The Hindu goddess of good fortune. Her name means sign in Sanskrit, a term to which believers often add adjectives like lucky or fortunate. She also represents beauty, love, and fertility and is described in myth as being a consort of Vishnu. Hindu representations of her include portrayals of her as a queen dressed in red (considered an auspicious color) and surrounded by lotus blossoms. Believers also sometimes place images of her on doorsteps in order to keep evil away and to encourage good luck. SEE ALSO: Holi; Vishnu

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