With the rise of more and more casinos and fortune games, a lot of people turn to them for a bit of escaping their daily lives or entertaining themselves. The history of casinos and gambling is not entirely positive in Hindu mythology, with the ancient Sanskrit epic of Mahabharata condemning dice games. King Yudhishthira lost his wealth and kingdom in a dice game against Shakuni. He bet his wife, his brothers, and himself into servitude. By many legends, the successor to the Royal Throne had been chosen by a game of rolling the dice. Regardless of that, the goddess Lakshmi of the Hindu religion is the goddess that represents wealth and fortune, power and luxury, beauty. She promises her subjects material fulfillment and contentment and it is even seen as a goddess who helps gamblers and brings them good luck. The times have indeed changed greatly since the story of king Yudhishthira who rolled the dice. Nowadays, we have it all on our phones and desktops and the promise of a game is only one click away. There are hundreds, if not thousands of online casinos in the world, and bonuses galore at most of them. But the goddess’s intentions with her worshipers do not change with the passing of time. So, as the Mother Goddess of Hinduism and one of Tridevi, it is believed she will watch over faithful Hindus in their time of needing a drop of luck.
Lakshmi the wife of the Hindu god Vishnu and his life energy. Vishnu has three major roles: he protects, destroys, and then regenerates all of the universe and life. Lakshmi has three forms: Bhu, Sri, and Durga and she assist Lord Vishnu during his work: the creation, sustenance, and eventually destruction of the world. The Goddess Lakshmi has eight popular manifestations which symbolize the eight parts of wealth that the life of all humans revolves around. They are known as the Ashta Lakshmi. In every one of the eight manifestations, she grants certain desires and necessities of human beings.
The legend says that whenever her husband, Vishnu, came upon the Earth he would assume the form of an avatar. Whenever that happened, Lakshmi would take different forms too, close to his avatars. Vishnu had ten primary incarnations, therefore ten primary avatars. They are known as Dashavatara. Two of those are the most important: Rama, where Lakshmi took the form of Sita, and Krishna, where the goddess respectively took the form of Rukmini.
Every year, in autumn, usually October or November, the festival of lights takes place. It is called Diwali. Many Hindus worship Lakshmi at this time. The festival signifies the victory of lightness over darkness and it is one of the most joyous festivals in Hindu culture. People clean their homes the day before and on the day of the festival, they say family prayers (puja) and exchange gifts. There are fireworks and a lot of shopping during this time, as the goddess represents fortune and wealth.
Around the year, Lakshmi is around people by her representations. In Indian art, she is depicted as elegantly dressed, usually in a red sari. She is golden colored and she has an owl as a form of transportation. Her typical stance is like a yogini, standing on a pedestal shape like a lotus. She is also has a lotus in her hand that represents spiritual liberation and fortune. She is shown with four hands that represent the most important four aspects of human life in Hindu culture: kāma, dharma, moksha, and artha.
Except for the time of festivals, people have everyday activities that imply the presence of the goddess. From wanting a better job to make more money to wishing and praying for beauty or fertility, people invoke the divine energy of Lakshmi in their lives. Most of the things that people wanted didn’t change over the course of history, from the 1st millennium BCE when the goddess is first mentioned. But the one thing that appeared relatively recent and it is taking its toll on our lives are online casinos. They are the easier and frankly better alternative to classical ones, given the fact that their accessibility is literally one click away. With that many options and bonuses available, it seems as the goddess herself took an interest in them and smoothed things for the growing market. So say your prayers and take out your phone, the wealth Lakshmi promised is right in your pocket. Just remember to play safely and bet only as much as you can afford so you won’t strain the luck you were given.
You don’t have to be a Hindu in order to relate to Lakshmi. She is a present deity in Jainism and you can find her Jain temples. In Buddhism, she is viewed as a Goddess of abundance and fortune and is represented on the oldest cave temples of Buddhism. There are some minor factions of Buddhism in Tibet, Nepal, and Southeast Asia where Vasudhara is a goddess depicted with minor differences from the Hindu version. You can also find her in China and Japan. Kishijoten is the Japanese version of the deity and she is worshiped for fortune and good luck.
No matter where you are from or even if you are a religious person at all, you will probably find your way in life to lead to a place where the presence of Lakshmi or her variations is present. Whether you believe it or not, it is a great piece of the puzzle that forms this world. For many people on this Earth luck, fortune and wealth are closely related to the four-armed deity on all of her forms. She is known to share her gifts to all mankind, so how about you try out your luck anyway?
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