Om ya devi sarva bhutayshu
Lakshme roopayna samsthitha
namastasyai namastasyai namastasyai
Salutations again and again
to Lakshme Devi,
the bestower of wealth, prosperity
The appearance of
Lakshme the Goddess of wealth.....
Taken from the eight Adhyai (chapter) of the Shrimad Bhagawat Mahapurana this dialogue is between the revered sage Sri Shukadev Ji Maharaj and the noble king Raja Parikshit, on the banks of the Ganga.
Shukadev Ji had already started describing the churning of the ocean and the appearance of the many things that came out of it. He reached the point where he now describes to Raja Parikshit the emergence of Mother Lakshme from this ocean of milk called the Ksheer Sagar.....
Then from this ocean of milk appeared
Lakshme who illumined the four quarters with Her majestic appearance.
She appeared with the brightness of a streak of lightning, flashing
against the crystaline mountain range called Sudama.
It is because of this that She became known as the Goddess of Light.
All present there including Devtas (gods), demons,and men developed a
longing for Her. She being the symbol of absolute wealth.
Lord Indra the lord of paradise, brought for Her as a gift, a throne.
The great rivers Ganga, Saraswati, Godavari and others brought forth in
jars of gold, sacred water for Her ablutions.Mother Earth brought for Her,
a variety of herbs also for ablutions.
The sacred cows yeilded to her Panch Gabya (milk, ghee,dahi or curds,
excrement and urine).The god presiding over the season of Spring brought
forth flowers and fruits appropriate to that season.
The Maha Rishis (great seers) laid down the procedures for performing Her
ablutions, all in accordance with the Shastric principles (scriptual
ordinances).[The first Maha Lakshme Pooja was performed here.]The celestial
musicians sang auspicious songs and their wives danced and even sang too.
Those who presided over the clouds sounded their tomtoms, tabors, drums,
and clarionets and also blowed their conches (Shank), flutes and lutes etc.
Then the elephants guarding the four quarters bathed Goddess Shri (Lakshme)
with golden jars filled with water whilst she held a lotus flower in one of
Her hands. This was done to the accompaniment of the appropiate mantras by
the Brahmins (priests).
The god presiding over the ocean offered Her two pieces of yellow silk for wrapping the upper and lower parts of Her body.
Varuna the lord who presides over water, gave Her a garland of flowers
called Vaijayanti . So fresh were the flowers that black bees hovered
around, drunk with the taste of its honey.
Vishwakarma a lord of created beings, offered Her beautiful ornaments and
Saraswati the Goddess of speech and learning offered Her a beautiful
necklace of pearls. Brahma the creator gave to Her a lotus and the Nagas
( semi devine serpents) a pair of earrings.
Holding in one of her hands, an arrangement of lotuses with black bees
bussing about it and with a charming face and a pretty smile,with beautiful
earrings hanging against her lovely face; Shree Lakshme now moved about in
search of a suitable match of Her choice.
Having a symmetrical bossom painted with sandal-paste and saffron,possessing
a slender waist and with the sweet jingling of Her anklets She moved here
and there in that distinguished assembly. Having deliberated for a while,
Shree Lakshme chose for a spouse none other than Vishnu the sustainer of
the three worlds.
Having accepted Him as a spouse, a loud noise issued from conches and other musical instruments.There was singing and dancing and great celebrating.
Brahma, Shiva and the sage Angira showered their praises on Lord Vishnu, on
this special occasion.
In this manner, the sage Shukadev Ji narrated to Emperor Parikshit the
episode on how Lakshme appeared for the first time.
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