Goddess Laxmi, also known as Mahalaxmi or Lakshmi is the Goddess of wealth, good fortune, prosperity, fertility and auspiciousness. Goddess Mahalaxmi is the consort of Lord Vishnu; legends go that Goddess Laxmi emerged from the ocean during the churning of oceans (Samundra Manthan) and then selected Lord Vishnu as Her groom. Goddess Mahalaxmi accompanied Lord Vishnu during many of His incarnations on earth. Like Goddess Laxmi incarnated as Maa Sita and Radha to accompany Lord Vishnu during His incarnations as Lord Ram and Krishna.
Mahalaxmi Puja vidhi and benefits
Goddess Mahalaxmi Puja is done preferably using red or yellow colored silk garments. Puja samagri used for Mahalaxmi Puja Maa Laxmi and Lord Ganesha idols or photos, lotus and rose flowers; quince fruit, custard apple and plum fruits; rose or sandalwood attar; cow ghee, cane, Kamal Gatta, vertical turmeric, Bilvptr, Panchamrita, Ganga Jal, wool rugs, gemstone jewelry, cow dung, vermilion, bark and more.
Goddess Mahalaxmi is also known by many other names such as Sri, Padma among other names. Sri, one of the names of Goddess Mahalaxmi is widely used as an auspicious symbol which evokes grace and abundance. Goddess Mahalaxmi is often depicted with four hands, sitting or standing on a lotus. Goddess Lakshmi is depicted as extremely beautiful with two of Her hands holding lotus flowers or Kalash and other two offering blessings of fortune as gold coins and depicting mudra or posture of benediction or blessings. Also Goddess Mahalaxmi rides an Owl.
Names of Goddess Mahalaxmi
Goddess Mahalaxmi is one of the most revered and worshipped among all Deities. Goddess Mahalaxmi is often worshipped in Her eight forms namely the Ashta Lakshmi. Each of the Ashta Lakshmi namely Aadi Lakshmi, Santhana Lakshmi, Gaja Lakshmi, Dhana Lakshmi, Dhaanya Lakshmi, Vijaya Lakshmi, Veera Lakshmi and Aiswarya Lakshmi represent one form of wealth. Goddess Mahalaxmi is not only provider of wealth She has many other forms; as Bhoodevi, the earth-goddess She nurtures life and as Shreedevi She provides fortune and prosperity.
Some other names of Goddess Mahalaxmi include Hira meaning jewel, Indira meaning the powerful one, Jaladhi-ja meaning the ocean-born and Lokamata meaning the mother of the world. To Her devotees Goddess Mahalaxmi is not only provider of wealth as in materialistic riches and possessions but other types of wealth such as moral and ethical values, spiritual knowledge, mind and intellect as well among others.
Mahalaxmi Mantra :
"Om Shreem Hreem Shreem Kamale Kamalalaye Praseed Praseed Shreem Hreem Shreem Om Mahalakshmaye Namah"
(ॐ श्रीं ह्रीं श्रीं कमले कमलालये प्रसीद प्रसीद श्रीं ह्रीं श्रीं ॐ महालक्ष्मयै नम:)
Lakshmi Gayatri Mantra :
"Om Mahadevsya Vidmahe Vishnupatnyai Cha Dheemahi Tanno Lakshmi Prachodayat"
(ॐ श्री महालक्ष्म्यै च विद्महे विष्णु पत्न्यै च धीमहि तन्नो लक्ष्मी प्रचोदयात् ॐ)