Puranas mention Sage Bhrigu as father of Goddess Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of wealth, fortune and auspiciousness. Some Puranas suggest that Lakshmi is the daughter of Varuna, the sea god. Here is the story of Goddess Lakshmi as the daughter of Sage Bhrigu as found in the Puranas.
The three worlds – heaven, earth and netherworld – existed in peace. To teach the inhabitants of the three worlds the secrets and mysteries of the universe, Brahma created seven mind-born sons and taught them the Vedas. They traveled around the three worlds and narrated the Vedas that was revealed to them by Brahma.
The seven mind-born sons of Brahma continued their divine work. The seventh son, Sage Bhrigu, wanted to know will wisdom satisfy hunger. The other six sons invoked Goddess Saraswati and gained enlightenment. But Sage Bhrigu wanted to find what satisfies hunger.
Sage Bhrigu set out to find what satisfies hunger and learnt from Varuna, the god of the sea, that everything in this universe is ultimately food. Soon Sage Bhrigu realized that Goddess Saraswati nourishes only the mind. He realized the importance of food and found that it is also equally important to nourish the body. With the help of his learning, he invoked Goddess Lakshmi, which nourishes the body.
For a balanced and happy life – Goddess Saraswati, that nourishes the mind, and Goddess Lakshmi, that nourishes the body, are equally important.
Sage Bhrigu then composed the Bhrigu Samhita, which helped sages and other learned men to know future and thus sustain what was provided by Goddess Lakshmi. The sages who learned Bhrigu Samhita believed that Goddess Lakshmi was the daughter of Sage Bhrigu.
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