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Alakshmi

Goddess – Alakshmi ( A unheard deity)

Goddess Alakshmi

We all know about the Goddess Lakshmi, but few of us know about Alakshmi, who is equally and important Goddess, but unpopular for other reasons.

Alakshmi is elder sister of goddess Lakshmi.  She is Goddess of misfortne, bad luck, durbhagya, inauspiciousness. She represents every thing opposite to Goddess Lakshmi. Another name for Alakshmi is Nirriti.

She has dry shriveled up body, sunken cheeks, thick lips, and beady eyes and she rides a donkey. She likes to live where people are full of ego, vanity, and selfish mindset.

Emergence of Alakshmi

There are many myths related to emergence of Alakshmi.

According to one belief, Alakshmi was born with goddess Lakshmi during churning of ocean. Goddess Lakshmi emerged from amrita and Alakshmi emerged from  Kalakuta poison dripping from vasuki naga’s mouth.Another belief, says her sister was born from the radiance of Prajapati’s face, while Alakshmi was born from his back.

Alakshmi

Alakshmi

Her existence with sister Lakshmi:

Alakshmi is said to co-exist with Lakshmi. Where there is Lakshmi, there is Alakshmi. Some legends believe she is invisible in existence while some believe she is always near Lakshmi in the form of a owl.

Alakshmi brings, discord, strife, jealousy, mlice and hardship where ever she goes. Proximity to her gives rise to lack of knowledge, vision and positive thinking. She divides families and destroys wealth. She plants distrust and misunderstanding among family members, friends and relatives.

How to Pray to Alakshmi

One should always acknowledge Alakshmi as she accompanies Lakshmi everywhere. she is the negative energy or force that silently comes with rising wealth. one must be very careful to not let riches corrupt them. Auspicious wealth has invisible seeds of sinful pride, arrogance, sloth, surrounding it.

Ritually, one keeps sweets in the house for Lakshmi Ma while lemons and chillies are kept outside the house for Alakshmi. Symbolically, Lakshmi is welcomed through the decorated main front door and Alakshmi is seen off through the little back door.

Interesting stories of Alakshmi 

1. Once Goddess Lakshmi visited a trader.  He was very happy to see her and welcomed her in his home. But he was sad to see his  Alakshmi behind the radiant goddess.

Trader was very smart. He bowed to both the goddesses with respect. He then said that Lakshmi looks beautiful as she enters a home and Alakshmi looks beautiful as she leaves a home. In saying so, Lakshmi or wealth and splendour moved with him to his home while, misfortune, discord, and poverty moved away from his home.

2. According to one story, she was upset because her younger sister was wife to Vishnu and was living in the Vaikuntha paradise, while she had neither husband nor abode. Lakshmi then decreed “Mrityu, god of death, decay, and degeneration will be Alakshmi’s husband and she will dwell wherever there is dirt, ugliness, sloth, gluttony, envy, rage, hypocrisy, greed and lust.

3. She can only be kept at bay Goddess Saraswati or sound knowledge and good judgement. Lord Vishnu knows this secret. It is believed, Goddess Swarsati stays hidden on Vishnu’s tounge and through knowledge keeps him steadfast on the path of ‘Dharma’ or righteousness. He is never swayed by the cunning tricks of Alakshmi and so Ma Lakshmi never leaves his side – ever.

Vidya lakshmi – Ashta Lakshmi

In Hindu religion and mythology, Goddess Lakshmi has great importance. She has eight forms and called Ashta Lakshmi. Lakshmi,the hindu goddess of beauty, wealth and fertility has eight iconic manifestations. Know about Vidya Lakshmi here who symbolizes knowledge.

Vidya Lakshmi

Vidya means knowledge as well as education, not just degrees or diplomas from the university, but real all-round education.  Education is not mere studies, but divine education also. Serenity, Regularity, Absence of Vanity, Sincerity, Simplicity, Veracity, Equanimity, Fixity, Non-irritability, Adaptability Humility, Tenacity, Integrity, Nobility, Magnanimity, Charity, Generosity and Purity are the eighteen qualities imbibed through proper education that only can give immortality. Vidya Lakshmi is the understanding and the knowledge to mould the ordinary life into the Divine Life.

