We all know that Lakshmi Devi is the consort of Lord Vishnu.
But, at one place the MahAbhArata mentions Lakshmi as the consort of Dharma.
NAmato dharma patnyastAh kirtyamAnA nivodh me |
Kirti lakshmi dhritirmedhA pushti shraddhA kriyA tathA ||
BuddhirlajjA matishchaiva patnau dharmasya ta dasha |
MahAbhArata Adi Parva 18-35
The ten daughters of Daksha who are all wedded to Dharma are mentioned here as- Kirti, Lakshmi, Dhriti, MedhA, Pushti, SraddhA, KriA, Buddhi, LajjA and Mati.
Here Lakshmi is mentioned as Daksha's daughter and Dharma's wife. Why is it so?
Is this Lakshmi the same as the consort of Lord Vishnu or is she someone else? Can someone clarify?