Goddess Lakshmi

Rangoli: Sumangali Rangoli
Created by lakshmiraghu on 2008-04-03,

"Sumangali" means married women. It is customary, for a married hindu woman, to invite other married ladies for a religious ritual (puja), followed by a feast during festival days like Ugaadhi, Dasara and for Varalakshmi pooja. After the feast, the ladies are offered gifts which have symbols of "auspiciousness" like the turmeric, vermillion, flowers and beetle leaves (with areca nuts).

This rangoli was created by Lakshmi and Bharathi. It has items like: Betal leaves (with nuts) placed with coins, fruits, cones of mehendhi or henna, flowers on plates, soaps, talcum powder boxes, colorful glass bangles, coconut oil in small plastic bottles, Kajal boxes, mini boxes of turmeric and kumkum (vermillion).

Sree Devi kataksham / Lakshmi Kadaksham
Created by Lata on 2005-11-16,

This is a kolam drawn in pooja rooms to honour Sree Devi. Auspicious symbols like "Om" are written in the middle of the kolam with turmeric powder and vermillion. The following Devi mantra is also chanted while worshipping the goddess.

Sarva Mangala Maangallyey,
Shivey Sarvaartha Saadhikey,
Sharanyey Thriyambakey gauri,
Narayanee Namosthuthey.
Aayur Dehi, Dhanam Dehi,
Vidhyam Dehi, Maheswari.
Samastha Mahilam Dehi,
Dehimey Parameshwari.

Kubera kolam
Created by Lata on 2005-10-21,

Kubera - "God of wealth"

Kubera is the god of wealth and god's treasurer. Kubera watches over the earth's storehouse of all jewels, gold, silver, and the nine Nidhis (special treasures). We worship him to attain wealth and prosperity. Kubera kolam is drawn in the pooja room to obtain prosperity. Red color flowers are considered auspicious for Kubera.

Aiswarya kolam
Created by Lata on 2005-10-17,

There are some special kolams which are only drawn in front of deities in pooja rooms (places of worship). Such kolams have some significance with a particular form of a deity, for instance - the Aiswarya kolam is drawn in the pooja room to obtain prosperity in the form of wealth/monetary gains. Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped for wealth and prosperity.

In the aiswarya kolam, after all the triangular shapes are drawn, it is customary to place coins in all the corners along with some vermillion/turmeric.
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