About the Mantra
This mantra is named after the Goddess Lakshmi, who is traditionally identified in Hindu mythology as the Goddess of Wealth, Prosperity, and Abundance. The Lakshmi Mantra is recited to know your goal and as a means to fructify that goal. This Mantra is synonymously also called Money Mantra.
Meaning of the Mantra
”Om greetings to the great Goddess Lakshmi Fortune.”
But this soothing mantra is a prayer not only to gain financial prosperity but also to give us the intelligence and wisdom to enlighten our minds with understanding. Lakshmi is the personification of all that brings good fortune, prosperity, and beauty.
About the Goddess
Lakshmi is depicted as a beautiful Goddess of golden complexion, with four hands, sitting or standing on a full-bloomed lotus and holding a lotus bud, which stands for beauty, purity, and fertility. Her four hands represent the four ends of human life: dharma or righteousness, “kama” or desires, “artha” or wealth, and “moksha” or liberation from the cycle of birth and death. She shows the “abhaya mudra” or the “gyan mudra” with her right hand and holds a potful of gold in her left arm and paddy sheaf in her left hand.
Cascades of gold coins are seen flowing from her hands, suggesting that those who worship her gain wealth. She always wears gold embroidered red clothes. Red symbolizes activity and the golden lining indicates prosperity.
Apart from the autumnal celebration, Lakshmi, along with Alakshmi (her shadow energy), is also worshipped during Diwali night in some Bengali communities. Goddess Kali of Kalighat in Kolkata is worshipped in Mahalakshmi form during Diwali
How To Pray To Her
Lotus flowers, sandalwood, vermilion, betel leaves & nuts, fruits and various sweet preparations made from jaggery, rice and coconuts are used for her ritual worship. According to tradition, people would put small oil lamps outside their homes on Diwali in hopes Lakshmi will come to bless them. She is the goddess of beauty and loves cleanliness, hence we all clean our homes during Diwali. In many areas of India it is customary that, out of respect, when a person’s foot accidentally touches money (which is considered as a manifestation of Lakshmi) or another person’s leg, it will be followed by an apology in the form of a single hand gesture (Pranāma) with the right hand, where the offending person first touches the object with the finger tips and then the forehead and/or chest. This also counts for books and any written material, which are considered as a manifestation of the goddess of knowledge Saraswati.
Benefits of Lakshmi Mantra
Chanting of this mantra bestows one with wealth, riches, beauty, youth and health. Regular Japa brings in abundance in health, finances, and relationships. Those in job can chant it regularly to get promotions; those in business can use it to increase profits and those in trade can benefit by attracting new customers
Regular chanting of this mantra brings peace of mind and wards away the negative influences in your lives. The intense vibratory energy produced by repetitive chanting of the powerful Mantra produces an energy field which attracts abundance and fortune.
When reciting this money mantra, use of a Kamalgata mala or Sphatik mala is thought to be auspicious. Red roses and lotuses can be used during the mantra chanting. You can chant the mantra 108 times in the evening and 108 times in the morning.
The things you should keep in mind while chanting Lakshmi Mantra
- 1. Avoid using a Black color as much as possible
- 2. Prefer yellow clothes. Wearing yellow clothes at the time of practice is going to benefit you a lot.
- 3. Mother Lakshmi likes Lotus very much, so it is good if you manage to offer some lotus flowers while worshiping Goddess Lakshmi.
- 4. While dressing the murti (idol) prefer Red or yellow color clothes.
- 5. Do not forget to worship Lord Ganesha before starting the practice.
- 6. Offer rice after coloring it yellow. Do not use any chemicals for this purpose. You can do so by using turmeric.