As Lakshmi was born in Ksheerasamudra she got the name Samudratanaya (Daughter of the
Sea). The story of
this is as follows:
Sage Durvasa was a great ascetic. Once he was walking along holding in his hand a garland
of flowers called Santanaka. Devendra who was coming from the opposite direction
riding Airavata ignored him. He threw the garland given byDurvasa on Airavata, which threw
it on the ground and trampled upon it. Durvasa lost his temper and cursed: "The pride
of wealth has entered your head. Let Lakshmi forsake you." Then Indra realized his
folly. He bowed to Durvasa and sought his pardon. Durvasa said, "Sri Vishnu will do
you good," and left.
On account of Durvasa's curse, Lakshmi left Indra and went away. BecauseLakshmi the
goddess of power, bravery,enthusiasm and radiance left, Devendra's life became miserable.
The demons that were waiting for such an opportunity invaded heaven, defeated Indra and
gods in war and occupied heaven. Indra lost his kingdom and hid out of sight of the