Despite the fact that in Hinduism, gods and goddessesquite a lot, Lakshmi - the goddess of harmony and prosperity - deserves special attention. She is Vishnu's wife, and that says a lot. It is believed that Lakshmi accompanies the god in all his incarnations.
There are several legends about how Lakshmi appeared. According to the most popular version, the goddess was born during the churning of the ocean by the devas (gods) and the asuras (demons).
The second legend is less popular and not so beautiful, but most believable. According to this version, Lakshmi is the daughter of the sage Bhrigu.
In the third version, Lakshmi emerged from the lotus that surfaced above the surface
How is Lakshmi described? The goddess, as a rule, is portrayed as a beautiful young woman with many hands (up to 10 in some temples where this deity is worshiped). It is also depicted on a lotus with various objects. Almost always it is watered by elephants. This shows that the Indian goddess Lakshmi connects the power of the divine (lotuses) with the power of the world (elephants). Like all gods, Lakshmi is portrayed in a different color, which has a deep symbolism. For example, the dark color of the skin indicates that in front of you is the dark aspect of the goddess. Golden-yellow is a symbol of abundance. White is pure nature. But more often than not, her pink skin is a symbol of compassion for everyone and everything.
What do the symbols mean in the hands of the goddess? Since Lakshmi is the goddess of prosperity and abundance, her symbols are mostly associated with this. As it was said, lotuses in hands are symbols of two worlds. And how much they are revealed, shows the degree of evolution of these worlds. The fruits of Lakshmi are the symbol of the result of our labors. Until the goddess does not have mercy, man will not achieve anything in life. Coconut, interestingly, corresponds to three levels of creation: causal (nut juice), thin (flesh) and coarse (shell). Garnet and citron are also symbols of the worlds that the goddess holds. The fruit of bilva is moksha (the highest fruit is the reward for a righteous life). Sometimes Lakshmi also holds the vessel of Ambrosia. It is a direct symbol of what it can give to people and eternal life (by analogy with Greek Ambrosia).
If you decide to buy a Lakshmi statue, it's best to arrange it in the hallway or in the office, since these places are connected with prosperity and well-being.