How to perform Lakshmi pooja at home?
Articles for Laxmi Puja
- Icon of Laxmi or Supari on White rice representing 9 forms of Laxmi
- A gold or silver coin to represent Laxmi for her bath
- Handkerchiefs or pieces of cloth for wiping the coin representing Laxmi after it has been bathed
- Low stool(s) with square or rectangular tops (chouki or patta), 1 big one, or 2 small ones
- Ledger and account books, books where balance sheets are kept, cash box or safe or drawer where valuables are kept, coin purse made of cloth
- Ink pot, filled with black ink
- Coins – gold, silver or currency
- Three platters (thali)
- Incense (dhupa) preferably incense sticks
- Diyas- 2 big, 8 small. You can have 5, 11, 21, 51, or 101 lamps. These are the numbers in which they are traditionally used.
- Cotton for wicks or ready made wicks
- Sesame oil
- Clarified butter prepared at home (or desi ghee)
- Milk (dugdha)
- Curds (dadhi)
- Honey (madhu)
- Water (at least clean and pure), if not from the Ganga or a place of pilgrimage
- Panchamrta – Milk, curds, honey, ghee and pure water, together make up panchamrta or the five amrtas
- Madhuparka – Milk, curds, honey and ghee mixed together, also make madhuparka
- A container for madhuparka – if not made of precious metal, at least a decorative one
- Turmeric and lime powdered and mixed (roli). This is an extremely important ingredient
- Sandalwood powder, red and white, made into paste candana
- Untwisted red thread (mouli or kalava)
- Unbroken grains of rice (aksata or cavala)-an extremely important ingredient, at least half a kilogram.
- Metal or earthenware water pot (kalasa).
- White cloth – 2 meters – to be spread for the yajamana to sit on
- Red cloth – 2 meter – to wrap around the copra or spread on the chouki to represent the nine planets
- Tissues or paper towel
- Dried coconut (meva)
- Flowers and petals (of rose and marigold)
- Garlands (of rose and marigold)
- Fruit according to the season (rtufala), for example, bananas, apples, grapes, pomegranates, custard apples
- Dry fruit
- Parched rice (khila)
- Cloves (lavanga or long) 15 or 20.
- Gardamoms (elaici)
- Saffron (kesara, dried stamens of the plant Messua ferria) – one small packet or sachet
- Vermillion (sindura)
- Nutmeg – 16
You must take a bath, and wear new, or at least clean, clothes, before starting to arrange for the actualceremony. The yajamana, should sit facing the east if the icon faces the west (purvabhimukham upaviseva). If the icon faces the east, you should sit facing the west (pascimabhimukham upaviseva).
This is a pot in the shape of an expanded vase (a lotacan be used in place of Kalash). Place water inside the Kalash. Place thebunch of 5 or 5 Mango Leaves inside the neck and place a saucer of rice ontop of the Kalash. (This Saucer represents the MOON). Place One big diya,filled with ghee, on the plate of rice resting on top of the Kalash (this represents THE SUN). Together they represent MAHA LAXMI. It is customary to setthe pot on some grains of unbroken rice. This pot represents Varuna, the God ofthe Ocean. AND LAXMI as Mother Earth.
Place the other big diya on your right hands side -this one is for arti the wicks should be of the rolled up type. Another diya should be kept on the side next to Ganesh. This can be a small one, with apulled up wick. This is for the purpose of performing arati later on. It should be placed on a small platter or tari on some rice.
Place a lower platform before the one on which the icons and the big diyas are placed. The red cloth should be spread on thislower platform. Now fill the other 8 (diyas) with ghee and wicks and place them around the Kalash in a Half circle with the circle towards you. Each diya is placed on a rice platform.
