As the wife of Lord Vishnu, Devi Lakshmi is the presiding deity over wealth and resources. To Her husband, the presiding deity over preserving existence, She is indispensable. Understandably, She is widely worshipped in ihaloka, which could not be preserved without material affluence. In traditional form, Devi Lakshmi is resolved into the Ashtalakshmi form, a composite of eight (‘ashta’) Devis, each of whom signifies one of the eight sources of wealth.
The composition that you see on this page comprises eight square-shaped panels of each of the Ashtalakshmi, arranged in two rows of three panels each and one (the top one) with a miniscule Ganesha-head between the remaining two Ashtalakshmis. Clockwise from top left, the Ashtalakshmi are Adi Lakshmi, Dhana Lakshmi, Dhyana Lakshmi, Gaja Lakshmi, Santana Lakshmi, Veerya/Dhairya Lakshmi, Vijaya Lakshmi, and Vidya Lakshmi. The names translate to classical, wealth, grain, elephant (cattle), progeny, valour/patience, victory, and learning, each of which is symbolic of a source or means of affluence. They are adhered on a stretch of fabric, which is mounted on a dark-polished wooden stand.
Note the tiny bell dangling from the trunk of the Ganesha-head at the top row. It adds to the auspiciousness of the work. Zooming in on each of the Ashtalakshmi as well as the Ganesha-head will enable the viewer to appreciate the high-precision engraving and the flawlessly executed iconography of each deity.
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