Sri Sukta, also called Sri Suktam, is a Sanskrit devotional hymn (set of slokas) revering Sri or Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth, prosperity and fertility. The hymns are found in the Rig Vedic khilanis, which are appendixes to the Rigveda that probably date to pre-Buddhist times.
Sri sukta is recited, with a strict adherence to the vedic meter, to invoke the goddess' blessings The Sri Suktam assumes specific significance because of Sri Mahalakshmi's presence on Lord Sri Venkateswara (at Tirumala) or Vishnu's chest, at the Heart. Lakshmi is the embodiment of Love, from which devotion to God or Bhakti flows from. It is through Love/Bhakti or Lakshmi that the atma or soul is able to reach God or Vishnu
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English Translation by Ramesh Krishnakumar, to the invocative rendering by Shewta Pandit ( Times music Maha Lakshmi chants)
The hymns are found in the Rig Vedic khilanis, which are appendixes to the Rig veda and date to pre-Buddhist times.
Reciting the Sri Suktam brings prosperity peace, and all-round abundance. It is widely believed that recitation of this powerful stotra bestows unfailing power to the character and personality of those who recite it, to their general well being and to those whom they influence.
Mahalakshmi is prosperity, wealth of life. Wealth of life is not limited to money, gold or silver. All forms of happiness, satisfaction, abundance and position in society are due to Mahalakshmi. Any form of superior grandeur, greatness and glory is due to Mahalakshmi.
The Sri Sukta is one of the Pancha Suktam (5 Suktams) recited during the 3-hour long Abhishek of Lord Sri Venkateswara, at the famed ancient Hill Shrine of the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple in Andhra Pradesh, India. The Abhishekam to the main deity is performed every Friday.