Srimad-Bhagavatam: Canto 8 - Chapter 1 - Verse 14


ततोऽभिषिषिचुर्देवीं श्रियं पद्मकरां सतीम् ।दिगिभा: पूर्णकलशै: सूक्तवाक्यैर्द्विजेरितै: ॥ १४ ॥


tato ’bhiṣiṣicur devīṁśriyaṁ padma-karāṁ satīmdigibhāḥ pūrṇa-kalaśaiḥsūkta-vākyair dvijeritaiḥ


Thereafter, the great elephants from all the directions carried big water jugs full of Ganges water and bathed the goddess of fortune, to the accompaniment of Vedic mantras chanted by learned brāhmaṇas. While thus being bathed, the goddess of fortune maintained her original style, with a lotus flower in her hand, and she appeared very beautiful. The goddess of fortune is the most chaste, for she does not know anyone but the Supreme Personality of Godhead.


The goddess of fortune, Lakṣmī, is described in this verse as śriyam, which means that she has six opulences — wealth, strength, influence, beauty, knowledge and renunciation. These opulences are received from the goddess of fortune. Lakṣmī is addressed here as devī, the goddess, because in Vaikuṇṭha she supplies all opulences to the Supreme Personality of Godhead and His devotees, who in this way enjoy natural life in the Vaikuṇṭha planets. The Supreme Personality of Godhead is pleased with His consort, the goddess of fortune, who carries a lotus flower in her hand. Mother Lakṣmī is described in this verse as satī, the supremely chaste, because she never diverts her attention from the Supreme Personality of Godhead to anyone else.