Goddess Lakshmi and Diwali

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Ashta Lakshmi

Ashta Lakshmi, also spelled as Ashtalakshmi, are a group of eight Hindu goddesses, secondary manifestations of Shri-Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth, who preside over eight sources of wealth: "Wealth" in the context of Ashta-Lakshmi means prosperity, good health, knowledge, strength, progeny, and power. The Ashta Lakshmi are always depicted and worshipped in a group in temples especially during Diwali.

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Ashta Lakshmi
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Sree Yantra

Lakshmi may not be easily won over by any other means but by simply placing the Yantra at home pleases Her and She promptly bestows wealth, prosperity, comforts and success on the Sadhak. Where this Yantra is placed there cannot be poverty. This Yantra is also unique for riddance from debts.All the yantras are powerised and energised on Diwali night with sacred tantrik rituals to get maximum benefit.

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Sree Yantra
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Ganesha, Lakshmi and Saraswati

Ganesha, Lakshmi and Sarswati are often grouped together as the divinities immediately responsible for material welfare. rnGanesha and Saraswati share control over Buddhi (Wisdom), while Ganesha and Lakshmi are both deities of Ṝddhi and rnSiddhi (material and spiritual success). Particularly in Maharashtra, Ganesha is associated with Śarda or Sarasvati. To evoke their blessings some songs certain Mantras are chanted to all three of them on the eve of Diwali.

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Ganesha, Lakshmi and Saraswati
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Lakshmi-Vishnu's consort

Lakshmi is Vishnu's Shakti, meaning she is the root of all His power and divine energy. She is His wife, His soul-mate, His co-defender of the world, in His many lifetimes of saving the world from various demons and other dangers, throughout the ages.On this very day (Diwali day), Lord Vishnu in his fifth incarnation as Vaman-avtaara rescued Lakshmi from the prison of King Bali and this is another reason of worshipping Ma Larkshmi on Diwali.

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Lakshmi-Vishnu's consort
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Padma Lakshmi

Goddess Lakshmi because of her association with the flower Lotus is also known by names Padma and Kamala which means 'one who resides in a lotus'. She is also known as Padmapriya (One who likes lotus), Padmamukhi (One whose face is like Lotus), Padmakshi (One whose eyes is as beautiful as a lotus), Padmasundari (One who is as beautiful as a Lotus) and Padmahasta (One who holds a Lotus).

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Padma Lakshmi
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Samudra Manthan

According to Hindu mythology Devtas (Gods) and Asuras (Demons) once decided to churn out the ocean of milk to solve the issue of supremacy among them. The churning stick was Mandra mountain on the back of Kurma ( an epical tortoise).The rope needed to churn was the Vashuki (multiple headed king of snakes of Lord Vishnu). Goddess Lakshmi was one of the Ratnas that were produced by Samudra Manthan. All of this took place on Amavasya-New Moon Day, hence the association with Diwali.

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Samudra Manthan
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Sita-Lakshmi

Diwali is also celebrated in memory of Ram and Sita's return from Lanka after defeating Raavana. Sita is believed to be the reincarnation of Goddess Lakshmi.

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Sita-Lakshmi
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