All Hindu households know that Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi are often paired up at altars and for pujas (worship rituals), but why is that?
This is a myth that might explain this:
Once upon a time, Goddess Lakshmi boasted to Lord Vishnu that she was the most worship-worthy in the world. To teach her a lesson, Lord Vishnu told her that despite all her qualities, she is not yet a mother and for a lady the joy of motherhood is the most important thing in the universe.
The intricate details of her flower garlands, gold bangles and even anatomically accurate fingers of Lladró’s Goddess Lakshmi Sculpture, Limited Edition.
Disheartened, Goddess Lakshmi sought out Goddess Parvati (Lord Vishnu’s sister) and requested that she would be given one of her two sons so she could experience being a mother. Goddess Parvati was initially unwilling because she was worried that Goddess Lakshmi’s tendency to not stay in one place for a long time meant that she couldn’t take care of her son properly. Goddess Lakshmi reassured her that she would keep her son close to her heart and shower him with an abundance of love.
The exquisite Lord Ganesha Sculpture, Limited Edition is sure to bring wisdom to those who seek.
Finally, Goddess Parvati relented and allowed Goddess Lakshmi to adopt her son Lord Ganesha. Goddess Lakshmi proclaimed, “From today onwards, I’m giving my accomplishments, luxury and prosperity to my son Ganesha. Whenever my worship will be performed, Lord Ganesha’s worship will be a must. Those who do not worship Shri Ganesha along with me cannot get Shri or myself.”
Both the limited edition Goddess Lakshmi Sculpture and Lord Ganesha Sculpture is to scale to each other and complements each other holistically.
When paired, Goddess Lakshmi is seated to the right of Lord Ganesha as his adopted mother. Together, Lord Ganesha is the remover of obstacles, patron of arts and sciences and Deva of intellect and wisdom, whereas Goddess Lakshmi is the Goddess of wealth, fortune, luxury and prosperity (both material and spiritual). They represent the balance of both prosperity and the necessary wisdom to manage it all.
To celebrate the pair, Lladró created the Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi Dome Lamp. They are featured on opposite sides of the dome lamp as part of their duality.
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