem Hreem Shreem Kamale Kamalaleyi Praseed Praseed
Om Shreem Hreem Shreem Mahalaxmiyei Namaha ||

|| Om Shreem Hreem Shreem Kamale Kamalaleyi Praseed Praseed
Om Shreem Hreem Shreem Mahalaxmiyei Namaha ||

27 Repetitions (Repeat 4 times for 108 rounds = 1 mala = 40 minutes)

*Morning is the best time to chant, especially after bathing. But in the evening before dinner, or 3 hours after dinner is ok too.

*If you recite this mantra daily 108 times financial worries, trouble will go away.

**Daily worship of this mantra helps in attaining Siddhi.

*Siddhi is typically defined as “a magical or spiritual power for the control of self, others and the forces of nature.”

 Shree Mantra when performed properly is very effective will  Bestows you with lot of money and wealth from unexpected source.

“‘Shree Yantra’ – Shree meaning wealth and Yantra – Meaning ‘Instrument’

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PostHeaderIcon AshtaLakhsmi Stotram – Meaning and PDF

Ashta Lakshmi (eight Lakshmi) are a group of eight secondary manifestations of Lakshmi who presides over eighteen forms of wealth, ten of which are the eight great siddhis called AshtaSiddhis, the spiritual knowledge or Gnana, and teaching or imparting the spiritual knowledge to the entire world.

The 8 Forms of Lakshmi includes ;

1) Adi Lakshmi     [The main goddess]

2) Dhanya Lakshmi     [Granary wealth]

3) Dhairya Lakshmi     [Wealth of courage]

4) Gaja Lakshmi     [Elephants, symbols of wealth]

5) Santana Lakshmi     [Wealth of progeny]

6) Vijaya Lakshmi     [Wealth of victory]

7) Vidya Lakshmi     [Wealth of knowledge]

8) Dhana Lakshmi     [Monetary wealth]

 SRI ASHTA LAKSHMI STOTRA – PDF

Sri Ashta Lakhsmi Stotram – Meaning 

1. Adi Lakshmi (Primeval Lakshmi):

Sumanasa vandhitha, sundhari, madhavi,
Chandra sahodhari hemamaye,
Munigana manditha, moksha pradhayini,
manjula bhashini, veda nuthe,
Pankaja vasini deva supoojitha
sadguna varshani, santhiyuthe,
Jaya jaya hey madhusoodhana kamini
Adhilakshmi sada palaya maam.

Victory and victory to Adhi lakshmi
Oh, darling of the killer of Madhu,
Who is worshipped by all good people,
Who is pretty and sister of the moon,,
Who looks as if she is made of gold,
Who is saluted by all groups of sages,
Who grants salvation,
Who talks sweet words,
Who is praised by Vedas,
Who lives on the Lotus flower,
Who is worshipped by all devas,
Who showers good qualities on people,
And who is the personification of peace,
Please protect me always.

2. Dhanya Lakshmi (Lakshmi of Grains)

Ayio kali kalmasha nasini, kamini,
Vaidhika roopini, veda maye,
Ksheera samudhbhava mangala roopini,
Manthra nivasini, manthranuthe,
Mangala dhayini, ambuja vasini,
deva ganarchitha padayuthe,
Jaya jaya he madhusoodhana kamini
Dhanyalakshmi sada palaya maam.

Victory and victory to Danyalakshmi
Oh darling of the killer of Madhu,
Who destroys bad effects of kali yuga,
Who is most desirable god,
Who is personification of Vedas,
Who is pervaded by the Vedas,
Who arose out of milk,
Who is the form of all that is good,
Who lives in the sacred chants,
Who lives on the lotus flower,
And whose feet is worshipped by devas,
Please protect me always

3. Dairya Lakshmi (Lakshmi of Courage)

Jaya vara varnani, vaishnavi,
Bhargavi, manthra swaroopini, manthra maye,
Suragana poojitha seegra phala pradha,
Jnana vikasini, sasthranuthe,
Bhava bhaya harini, papa vimochini,
Sadu janarchitha pada yuthe,
Jaya jaya he madhusoodhana kamini
Dairyalakshmi sada palaya maam.

