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Lakshmi: The Goddess of Wealth and Fortune (An Introduction)

Devdutt Pattanaik (Author)
Synopsis Lakshmi, the goddess of material abundance, affluence, authority and auspiciousness, is the most popular goddess of the Hindu patheon. An understanding of her helps one appreciate the Hindu attitude towards wealth and power. This book brings together: Stories of the goddess compiled from Vedas, Puranas, Tantras and folk narratives; Over 200 images from different parts of India, from different times, each in a different style; Symbols associated with fertility that are an integral part of Lakshmi worship; Explanation of her attributes and her enigmatic association with demons and the nether regions; Description of rituals, temples, and festivals dedicated to her; Philosophical and metaphysical thoughts that make her worship significant even in modern times; 108 names of the goddess that hold the promise of material fulfillment; Text and simple translation of Kanakadhara (inflowing gold) Stotra of Adi Shankaracharya Salutations to the goddess of wealth, food, property, children, health, happiness, power, beauty, luck and sacredness, who sits bejeweled on a dew-drenched lotus, holding in her hand a golden pot overflowing with grain and gold, who is entertained by the songs of elephants in rut, who is the strength of the cosmic-king Vishnu, the mother of the god of love, whose eyes hold the promise of contentment and fulfillment, who is restless but generous to all those who adore her, who is the earth-cow offering love and nourishment to all.
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About the author

Devdutt Pattanaik

Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik (b. 1970), MBBS, graduated in medicine from Grant Medical College, Mumbai, and went on to specialize in the field of medical writing and health communication. With a passion for mythology, he topped the Mumbai University course in comparative mythology (PGDCM) and has published three books as part of the introduction series : Shiva : An Introduction; Vishnu : An Introduction; and Devi : An Introduction. His articles have been published in Parabola, journal of myth, tradition and the search for meaning; the Times of India ‘Speaking Tree’; and in guest columns of the New Indian Express. His unorthodox approach has been widely appreciated. As part of Sabrang, a cultural organization that demystifies the arts, Dr. Pattanaik has lectured extensively on the relevance of mythology to modern man. Dr. Pattanaik lives in India.

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Bibliographic information

Title Lakshmi: The Goddess of Wealth and Fortune (An Introduction)
Format Softcover
Date published: 23.05.2003
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8187111585
length 120p., Illustrations; 27cm.