Narayan otherwise known as Vishnu with His consort Laxmi
is called LAXMI-NARAYAN. He represents the power of preservation
and sustenance. He is one of the Gods of the Trinity. Laxmi
is the Goddess of wealth. In the Vishnu Purana, Vishnu or
Narayana is referred to as the Supreme all-pervading Reality
which is the substratum of the microcasm and macrocasm.
Vishnu is perceived as lying on the many-headed cobra, Ananta
or Adisesha in the ocean of milk. Adisesha denotes cosmic
energy and the ocean symbolizes ananda or the endless bliss
and grace of the Lord. Vishnu or Narayana holds in his four
hands a conch (shankh), a discus (chakra), a mace (gada)
and a lotus (padma). The Lord blows His Conch calling the
people to lead a pure and noble life. The conch is also
symbolic of Naada – Brahman or the music of the Cosmos.
The Chakra , Narayana holds denotes His maintenance of dharma
and order in the universe. The gada or mace connotes the
removal of evil in the world and the lotus is a symbol of
beauty and purity in the universe.
consort of Lord Narayana or Vishnu, i.e.Laxmi is the one
who brings prosperity. One hand One hand she holds, in abhaya
mudra which says ‘ Do not fear’ and the other
in the Varda mudra symbolic of the prosperity and grace
she gives to the humanbeings. She sits on the lotus and
holds lotus flowers in Her hand emphasizing the importance
of pure living
, the preserver and sustainer of the Universe symbolizes
protection, prosperity and purity of life.