Wednesday, November 7, 2007
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Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Laxmi was born to a poor family in a village in Araria district in India's eastern Bihar city. The illiterate villagers first considered her as an incarnation of Hindu Goddess Laxmi but after some time they realized that she was not well and needed medical help. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, some people tried to make money from the child, and her parents had to hide the girl after a circus tried to buy her.
The 2-year-old girl is joined to what's called a parasitic twin that stopped developing in the mother's womb. Parasitic twins (also known as an asymmetrical or unequal conjoined twin) occur when a twin embryo begins developing in utero, but the pair does not fully separate, and one embryo maintains dominant development at the expense of the other. Unlike conjoined twins, one ceases development during gestation and is vestigial to a mostly fully-formed, otherwise healthy individual twin. The undeveloped twin is defined as parasitic, rather than conjoined, because it is incompletely formed or wholly dependent on the body functions of the complete fetus.
Lakshmi is the Hindu goddess of wealth, fortune, love, beauty, and fertility. She is closely associated with the lotus flower She is the consort of Vishnu and married his incarnations Rama (in her incarnation as Sita), Krishna (as Rukmini or Radha) and Venkateshwara (as Alamelu).In Vaishnava traditions, She is believed to be the Mother Goddess and the Shakti of Narayan.In astrology Venus represents Lakshmi. In Voodoo, she could be likened to Erzulie Freda. Physically, goddess Lakshmi is described as a fair lady, with four arms, seated on a lotus, dressed in fine garments and precious jewels. Her expression is always calm and loving.