Ashtalakshmi Kovil, Besant Nagar
This Ashtalakshmi Kovil is located on the famous shorelines of the Elliots Beach of Chennai. Here the eight forms of lakshmi are worshiped and they are known as the secondary manifestations of the Goddess of Wealth Lakshmi. The word wealth is symbolic of "ashta-Lakshmi means prosperity, good health, knowledge, strength, progeny, and power. People usually think that Lakshmi is the god for just wealth. Actually Goddess Lakshmi is also capable of giving other resources to the mankind as listed below.
The Ashtalakshmis listed out in the "Shri Ashta Lakshmi Stotram" are
Adi lakshmi or Mahalakshmi, Four-armed, carries a lotus and a white flag, other two arms in Abhaya mudra and varada mudra.
Dhana lakshmi, Six-armed, in red garments, carries chakra (discus), shankha (conch), kalasha (water pitcher with mango leaves and a coconut on it) or Amrita kumbha (a pitcher containing Amrita - elixir of life), bow-arrow, a lotus and an arm in abhaya mudra with gold coins falling from it
Dhanya lakshmi, Eight-armed, in green garments, carries two lotuses, gada (mace), paddy crop, sugarcane, bananas, other two hands in abhaya mudra and varada mudra.
Gaja Lakshmi, Four-armed, in red garments, carries two lotuses, other two arms in abhaya mudra and varada mudra, surrounded by two elephants bathing her with water pots.
Santana lakshmi, Six-armed, carries two kalashas (water pitcher with mango leaves and a coconut on it), sword, shield, a child on her lap, a hand in abhaya mudra and the other holding the child. The child has a lotus.
Veera lakshmi, Eight-armed, in red garments, carries chakra, shakh, bow, arrow, trishul (or sword), gold bar or book ?, other two hands in abhaya mudra and varada mudra.
Vijaya Lakshmi Eight-armed, in red garments, carries chakra, shakh, sword, shield, lotus, pasha, other two hands in abhaya mudra and varada mudra.
Aishwarya lakshmi, Four-armed, in white garments, carries two lotuses, other two arms in abhaya mudra and varada mudra.
Vidhya lakshmi, Sowbhagya Lakshmi, Rajya Lakshmi and Vara Lakshmi are some of the other ashta lakshmis which are prayed to at different places.
Ths Ashta Lakshmi Kovil at Besant Nagar was built in 1974 and is the only temple where in Laksmi gains importance over Lord Vishnu. This temple has eight small shrines dedicated exclusively to the Ashta lakshmis and the ninth shrine is dedicated to Vishnu and Sri Lakshmi together.
Special Poojas for the welfare of the devotees and Annadhanam for the Poor on the auspicious days are held regularly.
The food gets prepared for the Annadhanam and the Prasadams in the temple premises itself. Regular Tamil Nadu cuisine items of Sambar Rasam, Kootu, Poriyal, Butter milk etc gets served during the festival and Annadhanam days.
Archanas and other Poojas are held under supervision of the 19 priests from Tamil Gurukul's, who hold the sway here at the temple.
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