The Indian aesthetic adorns the female nose with inspired ornaments, highlighting its amorous connotations. Indeed, amongst the many jewels with which the Indian woman adorns herself, the nose ornament (nath) is the perhaps the most seductive. The charming nose-ornaments of Lakshmi thus befittingly establish her as the goddess of fertility, which is in keeping with ancient Indian iconographic canons. Also, the full-bloodied sensuality of the nearly-circular breasts characterizes her ability to pleasurably nurture and nourish the human race.
Two slightly smiling eyes contribute much of the charm to the fair face. The sharp nose is followed by the sensuous lips, the lower one being the thicker of the two. The fish-like eyes have earned the Goddess the epithet of 'Minakshi,' meaning the 'fish-eyed one.'
Of her four hands, the two in the front grant the boon of fearlessness and abundance respectively, while the rear arms very gracefully grip two full-blown lotuses in their fingers. A number of marvellous chokers adorn her neck, and the sacred thread can be seen cascading down between her bosom.
Clad in a tight-fitting dhoti clinging to her sturdy, yet lithe limbs, Lakshmi wears a towering crown known in iconographical texts as the 'Kiritamukuta.' This is literally and metaphorically the highest of all crowns. The shape is that of a rather conical cylinder, similar to a mitre, ending in a knot or point. When worn by a goddess, this signifies that she has a rank among the highest of all deities.
The magnificent halo, rising like a leaping flame, frames the entire composition, nay extends even beyond it - lending to it an aura of divine auspiciousness.