Victory and victory to Dairyalakshmi
Oh, darling of the killer of Madhu,
Who is described by victorious and blessed,
Who is the shakthi which came out of Vishnu,
Who is the daughter of sage Bhargava,
Whose form is that of sacred chants,
Who is pervaded by sacred chants,
Who is worshipped by all devas,
Who gives results fast,
Who improves knowledge,
Who is worshipped by shastras,
Who destroys fear,
Who gives redemption from sins,
And whose feet is worshipped by holy people,
Who lives on the lotus flower,
Please protect me always

4. Gaja Lakshmi (Lakshmi of Elephants)

Jaya jaya durgathi nasini kamini,
Sarva phala pradha sastra maye,
Rathha gaja thuraga padathi samavrutha,
Parijana manditha lokanuthe,
Harihara brahma supoojitha sevitha,
Thapa nivarini pada yuthe,
Jaya jaya he madhusoodhana kamini
Gajalakshmi sada palaya maam.

Victory and victory to Gajalakshmi
Oh darling of the killer of Madhu,
Victory and victory to you,
Who removes bad fate,
Who is desirable God,
Who is the personification of shastras,
Which bless one with all that is asked,
Who is surrounded by an army of elephants,
Chariots, horses and cavalry,
Who is worshipped and served by,
Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma,
And whose feet provides relief from suffering,
Please protect me always

5. Santana Lakshmi (Lakshmi of Progeny)

Ayi kagha vahini, mohini, chakrini,
raga vivrdhni, jnanamaye,
Gunagana varidhi, loka hithaishini,
Swara saptha bhooshitha gana nuthe,
Sakala surasura deva muneeswara,
Manhava vandhitha padayuthe,
Jaya jaya he madhusoodhana kamini
Santhanaalakshmi sada palaya maam.

Victory and victory to Santhanalakshmi
Oh, darling of the killer of Madhu,
Who rides on the bird,
Who is an enchantress,
Who is the consort of he who holds the chakra,
Who pacifies emotions,
Who is pervaded by knowledge,
Who is ocean of good qualities,
Who has her mind in the good of all the world,
Who is worshipped by the music of seven swaras,
And who is worshipped by all devas, asuras,
Sages and all humans,
Please protect me always.

6. Vijaya Lakshmi (Lakshmi of Victory)

Jaya kamalasini, sadgathi dayini,
jnana vikasini ganamaye,
Anudina marchitha kumkuma dhoosara
bhooshitha vaasitha vadhyanuthe,
Kanakadhara sthuthi vaibhava
vanditha shankara desika manyapathe,
Jaya jaya he madhusoodhana kamini
Vijayalakshmi sada palaya maam.

Victory and victory to Vijayalakshmi
The darling of the killer of Madhu,
Victory to she who sits on the lotus,
Who blesses us with salvation,
Who spreads our knowledge,
Who is pervaded with music,
Who is coated with the saffron powder,
Which is daily used to worship her,
Who is worshipped by playing of musical instruments,
And who was pleased by the prayer,
Of the golden rain by the great Sankara,
Please protect me always.

7. Vidhya Lakshmi (Lakshmi of Knowledge)

Pranatha sureswari, bharathi, bhargavi
shoka vinasini, rathna maye,
Mani maya bhooshitha karma vibhooshana,
Santhi samavrutha hasyamukhe,
Nava nidhi dhayini kalimala harini,
Kamitha phalapradha hasthayuthe,
Jaya jaya he madhusoodhana kamini
Vidhyalakshmi sada palaya maam.

Victory and victory to Vidhyalakshmi
Oh, darling of the killer of Madhu,
Who is the pleased goddess of devas,
Who is he goddess of Bharatha,
Who is the daughter of sage Bhargava,
Who removes all sorrows,
Who is fully ornamented by precious stones,
Who wears several gem studded ornaments,
Whose ear is decorated,
Who is the abode of peace,
Who has a smiling face,
Who blesses us with nine types of wealth,
Who steals away bad effects of kali,
And whose hands blesses us,
For fulfillment of our wish,
Please protect me always

8. Dhana Lakshmi (Lakshmi of Wealth)

Dhimidhimi dhindhimi dhindhimi dhindhimi,
dundubhi nada supoornamaye,
Ghumaghuma ghumaghuma ghumaghuma,
Sankha ninadha suvadhyanoothe,
Veda puranethihasa supoojitha,
Vaidhika marga pradarsayuthe,
Jaya jaya he madhusoodhana kamini
Danalakshmi sada palaya maam.

Victory and victory to Danalakshmi
Hey, darling of the killer of Madhu,
Who is fully complete with,
Dimidimi sounds of the drum,
And the majestic sound of conch,
Gumguma, ghummkuma, gunguma,
Who is worshipped by Vedas and puranas,
And who shows the path of religious discipline,
Please protect me always.

