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lakSmi

Lakshmi is the wife of Vishnu, is the goddess of fortune and associated with Riddhi (fortune and prosperity) an epithet shared with Parvati and the wife of Kuvera. In India Lakshmi is born from the foam of the sea. In Greece Aphrodite is born from the foam of the sea. In Rome Venus is born from the foam of the sea. In other traditions in India, Bhrigu and Khyati have: Son: Shukra Daughter Lakshmi lakSmI f. (nom. {Is} , rarely {I} ; also ifc. as mf. , but n. {i} ; cf. {lakSmIka}) a mark , sign , token (with or without {pApI}) a bad sign , impending misfortune (but in the older language more usually with {puNyA}) a good sign , good fortune , prosperity , success , happiness (also pl.) wealth , riches beauty , loveliness , grace , charm , splendour , lustre N. of the goddess of fortune and beauty (frequently in the later mythology identified with Sri and regarded as the wife of Vishnu or Narayana ; she sprang with other precious things from the foam of the ocean when churned by the gods and demons for the recovery of the Amrita she appeared with a lotus in her hand , whence she is also called Padma ; accord. to another legend she appeared at the creation floating over the water on the expanded petals of a lotusflower , she is also variously regarded as a wife of Surya as a wife of Praja-pati as a wife of Dharma and mother of Kama as sister or mother of Dhatri and Vidhatri as wife of Dattatreya as one of the 9 Saktis of Vishnu as a manifestation of Prakriti as identified with Dakshayani and with Sita , wife of Rama , and with other women the Good Genius or Fortune of a king personified (and often regarded as a rival of his queen) royal power , dominion , majesty a partic. verse or formula N. of various plants (Hibiscus Mutabilis ; Mimosa Suma ; turmeric ; a white Tulasi ; = {Rddhi} , {vRddhi} , {priyaGgu} , and {phalinI}) of the eleventh Kala of the moon of two kinds of metre the wife of a hero = {dravya} a pearl N. of the wife of king Candra-sinha of Mithila and patroness of various authors (also called {lakhamA} , {laSamA} , {lakhimA} or {lachimA}) ; of a poetess of another woman Sukas.
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