Goddess Alakshmi is the second wife of Kali, the male demon from the Kalki Purana and the Mahabharata
. She is described as having a dry shriveled up body, sunken cheeks, thick lips and beady eyes. Her vehicle is a donkey. At times she takes the form of an owl that accompanies Goddess Lakshmi
. Owl represents arrogance and stupidity that accompanies fortune. Her origin is associated with several myths.
One legend says Alakshmi was born from Prajapati
`s back. Another says she rose from the Kalakuta poison that was dripping from Vasuki Naga`s mouth. Another account says that Alakshmi was upset as her younger sister was Lord Vishnu`s wife and was living in Vaikuntha paradise. She had no husband or abode. Lakshmi then declared that god of death, decay will be her husband and she will reside wherever there is dirt, ugliness, envy, rage, hypocrisy and greed. Another name for Alakshmi is Nirriti.
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