PERFORM SODASAMATRKA PUJANAM FIRST
(THE WORSHIP OF THE SIXTEEN MOTHERS)
The 16 mothers are represented on the platform by 16 small heaps of rice and a NUTMEG on top. Bowing to the 16 mothers,take rice, flowers and fragrance (atar) in your hands and say:
GOURI PADMA SACIMEDHA SAVITRI VIJAYA JAYA DEVASENA SVADHA
SVAHA MATARO LOKAMATARAH HRSTIH PUSTISTATHATUSTI ATMANAH-
KULADEVATAH GANESE NADHI KAPUJ YAH URDD HOU PUJYASCA SODA SAH
Gouri, Padma, Saci, Medha, Savitri, Vijaya, Jaya,Devasena, Svadha, Svaha, Mataro,
Lokamatrah, Hrstih, Pustistatha, Tusti, Atmakuladevataare the sixteen venerable mothers.
Take a handful of rice, and pouring it through yourfingers on the red cloth. This is the representation for various deities as explained below: Sprinkle the flowers, rice and fragrance (atar).
MAHALAXMI PUJANAM (THE WORSHIP OF MAHALAKSMI)
It is only now that Laxmi herself gets worshipped.Start on this confidently and happily.
SRI MAHA-LAXMI STOTRAM
Aum Namaste-astu mahaa-maaye sree peethe sur-poojite,Shankha chakra gaddaa-haste, Mahaa Lakshmi namo-astute.
O Great Mother, abode of fortune, Who artworshipped by the Devas, I salute Thee; O Mahaa Laxmi, wielder of conch,disc and mace, obeisance to Thee.
Aum Namaste garu-daaroode, kolaa-sura bhayankari;Sarva paapa hare devi, Mahaa Lakshmi namo-astute.
My salutations to Thee, Who ridest the Garuda andart a terror to the demon Kola; O Mahaa Laxmi remover of all miseries, myobeisance to Thee.
Aum Sarvagye sarva varde, sarva dustha bhayankari;Sarva duhkha hare devi, Mahaa Laxmi namo-astute.
Salutations to Thee, Who knowest all, The Giver of all boons, a terror to all the wicked, remover of all sorrow, my obscene to Thee.
Aum siddhi buddhi prade devi. bhukti-muktipradaayini; Mantra moorte sadaa devi, Mahaa Laxmi namo astute.
O Goddess of Wealth, giver of intelligence andsuccess and of worldly enjoyment and liberation, Thou hast always the mystic symbols as Thy forms, O Mahaa Laxmi, obeisance to Thee.
Aum Aadhyanta rahite devi, aadhya-shakte maheshvari;Yogaje yoga-sambhoote, Mahaa Lakshmi namo-astute.
O Mother Maheshvari, without a beginning or anend; O Primeval Energy, born of Yoga; O Mahaa Laxmi, obeisance to Thee.
Aum Stoola suksham mahaa rovdre, mahaa shaktemahodaye; Mahaa paapa hare devi, Mahaa Laxmi namo-astute.
O Mahaa Laxmi, who art both gross and subtle,most terrible, great power, great prosperity and great remover of allsins, obeisance to Thee.
Aum Padmaa sanas-thite devi, pare brahma svaroopini;Para meshi jagan-maatar, Mahaa Laxmi namo-astute.
O Devi, seated on the lotus, who art The SupremeBrahman, The Great Lord and Mother of the Universe, O Mahaa Lakshmi, obeisanceto Thee.
Aum Svetaambar dhare devi, naanaa lankaar bhooshite;Jagat stithte jagan maatar, Mahaa Laxmi namo-astute.
O Devi, robed in white garments, and decked invarious kinds of ornaments, Thou art The Mother of the Universe and its support;O Mahaa Laxmi, obeisance to Thee.
Aum Mahaa Laksham-yashtak stotram, yahahpathed-bhakti maan narah; Sarva siddhim vaapnoti, Mahaa Lakshmee prasaad taha.
Whoever with devotion recite this hymn to SriMahaa Laxmi, composed in eight stanzas, attains all success through the Grace ofMahaa Laxmi Devi.
