VASUDHARA

Vasudhārā whose name means “stream of gems” in Sanskrit, is the Buddhist goddess of wealth, prosperity, and abundance. She is one of the most popular goddesses worshipped in many Buddhist countries and is a subject of Buddhist legends and art. Her popularity peaks in Nepal where she has a strong following among the Buddhist Newars of the Kathmandu Valley and is thus a central figure in Newar Buddhism. She is named Shiskar Apa in Lahul and Spiti. She is comparable to the Earth goddesses Phra Mae Thorani in Theravada and Tai folk religion and Bhūmidevī or Lakshmi in Hinduism. Her scriptures and practices are also found in Tibetan Buddhism.

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