Lakshmi Mantra


Lakshmi Mantra: Meaning, Significance and Benefits

Meditating with mantras is one of the most powerful ways to quiet the fluctuations of the mind. A mantra is a tool for the mind, and it allows our awareness to more easily turn inward. Mantras are dedicated to the divine, to the supreme ones above humanity who protect the humans from harm and evil. Mantras are a way to connect to the higher universe, every sound and vibration of the mantra connects the being to the larger Brahman. They offer inner peace, stable mental functions and prosperity to the chanter and hold great value in Vedic cultures.

Lakshmi is the divine consort of Lord Vishnu the preserver of the universe. But that is not all she is. In Vaishnavism she as the consort of Vishnu is the divine force that helps him maintain the universe. In Sri Vaishnavism her worship is essential to attain the Lord Vishnu. She is worshipped and revered in many forms. She is the goddess of wealth, fortune, power, beauty, fertility and prosperity, and is associated with Maya. She is Shakti, the divine raw power that energises the universe and keeps it well. She brings prosperity, wealth and beauty to her worshippers. Lakshmi along with Parvati and Saraswati make the tri-devi or the three principal goddesses.

She is known by many names and is worshipped in many forms. She is called Padma because she appeared from the ocean with a lotus in her hand and because she sits on a lotus throne. She is called Sri (Noble) because of her elegance and high status. Lakshmi is popularly called Chanchala (mischievous or whimsical) because she does not stay in one place and changes her adobes quickly. She is also called Vishnupriya (beloved of Vishnu) and as Vaishnavi.

She is also worshipped in various epithets. As Mahalaxmi, she is in her greatest form. She is as grand as ever and all power in this form. According to Garuda Purana, Lakshmi is considered as Prakriti (Mahalakshmi) and is identified with three forms — Sri, Bhu and Durga. The three forms consist of Satva ('goodness'), rajas, and tamas ('darkness') gunas, and assists Vishnu (Purusha) in creation. Without her creation and sustenance would be impossible. She is popularly worshipped as Ashtalakshmi (eight Lakshmis) each of which represents one source of wealth. Another popular version of her is the Varalakshmi (Lakshmi of Spouses) who is popular during weddings ceremonies.

Lakshmi Mantra

The Story of Lakshmi

According to the Vishnu Purana, the universe was created when the devas and asuras churned the cosmic Kshirasagar. Lakshmi came out of the ocean bearing lotus, along with divine cow Kamadhenu, Varuni, Parijat tree, Apsaras, Chandra (the moon), and Dhanvantari with Amrita ('nectar of immortality'). When she appeared, she had a choice to go to Devas or Asuras. She chose Devas' side and among thirty deities, she chose to be with Vishnu. Thereafter, in all three worlds, the lotus-bearing goddess was celebrated.In the Garuda Purana, Linga Purana and Padma Purana, Lakshmi is said to have been born as the daughter of the divine sage Bhrigu and his wife Khyati and was named Bhargavi.

In Book 9 of Satapatha Brahmana, Sri emerges from Prajapati, after his intense meditation on the creation of life and nature of the universe. She is described as a resplendent and trembling woman at her birth with immense energy and powers. The gods are all taken aback, desire her, and immediately become envious of her and her powers. The gods approach Prajapati and request permission to kill her and then take her powers, talents, and gifts. Prajapati refuses, tells the gods that men should not kill women and that they can seek her gifts without violence.

The gods then approach Lakshmi. Agni gets food, Soma gets kingly authority, Varuna gets imperial authority, Mitra acquires martial energy, Indra gets force, Brihaspati gets priestly authority, Savitri acquires dominion, Pushan gets splendour, Saraswati takes nourishment and Tvashtri gets forms. The hymns of Shatapatha Brahmana thus describe Sri as a goddess born with and personifying a diverse range of talents and powers. Meaning it is through her that they receive their powers and truly no one is kept from her generosity.

Benefits of Lakshmi Mantra

  • Lakshmi Mantras are dedicated to the generous Devi Lakshmi and have many benefits
  • Recitation of Lakshmi Mantras pleases the goddess and makes her happy. Her happiness brings great benefits to the devotee.
  • Chanting Lakshmi Mantras daily attracts immense wealth. The blessings of the goddess come in the form of prosperity and she keeps the chanter in her good graces.
  • A place where Lakshmi Mantras are chanted daily never falls into despair or poverty. She stays in a place where she feels welcomed and brings with her immense prosperity.
  • Offices and Businesses are said to become more profitable when the Jap of Lakshmi mantras happen.
  • Lakshmi Mantras helps people come closer to the goals they establish for themselves. It helps them achieve great success faster.
  • The repetition of Lakshmi Mantras helps faster acquisition of knowledge and encourages learning.
  • Lakshmi Mantra helps people get rid of loans. If one is in deep loan chanting Lakshmi Mantras will help them in freeing themselves from it.

1. Lakshmi Beej Mantra

Beej mantras are understood to be the powerful Mantras from which all other Mantras of that deity appear. Lakshmi Beej Mantra is raw in its power. It is full of energy and zeal and yields great power.

This is the Lakshmi Beej Mantra:

|| ॐ श्रीं श्रीये नम ||

|| Om Shring Shriye Namah ||

Meaning - I meditate upon the great Goddess, the wife of Lord Vishnu to bless me with higher intellect and bestow upon me riches and opulence in abundance.

