The beautiful Goddess Lakshmi carrying a lamp in her hands is known as Deepa Lakshmi. This style of sculpture was originally made for the Diwali festival's puja ceremony when candles are needed. Lakshmi holds an offering plate lamp in her two hands. She has a parrot perched atop her shoulder. She is wearing beautiful detailed clothes and jewelry. She has a triangle shaped headdress that is typical of mother Devi in this form. It is possible to fill the lamp with a small portion of oil and a small wick and light the wick to make a candle or use it to hold incense cones. This sculpture is traditionally placed at entryways or on a home altar.
Lakshmi is the Hindu Goddess of beauty, abundance, and harmony, the bringer of light and prosperity to the home. She is also the Goddess of blissful marriage and relationship. She has had an honored place in our home (see photo) for more than 20 years and I give thanks every day for Her smiling upon us. These little Lakshmi statues spent 2 moons on the altar here at Mermade, near our Devi, and were ritually blessed.
This statue makes a wonderful incense holder or lamp for your sacred space or a special housewarming or wedding gift .
Some of our handmade Mermade incense cones come with each statue. We hope to offer more cones in the future, they are of the same quality and ingredients as our Stick Incense.
Let Lakshmi bring light, prosperity, and beauty into your home….
For Hindus, the goddess Lakshmi symbolizes good luck. The word Lakshmi is derived from the Sanskrit word Laksya, meaning "aim" or "goal," and in the Hindu faith, she is the goddess of wealth and prosperity of all forms, both material and spiritual.
Lakshmi is the household goddess, and she is a particular favorite of women. Although she is worshiped daily, the festive month of October is Lakshmi's special month.
Lakshmi in Statuary and Artwork
Lakshmi is usually depicted as a beautiful woman of golden complexion, sitting or standing on a full-bloomed lotus and holding a lotus bud, which stands for beauty, purity, and fertility. Cascades of gold coins are often seen flowing from her hands, suggesting that those who worship her will gain wealth. She always wears gold embroidered red clothes. Red symbolizes activity, and the golden lining indicates prosperity.
Said to be the daughter of the mother goddess Durga and the wife of Vishnu, Lakshmi symbolizes the active energy (Shakti) of Vishnu.
As a Mother Goddess
Worship of a mother goddess has been a part of Indian tradition since its earliest times. Lakshmi is one of the traditional Hindu mother goddesses. As a female counterpart of Lord Vishnu, Mata Lakshmi is also the female energy of the Supreme Being. She is the goddess of prosperity, wealth, purity, generosity, and the embodiment of beauty, grace, and charm. She is the subject of a variety of hymns recited by Hindus.
As a Domestic Deity
The importance attached to the presence of Lakshmi in every household makes her an essentially domestic deity. Householders worship Lakshmi as a symbol of providing for the well-being and prosperity of the family. Fridays are traditionally the day on which Lakshmi is worshipped. Businessmen and businesswomen also celebrate her as a symbol of prosperity and offer her daily prayers.
Annual Worship of Lakshmi
On the full moon night following Dusshera or Durga Puja, Hindus worship Lakshmi ceremonially at home, pray for her blessings, and invite neighbors to attend the puja.
It is believed that on this full moon night the goddess herself visits the homes and replenishes the inhabitants with wealth. A special worship is also offered to Lakshmi on the auspicious Diwali night, the festival of lights.
- Lakshmi by Subhamoy Das