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Story of Origin of Goddess Lakshmi and Samudra Manthan



Story of Origin of Goddess Lakshmi and Samudra Manthan, or churning of ocean, is found in the Mahabharata and Srimad Bhagavad Purana. Samudra Manthan was performed by Devas and Asuras to obtain elixir of life, Amrita. Numerous things emerged during the churning of ocean. Among the things emerged one was Goddess Lakshmi.

Srimad Bhagavad Purana states that when Goddess Lakshmi emerged from the ocean with lotus flower in her hand the Diggajas, or four elephants representing four quarters, bathed Her by pouring water from auspicious pots.

Goddess Lakshmi then chose Lord Vishnu as her consort.

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