Temple Goddess
 Temple Goddess 

Hindu statue of Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth and Beauty, Bangalore (Karnataka), India

about: Lakshmi is depicted as a beautiful woman of golden complexion, with four hands, sitting or standing on a full-bloomed lotus and holding a lotus bud, which stands for beauty, purity and fertility. Her four hands represent the four ends of human life: dharma or righteousness, kama or desires, artha or wealth, and moksha or liberation from the cycle of birth and death.

Cascades of gold coins are seen flowing from her hands, suggesting that those who worship her gain wealth. She always wears gold embroidered red clothes. Red symbolizes activity and the golden lining indicates prosperity. Lakshmi is the active energy of Vishnu, and also appears as Lakshmi-Narayan - Lakshmi accompanying Vishnu.

Two elephants are often shown standing next to the goddess and spraying water. This denotes that ceaseless effort, in accordance with one's dharma and governed by wisdom and purity, leads to both material and spiritual prosperity.
Canon EOS 20D: 200mm (320mm) f/5.6 1/800" ISO 200 Capture time: 2005-05-05 02:57:40

Awesome...Simply Awesome... The picture is more beautiful the the Statue itself was on the Temple dome.:)

Posted by Jaguuuu on July 3, 2006 at 2:49 AM

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