Take flowers or unbroken grains of rice in yourhands. Meditate upon the goddess, saying:
YA SA PADMA SANASTHA VIPULA KATI TATI PADMA PATRAYAT AKSI
GAM BHIRA VARTANA BHISTANA BHARANA MITA SUBHRA VASTROTTARIYA
YA LAKSMIR DIVYA RUPA IRMANI GANA KHA CITAIH SNA PITAHEMA KUMBH AIH
SA NITYAM PADMA HASTA MAMA VASATU GRHE SARVA MANGALYAYUKTA SWAHA
Laksmi who is seated on a lotus, has eyes as wideas lotus petals, massive hips, deep navel, and heave breasts, wears white upperand lower garments, wears jewelry, is bathed from a golden pitcher, carries alotus in her hand, and is associated with every auspicious sign, let her residein my house.
Drop the flowers and the rice at the feet of thegoddess.
Now you have to invoke Laxmi. Avahanam is the act of invoking her. Join your hands with palms upwards, only the little fingers touching ( with open palms). Make the usual gesture of welcoming guests in, andinvite Laxmi to the household, office or factory where she is going to be worshipped and say:
OM SARVA LOKASYA JANANIM SULA HASTAM TRILO CANAMSARVADE VAMA YIMI SAM
DEVI MAVA HAYA MY AHAM DEVIM AVAHA YAMI SWAHA
I invoke the mother of the three worlds, the three eyed one with the spear in her hand, in whom all the gods reside. I invoke the goddess.
Now Kalash Puja:
KALASH (VARUNA) PUJA IS THE RE-CREATION OF THE EARTHBY YOURSELF AS BRAMHA
Fill the kalasha with water. Offer sandalwood powder,flowers and tulasi to decorate it. Place a coconut on top of the vessel and putyour palms over the top of it while chanting the following mantras:
THE KALASH REPRESENTS THE RE-CREATION OF THE NEWEARTH OR NEW KALAPURSHA BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT HAPPY WITH THE OLD EARTH OR OLDLIFESTYLE ON EARTH
KALASHASYA MUKHAE VISHNUHU KANTAE RUDRAHASAMAASHRITAHA
MULAE TATRA STHITHO BRAHMA MADHYAE MAATRAGANAHASMRITAHA
We worship the kalasha (vessel above which the coconut is placed) invoking Mahavishnu at the mouth of the vessel. We invokeLord Rudra (an aspect of Shiva) at the neck of the kalasha and Brahma at thebase of the vessel. We invoke the Universal Mother Goddess and Her retinue in midst of the kalasha. Thus the male and female trinities are invoked. Salutations!
AUM AAJIGHRI KALASHAM MAHYAATVAA-VINSHATVINDAVAH
PUNROOJEE-NIVARTASYA SAANAH; SAHASRAMDHUKSHVORU-DHAARAA
PAYASVATEE PUNARMAA VISHATAA-DRIYAH.
AUM ATRA GANESH VARUNA GAURYA AADI KALSHAA DHISHTITDEVATAASARVE
IHAAGACHCHANTU IHA TISHTANTU SUPREETAA VARDAA BHAVANTU.ITI KALASH
PRATISHTAA SRI KALASH STHAAPYA SRI KALASH DEVATAA SRIVARUNA DEVATAAYE
AVAHANA – Invocation -Place the following ingredients on a pan leaf and insert into the Kalash
BY THIS YOU ARE PLACING THE MINERALS AND RESOURCESINSIDE THE NEW EARTH
Chandan (brown Sandalwood powder)
Panch Amritam (a mixture of 5 ingredients)
Sindoor (Red Sandalwood powder)
Hardee (Yellow Tumeric powder)
Neemam (Neem Leaf)
Gingelly (White Sesame Seeds)
Akshat (White Uncooked Rice)
Yagno Pavitam (Holy Thread)
Dhan (Unshelled Rice)
Dhuba Grass(Specal Grass)
Naivediam (Mixture of Sugar, Milk Cream & Honey)
Elaich (Unshelled Cardimon)
Supari (Betel Nuts)
Vastram (Cotton Wool)
Ritu-Ohal (Grapes or Raisons)
AUM YAH PHALY-NEERYAA APHALAA APUSHPAA YAASHCHA PUSHPINI NOH;
BRIHASPATI PRASOO TAAS TAA NO MUNCHAN TVA GVANG HASAH.
