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Lakshmi is the mother goddess, and the consort of Vishnu. She is the patron of wealth (both material and spiritual), prosperity, good fortune and is the embodiment of beauty and grace. In this form, she is bestowing gold coins of prosperity and the elephants flanking her represent her royal power.
Buddha with a topknot. Gandhara was the region that lies between N.W Pakistan and E. Afghanistan. first mentioned in a text in the 9th C. BCE. Over the next 900 years the region was conquered by Alexander the Great, the Indian Mauryan dynasty, the Parthians, the Indo-Greeks, and finally the Central Asian Kushan Empire. This complex history, with its many cultural influences, formed the foundation for a region where Buddhism flourished and the basis for some of the earlier images of Buddha.