This happened long
long ago. Ashwapathi was the king of Madradesha. He was just and noble. His wife was
Malavi. They had only one sorrow; otherwise, they were perfectly happy. They had no
children. They performed religious rites to get children. They worshipped Goddess
Savithri. A year passed, two years passed. The Goddess did not answer their prayers. Yet
the couple did not give up their attempt. They continued their religious rites
Eighteen years passed.
Goddess Savithri was pleased with them. The couple praised the Goddess in many ways.
Ashwapahi said, "Mother, I have everything. I am happy with my wife. My subjects love
me and my courtiers serve me with love. But I have no children. After me there is no one
to protect this country. Mother, I want children to continue my dynasty."
Goddess Savithri said, "O king nothing can happen which is not willed by Lord
Brahma. You will have radiant daughter, that is Brahmas will." The Goddess
blessed the king and disappeared.
Some time passed. Ashwapathis wife gave birth to a daughter. She was Goddess
Savithris gift and so she was named after the Goddess Herself.