Tie the thread on the Kalash – kaacha soot or Holythread is to be tied around the neck of the Kalash
AUM YUVAA SUVAASAAHA PARIBEET-AAGAATSAUSREYAAN-BHAVATI
JAAYAMAANAH; TAN DHEERAASAHA KAVAYA UNAYANTI SVAADHYOMANASAA
Placing the vegetation on Earth – 5 mango leaves aretied together (or 1 bunch of 5 mango leaves are placed
in the Kalash, with the stems falling inside the Kalash
KALASH PRARTHANA AUM KALASHSYA MUKHEVISHNU KANTHERUDRAH
SAMAASRITAH; MOOLE TATRASTHITO BRAHMAA MADYEMAATRIGANAH
THE WORSHIP OF VARUNA
With flowers in your hands, pray that your Earth has berenewed
Now it is the turn of Varuna, the god of the Ocean.Varuna is represented by the water you have taken in the kalasa or pot. SoVarunapujana is also known as kalasapujana. Take some water in your hand andsay:
KALASE VARUNAYA NAMAH SWAHA
Invoking all the places of pilgrimage in thispot, I worship it and bow to it.
NOW THE NINE FORMS OF LAXMI ARE WORSHIPED – THE 8DIYAS AND THE ONE
IN THE MIDDLE KNOWN AS MAHALAXMI.
Do the following while chanting the mantra:
Bring the deity alive – by pouring with a spoon,Panch Amritam (mixture of 5 ingredients)
Aum Panch-aaamriten pas-chaach chuddod-ken Shri LammiMata samarpa-yaami swaha
Offering a Seat to the deity……………AumIdam aasaanam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha
Touching the feet of the deity………..AumPaada-yoha paadyam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha
Giving deity water to drink……………AumHastayor-arghyam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha
Purifying area around deity with water…..AumMukhe aachman-eeyam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha
Energizing the deity with fluid………..AumSnaanaar-tham jalam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha
Now place all items on a Pan Leaf and offer to each,saying the mantra along:
Vastram (Cotton Wool)……………. AumVastram Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha
Kacha Soot (Holy Thread)…………AumYajno-paveetam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha
Attar (Perfume)………………………..AumGandham Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha
Chandan (Brown Sandalwood)…..AumChandanam prati grihayatam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha
Sindoor (Red Sandalwood)…………AumSindooram Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha
Hardee (Yellow Tumeric)…………..Aumhaldeeyam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha
Gingelly (White Sesame Seeds)…Aumgingelly Shri Lammi Mata samarapa-yaami swaha
Akshat (White Uncooked Rice)….Aumakshataya Shri Lammi Mata samarapa-yaami swaha
Dhan (Unshelled Rice)……………..Aumdhanam Shri Lammi Mata samarapa-yaami swaha
Kapoor (Camphor)…………………..Aumkapoor Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha
Lawang (Cloves)……………………..Aumlavang Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha
Elaichi (Unshelled Cardimon)……Aumelaichi Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha
Supari (Betel Nuts)………………….Aumtaam-boolam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha
Ritu-Ohal (Grapes or Raisons)….Aumritu-phalam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha
Pushpam (White Flower)……………Aumpushpam Maalam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha
Neemam (Neem Leaf)………………Aumneemam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha
Tusi ………………………………………..Aumtulsee-dalam niveda-yaami Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha
Dhuba Grass (Specal Grass)……..Aumdhubam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha
Naivediam (Mixture of Sugar, Milk Cream &Honey)..Aum Naivedyam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaamiswaha
Coins (silver)………………………..Aumdakshinaam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha
With an incense arti the deity..Aumdhoopamaa-ghraa-payaami Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha
With a diya arti the deity……..Aumdeepam darsha-yaami Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha
Circle the deity with the arti of light…….Aumkarpoor-aaraarti-kayam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha
…………………………………………………………Aumpra-dakshinaam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha
“Samarpa-yaami” means not for me but for you God
* Recite Mahalaxmi Bhajan & Aarti after performing this.
