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see HinduismHinduism
, Western term for the religious beliefs and practices of the vast majority of the people of India. One of the oldest living religions in the world, Hinduism is unique among the world religions in that it had no single founder but grew over a period of 4,000 years in
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(Sri, the Beautiful), in the pantheon of Hinduism the goddess of beauty, love, happiness, and wealth, wife of the god Vishnu and mother of Kama, the god of love. According to myth, Lakshmi appeared from the foam of the milk-ocean (when the gods churned it), seated on a lotus, and the Hindus consider this flower the symbol of Lakshmi. Following her husband in his earthly incarnations, she was Sita, the wife of Rama, and Rukmini, beloved of Krishna. In Hinduism, the autumn festival, Divali, honors the goddess Lakshmi.

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Amazingly, however bad Adilakshmi's working conditions, there are others who do the same job under even worse circumstances.
The petite Adilakshmi cleans with a dignified thoroughness, but she still feels humiliated by her job.
You would never guess Adilakshmi provokes disgust in other Indians.
Adilakshmi's husband Babu understands the shame of her job because he too is a scavenger, cleaning septic tanks for a living.
Adilakshmi has joined with ten neighbours to buy a tractor, which they'll use to fetch and carry goods for a fee.
But all over India there are still women like Adilakshmi who continue with their gruesome task.