Lakshmi is also known as the Goddess of fortune because she blesses her
devotees with wealth, prosperity, fortune and abundance. But her blessing is
not limited to the material platform, she showers her special grace upon those
who seek the path of the Absolute Truth by providing them the spiritual wealth
which is the ultimate goal of human life. Since she is the eternal consort and
internal potency of Lord Vishnu, she is always engaged in His loving service
and assists Him in maintaining and sustaining the entire Universe. Thus, she is
associated with Sattva Guna (mode of goodness).
Lakshmi is seated on a throne in Ardhapadmasana. Attired in a perfectly pleated
red saree and adorned with several heavy gold ornaments and a flower garland
worn over her shoulders, she looks as beautiful as the glowing sun. A huge
crown on her head and the aureole behind it represent her exalted personality.
She holds a lotus flower in each of her upper hands, the lower left hand is in
the boon granting Varada Mudra, and the right hand is in Abhaya Mudra (the
gesture of fear not) from which a stream of gold coins pours down. A pot full
of such coins is kept between her left thigh and calf. A soft and gentle smile
on the fair complexioned and beautiful face of Lakshmi shows her extremely
merciful nature towards the devotees. Finally, the shine of the pure gold
coating lights up the entire presentation of this Tanjore painting and evokes a
feeling of bliss.
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