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Shree  Maha Laxmi- Kolhapur  Temple

Shri’ or ‘Lakshmi’, as depicted in the Vedas, is the goddess of wealth and fortune, power and beauty. In her first incarnation, according to the Puranas, she was the daughter of the sage Bhrigu and his wife Khyati. She was later born out of the ocean of milk at the time of its churning. She, being the consort of Vishnu, is born as his spouse whenever he incarnates. When he appeared as Vamana, Rama and Krishna, she appeared as Padma (or Kamala), Sita and Rukmani. She is as inseparable from Vishnu as speech from meaning or knowledge from intellect, or good deeds from righteous-ness. He represents all that is masculine, and she, all that is feminine.

he word ‘Lakshmi’ is derived from the Sanskrit word “Laksya”, meaning ‘aim’ or ‘goal’, and she is the goddess of wealth and prosperity, both material and spiritual. She is the goddess of prosperity, wealth, purity, generosity, and the embodiment of beauty, grace and charm.

Worship of a mother goddess has been a part of Indian tradition since its earliest times. Lakshmi is one of the mother goddesses and is addressed as “mata” (mother) instead of just “Devi” (goddess). Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped by those who wish to acquire or to preserve wealth. It is believed that Lakshmi (wealth) goes only to those houses which are clean and where the people are hardworking. She does not visit the places which are unclean/dirty or where the people are lazy.

She is the active energy of Vishnu. Her four hands signify her power to grant the four Purusharthas (ends of human life), Dharma (righteousness), Artha (wealth), Kama (pleasures of the flesh), and Moksha (beatitude). Representations of Lakshmi are also found in Jain monuments. In Buddhist sects of Tibet, Nepal and Southeast Asia, goddess Vasudhara mirrors the characteristics and attributes of Hindu goddess Lakshmi, with minor iconographic differences.

Although Goddesses Lakshmi is worshipped daily, the festive month of October is Lakshmi’s special month. The festivals of Diwali and Sharad Purnima (Kojagiri Purnima) are celebrated in her honour. Diwali spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair.

Gaja Lakshmi Puja is another autumn festival celebrated on Sharad Purnima, in many parts of India, on the full-moon day in the month of Ashvin (September–October). The Sharad Purnima, also called Kojaagari Purnima or Kumar Purnima is a harvest festival celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu lunar month of Asvin. It marks the end of monsoon. There is a traditional celebration of the moon and is also called the ‘Kaumudi celebration’, Kaumudi meaning moonlight. On Sharad Purnima night, goddess Lakshmi is thanked and worshipped for the harvests.

