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Lakshmi Dwadasa nama Stotram How will Lakshmi Herself Worship You?

The hymn with twelve names of Lakshmi

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Mahalakshmi, and other splendors, emerge from the churning of the Milk Ocean Dear All: Given below is the link to the Lakshmi dwaadasha (12) nama stotram a really short prayer with only twelve (12) names of Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth. The Phalashruti verse (the verse that tells us about the benefits of chanting) here is very interesting. On December 6, 2011, Sri Suktham and the Dwadasha nama stotram chanting (108 times each) is scheduled at the Sri Balaji temple, in Sterling Heights, Michigan. http://bl157w.blu157.mail.live.com/default.aspx#n=853236908&st=sri%20s uktham%20108%20times&mid=549c6d71-dec2-11de-925a00215ad856c6&fv=1 See link above for the announcement for Dec 6, 2011 program
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The links given below take you to the transliterations of the Lakshmi Dwaadasha nama stotram in different languages. http://www.prapatti.com/slokas/sanskrit/lakshmiidvaadashanaamastotram.p df http://www.prapatti.com/slokas/english/lakshmiidvaadashanaamastotram.p df You can also click on the link and change to language you want. The 12 names of Lakshmi given in the first three slokas of this hymn are: Sridevi Amrutodbhavaa Kamalaa Lokasundari Vishnupatni Vaishnavee Varaarohaa Harivallabhaa ShaarnghiNee Devadevikaa Lakshmi Sriharipriyaa Slokas number 4 and 5 are the Phalashruthi slokas (benefits of chanting) By chanting 3 times a day (morning, noon, and evening) - Long life (aayuh), good health (aarogyam), great wealth (aishwaryam) are the great merits (punya) that will be bestowed. Chant for 2 months - success in all endeavors Chant for 6 months - will even gain a kingdom Chant for 1 year - Lakshmi Herself will start worshipping that person! The last sloka is the familiar Lakshmeem ksherasamundra raaja tanayaa Sriranga dhaameshwareem ........ Very sincerely V. Laxmanan November 3, 2011
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Subject: RE: How will Lakshmi Herself start worshipping you? Lakshmi Dwadasha nama stotram Date: Thu, 3 Nov 2011 15:18:39 +0000 Dear All: Now, here is the English translation of the same verses, not just English transliteration.

Sri Ranganatha at Skandavale, UK http://www.skandavale.org/sri-ranganatha-temple

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Mahalaskmi at Srirangam http://www.trsiyengar.com/id98.shtml Sridevi being the first naamaa and the second being Amrutodbhavaa l Kamala has been said to be the third and the fourth Lokasundaree ll 1 ll The fifth is Vishnupatnee and VaishNavi is known to be the sixth l The seventh is Varaarohaa and the eighth Harivallabhaa ll 2 ll The ninth has been said to ShaarnghiNee and Devadevikaa the tenth l The eleventh however is Lakshmi and the twelveth is Sriharipriyaa ll 3 ll One who chants these twelve names during the three daily conjunctions l Acquires as its merit long life, good health and great wealth ll 4 ll Chant for two months and succeed in all endeavors, chant for six and verily gain a kingdom l And do chant for a year and behold, Lakshmi Herself consider you worthy of Her worship ll
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Mahalakshmi with Ranganatha at Srirangam Lakshmeem Ksheera-samudra-raaja-tanayaam Shreeranga-dhaameshwareem l Daasee-bhoota-samasta-deva-vanitaam Lokaika-deepaankuraam ll Sreeman-manda-kataaksha-labdha-vibhava Brahmendra Gangaadharaam l Tvaam Trailokya-kutumbhineem Sarasijaam vande Mukunda-priyaam ll O Lakshmi, Daughter of the king of the milk ocean, Queen of the holy abode named Srirangam l Unto whom all the celestial damsels have turned themselves into servants, the Only spark of divine light that beckons the whole Universe ll One who has bestowed with Her graceful look from the corner of Her eyes all the opulences of Shriman upon Brahma, Indra, and Gangadharaa l I bow to thee, O Beloved of Mukunda, Born of the Divine (Milk) Ocean, and the Mother of all of the three worlds ll Very sincerely V. Laxmanan November 3, 2011
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Appendix 1: Translation of the meaning of Individual names

1. 2. Sridevi: The Goddess (devi) named Sri (denoting all opulences) Amrutodbhavaa: Produced from amrutam (reference to churning of Milk ocean to produce amrutham, nectar, ambrosia, bestowing immortality). Kamala: One who is seated on a lotus. Lokasundaree: One whose beauty enchants all the worlds. Vishnupatnee: Wife (patni, or patnee) of Vishnu. After She emerged from the churning of the milk ocean, all the devas (gods) and asuras (demons) and even all the rishis (sages who live in higher planets) wanted Her for a wife but She chose Mahavishnu and garlanded Him. VaishNavi: Belonging to Vishnu or to the devotees of Vishnu (Vaishnavas) Varaarohaa: One who can be reached by the best and pious. Aarohanam means climbing, rising to the top. The devout, pious, and the best of humans can climb and rise up to Her (reach the level of Vishnu). Harivallabhaa: One who is dear to Lord Sri Hari (another name of Vishnu). ShaarnghiNee: Mahavishnu is referred to as Shaarngha dhanva, which means One who has the bow named Sharngha (made from hollow bamboo). Being His consort, Lakshmi becomes ShaarnghiNee. Devadevikaa: The Goddess worshipped by even the gods (devas, celestial being who live in higher planet, god, with small g is not to be confused with the Supreme Being, God, with capital G.) Lakshmi: The well-known name for the Goddess, means One endowed with all auspicious markings. Sriharipriyaa: The Beloved of Lord Sri Hari

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Lord Ranganatha of Srirangam

Panaromic top view of Srirangam http://varanasi-temples.com/category/devi-temples/mahalakshmi-gauri/

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There are many powerful Devis in Kashi (Varanasi) and Mahalakshmi Shakthi Peetam is considered to be the most powerful of all. The Kashi Khand, chapter 100, describes worship of the nine Gauris with Mahalakshmi being the ninth Gauri.

Painting at Srirangam temple depicting Garuda http://www.trsiyengar.com/id98.shtml

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Churning of the milk ocean, depiction at Bangkok International airport

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