As we all know that Mahaganapaty is described as having a large belly.In fact one of His many names is "LambaJathara" or "Mahodara" literally meaning one having a big belly.

But in the Mahalakshmi Ashtakam Mahalakshmi too is addressed by the same name viz:Mahodara.

Quoting the relevant portion(stanza 6) from here:

Sthula Suksma Maharoudre Mahasakthi Mahodare

Mahapapa hare Devi Mahalakshmi Namostute

In that website the translator said big belly is to be taken as the symbol of prosperity.

I want to know what other symbolisms/interpretations might be there behind calling Mahalakshmi "Mahodare"?.

Also, is Mahalaksmi mentioned anywhere in the Vedas as having a large belly?

I could not find anything of that sort in the Sri Suktam.

  • Perhaps one of the Ashtalakshmi manifestations has a large stomach, although I'm not sure if the notion of Ashtalakshmis has a basis in Hindu scripture. – Keshav Srinivasan Mar 5 '16 at 7:41
  • @KeshavSrinivasan I'm looking for more of a symbolic interpretation if there is any.Apart from Mahaganapaty and Mahalakshmi it is interesting to note that the planetary deity Rahu is also being described as having a large belly Although apparently this seems absurd because Rahu only has a head(although the body of serpent is attached to his head as his body). – Rickross Mar 5 '16 at 8:05
  • Directory may help. – Pandya Feb 19 '17 at 9:01

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