Once the great sage Bhrigu went to heaven. Their Vishnu was sleeping on Adisesha. The sage
and kicked at Vishnu's chest. Then Vishnu got up and said: "0 sage, welcome to you!
Excuse me. I do not know how much your foot should have been hurt because it touched my
hard chest." He massaged his leg and comforted him. Sage Bhrigu was pleased. Saying,
"You have comforted me without losing your temper even when kicked. You possess good
nature, you are the best," he left.
Narayana's wife Lakshmi was dissatisfied. "The sage kicked at the chest in which I
reside! It means dishonoring me. Without punishing him my husband comforts him!" So
thinking, she became angry. I cannot reside in this chest any more, she decided, and in
disgust went to Kolhapur and settled. Even now the temple of Mahalakshmi at Kolhapur is
As Lakshmi left, Vishnu became sad. He went from Vaikuntha
to Tirupati and settled in Venkatadri under the name of Venkatesha.
Akasharaja, the king of Chola country, had no children. His teacher told him toperform a
religious function to get children.
The king agreed to it and he himself was ploughing the earth to level the ground. When the
plough split the ground, a lotus with many petals came into view. A female child was lying
in it. A voice was heard from heaven saying, "0 King, this girl is very fortunate.
Bring her up considering her as your daughter." With pleasure the king gave the child
to his queen Dharanidevi. The child was named 'Padmavati'. She was brought up with great
affection. She grew up into a woman bright as the moon in the first phase of the month.
One day when Padmavati was enjoying herself in the garden
with her friends, Narada came there. Looking at Padmavati he said, "0 Mother, I know
who you are. You are truly Lakshmi. As you could not bear the separation from Vishnu, you
have been born thus and come here. He, in the form of Venkatesha, is suffering due to
separation from you and living there.Within a few days you two will be married," and
Padmavati was attracted by Venkatesha one day when she was amusing herself in the garden.
Venkatesha came there and saw her. They became acquainted and love grew between them.When
Akasharaja came to know of this, he gladly agreed to their marriage. As desired by
Vekatesha, Brahma and other gods attended the wedding. The marriage was celebrated
Because 'Sri' (Lakshmi) permanently settled down in
Tirupati on Venkatesha's chest, he got the name 'Srinivasa.'
Thus there are numerous stories about Lakshmi. Lakshmi has been worshipped by our
ancestors as the goddess of wealth. By worshipping her our brilliance, liveliness and
0 lotus-seated Goddess!
Shining in the midst of lotus flowers,
Delighted in lotus flowers! Having eyes wide and beautiful like lotus petals,
Beloved of the entire universe, favorable to every mind,
May you place those lotus feet of yours on me!