Discovering The Powerful Goddess Lakshmi 📿

Lakshmi became a favourite of Kings as more and more people believed she was the bestower of power, wealth and sovereignty.

Namaskaram 🙏🏼

Goddess Lakshmi Pt. 3

Stories of Lakshmi first appeared in the epics Ramayana and Mahabharta, that were composed between 300 BC and 300 AD, a period that witnessed the waning popularity of Vedic Gods and the rise of Gods who offered Moksha such as Shiva and Vishnu.

Gods and demons fought over her and both strove to churn her out of the ocean of milk. As folk heroes such
as Rama and Krishna were viewed as incarnations of Vishnu, their consorts Sita, Radha and Rukmini became increasingly identified with Lakshmi.

In the Harivamsa, appendix to the Mahabharata, Manmatha, the God of love, lust and fertility, was described as her son.
The mythology of Lakshmi acquired full form in the Puranas, chronicles of Gods, Kings and Sages that were compiled between 500 and 1500 AD.

In them, the Goddess Lakshmi came
to be projected as one of the
three primary forms of the,
Supreme Mother-Goddess, the other
two being Saraswati, The Goddess of knowledge, and Kali or Durga, The Goddess of power.

Lakshmi was visualised both as an independent Goddess and as Vishnu’s consort, seated on his lap or at
his feet.
Prithvi, The Vedic Earth-Goddess, became Bhoodevi in the Puranas and
a manifestation of Lakshmi.

In south India, the two Goddesses were visualised as two different entities, standing on either side
of Vishnu, Bhoodevi representing tangible wealth while Lakshmi or Shridevi representing intangible wealth. In north India, the two Goddesses became one.

Images of Lakshmi started appearing around the third century BC in sculptures found in Kausambi, in north India, and on coins issued during the reign of the Gupta dynasty around the fourth century AD.

Lakshmi became a favourite of Kings as more and more people believed she was the bestower of power, wealth and sovereignty. Separate shrines to Lakshmi within the precincts of Vishnu temples may have been built as early as the seventh century;

Such shrines were definitely in existence by the 10th century AD.
Popular 20th century image showing Lakshmi at the feet of Vishnu

Author: Bella Uni’Verse

I believe in forever. I believe that the spirit is the love heart. I believe that the spirit is the “souls” (source) heartbeat. I believe in high-spirited humans. I believe in the truth of meeting your souls counterpart in a whirlwind of spiritual dance. I believe life unfolds us in a perfectly charted Uni’Verse’All choreography. I believe in Uni’Verse’All Human Beings. A race where we all finish together, there is no first, and there is certainly, no last; there is only Being Human. I believe that a huge majority misses (longing for what is forgotten) the colors of the rainbow, when in reality; It’s always there even if you can’t see it. I believe we all paint our own picture every day. What it looks like is up to us. I believe that we are all within one system, one spirit, one song, one dance, one breath. ONE 1! I believe we are all one; At least we should be. I believe the day drips with dreams and divinity. I recognize that the sky is not the limit. But what I wonder..... Why is it that we only love to the moon and back? When we can love to the furthest reaches of all galaxies and never return. I Believe ©️2018, 2020 Bella Uni’Verse Authentic Reality, Poet With Verve Publications

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