Lakshmi is the goddess of money and good luck in Hinduism. She is the wife of the Hindu god Vishnu. Most Hindus pray to her on Diwali, which is a festival in India.
Lakshmi has four arms, fair skin and sits on a lotus flower and is normally surrounded by elephants. She is covered in jewellery.
She also has several avatars (means a god coming to the earth in the form of a human being or in any other form) who are usually married to Vishnu's avatars:
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Bas relief of Gaja Lakshmi at the Buddhist Sanchi Stupa, Stupa I, North gateway, Satavahana dynasty sculpture, 1st century CE.
Manuscript painting of Gaja-Lakshmi, ca 1780 AD.
Lakshmi with Vishnu in Paramaribo Hindu temple, Suriname.
Gaja Lakshmi at Shravanabelagola Temple, Karnataka.
Ashta Lakshmi murti worshipped in a Golu display during Dusshera.
A manuscript depicting Samudra Manthan, with Lakshmi emerging with lotus in her hands.