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Vishnu

 

Essence Of
Brahmanda Purana

 

 

22    LALITHOPAAKHYAANA-Lalitodbhavana , Stuti by Devas and Wedding with Shiva

 Devas were engaged in collective and continuous efforts of Yagnas and homas. On one glorious day, Indra and Devas witnessed a huge illumination from the ‘Mahaagni Kunda’ within a circular shaped radiance a profile of a Devi fully ornamened and bright silk dressed with four hands with a Paasha, Ankusha, a Sugarcane bow and five arrows with a smile beaming on her face appeared. Devas were in bliss to witness that Supreme Vision and commended her as follows:

 Jaya Devi Jaganmaatarjaya Devi Paraatparey,

Jaya Kalyaana nilaye Jaya Kaamakalaatmikey/

Jayakaari cha Vaamaakshi Sundari,

Jayaakhila Suraa- raadhey Jaya Kaameshi maanadey/

Jaya Brahmamaye Devi Brahmaatmaka rasaatmikey,

Jaya Naaraayana parey Nanditaaseshavishtapey/

Jaya Shrikanthadayitey Jaja Shri Lalitambikey,

Jaya Shri Vijayey Devi Vijayashri samrudbhidey/

Jaatasya Jaatamaanasya Ishtaapurtsya hetavey,

Namastasai Trijagataam Paalayitrai Poaratparey/

Kalaamuhurta kaashtha -aharmaasaastu sharadaatmaney,

Namah Sahasra seershaayaai Sahasra mukha lochaney/

Namah Sahasrastaabja paada pankaja shobhitey,

Anoranutarey Devi Mahatopi Maheeyasi/

Paraatparatarey Maatastejustejiyasaamapi,

Atalam tu bhavedpaadou vitalam   jaanuni tava/

Rasaatalam Katideshah Kukshistey Dharanih bhavet,

Hridayam tu Bhuvar lokah swastey Mukhamudahyutam/

Dryshachandraarkadahanaa Dishastey Baahavombikey,

Marusta Tavocchwaasaa Vaachastey Shhrutayokhilaah/

Kreedaatey Lokarachanaa Sakhaa tey chinmayah Shivah,

Aahaarastey Sadaanando Vastey hridaye sataam/

Drushyaadrushya  Swarupaani Bhuvanaanitey,

Shiroruhaa ghanaasteytu Taarakaah Kusumaanitey/

Dharmaadyaa Baahavastey syuradharmaadyayudaanitey,

Yamaascha Niyamaaschiva Karapaada ruhaastathaa/

Stanou Swaahaaswadhaakarou Lokojjevana kaarakou,

Praanaayaamastu teynaasaa rasanaa tey Saraswati/

Pratyaahaarastwadindraani dhaanam tey dheestu Sattamaa,

Manastey dhaaranaashaktirhridayam tey samaadhikah/

Maheemruhaasteymgaruhaah prbhatamvasanam tawa,

Bhutam Bhavyam Bhavishyascha nityam cha tava vigraha/

Yagna Rupaa Jagaddatri Vishwa rupaacha Paavani,

Aadou ya tu Dayaabhuta Sasarja Nihkhilaah Prajaa/

Hridayasdthaapi Lokaanaamadrushya Mohaanaatmikaa/

Naama rupavibhaanga cha yaa karoti swaleelayaa,

Taanyaadhishthaaya tishthanti teshweasaktaartha kaamadaa, 

Namastasyai Mahaa Devyai Sarvashatyai Namo namah/

Yadaajnayaa Pravartantey Vahni Suryendumaarutaah,

Prithivyaadini Bhutaani Tasyai Devyai namonamah/

Yaa sasarjaadidhaataaram Sargaadaavaadibhuridam,

Dadhaara Swayamevaikaa tasyai Devyai Namo namah/

Yathaa ghrutaatu dharini yayaakaasha mameyaya,

yasyaamudeti Savitaa tasyai Devayai namo namah/

Yatrodeti Jagarkrustram yatra tishthati nirbharam,

Yatrantameti kaaletu Tasyai Devyai namonamah/ 

