About the Gods

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GODDESS LAKSHMI

Goddess Lakshmi is the Hindu goddess of wealth, fortune, and prosperity and the wife of Lord Vishnu.  Her name is derived from the Sanskrit word “Laksya”, which means ‘aim’ or ‘goal’.

For those who worship Goddess Lakshmi, we do not seek only material items, such as money, cars and other material things, but that we seek a higher knowledge, a wealth of understanding, compassion and love, the fortune to help others, be good to the Earth and all its inhabitants, big or small, and the prosperity that comes from living a whole life, a full life of material gain for ourselves and our families, of spiritual gain from seeking knowledge beyond the known, and devotional gain from living a life of giving, sharing, and love.

Our Lakshmi doll is designed to be taken, in her drawstring bag, to school, temple, anywhere.  To be shared with friends, to help learn about him with the Ganesha book, and then, at night, to be held at night or kept near to impart blessings.

Play. Pray. Learn.

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LORD GANESHA

The most common question about Lord Ganesha is “Why does he have an elephant’s head?”

Here is the story:  Lord Shiva, one of the most important and powerful Hindu gods, had left his wife, Goddess Parvati, to go to battle to protect the universe.  During the battle, Lord Shiva had been captured, however, he later found a way to free himself. Upon hearing of his impending return, Goddess Parvathi wanted to take a special bath but had no one to guard the door to keep her safe and undisturbed.

She created Ganesh from turmeric paste (for bathing) and made him in the form of a boy and gave him life.

Ganesh stood guard with a sworn promise to not allow anyone enter into the bathing chamber.  When Lord Shiva arrived home Ganesh refused to let him in.  In a fit of rage, Lord Shiva cut off his head.   Parvati, when she discovered what had happened, was so upset that she was threatening to destroy the universe.  To calm her down, Lord Shiva found an elephant’s head and placed it on Ganesha’s body he then became their son.

Ganesha is worshipped today as he represents the removal of obstacles.  His large elephant ears are said to denote wisdom and the ability to listen to people who seek help.

Our Ganesha doll is designed to be taken, in the drawstring bag, to school, temple, anywhere.  To be played with friends, to help learn about him with the Ganesha book, and then, at night, to be held at night or kept near to impart blessings.

Play. Pray. Learn.