Lakshmi is the Hindu Goddess of beauty and wealth. ¬†She is the embodiment of grace, charm and purity, and represents generosity, prosperity and material success. ¬†She has beautiful golden skin and four arms. ¬†Her hands drip coins (as my amazing teacher Yogeswari says) and hold lotus blossoms. ¬†She is a mother goddess (meaning you can add the prefix Mata, which means mother, to her name) and the lotus blossoms she holds indicate her fertility and beauty.
In Hindu mythology, Lakshmi¬†took refuge in a sea of milk when the Gods and Goddesses were exiled. ¬†She was¬†reborn again during the churning of the ocean and all of the Gods immediately fell in love with her when they laid eyes on her enrapturing beauty. ¬†Her hand in marriage was given to Vishnu, the great sustainer, and as his wife, she is his female counterpoint.