Vidya Lakshmi - The provider of knowledge

Vidya Lakshmi – The provider of knowledge

In this for the Mother is four-armed, in white garments, carries two lotuses, other two hands depicting abhaya mudra and varada mudra, similar to Goddess Saraswati.

Vidya-Lakshmi Prayer Song:

Pranatha Suresvari, Bhaarathi, Vaargavi,

Shokavinaashini, Rathnamaye, Manimaya

Bhooshitha Karnavibhooshana

Shanthisamaavrutha Haasyamukhe

Navanithi Dhaayini, Kalimala Haarini

Kaamyaphalapradha, Haasyayuthe Jaya

Jaya He, Madhusoodhana Kaamini

Vidhyaalakshmi, Paalayamaam ||

Ashta Lakshmi

There are eight forms of goddess, which symbolizes various aspects of human behaviour and fortune. Remembering them removes all obstacles from ones path and guides a human being towards well being. These forms are:

1. Aadi – (The Primeval Goddess) or Maha Lakshmi (The Great Goddess)
2. Dhana or Aishwarya (The Goddess of Prosperity and Wealth)
3. Dhaanya (Goddess of Food grains)
4. Gaja (The Elephant Goddess)
5. Santana (The Goddess of Progeny)
6. Veera/ Dhairya (The Goddess of Valor and Courage)
7. Vidya(The Goddess of Knowledge)
8. Vijaya/ Jaya  (The Goddess of Victory)

Santana Lakshmi - Bestower of children

Santana lakshmi – Ashta Lakshmi

In Hindu religion and mythology, Goddess Lakshmi has great importance. She has eight forms and called Ashta Lakshmi. She, the hindu goddess of beauty, wealth and fertility has eight iconic manifestations. Know about Sanatana Lakshmi here.

Santana Lakshmi

Her name she is bestower offsprings. One who worships Santana Lakshmi are bestowed with the wealth of good children possessing with good health and a long life.

This form of  Maa is depicted as six-armed, holding two pitchers, a sword, and a shield; the other two hands are engaged in abhaya mudra and most importantly, for holding a child on her lap. The child is seen holding a lotus.

Santana Lakshmi - Bestower of children

Santana Lakshmi – Bestower of children

Santana-Lakshmi Prayer Song:

Ayi, Gaja Vaahini, Moohini, Chakrini,

Raagavivardhaini, Jnanamaye

Gunagavaaridhi, Lokayithai Shini

Sapthaswara Maya Gaanamathe, Sakala

Suraasura Dheva Muneeshvara

Maanavavandhitha Paadhayuthe, Jaya Jaya He,

Madhusoodhana Kaamini Santhaanalakshmi, Paalayamaam ||

Ashta Lakshmi

There are eight forms of goddess, which symbolizes various aspects of human behaviour and fortune. Remembering them removes all obstacles from ones path and guides a human being towards well being. These forms are:

1. Aadi – (The Primeval Goddess) or Maha Lakshmi (The Great Goddess)
2. Dhana or Aishwarya (The Goddess of Prosperity and Wealth)
3. Dhaanya (Goddess of Food grains)
4. Gaja (The Elephant Goddess)
5. Santana (The Goddess of Progeny)
6. Veera/ Dhairya (The Goddess of Valor and Courage)
7. Vidya(The Goddess of Knowledge)
8. Vijaya/ Jaya  (The Goddess of Victory)

Dhairya Lakshmi

Dhairya lakshmi / Veera lakshmi – Ashta Lakshmi

In Hindu religion and mythology, Goddess Lakshmi has great importance. She has eight forms and called Ashta Lakshmi. Lakshmi,the hindu goddess of beauty, wealth and fertility has eight iconic manifestations. Know about Dhairya Lakshmi here which symbolizes perseverance and courage.

Dhairya or Veera Lakshmi

Dhairya means Courage and perseverance. This form of mother Lakshmi grants the boon of infinite courage and strength. She is  Bestower of valour in battles and courage and strength for overcoming difficulties in life. If  one has infinite inner courage , he is bound to be victorious.

