Ashta Lakshmi or Ashtalaxmi is a group of eight manifestations of Goddess Lakshmi. She presides over eight sources of wealth. Ashta Lakshmi is prosperity, fertility, good luck or good fortune, good health, knowledge, strength, children, and power.
Ashta Lakshmi Names
- Adi Lakshmi
- Dhana Lakshmi
- Dhanya Lakshmi
- Gaja Lakshmi
- Santana Lakshmi
- Veera Lakshmi
- Vijaya Lakshmi
- Vidya Lakshmi
Lakshmi is the mother goddess and she is the symbol of wealth and prosperity. There are 8 forms of goddess Lakshmi and these 8 forms are personified into the following avatars. Appearance and iconography of the eight different forms of Ashta Lakshmi are:
The 1st form of Astha Lakshmi – Adi Lakshmi is the pristine form and is responsible for the existence of all. Adi Lakshmi was born as a result of the churning of the sea.
Iconography: She is depicted as an ethereal beauty sitting on a pink lotus with four hands. Two of her hands are delineated in Abhaya Mudra and Varada Mudra while the other two hands hold a lotus and a white flag.
Significance: She is known to bestow liberation and is also known as Moksha Pradayani. As she is Mahalakshmi herself, Adi Lakshmi is worshipped by all the gods.
Goddess of wealth, Dhana Lakshmi is the manifestation of the Mother Goddess Lakshmi. She is the symbol of prosperity and abundance. She plays a vital role in eradicating poverty. Those who work hard are favored by Goddess Dhana Lakshmi and she also guides her devotees on the path to generating more wealth and financial stability. The repository of all the wealth in the Universe, this avatar helps her devotees overcome financial obstacles.
Iconography: This six-armed goddess is garbed in a bright red sari and some jewelry. Her five hands are seen holding a discus, a conch, a water pitcher, a bow and arrow, and a lotus while her sixth arm performs the Abhaya Mudra with gold coins flowing from her palm. All those who venerate her are believed to be blessed with wealth and guided on the path toward financial independence.
Significance: ‘Dhana’ is translated into wealth. It includes any form of wealth like money, gold, land, property, or other monetary instruments. However, inner strength, willpower, talent, determination, courage, and perseverance are also depicted as a form of wealth. Therefore by worshipping Goddess Dhanalakshmi one can literally conquer abundance of wealth and prosperity.
Dhanya Lakshmi is one of the 8 forms of goddess Lakshmi. This avatar of Lakshmi is worshipped by the farmers as Dhanya Lakshmi is the provider of agricultural wealth and responsible for equal distribution of wealth. Many offer prayers to her before the consumption of food as a token of gratitude. Worshippers also provide food to others with selfless intentions.
Iconography: Donned in green attire which is also associated with growth, renewal, and resurgence, symbolizing the greenery of agricultural land which results in a rich harvest, Dhanya Lakshmi is portrayed as an eight-armed Goddess. In three of her hands, Goddess Dhanya Lakshmi is portrayed wielding various agricultural products, in two of her hands’ lotuses are seen being held, and one wields a mace. Her other two hands are shown doing the Abhaya Mudra and Varadh Mudra.
Significance: Revered as a destroyer of evil and provider of relief to all those who seek refuge in her, Goddess Dhanya Lakshmi is the mother who looks out for her devotees and ensures nobody goes hungry. She is prayed by people for keeping their granaries full and providing nourishment.
Gaja Lakshmi is believed to have helped Lord Indra regain his lost wealth from the depth of the ocean. The giver of power and royal splendor, Gaja Lakshmi bestows upon her devotees’ grace, abundance, prosperity, and royalty. During the churning of the ocean, she emerged along with elephants.
Iconography: Portrayed seating on a lotus in padmasanyogic position, flanked by elephants on both sides, Gaja Lakshmi, depicted with four arms. Both her upper arms are seen holding a lotus and the lower arms are seen in the Abhaya and Varada mudra.
Significance: Gaja Lakshmi symbolizes royalty. The size of the elephants keeps other animals in the jungle at bay. They also portray grace, pomp, and grandeur. Elephants together with goddess Lakshmi nourish the crops and depict fertility.
