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Goddess of wealth and wife of Lord Vishnu.

Lakshmi (Sanskrit: लक्ष्मी lakṣmī ) is the Hindu Goddess of wealth, love, prosperity (both material and spiritual), fortune, and the embodiment of beauty. She is the wife of Lord Vishnu. Also known as Mahalakshmi, she is said to bring good luck and is believed to protect her devotees from all kinds of misery and money-related sorrows. Representations of Lakshmi are also found in Jain monuments.

Lakshmi is called Shree or Thirumagal because she is endowed with six auspicious and divine qualities, or Gunas, and also because she is the source of strength even to Vishnu. When Vishnu incarnated on the Earth as the avatars Rama and Krishna, Lakshmi took incarnation as his consort. Sita (Rama's wife), Radha (Krishna's lover), Rukmini and Satyabama are considered forms of Lakshmi.

Lakshmi is worshiped daily in Hindu homes and commercial establishments as the goddess of wealth. She is also worshiped as the consort of Vishnu in many temples. The festivals of Diwali and Kojagiri Purnima are celebrated in her honor.

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