Stories of the goddess, illustrations and over 200 images, symbols, discussion of rituals, temples, text of religious documents. much color, very attractive overview. Lakshmi, the goddess of material abundance, affluence, authority and auspiciousness is one of the most popular deities of the Hindu pantheon. The book presents a comprehensive description of the goddess, and helps the reader appreciate the Hindu approach to wealth and power. Simultaneously, it also delves into the temples, symbols, festivals, and names associated with her, and the rituals that promise material fulfillment.