Namonamastey Rajasye Bhavaayai namonamah Satvika samsthitaayai,

Namo namastey tamasey Haraayai namo namo Nirguanatah Shivaayai/

Namo namastey Jagadeka maatrey namo namastey Jagadeka pitrey

namonamastekhila Rupatantrey namonamastykhila yantra rupey/

Namo namo Loka Guru pradhaaney Namo Namasteykhila Vaak vibhutyai,

Namostu Lakshmyai Jagadeka tushtayai Namomamah Shaabhavi  Sarva Shaktyai/

Anadimadhyanta Paancha bhouktikam hyavaangmanogamya matarkavaibhavam,

Arupamadwandwamadrushta gocharam Prabhaavamagryam kathamamba varnaye/

Praseeda Vishveshwari Visdhwa vanditey Praseeda Vidyeshwari Vedarupini,

Praseeda Mayaamayi Mantra vigrahey Praseeda Sarveshwari Sarva rupini/

Iti stutwaa Mahaadeveem Devaah Sarvey Savasavaah,

Bhuyo bhuyo Namaskrutya sharanam Jagmuranjasaa/

(Victory to you Jaganmata Devi! May you be magnificent as you are the best of the Highest and the Paraapara! Victory to you as you are the Embodiment of Auspiciousness and Propitiousness. Victory to you Kamakala -atmika, Vaamaakshi, Kamaakshi, Sundari! You are worshipped by  all the Devas! Kameswari! Manada! Brahma mayi, Narayana paraa, Moksha Nilaya, Haryaasakta,Samastha Bhuvanaananda kara! Visha Kantha Shiva Priya! Shri Lata, Dhana Shobha Lata, Ambika, Shri Vijaya, Samruddhi prada, Victory to you! Indeed you are the cause of those already born or about to be born; you are the cause of Yagnas, and the virtuous deeds being performed like digging water ways and so on. Victory to you, Triloka Palaka, Ananta mukha netra, Savibhaga Kaala Swarupi! The Kaala Pramaana or Time Units of Kashtha- Kala- Kshana-Muhurta- Dina-Maasa-Rithu-Vatsaras are your creation; Our salutaions to You Devi! You are the Anata  Hastaabja and Ananta Paadaabja! You are the Infinitesimal compared to an atom as also the largest of the Largest! Sarva Vyapi Devi! Atala are your feet, Vitala are your knees, Rasatala is your waist, Bhumi is your Kukshi (Belly), Bhuvarloka is your heart, Swarloka is your face, your looks are Trilochanas of Agni-Surya-Chandras; the Directions are your hands; your breathing is Vayu; your voice is all the Vedas;  your play is Creation of Lokas; your companion is Maha deva; your food is happiness; your place of residence is the heart of the Virtuous Beings; Lokaas are the Seen and Unseen Forms of yourself; your hairs are the clouds; Stars are the flowers decorating your hairs; Dharmas are your hands; Adharmas are your weapons; ‘Yama Niyamaas’ representing Indrya-Nigraha or Physical Control and Upavaasa Vrataas are your nails; Swaha and Swadha are your  child-feeding breasts; Pranayama is your nose; Saraswati is your tongue; actions and reactions are your limbs; Dhyaana is your intellect; Dharana is your mind; Samadhi Sthiti or the Climax of Yoga is your heart; trees and creepers are your body hairs; Prabhata or Early Morning is  your vastra; Bhuta-Vartamaana-Bhavishyaas are your varied Forms!

