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Friday 5 August 2011

Krishna Statues, Lakshmi Statues and Vishnu statues

India is home to many Gods and Goddesses, which are unique in their own way and have their own following of zealous devotees who believe in them with indefinite conviction. For example, Krishna statues, Lakshmi Statues and Vishnu statues find a place in the homes of millions of devotees the world over.

Krishna is a vital figure in Hindu Mythology. Said to have written the Bhagavad Gita, this avatar of Lord Vishnu is considered as the one and only God, the Supreme Being. The deity was one of the chief figures in the Mahabharata, in addition to the many fascinating stories and legends that are associated with his name and time. It is very easy to recognize an idol of Krishna, as his skin and color are usually represented in shades of black or blue, wearing a yellow or orange silk dhoti, with the unmistakable peacock feather on this head. Often painted or sculpted as a young boy playing the flute, you can be sure of finding many statues of Krishna where he is playing the flute and his one leg is bent in front of the other.

Lakshmi or Mahalakshmi is known as the Goddess of wealth, light, wisdom, fertility and prosperity. She is the quintessential lady, who has beauty, grace and charm. Known to bring good fortune to those who pray to her, entreating this Goddess is said to protect you from financial troubles and difficulties. Being the daughter of the powerful deity Durga, Saraswati, Ganesha and Karthikeya are Lakshmi’s siblings. Lakshmi is referred to by a number of names like Prakruti, Vikruti, and Vidya, but since she is connected closely to the lotus flower, most of her names emit the essence and being of the lovely flower.

Vishnu is one of the principal forms of God. Known best as the preserver of the universe, he is the Pramatma or the Highest soul and Parameshwara or the Highest God, and is praised as the supreme essence of all beings. Said to be the ultimate teacher of the past, the present and the future, he is the supreme authority that presides over the universe. Vishnu is omnipresent; he is shapeless and is the ultimate reality. If he is to be represented in paintings and sculptures, there is a very strict idealization that has to depict him. The idol is a four-armed male form; the two front arms represent his physical existence while the two arms behind signify his spirituality.

All these Gods and Goddesses are an integral part of Hindu Mythology and just the mere placing of Krishna statues, Lakshmi statues and Vishnu statues in the home can give devotees a sense of inner calm and divinity.

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