LONDON: When the British-Indian diaspora prepares to buy gold on the happy occasion of Dhanteras, Britain Royal mint has launched its first ever gold ingot to celebrate Diwali. The bar is engraved with an image of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi. The Lakshmi bar – containing 20 g 999.9 fine gold with Lakshmi engraved in the precious metal – was designed by Royal Mint product designer Emma Noble, through close collaboration with the Shree Swaminarayan Temple in Cardiff to ensure cultural accuracy. The bar sells for £ 1,080 (1 lakh) and will go on sale at 9am UK time on Tuesday on the Royal Mint website. The bar, Royal Mint’s first ever bar with a Hindu deity or Indian design, follows the success of henna-inspired packaging launched for 1g and 5g regular gold bars last year. The bar will be blessed at the Diwali Temple of Shree Swaminarayan Temple as part of their Lakshmi Puja on November 4, with Royal Mint officials present. Andrew Dickey, director of the precious metals department at Royal Mint, said: “With gold as a traditional and successful gift during the Diwali Festival, we wanted to develop a product that contains both beauty and tradition, but with a modern twist.” The design features the goddess standing on a lotus with a lotus in each hand. The If symbol is inscribed on the packaging.