Gaja Lakshmi, Goddess of Fortune

India (Kashmir)

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Gaja Lakshmi, crowned with tripartite diadem and enthroned on a lion seat, is venerated as a bringer of good fortune and well-being to the earth, of which she was an early personification. The two elephants that lustrate her with water from pots held in their trunks can be equated with the rainclouds of the monsoon and successful crops. This aspect is further emphasized by her cornucopia in the form of a flowering lotus, symbolizing abundance.

Gaja Lakshmi, Goddess of Fortune, Stone, India (Kashmir)

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