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Lakshmi Appears

After that, due to Vishnu's encouragement, gods and demons continued churning the sea. Then a horse by name Uchaishravas, Kalpavriksha having the power to grant what is wished, Kamadhenu and other celestial articles took shape. When the sea continued to be churned the Apsara damsels were born. After that a surprising spectacle appeared. In the midst of the waves of the sea of milk, a goddess with heavenly looks came into view. She was standing on a fully blossomed lotus. Wearing a lotus garland in the neck, she was holding a lotus in her hand. Her appearance was most attractive. She, who was radiantly smiling, was Lakshmidevi herself. The sages began reciting hymns in praise of her. Gandharvas sang. Apsaras danced. The elephants on either side sprinkled sacred holy Ganga water on the goddess and bathed her. Because the elephants sprinkled holy water on her, she acquired the name of Gaja lakshmi. Because she was born in the sea of milk, she was called Samudratanaya. The king of the sea appeared in his natural form and comforted Lakshmi as a daughter. He presented her with attractive clothes and jewels. He handed to her a garland of lotus flowers. While everybody was looking in surprise, Lakshmi put the garland around the neck of Vishnu and occupied hischest. When she looked at Indra kindly, he acquired an extraordinary radiance.

Thereafter Dhanvantari emerged from the sea. Dhanvantrai is the doctor of gods. He had a sacred pot in his hand. There was ambrosia in it. When it became known the demons ran forward and snatched the Pot. Then there was fighting between the gods and the demons. At that time Vishnu appeared disguised as Mohini. As she was handsome, the demons looked at her in surprise. Mohini came near them and said: "Do not quarrel for ambrosia. If you agree, I will myself serve ambrosia. You sit in two rows." All agreed. The demons sat in one row and the gods in another. By sleight- of- hand Mohini served intoxicating drinks to the demons and ambrosia to the gods. The demons who were enamoured of her charm did not notice the trick played on them. The gods drank ambrosia and became immortal. They became free from fear of death. The demons came to know afterwards that they had been deceived. They started a war. The gods who had gained strength by consuming ambrosia defeated the demons and drove them away.

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