JAI JAI SHRII LAKSHMII
KIIJAI KRIPAA APARA
DIIJAI DHANA JANA JAANI NIJA
LIIJAI SHARANA MANJHAARA
Glory, glory, all gloryto you, O Lakshmi! May you be infinitely merciful to me and give me men andmoney, and considering me as your own devotee, be my refuge.
JAI JAI JALAJA VILAASINII
GHATA GHATA MAHAN VICHARANTII
Victory, all victory to you,O owner of the world’s treasure; you are blessed with good luck and immensefortune. Glory, glory to you, O Goddess who luxuriates in the water-borne lotus(where you abide) and who wanders from heart to heart!
JAI JAI SHRII KAMALE HARIPRIYE
JALANIDHI TANAYE AMBA
IKA MAAN TERAAHIN AVALAMBA
Glory, glory to you, OMother Lakshmi, beloved consort of Vishnu and daughter of Jalanidhi (Ocean).With prayerful humility does Sundardasa tell you that you are, O Mother, hisonly support.
SABA SUKHA BHARANIILAKSHMII AMBAA
DIINANA PARA KAHAN KARATI VILAMBAA
TUU TRIHUVANA TAMA NAASANII HAARII
HO JAGA JANANII VISHNU KII PYAARII
O mother Lakshmi, you fulfilvery want (grant all happiness); what makes you delay being merciful to thehelpless? O primordial origin (and source) of the world, beloved consort ofVishnu, you are the dispeller of the gloom covering the three spheres!
BHEDA TUMHAARAA NAA KOUPAAVATA
KSHANA MAHAN SUKHA SAMPATI UPAJAAVATA
PAAVATA SHESHAADIKA NAHIN ANTAA
MAHIMAA ANUPAMA AGAMA ANANTAA
To none has your mysterybeen comprehensible (by none can the depth of your truth be fathomed); (endowedwith miraculous powers that you are) you sow the seeds of prosperity and harvestit all in a moment. As you are infinite, the Serpent King and others fail todiscover your secret, so matchless, mysterious and endless is your glory.
MUKUTA BICHA SHISHUCHANDRA VIRAAJATA
TIISARA NAYANA BHAALA BICHA SAAJATA
JHUUMATA JHUUMAKA MANINA LADANA KII
SOHATA CHOLII HARITA VARANA KII
The new moon liesresplendent amid the crown upon your head while your third eye adorns the middleof your forehead. Strings of gems are swaying glitteringly around your neck likependants (attached to your earrings) while your green blouse looks splendid onyour body.
PUSHPARAAJA HIMA HAARAVIRAAJATA
LAKHI CHAVI SAHASA VADANA MANA LAAJATA
PHAHARATA ARUNA RANGA KII SAARII
MARKATA MANI SHUCHI JADITA KIINAARII
The garland of lotuses onyour bosom looks splendid, and shames the thousand-faced Serpent-king when helooks at its beauty. You are clad in a russet sari the border of which isstudded with pure emerald and which flutters in the wind.
KATI KINKINII GUCCHITATIRMANIYAAN
PADA KAMALANA JHANAKATA PAIJANIYAAN
SHOBHAA AMITA TEJA KII KHAANII
LASITA SHASTRA ASTAADASHA PAANII
You wear a winning bunch oftriple bells studded with gems on your girdle and ankle-bells, which jingle onyour lotus-feet. Infinitely winsome, you are verily a source of inextinguishablerefulgence and a goddess endowed with eighteen arms all beautifully equippedwith weapons and other objects.
