2Enakshi Ganguly = ""Her complexion is often dark, or white, pink, or golden yellow. When her complexion is dark, it represents her connection with Lord Vishnu. When she is seen as golden yellow, it represents her as the source of all fortune and wealth. When it is white, she is seen as the highest mode of nature from which the universe has sprung. And when seen as pinkish, it represents her mood of mercy or compassion toward all creatures since she is also the mother of all beings."Source: http://www.stephen-knapp.com/lakshmi_goddess_of_fortune.htm"
3Enakshi Ganguly = ""In common pictures of Lakshmi, we see four whitish elephants pouring water drawn from the ocean on the Goddess. This water is contained in golden vessels. Those four elephants represent the four directions—North, South, East, and West. The white hue here means purity. Wisdom has been occasionally represented in Hindu mythology by the form of an elephant.The symbol of four elephants pouring water from golden vessels on the Goddess suggests that the chain of Purushartha (endeavour), dharma, artha, kama and moksha has to be continuously strengthened with wisdom, purity and charity."Source: https://journeyingtothegoddess.wordpress.com/2012/09/30/goddess-lakshmi/"
4Sarah Mangum = "The dharma hands means a virtuous, proper, moral life."
5Sarah Mangum = "The kama hand signifies desire, wish, longing."
6Sarah Mangum = "Lakshmi's four hands represent the four goals of human life: dharma, kama, artha, and moksha."
7Sarah Mangum = "The artha hand signifies material prosperity, income security, means of life."
8Sarah Mangum = "The moksha hand signifies liberation, release, self-actualization."