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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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The goddesses generally joining the matrka-gana include Brahmani/Brahmayani, Mahesvari, Vaisnavi, Varahi, Kumari/Kaumari, Indrani/Indrayani, Camunda/Mahakali and Mahalaksmi. (37) Besides these classical names, a variety of local Nepali and Newari names are also current.
Mahalaksmi and Mahadeva are sometimes taken along as a small metal mask, and various reasons are given why they are not to be embodied.
In this understanding the Harasiddhi mudyah is the essence of the tripartite sakti goddesses Mahasarasvati, Mahalaksmi and Mahakali, who are also associated with Brahma, Visnu and Siva.
This performance is mentioned in the early sources as 'Mahalaksmi natak', (69) but nowadays everybody calls it Nilavarahi nac.