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Lakshman:
the brother of Lord Ram in the epic Ramayan

Lakshmi :
Goddess of prosperity, fortune and beauty; consort of Vishnu, sometimes called Sri

Lalita:
Goddess of bliss

Laya Yoga:
Yoga of absorption of sound-current (nada)

Linga:
phallic symbol associated with the God Shiva

Loka:
place; realm, as the deva loka, the realm of the gods

Mahabharata:
the epic of Krishna, Pandavas & Kauravas; one of the world's longest epic poems written by the sage Veda Vyas

Mahadeva:
'Great God', one of the names of the deity Shiva

Mahadevi:
'Great Goddess', the Mother Goddess of Hinduism

Mahashivratri:
Hindu festival devoted to Lord Shiva

Mahavakyas:
great sayings of Vedantic knowledge

Mahayana:
great vehicle, northern school of Buddhism

Manas:
mind or emotion

Mandal:
Hindu temple which can also be used for socio-cultural purposes

Mandap/mandva:
the canopy under which a wedding ceremony takes place

Mandir:
a Hindu temple

Mantra:
spiritual or sacred syllables or sounds which contain in their essence divine cosmic power

Manu:
Vedic original man, founder of human culture

Marmas:
sensitive body zones in Ayurvedic treatment

Mata:
mother, a compound often used in the names of female goddesses

Maya:
illusion, particularly the illusion of the transient, impermanent, phenomenal world

Mayavada:
doctrine that the world is unreal

Mehndi:
long-lasting pattern made with henna dye on the hands of a woman at her wedding and sometimes at festive occasions

Meru:
the poles

Mimamsa:
ritualistic form of Vedic philosophy

Moksha:
pursuit of liberation from the cycle of reincarnation, loss of the egoistic self, and union with Brahman

Monism:
the theory that everything in the cosmos is a unity and is equated with the divine

Monotheism:
belief in one personal god or goddess

Murti:
the image and representation of a deity in a temple, shrine or in the home

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very useful information! can you please tell me importance of mahalakshmi Stotram, which will be chanted in favour of Goddess Lakshmi and also the timing to chant this mantra?

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