Symbol of fertility, Santana Lakshmi blesses childless couples with progeny. She is worshipped by many to fulfill their desire of a child. Revered as the Mother of the all animate and inanimate objects, this avatar is believed to have birthed the Universe itself from her womb. Therefore, she is the divine symbol of fertility.
Iconography: Portrayed very much different from other Avatars of Lakshmi, Santana Lakshmi is depicted with eight arms and one arm is portrayed holding a baby, who holds a lotus in its hands. Two of her arms are seen to be holding a shield and a sword, two other hands are seen holding a water pitcher with mango leaves topped with coconut. One hand is seen performing the Abhaya Mudra. Seated on a lotus, she dons red or yellow garments and wears a garland of flowers and gold jewelry.
Significance: Goddess Santana Lakshmi is worshipped by couples to bestow them with an heir to carry forward the lineage, and to keep the child healthy and free of disease. The Goddess also blesses the child with all-round wellbeing and helps mold its character.
Sri Veera Lakshmi is also known as Dhairya Lakshmi empowers us to achieve in life goals. She is worshipped by the devotees to bless them with bravery and courage. Determination or great courage is bestowed upon all individuals.
Iconography: The eight-armed goddess is portrayed wearing red attire, and is, seen carrying a discus, a conch, a bow, an arrow, a sword, a gold bar, or sometimes even a book; the other two hands are portrayed performing Abhaya and Varada mudra.
Significance: By worshiping Veera Lakshmi, one rids of doubts and unclarity about the results of a new venture. Also, ambiguity in mind about performance is removed. Uncertainty, lack of belief, and doubts are removed and can be avoided with the blessings of goddess Dhairya Lakshmi.
Out of the 8 forms assumed by goddess Lakshmi, one form was Vijaya Lakshmi. This avatar signifies victory not only on the battlefield but also in the field of life. Lakshmi incarnated into this form with the purpose of helping people overcome obstacles. This avatar not only helps overcome obstacles but also helps handle every situation meticulously.
Iconography: Donned with a charming red attire and adorned with flowers, she is seated on a lotus and is depicted with four of her eight arms wielding various weapons like a disc, sword, shield, and noose while two of her arms are shown holding a lotus and a conch. The other two arms are seen performing the Abhaya Mudra and Varada Mudra.
Significance: Worshipping this avatar of Lakshmi helps cultivate inner strength and a winning attitude. This is an important part of achieving success. Vijaya Lakshmi is the form of maturity in which one is at peace with one’s inner self and understands life with clarity and a positive perspective. Goddess Vijaya Lakshmi blesses her devotees with success in all endeavors of life, ensuring triumph in whatever they undertake and guides to lead a life filled with peace and prosperity.
Vidya Lakshmi is the goddess of knowledge. Also known as Aishwarya Lakshmi. Vidya Lakshmi blesses the devotees with attributes like veracity, magnanimity, serenity, and simplicity. Vidya Lakshmi helps us in generating wealth through gaining knowledge.
Iconography: This avatar is very much similar to Goddess Saraswati. The goddess is garbed in a white sari however, unlike Saraswati, she is depicted in gold jewelry. A gold headdress over her head can also be seen in her portrayal. A four-armed goddess with a lotus in each of the upper hands and the other two hands in Varada and Abhaya mudra, this avatar is the giver of knowledge. Lotus which is the symbol of knowledge also helps in the emancipation of the soul.
Significance: By worshiping Vidya Lakshmi one keeps sorrows and troubles at bay. She is worshipped by students her to seek blessings for clearing exams with flying colors. This avatar of the goddess is worshiped on Wednesdays.
Ashta Lakshmi Puja
Ashta Lakshmi Stotram
To recite the source, purify the house with Ganga water and put a silver statue or picture of Goddess Lakshmi in the direction of the north east. With this, if there is a Sri Yantra, install it as well.
