Out of the eight primary manifestations of Goddess Lakshmi (Ashtalakshmi), Gajalakshmi is the giver of power of royalty and
prosperity in the lives of the devotees. Lakshmi being the Goddess of fortune,
blesses the individual souls with both material as well as spiritual wealth.
The term Gajalakshmi means ‘Lakshmi with elephants’ and thus, the most
significant aspect of Gajalakahmi is the presence of elephants around her.
This glowing Tanjore
style painting that you see here displays Goddess Gajalakshmi in a glorious way.
She is seated on a throne in Ardhapadmasana; her right foot placed on the
throne while the left one going toward the floor. She is beautifully clad in a
red silk saree and as she sits in this posture, the perfect pleats of the saree
gracefully spread as a fan between her legs. Adorned with a huge crown on her
head and several jewels on her molten gold complexioned body, she looks just
like the glowing sun. She holds a lotus flower in each of her upper arms. The
lotus flower symbolizes purity of consciousness. Her lower hands are in Abhaya
Mudra (gesture of fearlessness) and the boon granting Varada Mudra. A stream of
gold coins pours down from her left hand. Also, she is flanked with two white
elephants (Gaja) on her either side. They gloriously lift their trunk up in
order to glorify the Goddess. Every bit of this painting is embellished with
pure gold coating which is the characteristic feature of Tanjore style artwork.
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