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Lakshmi is the Hindu goddess of wealth, prosperity (both material and spiritual), light, wisdom, fortune, fertility, generosity and courage; and the embodiment of beauty, grace and charm. Also is also called as Mahalakshmi,  as she is said to bring good luck, and is believed to protect Her devotees from all kinds of misery and money-related sorrows.

Various Avtaras of  Sri Lakshmi ;

Representations of Lakshmi (or Shri) are found in Jain and Buddhist monuments, in addition to Hindu temples. Mahalakshmi is endowed with six auspicious and divine qualities, or Gunas, and also because She is the source of strength even to Lord Narayana. She is the consort of Vishnu and married Rama (in Her incarnation as Sita) and Krishna (as Rukmini),and Venkateshwara (as Alamelu).  In addition to Rukmini, however, she was also thought to have incarnated Radha, Krishna’s youthful lover prior to his marriage to Rukmini. In Vaishnava traditions, She is believed to be the Mother Goddess and the Shakti of Narayan.

Goddess Laksmi is the deity of wealth, affluence an ruling power. In astrology Venus represents Lakshmi, Durga, Santoshi Ma and Shiva-Parvati. Venus rules over Taurus and Libra signs. Venus in odd signs represents Lord Shiva. Venus in even signs represents Lakshmi, Annapurna Parvati, Vaishnavi Durga, Santoshi Ma etc. When Venus owns Lagna, 5th, 9th and 10th house and when Venus occupies Lagna, 5th, 9th, 10th and 12th house worship of Laxmi may give immense prosperity.

Story of Shri MahaLakshmi Evolution :

The appearance of goddess Lakshmi is related to an ancient story. Durvasa the short-tempered sage once presented Indra, the king of the gods (devas) with agarland of flowers which would never wilt. Indra gave this garland to his elephant Airavata. Sage Durvasa saw the elephant trampling the divine garland and cursed Indra, for he had shown disrespect to the sage. The sage cursed Indra that he and all the gods would lose their power because it had made them so proud and vain. Due to the curse, the demons vanquished the gods out of the heavens.

The defeated gods then went to seek refuge to the Creator Lord Brahma who asked them to churn the ocean of milk, Ksheersagar, to obtain the nectar of immortality. The gods then went to Lord Vishnu, to seek his assistance. Lord Vishnu took the Avatar Kurma (Tortoise) and supported the Manthara Parvata (mountain) as a churning rod, while the king of the serpents, Vasuki, became the churning rope. The gods and the demons (under the leadership of the pious and wise King Bali Chakravarti) both helped each other in churning the ocean of milk.

Amongst the host of divine gifts which appeared from the ocean, goddess Lakshmi appeared and then chose Shri Vishnu as her consort, as only He had the power to control Maya (illusion). Because of this, Lakshmi is also called the daughter of the sea; since the moon also appeared from the ocean during the churning, the moon is called her brother.  Alakshmi, the goddess of misfortune, is Lakshmi’s elder sister.

Sri Lakshmi Discription in various Puranas ;

According to the Vishnu Purana, Lakshmi is the daughter of Bhrigu and Khyaati and resided in Swarga, but, due to the curse of Durvasa, She left Swarga and made Ksheersagara her home. In Devi Mahatyam Lakshmi depicted as Devi in Her universal form as Shakti. The manifestation of the Devi to kill Mahishasura is formed by the effulgences of all the gods. The Goddess is described as eighteen-armed, bearing a string of beads, battle axe, mace, arrow, thunderbolt,lotus, bow, water pot, cudgel, lance, sword, shield, conch, bell, wine cup, trident, noose and the discus sudarsana. She has a complexion of coral and is seated on a lotus. She is known as Ashta Dasa Bhuja Mahalakshmi.

The Reappearance of Lakshmi after Samudra manthan and her marriage to Vishnu thereafter, remain the same. Laxmi is the power and Maya of Lord Vishnu. In some places She is seen in two forms, Bhudevi and Sridevi, both either side of Vishnu or Sri Venkateshwara. Bhudevi is the fertility form in which She is Mother Earth. Sridevi is the wealth and knowledge of Her which is seen with Narayan. Most people are mistaken that they are separate beings although they are one, Laxmi.