GADAA PADMA TRISHUULAKRIPAANANA
SHANKHA CHAKRA RAAJITA DHANUBAANANA
VAJRA KUNDIKAA PAASHU KUTHAARII
ATI SHUCHI AKSHAMAALA KARA DHAARII
The most outstanding of themare a club, a lotus, a three-pronged trident, a sword, a conch, a disc, a bowand arrows. In addition to these you also hold a thunderbolt, a vessel made ofwood or earth (used for keeping water by ascetics and religious students), anoose or trap (used as weapon), an axe and a sacred string of Rudraksha seeds.
SUDHAA KALASHARASA HASTAVIRAAJATA
GHANTAA VIJAYA GHANAAGHANA BAAJATA
MAAN UTPATI KATHAA SUKHADAAYII
VEDA PURAANA SADAA YASHA GAAYII
A vessel containing anectarine juice (or the very essence of nectar) adorns one of your hands, whilethe gong, proclaiming your victory over the demons, is producing a deep ringingsound. O Mother, the story of your origin is delightful, so say the Vedas andthe Puranas, who always join in singing your glory.
EKA SAMAYA ASA VIDHIBHAYE BAAMAA
MACHIGE DEVAASURA SANGRAAMAA
SURA ASURANA MAHAN ATI BHAYAKAARII
MACHYO YUDDHA TIHUN LOKA MAJHAARI
Once upon a time when Brahmawas displeased with the demons, a war broke out between them and the gods. Itwas so dreadful a battle that all the three spheres turned into a vastbattlefield.
TABA MAHISHAASURA NIJABHUJABALA SE
SURAHIN PARAAJITA KIINHYO CHALA SE
BANI AAPUHIN DEVANA KAHAN RAAJAA
INDRAASANA PARA JAAYA VIRAAJAA
It was then the redoubtabledemon Mahisha displaying his own indomitable might, vanquished the gods with thehelp of a ruse and crowning himself king of the celestials, sat glorious onIndra’s throne.
LAKHI SHIVA VISHNU KUPITACHITA BHAYAUU
ATI RISABAADHI BRUKUTI CHIDA GAYAUU
MAHAALAKSHMI TUU HII STHALA SE
PRAGATI TEJA PUNJA KE BALA SE
Observing this (victory ofthe demon), Vishnu and Shiva lost their temper and with their fury growingintense, raised their eyebrows (at the demon’s behaviour). O great goddessLakshmi, you sprang from the rich soil all by your own great mass energies andradiance congealed into your own body.
LAKHI SURA MUNI PRASANNAMANA BHAYAUU
NIJA-NIJA SHAKTI MAATU KAHAN DAYAUU
MUKHA MEIN BASE TEJA BANI SHANKARA
VISNU OJA BANI BASE BHUJAN PARA
When the gods and asceticssaw you, they were filled with joy; each of them gave you a weapon (endowed youwith his own power). In your face dwells Shankara as your radiance and on yourarms lies Vishnu as your lustre and vigour.
CHARANA BRAHMAA ANGULIMAHIN BHAANU
BASYO KIRANA BANI DRAGANA KRISHAANU
DIYE PRAJAAPATI DASHANA LALAAMAA
DHARE KUBERA LAKSHMII NAAMAA
Brahma became your feet andthe Sun your fingers; Agni, the god of fire, became the light of your eyes;Prajapati gave you the rows of beautiful teeth and Kubera your name Lakshmi.
SABAI SHAKTI DEVANA SOPAAII
MAAN BHAIIN TEJA PUNJA ADHIKAARII
ATAAHAASA KARI GARAJYO JABAHIN
KANPI UTHYO DASAHU DISHI TABAHIN
You derived all your mightfrom the gods and thus, O Mother, did you become the embodied strength of thegods. When you burst into guffaws and roared like thunder-clouds, all the tenquarters shook ad trembled with fear.
