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Lakshmi

Lakshmi
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Item Code: NAO824
Author: Chitralekha Singh & Prem Nath
Publisher: Indiana Books
Language: English
Edition: 2011
ISBN: 9788184082852
Pages: 134 (13 B/W Illustrations)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.5 inch X 5.5 inch
weight of the book: 300 gms
About The Book

Sri of Rgveda bifurcated into B’rhmsi and Rajeysri in the Yajurveda, ultimately termed as Lakshmi in the Puarnas, is the goddess of wealth, prosperity and bliss. She is the embodiment of all the three attributes of nature – Sattva, Rajas and Tamas. Lakshmi, the bestower, of cherished desires, with hundreds of names, virutes and qualities, has been described comprehensively in the Hindu mythology and religion.

The first six chapter deal with her importance, glory, origin and benevolence; chapters seven, eight and nine describe her relationship with parvati, Ganesh and Kunber and Demon King Jalandhar; Chapter 10 her position vis-a-vis Lotus and Tulsi and Chapter 11 Owl and Cow and chapter 12 & 13 describe her is the subject of chapter 14. A dialogue between Lakshmi and Poverty appearing in the Brahamanapurana is citied in chapter15. Chapter 16,17 and relate to the forehead marks (Tilak) and her place in the scriptures, art and craft. Chapter 19 Describes Lakshmi’s prominent place in Mantra, Yantra and Tantra and also the worship procedures and the mantras connected with different yantra meant exclusively to propitiate her.

Preface

Goddess Lakshmi has a universal appeal and is revered and invoked by one and all – rich and poor both – for wealth and prosperity. Being the consort of Lord Vishnu, preserver of the universe, Lakshmi is represented as the power of multiplicity and the goddess of fortune – both an integral part of the the process of preservation.

Lakshmi is worshipped in complete from along with Vishnu but mostly alongwith Ganesa who is the administrator and custodian of the treasure of the goddess. An attempt has been made in this book to give the maximum information about Lakshmi who finds respectful references in Buddhism, Jainism besides the much older Brahaminism.

Human knowledge flourishes in two ways – by discovering facts, and by presenting the discovered facts from a new angle. The former is scientific; the latter philosophical. It is the later that has been adopted in this series on Hindu gods and goddesses. The facts are all based on ancient sacred scriptures. In this Ganesa, Saraswati and Durga.

Virtus and attributes of gods and goddesses are numerous and countless. It is not people for anyone to present them perfectly. However an attempt has been made by giving a few names of Goddess Lakshmi in the appendix and explaining their relation to her virtues. In common talk, it is said that Lakshmi is unsteady, transient, inconsistent, flicking, and restless. This aspects has been explained. Illustrations and sketches have produced to make home the glory and bliss of the goddess in the mind of the reader.

We express our gratitude to Shri S.C. Sethi, Director, Crest Publishing House, New Delhi, for his encouragement and valuable advice from time to time.

Contents

Preface VII
List of IllustrationsVI
1. Lakshmi: the nature of creation1
2. Lakshmi's origin6
3. Lakshmi - Shri - Mahalakshmi15
4. Lakshmi in Vedas and Scriptures 19
5. Lakshmi -Vishnu dialogue 27
6. Lakshmi : Vishnu's Sakti40
7. Lakshmi - Parvati dialogue 44
8. Lakshmi, Ganesa and Kubera47
9. Lakshmi : sister of demon Jalandhar 53
10. Lakshmi, Lotus and Tulsi56
11. Lakshmi, owl and cow 62
12. Gaja Lakshmi66
13. Kamla and Matangi73
14. Diwali - the festival of Lakshmi 76
15. Lakshmiteerth82
16.Tilak- Mark on the forehead 85
17. Lakshmi in scriptures88
18. Lakshmi in art and craft94
19. Lakshmi in Mantra, Yantra and Tantra106
Appendix: Various names of Lakshmi119
List of Illustrations
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1. lakshmi : The Glorious 2
2. Lakshmi : Samundra Manthan 7
3. Lakshmi in Splendour 16
4. Vishnu and Lakshmi28
5. Magnanimous Lakshmi41
6. Lakshmi Ganesa48
7. Lakshmi 51
8. Shesashai Lakshmi54
9. Lakshmi : Padma 57
10. Lakshmi on Garuda 63
11. Gaja Lakshmi67
12. Gaja Lakshmi69
13. Gaja Lakshmi71
14. Gaja Lakshmi (Kanchipuram)89
15. Yogeswar Vishnu, Vishnu Lakshmi & Yogeshwar Shiv91
16. Varha Mandapam95
17. Lakshmi : Kausambi95
18. Purna - Ghata and Lakshmi Bharhut 95
19. Mahalakshmi107
20. Maha Lakshmi109
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