This divine goddess of wealth, fortune, love, prosperity and devotion is considered to be the favourite goddess in the Hindu pantheon; painted with the wax-resist dyeing technique on a super blooming double lotus pedestal, therefore also regarded as Padmavati.
Goddess Lakshmi is highly associated with the sacred and auspicious red color, symbolizing wealth and prosperity, as shown in this painting with a red colored lotus and also garbed in a red dhoti with floral motifs and a contrasting top. Her lalitasana posture, blessing mudra and the wealth pot that she holds are the iconographic aspects of her beauty and wealthiness. The expression of her eyes and the slight smile highlight her serenity in a decent manner; adorned with marvellous jewels and a flashy crown along with the sacred vehicle, owl peeping in the front.
The painter has beautifully depicted the heavenly background with the aureole of bright light emerging out from the cosmic deity, while the spreading waves of divine knowledge and wisdom are shown with wavy brush strokes at the top. The interplay of various colors of the palette makes this masterpiece more attractive with the water flowing at an ease at the bottom and the vigilant heavenly winds blowing at the top.
Iconographically, Goddess Lakshmi is described as a fair lady, generally with four arms, seated or standing on a lotus, dressed in fine garments and precious jewels. She has a benign countenance, is in her full youth and yet having a motherly appearance.
The most striking feature of the iconography of Lakshmi is her persistent association with the lotus. The meaning of the lotus, in relation to Goddess Lakshmi, refers to her purity and spiritual power. Rooted in the mud but blossoming above the water, completely uncontaminated by the mud, the lotus represents spiritual perfection and authority. Two divine characteristics of this supremely popular goddess.