Goddess Maa Laxmi
Goddess Laxmi is considered goddess of wealth ( material and spiritual) , fortune, and the embodiment of beauty. The word Lakshmi is derived from the Sanskrit word Laksme, meaning goal. Lakshmi, therefore, represents the goal of life. She was married with Lord Vishnu . she is believed to bring fortune and protect her devotees from all kinds of misery and money-related sorrows. She has many names such as Maha Laxmi , Shree ,Anagha etc.
How Goddess Laxmi Looks :
In Her images and pictures, Lakshmi is depicted in a female form with four arms. She wears red clothes with a golden lining and is standing on a lotus. She has golden coins pot and lotuses in her hands. Two or Four elephants are spraying water from golden vessels onto Maa Laxmi shown next to the Goddess.
How Laxshmi appeared :
The appearance of Maa Laxmi is related to an ancient story. Once Devas (gods) and asuras (demons) wanted to immortal by gaining Amrit (the divine nectar that provides immortality) by churning the Kshirsagar (Ocean of Milk). This process was called churning of ocean (Samundra Manthan ) . Lord Vishnu took the Avatar Kurma (Tortoise) and supported the Manthara Parvata (mountain) as a churning rod, while the king of the serpents named Vasuki, became the churning rope. The gods and the demons churned the ocean. Days turned into nights and months turned into years and still the Gods and the demons churned away tirelessly.. Now many precious and harmful things were going to appear. In total fourteen precious presents called "14 ratnas" came out. They were Rambha, Dhanu , Poison , Dhanvantri , Varuni , Kalpdrum , Elixir , Shashi , Shankh , Mani , Gajraj * Baj , Dhenu , Sri Lakshmi .
The harmful Poison (( halahal)) came out. Lord shiva drank it and became Neelkanth Mahadev.
Lord Vishnu marriage with Goddess Laxmi .