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Music Direction & Arrangement: Prithvi Chandrashekhar (Berklee-Boston)Acoustic Guitar: Arjun Stephanos
Mahalakshmi the consort of Lord Vishnu and the sister of goddesses Mahasaraswati and mahakali is worshipped as the goddess of wealth in India. She is depicted as seated on a pink lotus with approximately 1000 arms each holding weapons and other Miscellaneous objects. Coins of gold are shown as raining not only in India but all across the globe as a deity of beauty power wealth and abundance. Incidentally the people of Mumbai attribute the presence of the famous Mahalakshmi temple as the reason for the richness of the metropolis.
According to epics Mahalakshmi took birth from the left side of Lord Vishnu during the beginning of the creation and later she was born again from the sea of milk when the Devas Churned if for attaining nectar. She resides on the chest of Maha Vishnu as Sri Vatsa and also appeared on this earth in the form of Seetha and Rukmani known to destroy evil powers Goddess Mahalaskhmi is credited for killing the demon king Mahishasura who disguished himself in the form of many animals but finally succumbed to the remarkable strength of Goddess Mahalaskhmi.
With a single activation of goddess Mahalakshmi all Shakti forms of Saraswati (Goddess of learning music and arts) Parvati (Goddess of purity simplicity dance and tolerance). Lakshmi (Goddess of wealth, Happiness, beauty and love) Kali (Goddess of power who destroys all negativities and evil) and Durga (Goddess of strength who enables in executing any task of highest order) are automatically activated. Such is the divine power of Goddess Mahalakshmi. Come! Let us worship this goddess of prosperity and power of attain her plous blessings.
1. Vandanam – Sri Lakshmi Ganesh/Sri Mahalakshmi
2. Agasthya Kritam Lakshmi Stotram
3. Ashtalakshmi Stotram
4. Mahalakshmi Suktam
5. Indra Krita Mahalakshmi Ashtakam
6. Sri Mahalakshmi Moolmantra / gayatri
7. Sri Suktam
8. Kanakdhara Stotram
9. Brahma Kritam Mahalakshmi Kavacham
10. Devakrita Mahalakshmi Stotram/Naam Japp/Mahalakshmi Hridayam
Vandanam – Sri Lakshmi Ganesh/Sri Mahalakshmi
This is a salutation to Lakshmi Ganesha the controller of the mind who provides us with apt understanding and grants us all that we may desire. Mahalakshmi the golden being and the mother of all is then adored and worshipped with gratitude.
Agasthya Kritam Lakshmi Stotram
Agasthya the most intelligent Bramha-Rishi of Vedic times the propitiated the wonderful goddess with humility through this prayer that asks for protection from sorrows and suffering and suggests out surrender to the ultimate power of the almighty.
Goddess Lakshmi in this prayer represents the wealth of prosperity that comes in physical forms like experiences, food, Courage, memory, progeny, victory knowledge and good fortune. These eight aspects combine to enable a person to become successful in life.
This is an important Vedic chant used in Havans that personifies goddess mahalakshmi and connects us to her through sheer worship and adoration. It is sung directly to the goddess making a contact that is built on a core of divine love and surrender.
Indra Krita Mahalakshmi Ashtakam
Indra the god of Gods has composed this most widely sung verse a worship of the supreme abilities of this graceful goddess. Chanting this prayer grants freedom from sinful nature and sends out pleasing vibrations that remove negativity.
Sri Mahalaskhmi Moolmantra/Gayatri
Base or the root mantra as the name suggests mool mantra helps a anchor the energy and constantly empowers the person with the potentials of the particular God that he is addressing. Recitation of this mantra helps you to focus your attention on your goal.
A Mantra from the Rig Vedas Sri Suktam is used to attract and anchor the Lakshmi Consciousness through the God of fire Agni. It is significantly used at every Mahalakshmi Havan and Pooja.
The Paramacharya Shri Adhi Shankara created this masterpiece composition to bring down a shower of Golden rain. This strotram is sung to alleviate one from poverty and to bless one with a continuous flow of golden well being.
Brahma Kritam Mahalaskhmi Kavacham
Bramha himself who is the creator of our physical body wrote this kavacham. The creator asks for auspiciousness in the form of Lakshmi to reside in all the parts and protects the human body making it a vehicle of divinity.
Devakrita Mahalakshmi Stotram/Naam Jap/Mahalakshmi Hridayam
The first part of the Mantra seeks forgiveness for the mistakes committed bus us knowingly or unknowingly. The second part features the chanting of her various names enabling us to connect with her and thank her for her strength and energy. The third part makes us celebrate the coming of success and the joy that comes with all awareness and auspiciousness the absolute Bliss of pure and divine success.
Born in Chennai in 1966 into a family of musicians, Uma Mohan trained under her mother and Guru Smt. P.L. Saraswathy Ram in classical Carnatic music since childhood. Even as a child she was interested in philosophy and read books of Bhagavad Gita were her all time favorites. This spiritual inclination led her on a Vedic Voyage and she began writing songs in Tamil, which she released as Bhajan Cassettes. A series of Devotional cassettes and CDs with song from all languages including Hindi, Kannada, Telugu, and foreign language like Singhalese and English followed. Times music has also released many solo albums by her such as Divine Chants of Ganesh Sounds of Harmony Shanthi Mantras and more. Also an Artist Dramatist, dancer, and storywriter, Uma Mohan aspires to takes the positive vibrations of the Veda mantras to every home and into every child’s life. She endeavors to mix symphony music with the regular rendering of Vedas to make spiritual enhancement more accessible and enjoyables.