It is believed that on worshiping Goddess Lakshmi you will be blessed with abundant wealth in your finances and professions. The festival on which Goddess Lakshmi is worshiped widely across the Southern States of our Nation is called ‘Varamahalakshmi’. It is said that by worshiping Goddess Lakshmi on this day, it is equivalent to worshiping ‘Ashtalakshmi – The Eight Forms of Goddess Varalakshmi’ which are Wealth, Wisdom, Love, Earth, Fame, Contentment, Strength and Peace.
Birth Of Goddess Lakshmi
The story of Goddess Lakshmi was first read about in the Ramayana and Mahabharata back in 300 BC and 300 AD – a period that witnessed the dwindling popularity of the Vedic Gods and the rise of the Gods who were presented as Shiva and Vishnu. It was then that the two Gods fought to win Goddess Lakshmi over by milking the ocean. Goddess Lakshmi was brought to life when the Gods and Demons of Lord Vishnu acquired Amritha and Lakshmi appeared to them. The Gods and Demons, on seeing her immense beauty, began to sing her praises, the sacred elephants who are said to hold the sky up came down from the eight quarters of the universe and consecrated her with life sustaining water and was welcomed by the Gods to Indraloka. She was then taken to meet Maha Vishnu and on seeing him she was charmed by his sedulousness, she chose to marry him. Maha Vishnu, on hearing her proposal, accepted and made a symbol of Goddess Lakshmi on his chest.
However, the mythology of Goddess Lakshmi is said to have acquired its full form in the Puranas, the Chronicles of Gods, Kings and sages that were composed between 500 and 1500 AD. During this timeline of the Puranas, the Goddess came to be known as one of the three primary deities of the Supreme Mother Goddess and the other two being – Saraswathi, the Goddess of Knowledge and Kali or Durga, the Goddess of Power. Along with these deities, Goddess Lakshmi is also known to have ‘Eight Forms’ known as ‘Ashta Lakshmi’