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    About Gaja Lakshmi

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    Lakshmi is a Hindu goddess who is regarded as the ultimate deity of wealth...
    - One who gives Animal Wealth


    Gaja Lakshmi is one of the eight Ashta Lakshmi who is the giver of animal wealth. According to Hinduism, each incarnation of Lakshmi is a symbol of some kind of wealth. Animals are also considered as wealth by people who earn their living and food by rearing cattle. According to another interpretation, ‘Gaja’ means elephants thus making Gaja LakshmiGaja LakshmiGaja Lakshmi
    Gaja Lakshmi is one of the eight Ashta Lakshmi who is the giver of animal wealth...
    a Goddess who is worshipped by elephants. Elephants are a symbol of royalty and power therefore making the Goddess a provider of both. She is also a symbol of abundance and prosperity. People place an idol or image of Gaja Lakshmi in front of their houses in order to improve their financial position.

    Depiction

    Gaja Lakshmi is a four armed goddess who carries no weapons. She holds two lotuses in two hands and the other two hands are in abhaya mudra and varada mudra each. Through abhaya mudra she dispels the fear of her devotees of losing their cattle and hence their livelihood. Through varada mudra, she provides boons to her devotees. She accepts their wishes and provide them with bountiful of animals. She sits in a lotus in Padmasana yogic posture. A distinct feature of her depiction is that she is presented being worshipped by a white elephant at each of her side. Usually one of them is a male and another, a female. They also offer their prayers to her by pouring water at her with their trunks. It like an ‘abhishek’.

    Elephant is an important symbol as it represents immense strength. It also indicates the numerous powers which are associated with Gaja Lakshmi. It walks with its own grandeur and beauty, suggesting that bad influences should be eliminated from life and one should keep moving ahead in life with grace and dignity.

    Legend

    According to a legend, an elephant named Gajendra An elephant who was a true devotee of Vishnu and was saved from the clutches of a crocodile, Makara by Vishnu himself. He also gave him salvation.and Goddess Lakshmi, use to offer prayers to VishnuVishnuVishnu
    Vishnu is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus and is a part of Hindu Trinity,..
    together. But because of him being so fat and big, he was not as fast as Lakshmi in performing the ritual. He became sad knowing that Lakshmi always managed to dedicate flowers to Vishnu before him. On knowing about this incident, Vishnu asked Lakshmi to join him so that Gajendra could offer prayers to both of them together. Lakshmi took the form of Gaja Lakshmi and received offerings from an elephant.

    Gaja Lakshmi Stotram


    “Jaya Jaya Durgati Nasani Kamini Sarva Phala Prada Sastramaye Ratha Gaja Thuraga Padati Samvrutha Parijana Mandita Iokanute Harihara BrahmaBrahmaBrahma
    According to Hinduism, the whole creation is the work of Trimurti (the Hindu Trinity)...
    Supujita Sevitha Tapa Nivarana Padayut Jaya Jaya Hey Madhusudana Kamini Sri Gaja Lakshmi Sada Palaya Mam.”

    The above hymn is to praise the goddess. It states that she is the destroyer of adversity and eradicates all afflictions. She fulfills wishes and the trinity, admires her power. She is worshipped by elephants and is also surrounded by them and other animals like horses. She is a loving consort of Madhusudana.
     




     
     

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