Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Project Idea: Vishnu and Lakshmi

The divine couple Vishnu and Lakshmi, in their divine forms and in their human avatars, make a great topic for this class; you will be meeting Vishnu and Lakshmi right at the start of the Ramayana as Rama and Sita.

Research Tip: Start with the Wikipedia articles about Vishnu and about Lakshmi, and also the article about Narayan and Lakshminarayan. You might also read about their heavenly home in Vaikuntha. The article about Vaishnavism describes the worship of Vishnu, and there are holidays dedicated to Vishnu and Lakshmi such as Diwali and Holi. You might also enjoy this comic book on Reserve in Bizzell: Tales of Vishnu: The Gentle God. There are some great video resources by Devdutt Pattanaik, with his Seven Secrets of Vishnu series, plus his Seven Secrets of the Goddess (Chapter 5 is about Lakshmi). His Calendar Art series also includes videos about Narayan and about Vishnu.

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