Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Siddha Lakshmi (Indian Goddess)

གྲུབ་པའི་དཔལ་མོ། རྒྱ་གར་གྱི་ལྷ། 妙音母(印度教神)
(item no. 65402)
Origin Location Himalayan Region
Date Range 1600 - 1699
Lineages Hindu
Material Metal
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Interpretation / Description

Siddhi Lakshmi, the Accomplished Auspicious One.

This unusual white goddess is the patron deity of the Malla Kings of the Kathmandu Valley and their descendents (13th to the 18th century). Associated with the Secret Black Mother tradition (Guhya Kali), her principal function is to turn back evil along with malicious spirits and negative forces. Also practiced in Bengal, she arises from the Sanskrit literature of the Jayadrataya Mala Tantra.

Multi-headed and multi-armed, brandishing weapons, white in color and peaceful in appearance, her two feet are gently supported by her subservient and dutiful consort, Shiva.

Jeff Watt 5-2005

Secondary Images
Related Items
Exhibition Appearances
Exhibition: Female Buddhas at RMA
Exhibition: From the Land of the Gods: Art of the Kathmandu Valley

Thematic Sets
Hindu Deity: Siddha Lakshmi (Masterworks)
Subject: Stacked Deities Page
Hindu Deity: Siddha Lakshmi Main Page
Collection of Rubin Museum of Art: Sculpture (Gallery 1)
Collection of Rubin Museum of Art: Nepal