Dhairya Lakshmi

Dhairya Lakshmi – perseverance or courage

In this form, Mother is Eight-armed carrying chakra, shankh, bow, arrow, trishul (or sword), gold bar or book , other two hands depicting abhaya mudra and varada mudra, she wears red sari. She symbolizes the brave aspect of a human being, which is sometimes required for success.

Ashta Lakshmi

There are eight forms of goddess, which symbolizes various aspects of human behaviour and fortune. Remembering them removes all obstacles from ones path and guides a human being towards well being. These forms are:

1. Aadi – (The Primeval Goddess) or Maha Lakshmi (The Great Goddess)
2. Dhana or Aishwarya (The Goddess of Prosperity and Wealth)
3. Dhaanya (Goddess of Food grains)
4. Gaja (The Elephant Goddess)
5. Santana (The Goddess of Progeny)
6. Veera/ Dhairya (The Goddess of Valor and Courage)
7. Vidya(The Goddess of Knowledge)
8. Vijaya/ Jaya  (The Goddess of Victory)

Gaja Lakshmi - The provider of wealth and prosperity

Gaja Lakshmi – A form of Ashta Lakshmi

In Hindu religion and mythology, Goddess Lakshmi has great importance. She has eight forms and called Ashta Lakshmi. Lakshmi,the hindu goddess of beauty, wealth and fertility has eight iconic manifestations. Know about Gaja Lakshmi here which symbolizes prosperity.

Gaja Lakshmi

Gaja Lakshmi or Elephant Lakshmi is the giver of power and royal splendor.  It is believed that Gaja-Lakshmi helped Lord Indra regain his lost wealth from the depth of the ocean. She  is the bestower and protector of wealth, prosperity, grace, abundance and royalty. She emerged during churning of ocean along with elephants. Elephants  sprayed water on her like the ritual of consecration or ‘abhishek’. This act depicted the divine acknowledgement of Lakshmi’s powers and capacity to make the world rich and vibrant.

Gaja Lakshmi - The provider of wealth and prosperity

Gaja Lakshmi – The provider of wealth and prosperity

In this form Mother is  depicted seated on a lotus, flanked on both side by an elephant (gaja). She is shown as seated in padmasanayogic posture, and has four arms. In each of her upper pair of arms, she carries a lotus, and the lower hands are generally shown in abhay and varada mudra.

Importance of Gaja Lakshmi

Lakshmi’s association with elephants symbolize her royal or sovereign powers. Elephants are liked by Goddess Lakshmi since they have a royal, graceful presence and immense strength. They do not harbor enmity with other animals in the jungle and always have access to abundant food. Their sheer size keeps any potential enemies at bay. They walk with pomp,grandeur, and are naturally beautiful.

The King of Gods ‘Indra’ rides his royal and divine elephant ‘Airavata’. Indra is also the rain bearing God and his elephant symbolizes the rain bearing clouds. Together they nourish the crops on earth and depict fertility. Elephants are therefore, associated with Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of beauty and fertility.

Gaja Lakshmi prayer song

Jaya, Jaya, Dhurgathi, Naashini, Kaamini Sarva Phalapradha, Shaastramaye, Rathagajathuraga Padhaathi Samaavrutha Parijanamanditha Lokamathe, Hariharabhrahma Supoojitha Sevitha Thaapanivaarini, Paadhayute, Jaya Jaya He, Madhusoodhana Kaamini Shri Gajalakshmi, Paalayamaam ||

Ashta Lakshmi

There are eight forms of goddess, which symbolizes various aspects of human behaviour and fortune. Remembering them removes all obstacles from ones path and guides a human being towards well being. These forms are:

1. Aadi – (The Primeval Goddess) or Maha Lakshmi (The Great Goddess)
2. Dhana or Aishwarya (The Goddess of Prosperity and Wealth)
3. Dhaanya (Goddess of Food grains)
4. Gaja (The Elephant Goddess)
5. Santana (The Goddess of Progeny)
6. Veera/ Dhairya (The Goddess of Valor and Courage)
7. Vidya(The Goddess of Knowledge)
8. Vijaya/ Jaya  (The Goddess of Victory)

Vijaya lakshmi – A form of Ashta Lakshmi

In Hindu religion and mythology, Goddess Lakshmi has great importance. She has eight forms and called Ashta Lakshmi. Lakshmi,the hindu goddess of beauty, wealth and fertility has eight iconic manifestations. Know about Vijaya Lakshmi here which symbolizes victory.

