Goddess Lakshmi is the bestower of wealth and prosperity, both material as well as spiritual and represents the goal of life, as justified by her name that originates from ‘Lakshya’ which means ‘goals’. In her iconic depictions, she is adorned with elegant red clothes and golden embroidery and perches on a lotus. She is the consort of Lord Vishnu and is revered popularly in Hindu mythology for her purity and granting wealth. Here she sits cross-legged on a high raised lavish throne, carved in an exquisite shape and varied layers of different sizes with the stylish four round legs supporting it. She is garbed in a modish patterned fitted dhoti that forms a beautiful fan covering her double lotus pedestal from the front. Her short length blouse is carved such that it veils her body in perfect shape and charm.
All decked-up with astounding traditional jewels and a South Indian styled crown sculpted in descending circular layers towards the top and a stylized sun haloed aureole behind it. Her four arms represent the four directions in space, thus symbolizing her omnipresence and omnipotence; the anterior hands are positioned in a gesture of Abhaya and Varada mudra respectively, while the rear hands hold amazingly sculpted conch and discuss. The sober curves of her body and fine lines of her facial features enhance the beauty and fineness of this sculpture.
The deity is surrounded by a supremely chiselled Kirtimukha arch, topped with a layered parasol. Two peacocks stand on either side of the arch with the popping symbols inscribed in different patterns towards the top; conch and discuss chiselled in the leaf base represent her weapons that lead to spiritual perfection; shining sun and moon on the settled flags represent the deity’s all-pervasiveness and the fans are symbolic of her divinity and a gesture of her comfort. The pillars on sides are uniquely patterned with floral designs and dots and the arch is sculpted in long petals and coils joined together.