Lakshmi is the Hindu Goddess who governs all forms of wealth and success and the paths, means and results to all forms of Prosperity. She is the consort of the Lord Vishnu. Lakshmi Devi is the Goddess of Health and Beauty. Sri Lakshmi embodies Sublime Beauty, Siddhi, Peace, Strength, Balance, Auspiciousness, Opulance and Wisdom. Because Lakshmi possesses all of these good and noble qualities, She embodies infinite wealth symbolizing that good and noble qualities are the only wealth we can keep.
Lakshmi Devi is always depicted sitting or standing on a lotus with golden coins flowing in an endless stream from one of her hands symbolic of when the lotus of wisdom blossoms, the wealth of good and noble qualities appears and Lakshmi’s blessings are present.
Mother Lakshmi is the One who bestows the 16 types of wealth:(1) Fame; (2) Knowledge; (3) Courage and Strength; (4) Victory; (5) Good Children; (6) Valor; (7) Gold, Gems and Other Valuables; (8) Grains in abundance; (9) Happiness; (10) Bliss; (11) Intelligence; (12) Beauty; (13) Higher Aim, High Thinking and Higher Meditation; (14) Morality and Ethics; (15) Good Health; (16) Long Life.
Appearance of Goddess Lakshmi:
Goddess Lakshmi, The Goddess of Fortune appeared during the churning of the Ocean of Milk. As the next result of the churning, many things emerged from the ocean, such as Airavata, two celebrated gems-Kaustubha-mani and Padmaraga-mani, Apsaras, etc. After the Apsaras, Goddess Lakshmi appeared. She appeared like electricity, surpassing the lightning that might illuminate a marble mountain. Due to her exquisite beauty, her bodily features, her youth, her complexion and her glories, everyone, including the demigods, the demons and the human beings, desired her. They were attracted because she is the source of all opulences. After been properly celebrated with an auspicious ritualistic ceremony, She began moving about, holding in her hand a garland of lotus flowers, which were surrounded by humming bumblebees. Smiling with shyness, her cheeks decorated by her earrings, she looked extremely beautiful. Approaching the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the goddess of fortune placed upon His shoulders the garland of newly grown lotus flowers. In this way, Goddess Lakshmi appeared.