Mahalakshmi’s presence is also found on Lord Sri Venkateswara (at Tirumala) or Vishnu’s chest, at the heart. Lakshmi is the embodiment of love,through which devotess can readch Lord Vishnu. Lakshmi represents a more soothing, warm and approachable mother figure who willingly intervenes, acts as an advocate in the lives of devotees on His behalf. When asking Vishnu for grace or the forgiveness of sins, Hindus often approach Him through Lakshmi.

Lakshmi is the embodiment of God’s superior spiritual feminine energy, or the Param Prakriti, which purifies, empowers and uplifts the individual. Hence, she is called the Goddess of Fortune and  also as the Mother of the Universe.

Names of Sri Lakshmi :

Lakshmi has many names. She is known to be very closely associated with the Lotus, and her many epithets are connected to the flower, such as:

Padma:    lotus dweller.

Kamala:    lotus dweller.

Padmapriya:    One who likes lotuses

Padmamaladhara devi:    One who wears a garland of lotuses

Padmamukhi:    One whose face is as beautiful as a lotus

Padmakshi:    One whose eyes are as beautiful as a lotus

Padmahasta:    One who holds a lotus

Padmasundari:    One who is as beautiful as a lotus

Other names of Goddess Lakshmi :

Bhargavi: One who is the incarnation of the daughter of Sage Bhrigu

Sridevi: Goddess of wealth

Chanchala: One who is fickle and does not stay at one place

Bhumi Devi: Earth goddess

Indira: Beautiful goddess

Rama devi/Vaishnavi: Wife of Vishnu

Jalaja: Born from sea.

Aiswarya: Wealthy.

Roma: Wife of lord Hari

Appearance of Goddess Lakshmi :

Physically, goddess Lakshmi is described as a fair lady, with four arms, seated on a lotus, dressed in fine garments and precious jewels. Her expression is always calm and loving. The most striking feature of the iconography of Lakshmi is her persistent association with the lotus. The meaning of the lotus in relation to Shri-Lakshmi refers to purity and spiritual power. Rooted in the mud but blossoming above the water, completely uncontaminated by the mud, thelotus represents spiritual perfection and authority. In the Sri Vaishnava philosophy, Sri (Lakshmi) is honored as the Iswarigm sarva bhootanam, i.e., the supreme goddess and not just the goddess of wealth.

Forms of Lakshmi :

Ashta Lakshmi (eight Lakshmi”) are a group of eight secondary manifestations of Lakshmi who presides over eighteen forms of wealth, ten of which are the eight great siddhis called AshtaSiddhis, the spiritual knowledge or Gnana, and teaching or imparting the spiritual knowledge to the entire world.

The 8 Forms of Lakshmi includes ;

1) Adi Lakshmi     [The main goddess]

2) Dhanya Lakshmi     [Granary wealth]

3) Dhairya Lakshmi     [Wealth of courage]

4) Gaja Lakshmi     [Elephants, symbols of wealth]

5) Santana Lakshmi     [Wealth of progeny]

6) Vijaya Lakshmi     [Wealth of victory]

7) Vidya Lakshmi     [Wealth of knowledge]

8) Dhana Lakshmi     [Monetary wealth]

Any thing that need be affluent gets the auspicious prefix or suffix ‘Lakshmi’, or ‘Sri’ like Rajya Lakshmi (Wealth of Empire), Shanti Sri (Wealth of Peace), etc. In modern India, common titles standing in for the English Mr. and Mrs. are Shri (also Sri or Shree) and Shrimati (also Srimati or Shreemati), as in “Sri Gupta” or “Srimati Mangeshkar”.

Pujas and Mantras of Lakshmi :

Gaja Lakshmi Puja is celebrated in the Sharad Purnima, the full-moon day in the Oriya month of Aswina(September–October). The goddess of wealth is worshipped for one day, and, in some places, it is celebrated for seven to ten days, decorated  with beautifully made images of Gaja Lakshmi are installed with abundant warmth and sincerity.

Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped by those who wish to acquire or to preserve wealth. It is believed that Lakshmi (wealth) goes only to those houses which are clean and where the people are hardworking. She does not visit the places which are unclean/dirty or where the people are lazy.

Most famous slokas of Sri Lakshmi includes Sri Mahalakshmi Ashtakam, Sri Lakshmi Sahasaranama Sthothra by Sanathkumara, Sri Stuti By Sri Vedantha Desikar, Sri Lakshmi Stuti By Indra, Sri Kanakadhara Sthothra by Sri Aadhi Shankaracharya, Sri Chatussloki by Sri Yamunacharya, Sri Lakshmi Sloka by Bhagavan Sri Hari Swamiji and Sri Sukta which is contained in the Vedas.