Shree Suptam

वैभव प्रदाता श्री सूक्त॥
हरिः ॐ हिरण्यवर्णां हरिणीं सुवर्णरजतस्र​जाम् ।           वैनतेय सोमं पिब सोमं पिबतु वृत्रहा ।
चन्द्रां हिरण्मयीं लक्ष्मीं जातवेदो म आवह ॥१॥ सोमं धनस्य सोमिनो मह्यं ददातु ॥२१॥
तां म आवह जातवेदो लक्ष्मीमनपगामिनीम् । न क्रोधो न च मात्सर्य न लोभो नाशुभा मतिः ।
यस्यां हिरण्यं विन्देयं गामश्वं पुरुषानहम् ॥२॥ भवन्ति कृतपुण्यानां भक्तानां श्रीसूक्तं जपेत्सदा ॥२२॥
अश्वपूर्वां रथमध्यां हस्तिनादप्रबोधिनीम् । वर्षन्तु ते विभावरि दिवो अभ्रस्य विद्युतः ।
श्रियं देवीमुपह्वये श्रीर्मा देवी जुषताम् ॥३॥ रोहन्तु सर्वबीजान्यव ब्रह्म द्विषो जहि ॥२३॥
कां सोस्मितां हिरण्यप्राकारामार्द्रां ज्वलन्तीं तृप्तां तर्पयन्तीम् । पद्मप्रिये पद्म पद्महस्ते पद्मालये पद्मदलायताक्षि ।
पद्मे स्थितां पद्मवर्णां तामिहोपह्वये श्रियम् ॥४॥ विश्वप्रिये विष्णु मनोऽनुकूले त्वत्पादपद्मं मयि सन्निधत्स्व ॥२४॥
प्रभासां यशसा लोके देवजुष्टामुदाराम् । या सा पद्मासनस्था विपुलकटितटी पद्मपत्रायताक्षी ।
पद्मिनीमीं शरणमहं प्रपद्येऽलक्ष्मीर्मे नश्यतां त्वां वृणे ॥५॥ गम्भीरा वर्तनाभिः स्तनभर नमिता शुभ्र वस्त्रोत्तरीया ॥२५॥
आदित्यवर्णे तपसोऽधिजातो वनस्पतिस्तव वृक्षोऽथ बिल्वः । लक्ष्मीर्दिव्यैर्गजेन्द्रैर्मणिगणखचितैस्स्नापिता हेमकुम्भैः ।
तस्य फलानि तपसानुदन्तु मायान्तरायाश्च बाह्या अलक्ष्मीः ॥६॥ नित्यं सा पद्महस्ता मम वसतु गृहे सर्वमाङ्गल्ययुक्ता ॥२६॥
उपैतु मां देवसखः कीर्तिश्च मणिना सह । लक्ष्मीं क्षीरसमुद्र राजतनयां श्रीरङ्गधामेश्वरीम् ।
प्रादुर्भूतोऽस्मि राष्ट्रेऽस्मिन् कीर्तिमृद्धिं ददातु मे ॥७॥ दासीभूतसमस्त देव वनितां लोकैक दीपांकुराम् ॥२७॥
क्षुत्पिपासामलां ज्येष्ठामलक्ष्मीं नाशयाम्यहम् । श्रीमन्मन्दकटाक्षलब्ध विभव ब्रह्मेन्द्रगङ्गाधराम् ।
अभूतिमसमृद्धिं च सर्वां निर्णुद गृहात् ॥८॥ त्वां त्रैलोक्य कुटुम्बिनीं सरसिजां वन्दे मुकुन्दप्रियाम् ॥२८॥
गन्धद्वारां दुराधर्षां नित्यपुष्टां करीषिणीम् । सिद्धलक्ष्मीर्मोक्षलक्ष्मीर्जयलक्ष्मीस्सरस्वती ।
ईश्वरींग् सर्वभूतानां तामिहोपह्वये श्रियम् ॥९॥ श्रीलक्ष्मीर्वरलक्ष्मीश्च प्रसन्ना मम सर्वदा ॥२९॥
मनसः काममाकूतिं वाचः सत्यमशीमहि । वरांकुशौ पाशमभीतिमुद्रां करैर्वहन्तीं कमलासनस्थाम् ।
पशूनां रूपमन्नस्य मयि श्रीः श्रयतां यशः ॥१०॥ बालार्क कोटि प्रतिभां त्रिणेत्रां भजेहमाद्यां जगदीस्वरीं त्वाम् ॥३०॥
कर्दमेन प्रजाभूता सम्भव कर्दम । सर्वमङ्गलमाङ्गल्ये शिवे सर्वार्थ साधिके ।
श्रियं वासय मे कुले मातरं पद्ममालिनीम् ॥११॥ शरण्ये त्र्यम्बके देवि नारायणि नमोऽस्तु ते ॥३१॥
आपः सृजन्तु स्निग्धानि चिक्लीत वस गृहे । सरसिजनिलये सरोजहस्ते धवलतरांशुक गन्धमाल्यशोभे ।
नि च देवी मातरं श्रियं वासय कुले ॥१२॥ भगवति हरिवल्लभे मनोज्ञे त्रिभुवनभूतिकरि प्रसीद मह्यम् ॥३२॥
आर्द्रां पुष्करिणीं पुष्टिं पिङ्गलां पद्ममालिनीम् । विष्णुपत्नीं क्षमां देवीं माधवीं माधवप्रियाम् ।
चन्द्रां हिरण्मयीं लक्ष्मीं जातवेदो म आवह ॥१३॥ विष्णोः प्रियसखीं देवीं नमाम्यच्युतवल्लभाम् ॥३३॥
आर्द्रां यः करिणीं यष्टिं सुवर्णां हेममालिनीम् । महालक्ष्मी च विद्महे विष्णुपत्नीं च धीमहि ।
सूर्यां हिरण्मयीं लक्ष्मीं जातवेदो म आवह ॥१४॥ तन्नो लक्ष्मीः प्रचोदयात् ॥३४॥
तां म आवह जातवेदो लक्ष्मीमनपगामिनीम् । श्रीवर्चस्यमायुष्यमारोग्यमाविधात् पवमानं महियते ।
यस्यां हिरण्यं प्रभूतं गावो दास्योऽश्वान् विन्देयं पूरुषानहम् ॥१५॥ धनं धान्यं पशुं बहुपुत्रलाभं शतसंवत्सरं दीर्घमायुः ॥३५॥
यः शुचिः प्रयतो भूत्वा जुहुयादाज्यमन्वहम् । ऋणरोगादिदारिद्र्यपापक्षुदपमृत्यवः ।
सूक्तं पञ्चदशर्चं च श्रीकामः सततं जपेत् ॥१६॥ भयशोकमनस्तापा नश्यन्तु मम सर्वदा ॥३६॥
य एवं वेद ॐ महादेव्यै च विष्णुपत्नीं च धीमहि ।
पद्मानने पद्म ऊरु पद्माक्षी पद्मासम्भवे । तन्नो लक्ष्मीः प्रचोदयात् ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥३७॥
त्वं मां भजस्व पद्माक्षी येन सौख्यं लभाम्यहम् ॥१७॥
अश्वदायि गोदायि धनदायि महाधने ।
धनं मे जुषताम् देवी सर्वकामांश्च देहि मे ॥१८॥
पुत्रपौत्र धनं धान्यं हस्त्यश्वादिगवे रथम् ।
प्रजानां भवसि माता आयुष्मन्तं करोतु माम् ॥१९॥
धनमग्निर्धनं वायुर्धनं सूर्यो धनं वसुः ।
धनमिन्द्रो बृहस्पतिर्वरुणं धनमश्नुते ॥२०॥

