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Lakṣmī, also known as Śrī in many Sanskrit texts, is one of the most popular deities of the Hindu and Jain traditions. Hindus hold Lakṣmī to be the embodiment of auspiciousness (maṅgala) and good fortune. In prayers, she is hailed as the giver of material wealth ( artha ) and enjoyment (bh…

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Vasudha Narayanan, “Śrī-Lakṣmī”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 24 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-5019_beh_COM_1030150>
First published online: 2012

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