Ashtalakshmi are a group of eight manifestations of Hindu goddess Lakshmi. She presides over the eight sources of wealth which are, prosperity, fertility, good fortune, good health, knowledge, strength, progeny and power. Each of the goddess Lakshmi’s miniature eight forms- Adi Lakshmi (Primeval and an ancient form of Lakshmi), Dhana Lakshmi (Goddess of wealth), Dhanya Lakshmi (goddess of agricultural wealth), Gaja Lakshmi (giver of animal wealth), Santana Lakshmi (goddess of bestowing offspring), Veera Lakshmi (goddess who bestows valour during battles), Vijaya Lakshmi (giver of victory) and Vidya Lakshmi (goddess of bestower of knowledge of arts and sciences), are sculpted with great care in lustrous brass.
The jet-black wooden case is built specially for these Ashtalakshmi set in a stylized, organized and a unique pattern of three layers with the additional beauty of an auspicious diya kept on the bottom layer in centre and two bells hanging at the top, visualizing it as a complete miniature temple. It is framed and put together with the sculptor’s unmatched skills that can be discovered only in the orient.
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