Treasures of Lakshmi: The Goddess who Gives
The resplendent image for this volume diverges significantly from the prevalent Raja Ravi Varma inspired visualisations. Sourced from an old print from the Chitrashala Press Pune, it depicts a powerful and resplendent feminine figure draped in yellow, wearing a golden crown festooned with pearls, a gold tilak on her forehead, long earrings, a dazzling Maharashtrian nose ring and a profusion of gold necklaces. Her gaze is direct and piercing, and there is a forcefield of strength and energy that exudes from her. We are deeply grateful to Aman Nath for his generosity in locating cover images for all three books in our Goddess Trilogy: In Search of Sita, Finding Radha and The Treasures of Lakshmi. This one, of Maha Laxmi Gouree, illuminates our efforts with her grace. Both Sita and Radha are incarnations of Lakshmi. Each anthology is a quest for the hidden narratives and feminine energies behind these three goddesses. Of these, Lakshmi is said to be the most fickle, inconstant and enigmatic. The wealth of material which Dr Malashri Lal and I have uncovered while searching associated stories, legends and hymns is a timeless treasure.
‘Treasures of Lakshmi is the culmination of the much-loved goddess series, brilliantly curated and edited by Namita Gokhale and Malashri Lal. This trilogy, which began with In Search of Sita and continued with Finding Radha, examines the mystical realms of Hindu thought and practice, celebrating the essence of the sacred feminine. Whether it is Lakshmi’s 108 names or a sahasranama of a thousand appellations, her blessings are multidimensional and eternal. as the third and final instalment of this remarkable trilogy, Treasures of Lakshmi takes readers on a unique journey of exploration, unravelling the compelling narrative of ‘the goddess who gives’.’ — PENGUIN INDIA