I’ve Got Some Explaining to Do

Our gracious host Renard of https://renardsworld.wordpress.com has kindly published my guest post that features the Indian Goddess Lakshmi and my recipe for stir-fried lotus root. In my post, I have neglected to explain the link between the two, and anyway, why is Lakshmi always depicted sitting on a lotus flower?

Here is the answer, Beautiful People:

Legends say that Lakshmi – the goddess of wealth and wisdom – emerged seated upon a Lotus from the ocean of cosmic milk during its churning. This is why Lakshmi is known by many poetical epithets such as Padmini (abounding in lotuses), Padmapriya (lotus-lover), Padmavarna (lotus-hued) and Padma-uru (lotus thighed). In Sanskrit literature, the Lotus flower has been used as a descriptor of beauty. In her book The Lotus Symbol in Indian Art and Literature Santona Basu writes, “Human, particularly feminine beauty is set on par with the lotus, the ultimate example of beauty for the poets” (https://parogoodearth.com).

Now that you know the story, please head over to https://renardsworld.wordpress.com/2022/06/17/love-the-dancer-at-the-feast-lotus-root-stir-fry, enjoy some great ballet, and don’t forget my funky recipe.


17 Comments Add yours

  1. IndiaNetzone says:

    Sanskrit literature bears its first initiations with the Vedas and continues with the Sanskrit epics of Iron Age. The golden age of Classical Sanskrit literature dates back to late Antiquity (approximately the 3rd to 8th centuries A.D). Sanskrit literature traces its roots back to the Vedic Age. Alexander’s conquest of India was a significant episode in Sanskrit literature, which was fundamental to lay stress on Sanskrit drama. Despite the influence, Sanskrit plays uphold their individualism and subjects of the plays ranged from tragedy to light comedy. Many Sanskrit dramatists are also known to have based their works pivoting around the plot of Ramayana and Mahabharata. Sanskrit was the language spoken by a cultured minority.

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    1. Thank you so much for relevant information and the link.

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  2. Excellent explanation and a delicious sounding recipe!

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Mimi.

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  3. Koolkosherkitchen

    Interesting that the lotus flower is also mentioned by Solomon to describe famine beauty

    Song of Solomon 2
    The Message
    2 I’m just a wildflower picked from the plains of Sharon,
    a lotus blossom from the valley pools.
    The Man
    2 A lotus blossoming in a swamp of weeds—
    that’s my dear friend among the girls in the village.

    Regards and goodwill blogging.

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    1. Thank you very much for an insightful comment, dear friend.

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  4. Jigisha says:

    Wow namaskar to goddess laxmiji 🙏🌺

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and commenting, dear friend.

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  5. LAMarcom says:

    Cookin is groovy!

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    1. Sure is! Thank you for stopping by, dear friend.

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  6. kegarland says:

    This is interesting. I have a goddess tarot deck that features Lakshmi, but I never researched who she was or what she was “known” for.

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    1. Tarot deck? We have even more in common than I have thought, dear Dr Kathy! My Tarot deck features cats – what else?

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      1. kegarland says:

        A cat tarot deck? That’s pretty cool lol

        And YES to our commonalities 😉

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