Goddess Lakshmi, along with Goddesses Saraswati and Parvati, form the divine triad
known as ‘Tridevi’ which is responsible for the creation, maintenance and
destruction of the material world. Lakshmi is the eternal consort of Lord
Vishnu and is always engaged in His loving service in His abode called
Vaikuntha, and thus assists Him in sustaining the entire Universe. Revered as
the Goddess of fortune, she blesses her devotees not only with material wealth
but also with spiritual wealth to advance them in the path of bhakti.
epitome of beauty, Goddess Lakshmi is seated on a throne in Ardhapadmasana; the
left leg goes down toward the floor, while the right one stays folded above. As
she sits in this posture, the pleats of the saree that she wears spreads between
her legs and form the shape of the multiple blades of a fan. The saree is
golden in color and has beautiful motifs on it. She is adorned with heavy
ornaments such as a long neck piece, sharp earrings, a nose ring, bracelets and
anklets. Each of her two upper arms hold a lotus flower, the lower right hand
shows the boon granting Varada Mudra, while the other is in Abhaya Mudra from
which a stream of gold coins can be seen coming down. A tilted pot filled with
such coins is around her left arm which pours down multiple coins at a time.
Finally, the huge crown on her head justifies her exalted personality. The
intricate patterns of the Prabhavali surrounding her give this painting an
extra beautification. Every bit of this painting is embellished with 24 Karat
gold long with shining stones which is the key feature of Tanjore artwork.
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