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As far as I know, the only time that children of Lakshmi are mentioned in Hindu scriptures is in verses 11 - 12 of the Sri Suktam, a hymn from the Khilani (apocrypha or later portions) of the Rig Veda: We are the progeny of our forefather, Sage Kardama, who is one of the sons of Goddess Lakshmi. We invoke that Sage Kardama to install in his family the ...


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After she emerges from the Churning of the Ocean, Lakshmi examines the Devas, Gandharvas, Asuras, etc., to find a suitable husband. But she finds that they're all lacking in one or more good qualities, as described in this chapter of the Srimad Bhagavatam: Someone who has undergone great austerity has not yet conquered anger. Someone possesses knowledge, ...


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Contrary to popular belief, Sita was not the next birth of Brihaspati's granddaughter Vedavati. This confusion arises from an even more fundamental fact about the Ramayana that few people are familiar with: Sita was never kidnapped! That might seem shocking; in most people's understanding of the Ramayana, Ravana kidnaps Sita while Rama is lured away by ...


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Godesses Ambika who is also known by the name Godesses Durga is the Mahisasura Mardini (slayer of Mahisasura). Precisely speaking it is Chandika form of Godesses Ambika who slays Mahisasura: Chaptet 81 to Chapter 93 of Markandeya Purana is called Devi Mahatmyam and it sings the Glory of Devi. First of all Mahisasura defeats all gods and take their ...


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Yes there is. Chapter 124 (pg 30) of Volume 4 of Narada Purana mentions various vratas performed on Full Moon days. One such is Kojagiri Purnima. Goddess Lakshmi is worshiped on this day. Lamps are lit and milk puddings are kept in the moonlight which are then offered as prasada to the deity. A wake should be held at night enlivened with dance and songs. ...


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In ancient times, most women would have no education in the Vedas, and they would just become housewives. But in contrast to these women, known as Sadyovadinis, there was a very small number of women, known as Brahmavadini, who would abandon the material lifestyle that was the norm for women and instead went to a Ashram and learn the Vedas just as men did. ...


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Story of Alakshmi is described in detail in Chapter 6 Uttarabhaga of Linga Mahapurana. Lord Vishnu created Alakshmi as a part of His divine sports. Since she was created before Goddess lakshmi, she is called Jyestha. But she came into world during churning of ocean. सूत उवाच अनादिनिधनः श्रीमान्धाता नारायणः प्रभुः॥२॥ जगद्द्वैधमिदं चक्रे मोहनाय जगत्पति:।...


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Goddess Lakshmi (Sanskrit: लक्ष्मी} is the goddess of wealth, fortune and prosperity. Goddess Lakshmi is the “eternal” consort and shakti (energy) of God Vishnu. Goddess Lakshmi is also considered as, another aspect of the Supreme Goddess. Goddess Lakshmi serving Vishnu's feet should not be taken literally. And should only be perceived to understand ...


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I have also read these stories but haven't found any scriptural reference to support that assumption. They are not the same in literal terms however, in terms of their spiritual significance, Rukmini being the incarnation of Lakshmi does have the same level as Radha. According to the 39th Chapter of the 9th Book of Devi Bhagavatam: 4-33. Nârâyana said :-- ...


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First of all, it should be noted that the Sri Sukta is a Khila Sukta of the Rig Veda, meaning that it's a hymn found in the Bashkala Shakha or recession of the Rig Veda Samhita, but it's not found in the Shakala Shakha of the Rig Veda Samhita. (See my answer here for more information on the Vedic Shakhas, and my answer here for information on the different ...


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Yes, there is reference of Alakshmi in the Markandeya Purana which also talks about the family lineage in which she was born. Quoting from this page,which describes the various creations of Brahma: Brahma also created Swayambhu Manu and his wife Shatarupa; the latter gave birth to girls Akruti and Prasuti; Akruti was wedded to Prajapati Ruchi and ...


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I'm answering the first part of your question regarding the composer and the source of the Mahalakshmi Ashtakam. The composer is Indra ,the king of Gods, and the Ashtaka is found in the Padma Purana.


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There is nothing bizarre or surprising in it. Even the Brahmanda Purana says that Mother Lalita recreates the entire universe and recreates every deities including Lakshmi and Saraswati. H. At the end of this great fire sacrifice, all of you (the performers of the Yaga) should jump in to the Homa Kunda (fire pit). While doing so, you must possess ...


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RAdhA is not a deity of Shaktism. She belongs to Vaishnavism, where she is worshipped along with Krishna. In Shaktism, the principle deities are 1. The Dasa MahAvidyAs (who are mainly worshipped according to Tantras) and 2. Goddess DurgA and her forms like the Nava-DurgAs (who are worshipped by PurAnic methods). Goddess Gauri, AmbikA, AnnapurnA also belong ...