The famous Lakshmi Gayathri Sloka ” Om Mahalakshmichae Vidmahe sri Vishnupathinichae Dhi-Mahi Thanno Lakshmi Prachodayat” is a powerful prayer contained in the Vedic Sri Sukta, which when chanted everyday 108 times is known to grace the chanter with immediate grace of the Goddess within 90 days.

Sri Lakhmi Mantra:

OM SRIM HRIM KLIM TRIBHUVANA MAHALAKSHMYAI

ASMAKAM DARIDYA NASAYA PRACURA DHANA DEHI DEHI KLIM HRIM SRIM OM

Some of the famous Lakshmi Temples includes ;

  • Ashtalakshmi Kovil, Chennai
  • Ashtalakshmi Temple, Hyderabad
  • Mahalakshmi Temple, Kolhapur
  • Mahalakshmi Temple, Mumbai
  • Sri Mahalakshmi Temple, Goravanahalli near Bangalore
  • Mahalakshmi temple, Brazil

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Kanakadhara Stotram  – Sankaracharya Kanak Dhara Stotram for Maha Lakshmi Blessings

SRI MATH SANKARACHARYA VIRACHITHA – KANAKADHARA STOTRAM

Vande vandaru mandara mindirananda kandalam |
Amandananda sandoha bandhuram sindhura nanam ||

1. Angam hareh pulaka bhusana masrayanti
Bhrungow ganeva mukula bharanam tamalam
Angikruta khila vibhuti rapangaleela
Mangalyada stu mama mangala devatayah ||

2. Mugha muhurvidadhati vadane murareh |
Prematrapa prani hitani gata gatani ||
Maladrusormadhu Kariva mahotpaleya |
Samesriyam disatusagara sambha vayah ||

3. Visva marendra pada vibhrama dana daksha
Mananda hetu radhikam mura vidviso pi |
Easannisidatu mayi kshana mikshanardha
Mindivarodara sahodara mindirayah ||

4. Amilita ksha madhigamya mudamukunda
Mananda kanda manimesa mananga tantram |
Akekarasthita Kaninika pakshma Netram |
Bhutyai bhavenmama bhujanga sayanganayah ||

5. Kalambuda lilalitorasi kaitabhare
rdharadhare sphurati ya thati daganeva
Matussa masta jagatam mahaniya murti
Rbhadrani me disatu bhargava nandanayah||

6. Bahvantare murajitah srita kowstubeya |
Haravaliva harinilamayi vibhati |
Kamaprada bhagavato pikatakshamala
Kalyana mavahatu mekamala layayah ||

7. Praptam padam prathamatah khalu yat prabhavat |
Mangala bhaji madhu madhini manmadhena |
Mayya patetta diha mandhara mikshanardham
Mandalasam ca makaralaya kanyakayah ||

8. Dadhya ddayanu pavano dravinambudhara
Masminna kincina vihanga sisow visanne |
Duskarma gharma mapaniya ciraya duram |
Narayana pranayini nayan ambu vahah ||

9. Essta visista matayo pinarayaya drag
Drusta sthrivistapa padam sulabham bhajante |
Drustih prahrsta kamalodara diptiristam
Pustim krsista mama puskara vistarayah ||

10. Girdevatiti garuda dhvaja sundariti
Sakambhariti sasisekhara vallabheti
Srusti sthiti pralaya kelisu samsthtaya
Tasyai nama sthribhu vanaika gurostarunyai ||

11. Srutyai Namo stu subhakarma phala prasutyai
Ratyai Namo stu Ramaniya gunardhavayai
Sakyai Namo stu sataparta niketanayai
Pustai Namo stu purusottama vallabhayai ||

12. Namo stu nalika nibhananayai
Namo stu dugdho dadhi janma bhumyai
Namo stu Soma mrta sodarayai
Namo stu Narayana vallabhayai ||

13. Namo stu hemambuja pitthikayai
Namo stu bhumandala nayikayai
Namo stu devadidaya parayai
Namo stu saranga yudha vallabhayai ||

14. Namo stu devyai bhrugunandanayai
Namo stu visnorusasi sthitayai
Namo stu lakshmai kamala layayai
Namo stu damodara vallabhayai ||

15. Namo stu kanyai kamalekshanayai
Namostu bhutyai bhuvana prasutyai
Namo stu devadibhi rarcitayai
Namo stu nandatmajavallabhayai ||

