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    About Adi Lakshmi

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    Lakshmi is a Hindu goddess who is regarded as the ultimate deity of wealth...
    - Primeval Lakshmi and Goddess of Creation


    A group of eight Hindu deities who preside over eight sources of wealth are collectively known as Ashta Lakshmi. They bestow prosperity, health, knowledge, strength, power and wealth on their devotees. Adi LakshmiAdi LakshmiAdi Lakshmi
    A group of eight Hindu deities who preside over eight sources of wealth are collectively...
    is the foremost form of Ashta Lakshmi who was the daughter of a sage named BhriguBhriguBhrigu
    Bhrigu was one of the seven great sages known as Saptarishis and was created...
    . She is also known as Maha Lakshmi, meaning the Great Goddess.

    ‘Adi’ means eternal existence and therefore Adi Lakshmi is the Goddess of continuous wealth, the wealth which has no beginning or ending. She resides along with Lord Narayana, an incarnation of Vishnu, in his abode named Vaikunta. She is also the source of happiness and thus is also named Ramaa.

    Depiction

    Adi Lakshmi is depicted with several arms in many paintings and idols but she is believed to be a four armed Goddess who carries a lotus, symbol of continuous and pure knowledge in one hand and a white flag, symbolizing purity and cleanliness of thoughts in another. Other hand is in Abhaya Mudra, representing protection, peace and benevolence. She dispels all the fears of her devotees by giving them power through this gesture. And the last hand is in Varada Mudra that is her gesture of giving. She is a compassionate goddess who always offers help and charity to her devotees. She also absolves their sins thus providing them a way to salvation. She is depicted sitting on a lotus representing beauty and purity. Vishnu’s lap is also her place of rest.

    Roles of Adi Lakshmi

    It is believed that whole creation has emerged from Adi Lakshmi. She is the womb and all the creation is her child. Brahma, the male creator of the universe, was considered formless but by giving this deity a shape and form, ancient people have tried to personify the female creator of the universe.  The attempt to give a form, was to solve the puzzle of creation but she is unfathomable and way beyond the meager imagination of human mind. The universe will keep getting destructed and changing, but Adilakshmi will stay above all the devastation.

    It is believed that she also gave birth to the Gods. Three eggs emerged from her. The one egg gave life to VishnuVishnuVishnu
    Vishnu is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus and is a part of Hindu Trinity,..
    and Ambika, another to BrahmaBrahmaBrahma
    According to Hinduism, the whole creation is the work of Trimurti (the Hindu Trinity)...
    and Lakshmi and ShivaShivaShiva
    Shiva is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindu Trinity that ...
    and Saraswathi came out of the third one. Adi Lakshmi made three couples from whom the life of living beings came into existence. She gave Ambika to Shiva, SaraswatiSaraswatiSaraswati
    The name Saraswati is a combination of two Sanskrit words...
    became Brahma’s partner and Lakshmi was married to Vishnu.

    Vishnu, the preserver and sustainer of the universe, in the form of Narayana, is served to, by Adi Lakshmi and by serving him, she serves the whole creation. Though Narayana has various personal attendants but she likes to be near him and serve her lord all the time. They both are considered to be one entity.

    Adi Lakshmi Stotra

    Stotra is a hymn or a Mantra A group of sacred words chanted in order to gain something, be it materialistic pleasures or peaceful mind(group of sacred words) dedicated to a supreme being and reciting Adi Lakshmi Stotra is believed to bring all kinds of pleasures in one’s life. According to this stotra, Adi Lakshmi is as pretty as moon and is made of Gold. She is worshipped by all sages. She provides salvation and bestows goodness on people. She is the personification of peace and through her sweet words, she gains praises. She will provide victory and protect her devotees from all the evils.  

    Temples

    Adi Lakshmi is worshipped along with the other seven incarnations of Lakshmi and two major temples dedicated to them, collectively are Ashtalakshmi Temple in Chennai (Tamil Nadu) and Ashtalakshmi Temple in Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh).  
     



     
     

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