Mahalaxmi

One of the most popular Goddesses in the Hindu pantheon is Goddess Sri or Lakshmi, as she is commonly known. She is the embodiment of 'Shakti' - the female power and is a symbol of prosperity and plentitude.

The consort of Lord Vishnu, she stands for womanhood and the best of female virtues that every woman seeks to emulate. The Lotus, her seat, symbolises, the importance of pure living, the state of spiritual perfection coupled with Divine certitude, transcending the material world.

Mythologically, Lakshmi's association with Vishnu comes about in the context of the churning of the ocean by the Gods and Demons who seek the elixir of immortality. The purpose of churning it is to obtain the essence of life and the nectar of immortality and illustrates the process of distilling the primordial water to yield valuable essences like Kamadhenu, Aswa - the celestial horse, Airavat - the elephant, the Kaustubh Mani, Kalpavriksh, Apsaras and finally Lakshmi.

Lakshmi portrays the picture of marital bliss and perfect harmony with Vishnu by her side. When Vishnu incarnates as Raghava, Lakshmi becomes Sita, when He is Krishna, She becomes Rukmini and when He is Balaji, She is Padmavati.