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Gajalakṣmī


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The name by which the goddess of good fortune and wealth, Lakṣmī, is known when depicted as seated on a lotus and being showered with water from pots wielded by a pair of elephants (gajas). The earliest images of the goddess, dating from the 1st century bce, show her in this form, demonstrating her connections with fertility, rain, and royal power (associated with elephants). Depictions of this type are often found carved on the lintels of Vaiṣṇava temples.

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