UCHALYO UDADHI CHALITABHAYE DHARANII
MACHYO YUDDHA TASA JAAYA NA VARANII
SAKYO NA SAHI MAHIBHAARA APAARAA
THAKYO SHESHA KIINHA PHUNKAARAA
The ocean leapt and theearth moved and a fierce battle raged which cannot be described. The infinitelyheavy burden of the earth was more violently with utter weariness.
DAGAMAGA DOLATA BHAYEGIRI KAISE
RAAMA VIMUKHA NARA NAHIN TIRA JAISE
MAHISHAASURA JABA RACHI BAHU MAAYAA
MAHAA THAITA BHAA PARA PAARA NA PAAYAA
Mountains trembled as do theminds of men averse to Rama (If one’s mind rambles, it is on account of hisaversion to Rama) When the demon Mahisha exercised his delusive powers invarious ways with no effect (on the gods or on the course of the battle), heconsequently got wearied (and abandoned his attempt to subdue the gods or tocomprehend the mystery of their invulnerability).
TABA MAAN KESHA PAKADIVADHA KIINHYO
DEVANA GAGANA DUNDUBHI DIINHYO
DHANI HO DHANYA LASKHMI MAATAA
SHESHA MAHESHA AADI GUNA GAATAA
Then, O Mother, you caughthold of his hair and slew him, which caused the celestial deities to beat theirkettledrums in joy. Blessed, all blessed are you, O Mother Shri, whose praise issung by the Serpent-King, the great Lord Shiva and many others.
TAVA SAMAANA KO ASA JAGAJANANII
ATI DARIDRAANI SUKHA SAMPATI BHARANII
SATYA SANEHA MAATU KAHAN LAAGATA
HVAI DUKHA DUURA SAKALA BHAYA HAAGATA
O originator of the cosmos(the very source of all life), is there anyone who can match you I generosity?You bless even the most wretched and impecunious with happiness and prosperity.If one is truly devoted to you, O Mother, he is rid of all his fears andafflictions.
SADAA LAKSHMII SATYA KIICHERII
KARAHIN VAASA SATYAHIN URA HERII
KARATA SATYA JO MAAN GUNA GAANAA
BHARATA SU BHAVANA ATUUTA KHAJAANAA
You, O Lakshmi are ever Iservice of Truth and dwell in the hearts of the truthful (of those who are trulydevoted to you). O Mother, if one sings your glories with all sincerity, youfill his home with inexhaustible treasures.
DARASATA MAAN CHAVIPARASATA CHARANANA
BARASATA MUDRAA CHANANANA CHANANANA
HARASATA MANA TANA TARASATA PUNI PUNI
DEHINDARASA MAAN TERAHIN SUNI SUNI
Riches pour down on one whoobserves the beauty of your countenance and touches your feet. He is filled withrapturous delight, and yet yearns again and again for a sight of you. O Mother,hearing my repeated cries do show yourself to me.
GAHYAUU MAATU CHARANANA KII AASAA
ASA DHANA KOSHA MAATU SE PAAYO
JO NA GHATYO NITA ATI SUKHA CHAAYO
With the sage Durvasa in hismind, Sundardasa holds on to the feet of mother Lakshmi, his only hope. She hasrewarded him with a treasure which, instead of diminishing, contributes to deepfelicity everyday.
MAHAALAKSHMII CHARITA YAHA
CHAALIISAA CHITA LAAYA
PAATHA KARAI NITA NEMA SON
RHINIIHUN DHANII HO JAAYA
He who hymns this praise ofthe great goddess Lakshmi with attention and observes purity and rules ofreligious conduct, attains prosperity though he may be deep in debt.
NITA NAVA SUKHA SAMPATIBADHAI,
KAHAI SHASTRA SATA GRANTHA
ANTA SHANTI AANANDAMAYA,
LAHAI MUKTI KAA PANTHA
Increasingly prosperous andhappy does he become, proclaim the Shastras and the Scriptures. O Mother, theembodiment of bliss, you reward him ultimately with great felicity and peace andenable him to attain the path of liberation.