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Ashta Lakshmi

Ashta Lakshmi

                                                                             

Ashta Lakshmi or Ashtalakshmi (अष्टलक्ष्मी), are a group of eight Hindu goddesses, secondary manifestations of Shri-Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth, who preside over eight sources of wealth:"Wealth" in the context of Ashta-Lakshmi means prosperity, good health, knowledge, strength, progeny, and power.The Ashta Lakshmi are always depicted and worshipped in a group in temples.

The prayer Shri Ashta Lakshmi Stotram lists the Ashta Lakshmi as follows:

Adi Lakshmi (आदिलक्ष्मी, ) or Maha Lakshmi (महालक्ष्मी, ) : an ancient form of Lakshmi and incarnation of Lakshmi as daughter of the sage Bhrigu.

Dhana Lakshmi (धनलक्ष्मी): for money and gold

Dhanya Lakshmi (धान्यलक्ष्मी): Giver of agricultural wealth.

Gaja Lakshmi (गजलक्ष्मी): 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  from the ocean. Vasudha Narayanan intrepret the name as "one who is worshipped by elephants".

Santana Lakshmi (सन्तानलक्ष्मी): Bestower of offspring.

Veera Lakshmi (वीरलक्ष्मी) or Dhairya Lakshmi (धैर्यलक्ष्मी): Bestower of valour in battles and courage and strength for overcoming difficulties in life.

Vijaya Lakshmi (विजयलक्ष्मी) or Jaya Lakshmi (जयलक्ष्मी, Jaya Lakṣmi):Giver of victory, not only in battles but also in conquering hurdles in order to beget success.

Vidya Lakshmi (विद्यालक्ष्मी): the bestower of knowledge of arts and sciences.

Ash Lakshmi Temples

  1. Ashtalakshmi Temple, Besant Nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India: The Ashta Lakshmi Kovil, built in 1974, is the first shrine dedicated exclusively to the Ashta Lakshmi where Lakshmi is given greater importance than Vishnu. It has eight small shrines arranged in clockwise direction, dedicated to the Ashta Lakshmi and then a ninth shrine dedicated to Vishnu and Lakshmi together, unlike the traditional separate shrines.

  2. Ashtalakshmi Temple, Vasavi Colony, Dilsukh Nagar, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India.

  3. Ashtalakshmi Temple, Sugar Land, Houston, Texas, USA

  4. Ashtalakshmi Temple, North Hollywood, California, USA

  5. At the entrance - leading from Vittavasal Street to Meenakshi Temple, Madhurai, a mandapam (Hall) called Ashta Lakshmi Mandapam is dedicated to the Ashta Lakshmi, the statues of which support the roof on either side.

  6. Parashakthi Temple, Pontiac, Michigan has the deities installed there.

  7. Asta Lakshmi Devasthanam, Fremont, California. Address incorrect, call to find out.