Kamala – A form of Lakshmi, one of the ten Wisdom Goddesses or the “Das Mahavidyas”
Kamala is an aspect of Goddess Lakshmi – the goddess of wealth and prosperity and consort of Hindu God Vishnu, the preserver. She is shown as seated or standing on a lotus, and hence, got the name – Kamala. Kamala was emerged from the Kshir Sagar, the ocean of milk, when Gods and Demons churned it, known as Samudra Manthan. She is depicted four-armed goddess, standing on a lotus, holding a pot containing wealth, a lotus, and bestowing her worshippers with wealth and prosperity. She is cladded in white sari and white elephants are showering water on her.
Goddess Kamala is the tenth of the dasamahavidyas. She is often known as the tantric Lakshmi. She is often depicted as having a golden complexion who is being bathed by the four large elephants . The elephants pour amrita from the kalashas . She has four hands and she holds two lotuses in her hands and her other two hands gesture abhaya and varada mudra. She is seen seated in padmasana on a lotus.
Goddess Kamala is a little different from Lakshmi in the sense that she is the wisdom aspect of Lakshmi who relates specifically to the practice of yoga. Hence she is also a form of kali who is the basis of Kamala or the beauty of life. She is the spiritual lotus on which the universal energy is based and blooms in the void. It comes forth in the space of pure consciousness.
Goddess Kamala is a common epithet of Goddess Lakshmi, consort of Vishnu. Lakshmi is adored for her calmness with her nature of supreme peace and luster of pure gold, whose form is radiant wearing gold and possessing exuberant ornaments. Kamala shares the three important attributes of Lakshmi – prosperity and wealth, fertility and crops, and good luck. As the consort of Vishnu, Preserver of the Universe, Kamala is the queen preserver of everything on earth.
Always smiling, She is shown as either as standing or seated in padmasana or lotus position to symbolize purity. Her personal charm is par excellence. She is being bathed by two or four large elephants. Elephants pouring nectar onto her are symbols of sovereignty and fertility. She has four hands. In her two hands, she holds two lotuses. These are symbols of purity and fertility. Her other two hands are in abhayamudra or the gesture of giving assurance and varamudra or gesture of conferring boons respectively. The palms are always expanded to bless. Kamala expounds and atmosphere of divine happiness, spiritual satisfaction and prosperity.
Mother Kamala nourishes and supports our worldly activities and aspirations. She promotes their fulfillment. Progressively she allows layer upon layer of Divine grace to reach us. She too can be propitiated both for ordinary and spiritual goals. However, worldly success of material wealth and success is to be part of seeking her Divine fulfillment. It should be towards the final end of the purusharta goals – Moksha as a process of evolution. Here is the difference: One pursues Goddess Lakshmi for the pursuit of pleasure, fortune, fame, wealth so on so forth but her highest form of devotion of self-realization is through Goddess Kamala. She is the last of the Wisdom Goddesses, the full unfoldment of the power of the Goddess into the material sphere.
Benefits of having Goddess Kamala Painting
Goddess Kamala is infamously known for her power of creation. She has the power to create wealth and beauty around us. She also represents the development of a person by maintaining the dharma of keeping the seven chakras of the body open. She is one of the primal forms of feminine energy in Hinduism. Some texts also refer to her as the form of goddess Lakshmi.
The worship of goddess Kamala helps cross problems in life that occur due to the undesirable position of venus among all planets. Daily chanting of mantras helps overcome Shukra Mahadasha.
Being the goddess of wealth and prosperity, she is often worshipped during times of financial hardship. She also helps pacify the ill effect of Chandra graham (lunar eclipse) in one’s life. She protects her devotees from unemployment, bankruptcies, and debt. She also helps keep her mental health checked and protects them from depression, anxiety, and mental diseases.
Her devotion can also mitigate problems like sorrow, failure, childlessness, misfortune, and the malefic effects of planet Venus. This helps create prosperity and abundance, with physical and financial well-being and spiritual advancement.
The Artist – Pieter Weltevrede
Pieter Weltevrede – is a Master “Sacred-Artist” based out of the Nederlands. After a many years of guidance, under his guru Late Harish Johari a successful author, a gifted painter and sculptor, a lifetime scholar, an inspiring teacher, a splendid cook, an ayurvedic massage miracle, etc., Pieter embarked on his own journey amalgamating ancient Indian knowledge with his own western sensibilities evolving an art form that appeals to todays international audience. He has been practising his art form from the last 40 years now.
His original paintings are in water colours on silk with a wash-technique that gives them a very three-dimensional feel. The complexity and detail in his works are a super-human endeavour as he continues to live a mundane life travelling between the Western World and India.
Printed on coated matt paper by inkjet printer, using ultra chrome inks with an off-white paper mounting with golden border, and encased inside a fibre frame with acrylic sheet cover in the front.