Lakshmi is the ‘Goddess of Wealth, Fortune and Prosperity’ and is part of the Hindu ‘Tridevi’. Lakshmi is the wife and shake (energy) of Lord Vishnu, an important deity in the Hindu culture and the Supreme Being in the tradition of Vaishnavism, and is the sibling of Lord Brahma, another principal deity of Hinduism. Lakshmi is also an important deity in Jainism and Buddhism and found in the temples of both religions.
Lakshmi is usually depicted in Indian art as elegantly dressed and showering golden coins. She usually sits like a yogin on a lotus pedestal with her mount, an owl who she has named Alooka, grasping a lotus flower in her hand; as the lotus is a symbol of fortune, self-knowledge and spiritual liberation.
As Vishnu is Lakshmi’s husband, whenever Vishnu would descend not the Earth as one of his extensive list of avatars, Lakshmi would descend onto the Earth with him as the consort of the respective avatar. Also, in ancient Indian scriptures, all women are declared to be embodiments of Goddess Lakshmi. The marriage and relationship between Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu is a model for the rituals and ceremonies dedicated to the bride and groom in Hindu weddings.
Lakshmi Puja is a religious Hindu festival that occurs on a day that is considered the main festive day of Diwali. Legend has it that, Lakshmi visits the houses of all of devotees and blesses each one of them. To give Lakshmi a warm welcome, the devotees of Lakshmi clean their their houses completely, decorate them with finery and lights and prepare sweet treats and delicacies to offer to Lakshmi.