Ganesha | Vinayaka | Vigneshwara | Gajanana:
- Ganesha | Ganesh also known as Ganapati, Vinayaka, and Pillaiyar, is one of the best-known and most worshiped deities in the Hindu Pantheon.He is the son of Parvati and Shiva of the Shaivism tradition.
- As the god of beginnings, he is honoured at the start of rites and ceremonies.Ganesha is also invoked as a patron of letters and learning during writing sessions.
- The earliest Ganesha images are without a vahana(mouse/vehicle)On the eight incarnations of Ganesha described in Mudgala Purana, Ganesha usesa mouse in five of them.
- In Mohotkata incarnation, Lion as Vakratunda.Mayuresvara incarnation, Peacock as Vikata. Dhumraketu incarnation uses Horse. Gajanana uses Mouse, listed in Ganesha Purana.
- In Japan Ganesha used to called as Kangiten or Vinayakaten.
Paintings of Ganesha| Vinayaka | Ganpathy | Lambodara:
Lakshmi | Laxmi | Kichijoten | Padma:
- Lakshmi – leads to one’s goal, also known as Shri is one of the principal goddesses in Hinduism. She is the goddess of wealth, fortune, power, beauty, fertility and prosperity,and associated with Maya (“Illusion”).
- Along with Parvati and Saraswati, Lakshmi forms the Tridevi of Hindu goddesses.
- Within the Goddess-oriented Shaktism, Lakshmi is venerated as a principle aspect of the Mother goddess.
- Lakshmi is both the wife and divine energy (shakti) of the Hindu god Vishnu, the Supreme Being of Vaishnavism.
- Lakshmi is also the Supreme Goddess in the sect and assists Vishnu to create, protect and transform the universe.
- Whenever Vishnu descended on the earth as an avatar, Lakshmi accompanied him as consort, for example, as Sita and Radha or Rukmini as consorts of Vishnu’s avatars Rama and Krishna, respectively.
- The eight prominent manifestations of Lakshmi, the Ashtalakshmi symbolize the eight sources of wealth.
Vintage Paintings of Maha Lakshmi | Laxmi devi | Sri Laxmi | Padma: