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Story Of Vishnu Cursing Goddess Lakshmi To Become Mare

The story of Bhagavan Vishnu cursing Goddess Lakshmi to become mare is associated with Uchaishravas, the white horse mount of Indra. As per Mahabharata (Adi Parva Chapter 17 verses 1-2), Uchaishravas was a gem among horses, with all auspicious markings, every young, divine, graceful, and irresistible.

In the Bhagavad Gita, Bhagavan Sri Krishna stays that he is Uchaishravas among the horses.

As per Devi Bhagavata (Skanda VI), Goddess Lakshmi had to be born as a mare on account of Uchaishravas.

Once, a friend of Indra, Prince Revanta, reached Vaikunta, the abode of Vishnu, riding on the Uchaishravas. Goddess Lakshmi considered the divine white horse as her brother as they both arose from the milky ocean during the churning by Devas and Asuras.

She was so much lost in admiration of the divine horse and did not pay attention to Lord Vishnu talking to her.

An angry Vishnu, cursed her to become a mare in the world of human beings. She was then born as a mare in the Heheya dynasty, which took its origin from her. The famous king Kartavirya Arjuna was born in this dynasty.