Meaning of Lakshmi Beej Mantra

‘Aum’ is the cosmic vibration that goes through the universe and is used as almost an astral pathway to connect with the divine. The beej mantra is said to be the one through which all other mantras of that particular deity originate. The beej mantra of Goddess Laxmi is the word “Shreem” and by reciting this mantra you can attract fortune, prosperity, and intellect. In this Mantra she is referred to by her name Shri. It means ‘Goddess Shri I bow before you.’

Benefits of Lakshmi Beej Mantra
  • The Lakshmi Beej Mantra has a lot of meditative energy. If you wish to meditate on a Lakshmi Mantra, the Beej Mantra is perfect.
  • The Lakshmi Beej Mantra energises its chanters. If one meditates with concentration on it they will be full of energy and it will help get rid of negative energy.
  • The Lakshmi Beej Mantra can energise slow business if repeated and chanted it attracts immense fortune.
  • If one wants to feel more powerful and wants to get rid of lethargy, the Lakshmi Beej Mantra is perfect for them.
  • Intellect boost and better memory are also the advantages of chanting the Lakshmi Beej Mantra.
How to Chant the Lakshmi Beej Mantra
  • The Mantra should be chanted 108 times using Kamalgatta or Sphatik rosary beads.
  • If you need less wealth you must chant the Lakshmi Beej Mantra 108 times for three days and if you need more it has to be chanted 108x3 times in a day.
  • Having the idol of the goddess before you will help concentrate on the Mantra.
  • Make sure that the Mantra is pronounced correctly.
  • The house of the place where the chanting takes place has to be kept clean.
  • Do not begin your Jap without bathing.
  • Offer rose or lotus petals at the feet of the deity before beginning.

2. Mahalakshmi Mantra

Mahalakshmi Mantra calls to the highest form the goddess Lakshmi. It prays to the great Lakshmi who will rid her children off poverty and despair.

This is the Mahalakshmi Mantra:

|| ॐ सर्वाबाधा विनिर्मुक्तो, धन धान्यः सुतान्वितः।

मनुष्यो मत्प्रसादेन भविष्यति न संशयः ॐ ||

|| Om Sarvabaadhaa Vinirmukto, Dhan Dhaanyah Sutaanvitah |

Manushyo Matprasaaden Bhavishyati Na Sanshayah Om ||

Meaning - I pray to Goddess Laxmi to destroy all the evil forces around us and bless us with a prosperous and bright future.”

Meaning of Mahalakshmi Mantra

Mahalakshmi Mantra is an ode to the grandest form of goddess Lakshmi, a form in which she is all powerful and all encompassing. It calls to the remover of all hurdles, the one who frees from all evil. Who is the giver of wealth, knowledge and progeny. In simpler terms it means “I pray to Goddess Lakshmi to destroy all the evil forces around us and bless us with a prosperous and bright future.”

How to Recite the Mahalakshmi Mantra
  • The Mantra should be chanted 108 times preferably in one single sitting.
  • Kamalgatta or Sphatik rosary beads are the favoured rosaries of Goddess Lakshmi. Use them for your Jap.
  • You can try having the idol of the goddess before you to help with concentration on the Mantra.
  • Make sure that the Mantra is pronounced correctly.
  • The house of the place where the chanting takes place has to be kept clean. Goddess Lakshmi despises unclean environments and takes offence to dirt.
  • Do not begin your Jap without bathing.
  • Offer rose or lotus petals at the feet of the deity before beginning.

3. Gajalakshmi Mantra

Chanting the Gajalakshmi Mantra helps in improving money inflow, diminish the losses, and improve the financial situation. It is the most powerful mantra to get rid of financial problems. Gajalakshmi is the most prosperous form of Lakshmi who is believed to grant cattle and livestock. She is one of the eight Lakshmis.

This is the Gajalakshmi Mantra:

|| ॐ श्रीं ह्रीं क्लीं गजलक्ष्म्यै नमः ||

|| Om Shreem Hreem Kleem Gajalakshmaye Namah ||

Meaning - I worship the one who is prayed by the Elephants.

Elephants are seen as a symbol of immense wealth and prosperity. The Gajalakshmi sits in a position in which Elephants who bring wealth worship her and she bestows the same wealth unto her worshippers.

Benefits of chanting Gajalakshmi Mantra
  • Gajalakshmi Mantra has been known to rid it's chanter off poverty and financial problems. Chanting the Mantra attracts wealth and money.
  • There is a popular belief that chanting the mantra for 16 days will help in alleviating poverty.
  • Reciting Gajalakshmi Mantra bestows blessing on all good endeavours.
  • If one is about to perform a difficult task or a highly important task reciting the Gajalakshmi Mantra will bring immense fortune.
  • Chanting and Reciting the Gajalakshmi Mantra before a new task will bring harmony and blessings of the goddess Lakshmi.
How to Recite Gajalakshmi Mantra
  • The mantra should be chanted for 16 days.
  • House should be kept neat and clean. All junks should be removed from the house.
  • A painting or photo of Gajalakshmi should be installed in the puja room.
  • On one of the 16-days, you should donate food - perform Annadanam.
  • A sapling of a fruit bearing tree should be planted and taken care of.
  • During any four days of the 16-day chanting, prasad using wheat should be prepared.

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