Several forms of Lakshmi
The consort of Lord Vishnu, Lakshmi is the Goddess of wealth and prosperity. She bestows eight kinds of wealth. In Hindu households she is the most commonly worshipped Goddess. It is believed that there will not be prosperity if Goddess Lakshmi is not worshipped. Vidya lakshmi bestows knowledge, Vijaya Lakshmi is associated with success, Dhanya Lakshmi is for food and prosperity, Soubhagya Lakshmi for a happy marriage, Dhairya Lakshmi is for courage and Santana Lakshmi is worshipped for children.
Goddess Lakshmi is believed to exist in various forms. The most important of them are Neeladevi, Bhoodevi and Sridevi. Sridevi represents movable assets and Bhoodevi is known for immoveable assets. When Lord Vishnu has taken avataras or different form to save the universe, Goddess Lakshmi also came in other forms to support him. During Ramavatara, Ram’s wife Sita is considered to be Goddess Lakshmi.
Lakshmi is also known as Sri or Thirumagal as she is associated with six divine and auspicious qualities. Diwali and Kojagiri Purnima are celebrated in the honour of Gddess Lakshmi.
Lakshmi’s other names
Goddess Lakshmi is known with several names. Padma, Kamala, Padmapriya, Padmamaladhara devi, Padmamukhi, Padmakshi, Padmahasta, Padmasundari are some of them. She is worshipped with her special 1008 names as mentioned in the scriptures.
In praise of Lakshmi
There are several slokas which praise Mahalakshmi. Some of the most popular prayers are “Sri Mahalakshmi Ashtakam”, “Lakshmi Stuti”, “Kanakadhara stotram”, “Agastya Lakshmi Stotra” and “Sri Sukta”.
According to Kalki Purana, when Vishnu will incarnate as Kalki, Lakshmi will appear in the form of Padma and two sons will be born.
Business people worship Goddess Lakshmi every day before commencing the work. Thursdays and Fridays are considered auspicious for worshipping Goddess Lakshmi.
We perform the following Lakshmi poojas and you may choose the one suitable for your needs.
1. Lakshmi Pooja: This pooja is performed on Thursday or Friday. Shodasopachara pooja is performed with the suggested materials, Sri sooktam and 1008 Lakshmi Namavali are recited. The pooja is performed in your name and with your specific sankalpa.
2. Lakshmi Kubera Homam: Lakshmi is considered as Goddess of wealth and Kubera is her treasurer. Hence worshipping Lakshmi and Kubera together is believed to bring good luck and financial prosperity.
It is one of the elaborate homams. Initial pooja is done to Ganesha and Kalasha pooja, Dasa Dikpalaka homam and Navagrah homam are performed. Kubera moola mantra and lakshmi moola mantra are recited 1008 times and homam is performed. This pooja is done in your name and with your specific wish or sankalpa.
3. Lakshmi Sri Sookta Homam: Four pundits recite 1008 X 4 times Lakshmi Namavali, Sri Suktam and also perform homam for 1/10 the number of recitals. A lotus flower dipped in honey is offered in the homam. For overall prosperity, this homam is advised. This pooja is done in your name and with your specific wish. You may order this pooja for a group as well.