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Lakshmi

Lakshmi

Lakshmi, Indian goddess of wealth and good fortune, is said to have a fondness for henna.

Considering henna is used for protection, blessing and good luck and Lakshmi is invoked for the same reasons it is easy to see why they have a close connection.

Following is a devotional poem invoking Lakshmi  by Swami Lalitananda.

OH GODDESS LAKSHMI ABIDE IN MY HOUSE

Oh Goddess with sparkling eyes,
 You appear golden like the Sun.
 I hear your conch calling me
Speak to me … for I worship you.
Oh look with love into my soul..
…Oh Goddess Lakshmi, Abide in my house forever more !
 

While I don’t have a strong personal connection with Lakshmi I appreciate the devotion and tenderness displayed towards her in this poem and I enjoy the richness of India’s  henna(mehndi) tradition which links henna to such a gracious spiritual figure.

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