I have always felt close to the Goddess Lakshmi and maintained an altar in her honor in my home. As a Libra, I am ruled by Venus (Lakshmi!) and when I had a vedic astrology reading, I was delighted to find that I had a Lakshmi blessing in my chart. I also have a friend who is a Lakshmi Priestess and devotee and have had many years of discussions and Lakshmi information filtered into my world through her knowledge and practice.
For my birthday at the end of September, I had the honor of attending a Lakshmi Puja during the Hindu Festival of Navaratri at Kashi Ashram here in Florida with my friend who is a Priestess and Devotee of Lakshmi. In fact, her Guru, Dr. Vasant Lad, gave her the name of Laskshmi Devi! Our day was absolutely magical! To observe and participate in Lakshmi Puja, to chant and listen to the 108 names of Lakshmi being called, to cast seeds into her puja fire … I have been floating on a Lakshmi cloud of blessings for days, weeks after. You can see more pictures of the ashram and puja here
Lakshmi is one of the most popular Hindu deities since she brings the material blessings of the world with her. She resides in many Hindu homes and businesses. I have listed some of the offerings and correspondences of Lakshmi below – connecting with her devotionally by chanting her mantras, setting up an altar for her, and giving her the things she likes are all wonderful ways to begin to approach her.
She is honored in the Hindu festivals of Navaratri and Diwali (the Festival of Lights pictured below). Diwali was my first experience of an in-home Lakshmi puja performed by my friend and Priestess, Lakshmi Devi. She had cleaned her house from top to bottom. We banged pots and pans and left the doors open to chase out darkness and evil in the form of Lakshmi’s dark sister, Alakshmi. Then, we lit lamps and candles in Lakshmi’s honor and prayed and chanted mantras to invite the Goddess. The lamps and candles represent the light of the Goddess that she brings to the world and burn through the night during Diwali.
Create an altar to Lakshmi and give her some gifts. Listen to her mantras – spend time in meditation with these sacred chants. Create an atmosphere of welcome and blessing for the Goddess Lakshmi to come into your life!
Seed Mantra: Shrim (pronounced: SHREEM)
Colors: Red, Hot Pink, Purple, White, Gold, Green
Day of the Week: Friday
Special Month: October
Scents: Sandalwood, Rose, Lotus, Jasmine
Flowers: Lotus, Roses
Offerings: Ripe fruits and vegetables (Lakshmi is a vegetarian!), coconuts, flowers, garlands of flowers, lotus seeds, sweets, sweet rice pudding, dates and figs, milk, ghee, honey, cowrie shells, coins, money (crisp bills), gold necklaces and bracelets, white and round real pearls, mother of pearl, seashells and other gifts from the ocean, sumptuous fabrics in her colors, bowl of rice and/or grains, turmeric, sandalwood paste, saffron and/or saffron paste, perfume, mirror, three dimensional or image of the Sri Yantra
Consort/Husband: Vishnu (I was told that if you have an altar to Lakshmi, you should always have an image/idol of Vishnu too or she will not stay!)
Mala: Lotus-Seed, Sphatik
Crystals: clear quartz, white and round real pearls, mother of pearls, amethyst
(Thank you to Lakshmi Devi from Lakshmi Ayurveda who helped create the above list of what Lakshmi likes!)
Mantra: there are many mantras to Lakshmi, but this is my favorite:
Om Shrim Maha Lakshmiyei Swaha [Om Shreem Mah-hah Lahk-shmee-yea Swah-hah]
Salutations to She who is that Great Abundance we salute and invoke!
Deva Premal sings this Mantra on her album Mantras for Precarious Times. Here is a youtube link to the whole album (which is awesome!) and the Lakshmi mantra beings at 37:47.
Journal Prompts & Reflections:
How is abundance and the blessings of Lakshmi manifesting in your life right now? Making a gratitude list every day keeps you in the flow of blessings and the attitude of gratitude.
Do you come at money and finances from a lack mentality? What are ways that you can shift Lack to LUCK and invite Lakshmi more fully into your life?
Additional Resources for Lakshmi and Shaktis:
Much of the Lakshmi material is in Shakti books and the Shakti material is absolutely relevant, since She is one of the most popular Shakti Goddesses. I have listed here some of my favorites and ones that I used for research for Lakshmi.
Books to learn more about Lakshmi and Shakti:
- Invoking Lakshmi the Goddess of Wealth in Song and Ceremony by Constantina Rhodes
- Lakshmi the Goddess of Wealth and Fortune – an Introduction by Devdutt Pattanaik
- Awakening Shakti – the Transformative Power of the Goddesses of Yoga by Sally Kempton
- Shakti Mantras – Tapping into the Great Goddess Energy Within by Thomas Ashley-Farrand
- Tantric Yoga and the Wisdom Goddesses by Dr. David Frawley
- Shakti – Realm of the Divine Mother by Vanamali
- Goddess Durga and Sacred Female Power by Laura Amazzone
Books and CD’s for Mantra Practice:
- Shakti Meditations: Guided Practices to Invoke the Goddesses of Yoga by Sally Kempton
- Healing Mantras: Using Sound Affirmations for Personal Power, Creativity, and Healing by Thomas Ashley-Farrand
Articles about Shakti:
- Shakti, Mantras and Universal Energy on MotherHouse of the Goddess by Kimberly F. Moore
- Goddess Power by Sally Kempton
- Chanting Mantras as Spiritual Practice by Amma
If you would like to learn more about Lakshmi and 51 other Goddesses, please join my Self Study course: 52 Goddesses. Each week you receive a new Goddess with stories of Her Ancient and Living Mythology, a Goddess Practice to connect, and resources to explore further. We also have a private Facebook Community and opportunities for sharing and discussion within The Mystery School of the Goddess.