Ashta Lakshmi (Sanskrit: अष्टलक्ष्मी), are eightfold forms of Hindu goddess Lakshmi. Goddess Lakshmi is commonly known as Goddess of wealth. Wealth is a vital ingredient bestowed upon us for maintenance and progress in our life. It is much more than just having money. It means abundance in knowledge, skills and talents. Lakshmi is the energy that manifests as the complete spiritual and material well-being of a person. The eight different forms of Goddess Lakshmi are:

Adi Lakshmi

Adi Lakshmi (Sanskrit: आ  दि लक्ष्मी, “Primeval Lakshmi”) or Maha Lakshmi (Sanskrit: महा लक्ष्मी, ) is an ancient form of Lakshmi and incarnation of Lakshmi as daughter of the sage Bhrigu. She is the Wealth of endless prosperity. Goddess of no beginnings or end: “Adi” means eternal existence. Adi Lakshmi signifies the never-ending nature of the Goddess. She has no start and no end. She is continuous. Wealth should therefore, flow continuously also. It too has always been there and always will be there.

Adi Lakshmi or Rama Lakshmi serving Sri Narayana is symbolic of her serving the whole creation. Adi Lakshmi and Narayana are not two different entities but one only. Lakshmi is Shakti. Lakshmi is the Power of Narayana.

Adi Lakshmi is the memory of the source. When we forget that we are a part of the entire creation, we feel small and insecure. Adi Lakshmi is that aspect which connects us to our source, thus bringing strength and calmness to the mind.

Goddess Adi Lakshmi is four-armed, carries a lotus and a white flag, other two arms in Abhaya mudra and varada mudra.

Dhana Lakshmi

Dhana Lakshmi (Sanskrit: धन लक्ष्मी, Dhana Lakshmi, “Money Lakshmi”): for money and gold. Also known as Vaibhav Lakshmi. “Dhan” and “Vaibhav” mean money, riches, fortune and income. It is the usual way we perceive and understand wealth. This wealth is of great importance to one who wishes to live an enriched and happy life.

But as per Rigved’s Purush Shukta Dhana is not only a wealth in coins and currency. Even Sun and moon, fire and stars, rains and nature, oceans and mountains, rivers and streams, all these are our wealth, so are the progeny, our inner will power, our character and our virtues. With the grace of mother Dhana Lakshmi we will get all these in abundance.

Goddess Dhana Lakshmi is Six-armed, in red garments, carries chakra (discus), shankha (conch), kalasha (water pitcher with mango leaves and a coconut on it) or Amrita kumbha (a pitcher containing Amrita – elixir of life), bow-arrow, a lotus and an arm in abhaya mudra with gold coins falling from it.

Dhanya Lakshmi

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Dhanya Lakshmi (Sanskrit: धान्य लक्ष्मी, Dhǎnya Lakshmi, “Lakshmi as goddess of grain”) is the giver of agricultural wealth. Wealth of grain, food, nourishment, and health: “Dhanya” means grain. Food is our most basic and most important wealth. We need food to sustain life. Being wealthy means we have abundance of food that keeps us nourished and healthy. She is the Goddess of the Harvest and the Devi who blesses with abundance and success in harvest.

