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Lakṣmī, also known as Śrī in many Sanskrit texts, is one of the most popular deities of the Hindu and Jain traditions. Hindus hold Lakṣmī to be the embodiment of auspiciousness (maṅgala) and good fortune. In prayers, she is hailed as the giver of material wealth (artha) and enjoyment (bhukti) i…

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Narayanan, Vasudha, “Śrī-Lakṣmī”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 29 May 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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