Hindu mythology: Connection between Owl and Spiritual Wisdom

Hindu mythology: Connection between Owl and Spiritual Wisdom

Indian mythology has mention of Goddess Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth, fortune, and prosperity (both material and spiritual). 

Her four hands represent the four goals of human life considered important to the Hindu way of life – Dharma (righteousness, moral values); Artha (prosperity, economic values); Kama (pleasure, love, psychological values); and Moksha (liberation, spiritual values). She rose during the churning of the ocean. It is believed that everyone was smitten by her beauty and radiance but she choose to become Lord Vishnu's consort for he has a pure heart.


Owl is considered one of the vehicles of Goddess Lakshmi (other being elephant, lotus, etc.) Owl is a nocturnal bird who sleeps for most of the day and is awake at night. The bird may be considered a symbol of ignorance, and tells us to look beyond the glamour of worldly possession and seek inner wisdom. Lakshmi’s owl symbolizes patience, intelligence and wisdom.

Goddess Lakshmi seeks one to open the eyes to the light of wisdom residing within us. She prompts us to have the blessings of Goddess Saraswathi, the Goddess of Knowledge, Wisdom and Speech.



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