Vijaya lakshmi

Vijaya means victory. This form of goddess is  provider of victory, not only in battles but also in conquering hurdles in our daily life  to beget success. She is also known as ‘Jaya’ Lakshmi, she is shown as having eight arms sitting on a lotus wearing a red sari, and carrying a a discus, a conch, a sword, a shield, a noose, and a lotus, other two hands being in abhaya and varada mudra.

Vijaya Lakshmi - Who makes us victorious

Vijaya Lakshmi – Who makes us victorious

Vijaya Lakshmi Prayer Song

Jaya, Kamalaasani, Sadhguthi Dhaayini

Jnaanavikaasini, Gaanamaye, Anudhina

Marchitha Kunkuma Dhoosara Bhooshitha

Vaasitha, Vadhyanuthe,

Kanakadhaaraasthuthi Vaibhava Vandhitha

Shankara Dheshika Maanyapadhe,

Jaya Jaya He, Madhusoodhana Kaamini

Vijayalakshmi, Paalayamaam ||

Ashta Lakshmi

There are eight forms of goddess, which symbolizes various aspects of human behaviour and fortune. Remembering them removes all obstacles from ones path and guides a human being towards well being. These forms are:

1. Aadi – (The Primeval Goddess) or Maha Lakshmi (The Great Goddess)
2. Dhana or Aishwarya (The Goddess of Prosperity and Wealth)
3. Dhaanya (Goddess of Food grains)
4. Gaja (The Elephant Goddess)
5. Santana (The Goddess of Progeny)
6. Veera/ Dhairya (The Goddess of Valor and Courage)
7. Vidya(The Goddess of Knowledge)
8. Vijaya/ Jaya  (The Goddess of Victory)

Dhanya Lakshmi : Eight forms of Lakshmi (Ashta lakshmi)

In Hindu religion and mythology, Goddess Lakshmi has great importance. She has eight forms and called Ashta Lakshmi. Details about Dhanya Lakshmi is here.

Dhanya Lakshmi

As Goddess Lakshmi has eight forms to preside over eight types of wealth. Dhanya Lakshmi is an important aspect of this wealth. It is said that, in this form, She helped Pandavas when they were in exile. Draupadi had akshaypatra and it is said that this was possible by the blessings of Goddess.

She is Goddess of Grains and provider of agricultural wealth. She is the one who eliminates hunger. Mother ensures that there is enough food for not only the members but also for the visitors just like Annapurna.

Ashta Lakshmi - Dhanya Lakshmi

Ashta Lakshmi – Dhanya Lakshmi

She is  worshiped as Goddess of the harvest and the Devi blesses with abundance and success in harvest. This symbolizes the inner harvest, that, with patience and persistence, we obtain the abundance of inner joy we obtain the blessing of Dhaanya Lakshmi.

In this form, the Mother has Eight-armes,in which she carries two lotuses, gadaa (mace), paddy crop, sugarcane bananas, other two hands depicting abhaya mudra and varada mudra.she is always shown wearing green sari.

Ashta Lakshmi

There are eight forms of goddess, which symbolizes various aspects of human behaviour and fortune. Remembering them removes all obstacles from ones path and guides a human being towards well being. These forms are:

1. Aadi – (The Primeval Goddess) or Maha Lakshmi (The Great Goddess)
2. Dhana or Aishwarya (The Goddess of Prosperity and Wealth)
3. Dhaanya (Goddess of Food grains)
4. Gaja (The Elephant Goddess)
5. Santana (The Goddess of Progeny)
6. Veera/ Dhairya (The Goddess of Valor and Courage)
7. Vidya(The Goddess of Knowledge)
8. Vijaya/ Jaya  (The Goddess of Victory)