This is the story of how LORD VISHNU descended himself onto
the earth, took the name of SRINIVASA and married PADMAVATHI, a
reincarnation of his beloved Goddess LAKSHIMI. Srinivasa or
Venkateswara is the principal deity of TIRUMALA-TIRUPATI Temple
in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India.
Bhrigu and other sages start performing a Yaga-- a Vedic
Sacrifice --for the well-being of mankind. NARADA, the divine
musician sage and a cunning precipitator of events on earth and
in the heavens arrives and asks the sages, "Who, amongst the
trinity of the Gods, BRAHMA, the creator VISHNU, the preserver
and SIVA, the Destroyer should be appeased by this
While the sages debate on this, NARADA suggests that each of
the Gods should individually be tested for their composure and
BHRIGU is the right choice for it. BHRIGU accepts the
BHRIGU first goes to Satyalokam the abode of BRAHMA, and finds
Him and his beloved SARASWATHI, the Goddess of Knowledge in and
amorous mood. BRAHMA shows his annoyance at the sage's
The sage gets angry and curses BRAHMA not to have any temples
BHRIGU then goes to Kailasa. The abode of SIVA and finds Him
and His wife PARVATI, the Goddess of Strength, deeply involved in
a cosmic dance. Feeling insulted, the sage curses SIVA not to
have a human form and to be worshipped with ashes and leaves.
BHRIGU then proceeds to Vaikuntha, the abode of VISHNU, and
finds Him and his wife LAKSHMI, the goddess of Wealth, engaged in
an amorous adventure. They ignore the sage's presence.
The Sage outraged by the continued insults he received from
the Gods, kicks VISHNU on the chest.
LORD VISHNU, far from being annoyed by the indignity, begs the
sage for forgiveness and massages the sage's foot for the
pain it suffered, and in the process He removes the EYE OF EGO
AND IGNORANCE from it. BHRIGU suddenly realizes his mistake and
praising the LORD, returns to the earth as a chastened
LAKSHMI, in the meantime, feels that her place in the
Lord's body has been insulted. Enraged that her husband
instead of punishing the sage for the indecency, was nice to the
sage, leaves Viakuntha with bitter emotions.
NARADA adds fuel to the fire. VISHNU unable to bear his
beloved's separation also lands on the earth in search of
LAKSHMI is doing penance on the earth to purify herself,
NARADA accompanied by BRAHMA and SIVA informs her that her
husband is now at the foot of Seshachal mountain pining away for
her without food and water. While regretting for the separation,
she feels that the ordeal had not ended. She requests SIVA and
BRAHMA to take the forms of a cow and a calf and tells them of a
plan to help VISHNU.
LAKSHMI appearing in the form of a cowherdess sells the cow and
the calf of CHOLARAJA, the king of the land.
While grazing, the cow strays away from the herd and shed milk
into the Lord's mouth to quench his thirst and hunger.
The King, angered by this, orders the cowherd to drive away
the cow. The cowherd hurls his axe at the cow. The cow flees away
and the axe lands on the Lord's forehead. The cowherd falls
The King repents and asks the Lord to show mercy on him.
The Lord ordains him to be born as AKASARAJA and he would
marry his daughter, PADMAVATHI. The cowherd also comes to
The Lord goes in search of His beloved.
VAKULA, the Lord's mother in one of His previous
incarnations, now awaits His return. The Lord returns to her and
she names Him, SRINIVASA.
NARADA feels happy at the reunion.
AKASARAJA's daughter PADMAVATHI, now a beautiful maiden,
celebrates the arrival of spring by singing, dancing and playing
with her maids in the royal gardens.
While playing hide and seek, she accidentally meets SRINIVASA
and falls in love. He too falls in love with her.
Deeply in love, SRINIVASA neither could sleep nor eat. VAKULA
tries in vain to find the reason. NARADA appears and understands
the situation. SRINIVASA feels that AKASARAJA would not marry his
daughter to a commoner. NARADA suggests SRINIVASA to go to the
King in the guise of a fortune-teller and arrange the marriage
between Him and the princess.
AKASARAJA and the queen discuss their daughter's love for
The fortune-teller comes and proclaims that PADMAVATHI's
marriage with SRINIVASA is pre-ordained and hence it is
inevitable. The queen protests. NARADA then appears and allays
VAKULA arrives and requests the king to marry the princess to
her son. He accepts.
SUKA, the parrot sage, fixes an auspicious time for the divine
SRINIVASA, being poor, requests KUBERA, the Protector of the
Divine Treasury, for a load, KUBERA accepts.
SRINIVASA arrives with GARUDA, his eagle escort, in the lead.
The marriage of PADMAVATHI and SRINIVASA is celebrated with joy
and pomp. The Lord ordains that those who witness this story are
bestowed with abundant health and wealth.
Diwali - Little Lights, Burning Bright