Aadi Lakshmi Stotram
wibhujam cha dwinethram cha sa abhyam, varadanwitham,
Pushpa mala dharam, devim ambhujasana samsthitham,
Pushpa thorana samyuktham, prabha mandala manditham,
Sarva lakshana samyuktham, sarvabharana bhooshitham,
Peethambaradharam devim makute charu bandhanaam,
Sthano nadhi sama yuktham parswayor dheepa shakthikam,
Soundarya nilayam, shakthim, Adhi lakkshmeem aham Bhaje.
Dhana Lakshmi Stotram
Kirreda makudopetham, swarna varna samanvitham,
Sarvabhara samyuktham, sukhasana manvitham,
Paripoornam cha kumbham ch a dakshinena karenathu,
Chakram banam cha thamboolam thada vama karenathu,
Sankham padmam cha chapam cha gandikam api dharineem,
Sath kanchukastha neem, dhyayeth danalakshmeem manoharam.
Dhanya Lakshmi Stotram
Varadhabhya samyuktham, kireeda makudojjwalam,
Ambujam che akshu chaleem vaa kadali phala dronikam,
Pankajam daksha vamethu, dadhanaam Shukla roopineem,
Krupa moorthim jadachoodam sukhasana samsthitham,
Sarvalangara samyuktham sarvabhara bhooshitham,
Mada matham manohari roopam, dhanya sriyam bhaje.
Gaja Lakshmi Stotram
Chathur bhujam, dwinethram vara abhaya karanvidham,
Abja dwaya karambhojam, abjasana samasthitham,
Sasi varna kadobabhyam plavyamanam maha sriyam,
Sarvabharana shobhadyam shubra vasthorthareeyakam,
Chamara graham naribhi sevitham, parswayor dwayo,
Aapada lambhivasanam karanda makutam bhaje.
Santana Lakshmi Stotram
Jada makuta samyuktham sthidasana samanvitham,
Abhayam gadgam chaiva poorna kumbham bhuja dwaye,
Kanchugam chanda veeram cha moukthikam chapi dharineem,
Dheepa chamara nari bhi sevitha m, parsvayor dwayo,
Bala senathi sangase karuna pooridananaam,
Maha rajnim cha Santhana Lakshmim ishtartha sidhaye.
Veera Lakshmi Stotram
Ashta bahu yutham lakshmim simhasana vara sthitham,
Thaptha kanchana sangasam, kireda makudojjwalam,
Swarna kanchuka samyuktham satha veera dharam thadha,
Abhayam varadam chaiva bhuja bhuja yos samyavayo,
Chakram soolam cha banam cha sankham chapam kapalakam,
Datheem Veeralakshmim cha nava thalathmikam Bhaje.
Vijaya Lakshmi Stotram
Ashta bahu yudham devim simhasana varasthitham,
Sukhasanam sukesim cha kireeda makudojjwalam,
Shyamangim, komalaa karam sarvabharana bhooshitham,
Gadgam, pasam gadha chakram varadam vama hasthake,
Kedakam changusam sankham varadam vama hasthake,
Raja roopa dharam shakthim Prabhu soundarya shobhitham,
Hamsaroodam smareth devim vijayam vijayapthaye.
Vidya Lakshmi Stotram
Pranatha sureswari, bharathi, bhargavi
shoka vinasini, rathna maye,
Mani maya bhooshitha Karma vibhooshana,
Santhi samavrutha hasyamukhe,
Nava nidhi dhayini kalimala harini,
Kamitha phalapradha hasthayuthe,
Jaya jaya he madhusoodhana kamini
Vidhyalakshmi sada palaya maam.
Astha Lakshmi Puja
For those seeking joy and contentment, it is recommended that they perform Asta Lakshmi puja. All the forms of Goddess Lakshmi provide prosperity in all aspects mostly wealth and material comforts. This puja is performed to keep at bay any financial hurdle and obstacle in the lives of the people.
This puja is performed on a Friday which is considered an auspicious day and a day of praying to goddess Lakshmi. Apart from a Friday, this pooja can also be performed on Panchami tithi (fifth lunar day), Purnima (Full Moon day), and Amavasya (New Moon day). There are myriad benefits of performing Ashtalakshmi puja. Varalakshmi Vratam observes on Friday before Shravan Purnima is the best day to worship Ashta Lakshmi.