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Dattatreya Mahatmya – Lord Dattatreya Defeating Demons with the help of Goddess Lakshmi

There is an interesting story in Dattatreya Mahatmya about Lord Dattatreya defeating demons with the help of Goddess Lakshmi. Demon army led by demon king Jambha defeated the Devas or demigods. He became the ruler of the three worlds.

On the advice of Brihaspati, the gods went to the hermitage of Dattatreya and asked for his help.
Goddess Lakshmi was living in the hermitage of Dattatreya during the time.

They promised to help the Devas.

A plan was hatched and as per the plan, Devas were to get the demons to the ashram of Dattatreya.

As per the plan, Devas attacked the demons. When the demons retaliated, the Devas took refuge in the ashram of Dattatreya.

Demons soon reached the ashram. However, when they saw the beautiful goddess Lakshmi by the side of Dattatreya they were filled with passion. They decided to kidnap her.

Dattatreya then told the Devas that due to the immoral behavior of the demons they have lost their prowess and strength.

On hearing this Devas attacked the demons and defeated them.