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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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The train was halted at Shahdol station in Madhya Pradesh for about 30 minutes, where a lady doctor provided medicines to Lakshmi.
Today, Lakshmi is an assistant paramedic who loves her job, and is proud that she can support her family.
To a question, he said long-term planning and funding was required to solve the issue of water stagnation at Lakshmi Chowk.
Aside from the yelling, Lakshmi accused Fidler of bullying her.
She was named Rani (Hindi for a raja's wife) Lakshmi Bai, in honor of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi.
And that caused a whole lot of misunderstanding," Lakshmi said.
Before and after Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda's shows, concertgoers can browse display tables where various products from the tour's sponsors are being sampled and sold: nondairy coconut-milk ice cream from Luna & Larry's Coconut Bliss, superfood-enhanced nut butters from JEM Raw Organics, spicy potables from Blue Lotus Chai, and an assortment of edibles from Medicinal Foods--cacao elixir, raw chocolate bars, chocolate-covered macadamia nuts, and an array of health-boosting tonics and fungi.
Village headman of Rampur Kodarkatti, Rajesh Kumar Singh, said that Lakshmi's poor parents are unable to take her to Karnataka's capital city for treatment.
Lakshmi affords us no relief of escape or escapism.
The collection is set to debut later this month and encompasses two porcelain dinnerware patterns, oven-to-table items, a slow cooker (made by Cuisinart), drinkware, glass serveware, lanterns and vases, sourced from around the world and reflective of Lakshmi's somewhat eclectic approach to design.
Lakshmi said RIL had been asked to drill, complete and connect more producer wells andundertake remedial measures to revive the sick wells in D1, D3 and MA fields of the block.
Madhya Pradesh, June 29 -- Keeping pace with the global construction trends, JK Lakshmi Cement Ltd.