Devi! You are Yagna Swarupa, Vishva Swarupa, Paavani, Ever Merciful Creator of the ‘Charaachara Jagat’; Being present in every body’s hearts you spread Maya all around; prviding nomenclatures of various  materials, you bestow Artha-Kaamaas or Prosperity and Fulfillment; Maha Devi! Our sincere salutations to you! It is with your consent that Pancha Bhutas or Five Elements of Earth-Water-Air-Fire and Sky are regulated; You materialised Adi Deva and take up the tasks of Srishthi-Sthiti-Laya under your instructions;  Dharani or Earth which was facilitated by you to bear the burden of of all the Beings; it is you who helped the Sky to hold Surya and other planets! Devi! At the time of Srishti you assume Rajo Swarupa, during the preservation Timer of the Samsara you display Satwa Guna and at the time of Laya you exhibit Taama Guna; You are indeed the father and mother of Samsara; You are Tantra Swarupa; Yantra Swarupini; the Epitome of  Aaishwarya, Ananda and Shakti; Adi-Madhya-Anta Rahita; You are Vishveswari, Vidyeshwari, Mantreshwari, Sarveshwari; be kind to us  and do provide us your shelter!  Jagajjanani!) Lalita Devi was pleased with the Stotra by Indra and Devas and she asked them to seek boons and the desperate Devas described their plight for the last sixty thousand years when Bhandasura dominated the World Scene and threw them out of  the erstwhile Swarga even as the Asura created a Swarga of his own. They supplicated that it was high time that Devas were restored to their lost positions by terminating the Bhanda Rajya for ever. Lalita Devi assured that the days of the Asura were over as he had by now come to Adharma and Anyaaya from his earlier years of Virtue and Shiva Puja. She also assured that who so ever would read or hear the Lalitha Stotra would be fearless and disease less; they would overcome difficulties and dissolve ignorance and be happy with prosperity, fame and good progeny.  


As Lalita Devi gave her appearance, Brahma arrived along with Maharshis and so did Vishnu by his Garuda Vahana. Shiva also arrived by his Vrisha Vahana. Narada and Devarshis, Gandharvas, Apsaraas too reached there and Vishwakarma was asked to build a suitable Nagari to accommodate several visiting dignitaries including the Mantraadhi Devata Devi Durga, Vidyadhi Devata Shyama and Ambika. Sapta Matru Devatas viz. Braahmi, Kaumari, Vaishnavi, Vaaraahi, Indraani, and Chamunda came as also Ashta Siddhi Devatas viz. Anima, Mahima, Garima, Laghima, Praapti, Praakaamya, Ishitwa and  Vasitwa. Crores of Yoginis made a bee-line too. Bhairavas, Kshetra palakas, Maha Saasta, Ganeswara, Skanda, Veerabhadra were there to readily serve Devi. Brahma then proposed to Hari that this was the opportune time to perform the Sacred Wedding of Devi Lalita and Maha Deva. With mutual consent, the wedding was celebrated under the auspices of Vishnu the brother of Lalita Devi. The latter gifted to her an arrow of never fading fragrant flowers; Varuna Deva gave a Naaga Paasha, Vishwakarma gave an ‘Ankusha’; Agni gave a ‘Kireeta’; Chandra Suryas gave her sparkling ear-studs; Ratnaakara Samudra gifted a variety of Ornaments; Devendra gave an ‘Akshya Madhu Patra’ or a Vessel containing eversasting ‘Madhu’; Kubera rewarded a Priceless Chintamani necklace; Ganga and Yamunas gave Vinjaamaras or hand fans; Indra and Devatas, Dikpalakas, Marud Ganas, Sadhyas, Gandharvas, Pramathaganas were delighted to hand over therir respective weapons to Lalitha Devi. Then Maheswara and Maheswaris were given a ‘Vedokta Mantraabhisheka’. As both of them were seated on a Golden Throne, Brahma named Lalita Devi as Kameshwari or Kamakshi. As the whole Universe  was thus replete with joy, excitement and anticipation the Bhandasura would soon be eliminated, Sage Narada prostrated and made a formal request to launch the Vijaya Sena Yatra or the Victory March to kill Bhandasura.   


LALITHOPAAKHYAANA-Indras dethronment, Lakshmis exit from Swarga, Prayaschityas and Atonement

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