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, 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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Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Durga sit next to Angura.
Hindus believe in keeping their homes clean, tidy, and well-decorated to welcome goddess Lakshmi into the house, bringing wealth and prosperity.
The movie starts with the goddess Lakshmi (who will incarnate herself in Sita) massaging the feet of Vishnu.
In the Hindu faith, the new bride is seen as symbolic of the goddess Lakshmi, bringer of good luck and prosperity into the home.
When Latino Catholics look lovingly and beseechingly into the eyes of the Virgin of Guadalupe, they feel the same thing that Hindus feel when they look lovingly and beseechingly into the eyes of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi or Kali.
A duet between Slovakian Andrej Petrovic and Chinese ballet dancer Wang Yitong is an entrancing highlight, brilliantly creating the image of many-limbed Indian goddess Lakshmi.
Another says that it represents the embodiment of the goddess Lakshmi, who was the spouse of Vishnu.
At home a Hindu will worship in front of the goddess Lakshmi and sing one or two religious songs.
amp;nbsp;Some open their doors and windows to invite goddess Lakshmi, a symbol of wealth, in their homes.
We also decorate our homes with rangolis (colourful abstract designs) and earthen lamps of various shapes and sizes to ask the goddess Lakshmi to enter our homes and request her to give our family prosperity for the coming year," Aheeray adds.