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Why Goddess Lakshmi is known as Chanchala? - Story Goddess Lakshmi The Fickle One

Goddess Lakshmi is also known as Chanchala or the fickle one – liable to sudden and unpredictable change. Goddess Lakshmi as Sridevi blesses devotees with fortune, power, pleasure and prosperity. When society was formed and when Asura King Bali was with the side of Dharma, Sridevi blessed him with prosperity. With Sridevi on his side, Asuras had everything in abundance including food and wealth.


But King Bali once ignored the blessing of Sridevi and declared that he has the power over the earth and he can give anything and as much he desires. Bali forgot that all his prosperity was the blessing of Sridevi. Arrogance led to the downfall of King Bali.

Later, Vishnu in the form of Vamana usurped all his wealth.

The Devas under Indra had become poor and powerless when Sridevi was with King Bali.

Sridevi fed up with the arrogance of King Bali left him and sided with Indra.

For this act, Asuras chided that Sridevi is faithless – yesterday she blessed Bali, today she is with Indra, no one knows who she will bless tomorrow. They called her Chanchala.

Goddess smiled and replied that she is not fickle but constant – She is only present where there is Dharma.

Good health, happiness, prosperity, abundance, beauty and fortune are always present where there is Dharma.

Mantra To Keep Maa Lakshmi Always Happy

  • Cleanliness
  • Following Dharma and 
  • chanting of the mantra 
'Om Shreem Hreem Shreem Mahalakshmaye Namah'
श्रीं ह्रीं श्रीं महालक्ष्मयै नम:

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