Lakshmi Beej Mantra
Laskhmi Beej Mantra
Lakshmi Beej Mantra Lyrics
In Hindi script:
ॐ ह्रीं श्रीं लक्ष्मीभयो नमः॥
In phonetic English:
Om Hreem Shreem Lakshmibhayo Namah॥
“Goddess Laxmi reside in me and bestow thy abundance on all aspects of my existence”
The Origin Of Lakshmi
This is quite a long topic and the origin of Lakshmi can be debated for some time as the story will differ depending on your source.
In ancient times, the gods were not immortal. In order to gain immortality, they churned the oceans for ambrosia nectar which would grant them eternal life. This episode in Hindu history is known as Samudra manthan.
The story goes that in order to churn the oceans, Lord Vishnu took the form of a tortoise and a mountain was placed on his back. This was used to churn the ocean.
Between 9 and 14 (depending on which account you read) gems or treasures were also released from the ocean during this process, before the nectar was churned out. One of these was the goddess Lakshmi.
Goddess Lakshmi is usually depicted with four arms when on her own, and positioned on a pink lotus flower. Her top two arms are usually holding lotus flowers, one of the bottom arms is releasing gold coins, and the other arm is in a blessing giving position.
When depicted with Lord Vishnu, Lakshmi is usually shown with two arms.
Diwali, the Hindu festival light is associated with Lakshmi and welcoming wealth into the home. It is believed that Lakshmi will not enter a house if dark so lights and lanterns and diyas are lit up to welcome her in.
This is why chanting the Laxmi Beej Mantra is also thought to be a great way of welcoming prosperity into your home and life.