16. Sampatka rani sakalendriya nandanani
Samrajya dana niratani saroruhakshi
Tvadvandanani durita paharonodyatani
Mameva mata ranisam kalayastu manye ||

17. Yatkataksha samupa sana vidhih
Sevakasya sakalardha sampadah
Santanoti vacana gamanasai
Stvam murari hrdaye svar im bhaje ||

18. Sarasijanayane | Saroja haste
Dhavala taram suka gandhamalya sobhe |
Bhagavati | Harivallabhe | Manojne |
Tribhuvana bhutikari | Prasida mahyam ||

19. Dighastibhih kanaka kumbha mukha vasruta
Svarvahini vimala caru jala plutangim
Pratar namami jagatam janani masesa
Lokadhi natha grhini mamrutabdhi putrim ||

20. Kamale! kamalaksha vallabhe | tvam
Karunapura tarangitai rapamgaih
Avalokaya mama kincananam
Prathamam patra makrtrimam dayayah ||

21. Stuvanti ye stutibhi ramubhi ranvaham
Trayi mayim tribhuvana mataram Ramam |
Gunadhika gurutara bhagya bhajino
Bhavanti te bhuvi budha bhavita sayah ||

22. Suvarna dhara stotramya
Chankara carya nirmitam
Trisandhyam yah patthe nnityam
Sakubera samo bhavet ||

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Sri Lakshmi Stotram with Meaning

Aum Namaste-astu mahaa-maaye sree peethe sur-poojite,
Shankha chakra gaddaa-haste, Mahaa Lakshmi namo-astute.

Meaning : O Mahamaya, abode of furtune, who art worshipped by the Devas,
I salute Thee; O Mahalaxmi, wielder of conch, disc and mace, obeisance to Thee.

Aum Namaste garu-daaroode, kolaa-sura bhayankari;
Sarva paapa hare devi, Mahaa Lakshmi namo-astute.

Meaning : My salutation to Thee, who ridest the Garuda and art a terror to Asura Kola;
O Devi Mahalaxmi, remover of all miseries, my obeisance to Thee.

Aum Sarvagye sarva varde, sarva dustha bhayankari;
Sarva duhkha hare devi, Mahaa Laxmi namo-astute.

Meaning : O Devi Mahalaxmi, who knowest all, giver of all boons, a terror to all the wicket, remover of all sorrow, obeisance to Thee.

Aum siddhi buddhi prade devi. bhukti-muktipradaayini;
Mantra moorte sadaa devi, Mahaa Laxmi namo astute.

Meaning : O Goddess of Wealth, giver of intelligence andsuccess and of worldly enjoyment and liberation, Thou hast always the mystic symbols as Thy forms, O Mahaa Laxmi, obeisance to Thee.

Aum Aadhyanta rahite devi, aadhya-shakte maheshvari;
Yogaje yoga-sambhoote, Mahaa Lakshmi namo-astute.

Meaning : O Devi, Maheshwari, without a beginning or an end, O Primeval Energy, born of Yoga, O Mahalakshmi, obeisance to Thee.

Aum Stoola suksham mahaa rovdre, mahaa shaktemahodaye;
Mahaa paapa hare devi, Mahaa Laxmi namo-astute.

Meaning : O Mahaa Laxmi, who art both gross and subtle,most terrible, great power, great prosperity and great remover of allsins, obeisance to Thee.

Aum Padmaa sanas-thite devi, pare brahma svaroopini;
Para meshi jagan-maatar, Mahaa Laxmi namo-astute.

Meaning : O Devi, seated on the lotus, who art the Supreme Brahman, the great Lord and Mother of the universe, O Mahalakshmi obeisance to Thee.

Aum Svetaambar dhare devi, naanaa lankaar bhooshite;
Jagat stithte jagan maatar, Mahaa Laxmi namo-astute.

Meaning : O Devi, robed in white garments, and decked invarious kinds of ornaments, Thou art The Mother of the Universe and its support;O Mahaa Laxmi, obeisance to Thee.

Aum Mahaa Laksham-yashtak stotram, yahahpathed-bhakti maan narah;
Sarva siddhim vaapnoti, Mahaa Lakshmee prasaad taha.

Meaning : Whoever with devotion recite this hymn to SriMahaa Laxmi, composed in eight stanzas, attains all success through the Grace ofMahaa Laxmi Devi.

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