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I belong to Smarta family. Till photography became popular in India in Mid 19th century and selling of photos/colour paintings of Gods had become a commercial business, idols of Gods were used to be worshipped. Way back in late 1980s, when I was still in early twenties, I had observed in houses of our relatives and family friends, people of old generation,...


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Vedas do not have any gender based discrimination. When it comes to vaidika dharma and practices both men and women enjoy same freedom. However, after the advent of sanyasa, the society slowly turned towards more male dominated and male chauvinistic in nature. Slowly women were deprived from their basic religious and social rights which were sanctioned by ...


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Goddess Durga herself is Adi Parashakti. In Sri Chandi (from the Markandeya Purana), she is described as the combined form of the 3 deities viz; Mahakali, Mahalakshmi and Mahasaraswati. The Devi Atharva Sirsha describes Adi Parashakti's features as follows: sābravīt- ahaṃ brahmasvarūpiṇī । mattaḥ prakṛtipuruṣātmakaṃ jagat । śūnyaṃ cāśūnyam ca ॥2॥ ...


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Goddess Lakshmi was not created by churning of milk ocean. She is eternal. Lord both male and female The people in general regard him [Lord Vasudeva] as twofold: of the form of male and of the form of female. The two should not be considered to be separate entities, O lord of birds. If the lord were separate from the female form, o lord of ...


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Swami Vijnanananda in his Foreword to his translation to the Devi Bhagavatam says: What the Srimad Bhagavat is to the Vaisnavas, the Devi Bhagavatam is to the Saktas. The question of the priority of the two Bhagavatas has been often discussed more in the spirit of partisians rather than that of sober scholars. The subject of The coming in this world of ...


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I happen to search Internet and the first few Google results seems to lead to this text in this site. Why Lakshmi Ganesha worshiped together? On the day of Diwali Lord Ganesha is worshiped with Goddess Lakshmi instead Lord Vishnu. There are many questions arises, why Lord Vishnu is not worshiped with Goddess Lakshmi and what is the relation between Lakshmi ...


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As per the BrahmAnda PurAna, Lord Vishnu and Lakshmi Devi have two sons called Bala (strength) and UtsAha (enthusiasm, energy). The relevant verses are given below: Bhrigoh khyAtirvijajnehatha iswarau sukhadukkhayoh | SubhAsubhapradAtarau sarva prAna VrtAviha || Devau dhAtA vidhAtArau manvantara vichArinau | TayorjyeshthA tu bhagini devi srir loka ...


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I came to know of some sons of Lord Vishnu but they were not with Goddess Lakshmi but with some other women. According to Chapter 22, verse 47 of ShataRudraSamhita in the Shiva Purana, Lord Vishnu had begot sons with some damsels (apsaras) born after the Samudra Manthan. These sons created a lot of havoc on earth and in heaven causing misery to all, ...


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According to Shakta traditions, Adi Shakti exists before, during and after the existence of everything else but she is most commonly associated with Parvati as evidenced by the various episodes of the Devi Bhagwat Puran. In fact how she gets the title of Durga is also mentioned in one of the episodes. Devi Bhagwat Book 5 Chapter 23 mentions: 1-7. Vyâsa ...


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It is not correct to regard Hari and Lakshmi to be separate entities. That is not a correct view. The iconography of Lakshmi serving Vishnu's feet should not be taken literally. Lord both male and female The people in general regard him [Lord Vasudeva] as twofold: of the form of male and of the form of female. The two should not be considered to ...


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Durga [First 3 days] दुर्गे स्मृता हरसि भीतिमशेषजन्तोः स्वस्थैः स्मृता मतिमतीवशुभां ददासि। दारिद्र्यदुःखभयहारिणि का त्वदन्या सर्वोपकारकरणाय सदार्द्रचित्ता ॥ Durge Smrita Harasi Bhitim Ashesha-Jantoh Swasthaih Smrita Matim Ateeva-Shubhaam Dadasi Daridrya-Duhkha-Bhaya-harini Ka Twadanya Sarvopakara-karanaya Sadardra-chitta O Mother ...


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You can from here read the Mahalakshmi Ashtakam (Ashatakam is a Stotra composed of 8 verses) which is of course dedicated to Goddess Mahalakshmi. The Stotram was said by Devaraja Indra and is found in the Padma Purana: नमस्तेऽस्तु महामाये श्रीपीठे सुरपूजिते । शङ्खचक्रगदाहस्ते महालक्ष्मि नमोऽस्तुते ॥१॥ Namastestu Mahaa-Maaye Shrii-Piitthe Sura-...


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Some places where Lakshmi Devi does not like to reside/dwell are given in the following passage: Laksmî does not reside in that house where conch shells are not blown, where there are no Tulasî trees, where there is no worship of S’iva and S’ivâ, where the Brâhmanas are not fed. O Brâhman! O Devas! Where I and My Bhaktas are blamed, Mahâ Laksmî ...


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