Goddess Lakshmi Mini Statue
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Lakshmi (Laxmi or Laksmi) is the Hindu goddess of wealth, good fortune, youth, and beauty. She is the wife of the great god Vishnu and the pair is often worshipped in tandem as Lakshmi-Narayana.
In recent times, For Hindus, the goddess Lakshmi symbolizes good luck. The word Lakshmi is derived from the Sanskrit word Laksya, and she is the goddess of wealth and prosperity of all forms, both material and spiritual.
Creating your Altar:
Lakshmi is partial to aesthetic, and not just on the superficial level. She prefers beauty if it vibrates on a high level. She prefers tidiness because clutter is dissonant. She is compelled by sweet taste and aroma because it is fulfilling to the soul.
Keeping these things in mind, you may further invite the goddess into your space by laying an altar for her. Imagine that you are having her over as a houseguest – she would need somewhere to relax and refresh, so you must create it for her (and keep it tidy and beautiful).
Traditionally, it is said that when you are making offerings to her, it is important for you to be facing either North, East, or Northeast, so when you are selecting the space for her altar, whip out your smartphone and use the compass to orient yourself properly. This is not a total necessity if you cannot manage it, but it is always a good rule of thumb to respect the traditions you are paying tribute to.
Before we jump into a list of potent altar items, it is important to note that her partner Vishnu should also be present in your space. As they are two parts of a whole, Lakshmi will not stay for long if Vishnu is not near. A clear solution is to invite them both, to ensure that Lakshmi will make herself at home.
Once you have the groundwork laid, here are some recommendations for offering, but always remember to follow your own intuition:
- Statue, plaque or image of the goddess Lakshmi (as well as Vishnu)
- Objects in red, green, gold, hot pink
- Lotus flowers or seeds
- Roses in her colors
- Stones in her colors
- Stones for prosperity
- Peacock feathers
- Currency (we use Feng Shui coins and a dollar bill marked #7)
- Tea (we use dried Golden Lotus tea in her offering bowl, and sprinkle some in a cup of water as well)
- Sweet fruits
- Sweet-smelling incense
It is also helpful to determine what objects are already sacred to you, and include a few of those for her as well. Be sure to check in with the space daily, clearing away anything that looks withered or otherwise "used" or spoiled. If you have not been getting the intended results, take everything off, clean it with a besom or clean cloth, and rearrange it intuitively.