It is said that we become what we eat. The right amount and the right type of food, eaten at the right time and place affects our body and mind positively. With the grace of mother Dhanya Lakshmi one gets all essential nutrients grains, fruits, vegetables and other foods.
Goddess Dhanya Lakshmi is eight-armed, in green garments, carries two lotuses, gada (mace), paddy crop, sugarcane, bananas, other two hands in abhaya mudra and varada mudra.

Dhairya Lakshmi

Wealth of patience, strategy, planning, objectivity : “Dhairya” means patience. This wealth gives us the spiritual strength to face good and bad times with equal ease. It signifies the importance of planning and strategy in all our actions so we may move with caution and reach our target each time.

This form of mother Lakshmi grants the boon of infinite courage and strength. Those, who are in tune with infinite inner power, are always bound to have victory. Those who worship mother Dhairya Lakshmi they live and lead a life with tremendous patience and inner stability.

Gaja Lakshmi

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Gaja Lakshmi (Sanskrit: गज लक्ष्मी, Gaja Lakshmi, “Elephant Lakshmi”) is the giver of animal wealth, like cattle and elephants. Swami Chidananda interprets Gaja Lakshmi as giver of power of royalty. According to Hindu mythology, Gaja Lakshmi brought back the wealth lost by Indra (king of demi-gods) from the ocean.

Goddess Gaja Lakshmi is four-armed, in red garments, carries two lotuses, other two arms in abhaya mudra and varada mudra, surrounded by two elephants bathing her with water pots.

Santan Lakshmi

Santana Lakshmi (Sanskrit: सन्तान लक्ष्मी, Santāna Lakshmi, “Progeny Lakshmi”) is the Bestower of offspring. Wealth of children, legacy, family, friends, well wishers: “Santan” means children. Goddess Lakshmi symbolizes the social nature of man. We need each other. Children are our wealth. They are our future. The family is the basic unit of people who bring up their children. Life moves forward through its children.

Those who worship this particular form of Sri Lakshmi, known as a Santan Lakshmi, are bestowed with the grace of mother Lakshmi and have wealth in the form of desirable children with good health & long life.

Goddess Santana Lakshmi is six-armed, carries two kalashas (water pitcher with mango leaves and a coconut on it), sword, shield, a child on her lap, a hand in abhaya mudra and the other holding the child. The child holds a lotus.

Vijay Lakshmi

Vijaya Lakshmi (Sanskrit: विजय लक्ष्मी, Vijaya Lakshmi, “Victorious Lakshmi”) or Jaya Lakshmi (Sanskrit: जय लक्ष्मी, Jaya Lakshmi, “Victorious Lakshmi”) is the giver of victory, not only in battles but also in conquering hurdles in order to beget success. Wealth of victory, perseverance, courage, and confidence: “Vijay” means victory. This Goddess symbolizes the wealth of courage, confidence, fearlessness and victory. This wealth strengthens our character and keeps us moving along successfully on our life path.

Vijay is to get success in all undertakings and all different facets of life. Some people are strong physically but weak mentally while others are economically rich but poor in their attitude and cannot exert any influence. Vijay is to have all encompassing victory. Vijay is to rejoice glory of our real nature – Vijay is to conquer the lower nature. Vijay is the victory in external and internal wars and of course eternal wars! Hence those, with grace of mother Vijay Lakshmi, have victory everywhere, at all time, in all conditions. Victory to Vijay Lakshmi!!

Goddess Vijaya Lakshmi is eight-armed, in red garments, carries chakra, shankh, sword, shield, lotus, pasha, other two hands in abhaya mudra and varada mudra.

Vidya Lakshmi

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Vidya Lakshmi (Sanskrit: विद्या लक्ष्मी, Vidyā Lakshmi, “Knowledge Lakshmi”) is the bestower of knowledge of arts and sciences. Wealth of education, knowledge, skills: “Vidya” means knowledge. To be knowledgeable means that we have skills of various kinds. We have general information about our local, national, and international issues.

Serenity, Regularity, Absence of Vanity, Sincerity, Simplicity, Veracity, Equanimity, Fixity, Non-irritability, Adaptability Humility, Tenacity, Integrity, Nobility, Magnanimity, Charity, Generosity and Purity are the eighteen qualities imbibed through proper education that only can give immortality.

 

Ashtalakshmi Festival
10 day Purattasi Navarathri festival, Deepavali Lakshmi Puja are the main festivals celebrated in honour of Ashtalakshmis.

Ashtalakshmi Mantra
Om Shreem Mahalakshmi Namah Ashta-Aishwaryam Samridhim Mey Dehi Tapaya Swaha Shreem Mahalakshmi Namah ||

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