Lakshmi or Sri Devi is the consort of Vishnu. She is the Goddess of wealth and prosperity. Wealth includes nobler values of life, power of mind and intellect, moral, and ethical qualities which constitutes the spiritual wealth. The eight forms of Lakshmi, called Ashta-Lakshmi are: Santhanalakshmi (wealth of progeny), Ga'alakshmi wealth of animals, Dhanalakshmi (wealth of gold and other material wealth), Dhaanyalakshmi (wealth of food grains), Veeralakshmi (wealth of valor), Vijayalakshmi (wealth of victories and success), Mahalakshmi (wealth of greatness) and Aadhilakshmi.
Auspicious Days and Festivals
Fridays are considered auspicious for Lakshmi Puja. The Friday before the full moon in the Hindu month of Sraavan is considered specially sacred and Varalakshmi puja (puja for and longevity), is performed on that day by ladies in the temples and in the homes. Diwali the festival of lights, is also an occasion for Lakshmi Puja. Three days during Navratri also celebrated for Lakshmi.
Paayasam and sweets such as Ladu, fruits and milk, are made as alankara to Lakshmi. Special abishekams and offerings with beads and coins, and homams are also performed to Lakshmi.
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