Creating an Altar to Connect with the Hindu Goddess Lakshmi {Journal Prompts & Mantras}

Creating an Altar for the Hindu Goddess Lakshmi with Journal Prompts and Mantras by Kimberly F Moore for MotherHouse of the Goddess

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 Puja Kashi Ashram 2014

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.

diwali-lamps-cc-shrikrisna-pundoor

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!

GoddessGift.net has some lovely Lakshmi statues for your altar.

Seed Mantra:  Shrim (pronounced: SHREEM)

Colors:  Red, Hot Pink, Purple, White, Gold, Green

Chakra: Heart

Day of the Week:  Friday

Planet: Venus

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

Animals: Owl, Elephants and is frequently seen with GANESH!

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!)

One of my Lakshmi Altars (I have several)

One of my Lakshmi Altars (I have several)

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.

Listen to the 108 Names of Lakshmi

Lakshmi TruthBomb Card

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.

What are the non-material signs of abundance in your life?  Where are love, friends, health, harmony, spiritual wealth, and balance manifesting in your world?

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:

Books and CD’s for Mantra Practice:

Articles about Shakti:

 

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6 Responses to “Creating an Altar to Connect with the Hindu Goddess Lakshmi {Journal Prompts & Mantras}”

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  1. Aditya Joshi says:

    Shri Karveer Niwasini Prasanna.

    Mahalakshmi the great creation goddess and lakshmi is her form as per Devi Mahatmya.

    I am too Mahalakshmi devotee

    Jagadmab jagadamb _/\_

    nice info Kim 🙂

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