SREE LALITHA SAHASRANAMA
Lalitha Sahasranama is in the 36th chapter of
Lalitopakyana in Brahmanda
Hayagriva recites the story of the incarnation
of Sree Lalitha Devi to
The story of Sree Lalitha proceeds as follows:
During the ancient times, there was a powerful demon named Taraka. He was controlling and lording over the Universe with his unequalled power and strength. A group of devas then resolved that only Skanda can destroy Taraka. But, due to the penance of Lord Siva, the birth of Skanda had been delayed. Manmata (the God of love) was assigned by the devas to wake up Lord Siva from his deep meditation. With the intention of performing his job, Manmata applied the flower - shafts of lust on Lord Siva, who then roused with uncontrollable anger and burnt Manmata with the energy of his Third eye. Another energy flame from Lord Siva's third eye gave birth to Lord Skanda, who then destroyed Tarakasura.
However, due to the absence of Manmata, creation in the World had stopped. Realizing this, Lord Siva blessed Manmata for his rebirth. As he sprinkled the holy water over the ashes of Manmata, another demon named Bandasura was accidentally created. The supreme strength of the demon spoiled the righteousness of the three worlds. Indra, the king of Devas performed a yagna according to the advice of Lord Siva and as a result of this yagna, Devi Sree Lalitha appeared, embodying the powers of creation, protection and destruction. The Devas praised her in eloquent terms as Universal Mother.
Lord Siva married her in the avatar of Kameshwara and the
Kingdom of Sree Lalitha originated from the Sreepura, a beautiful city at
the crest of the mount Meru, built in the form of Sree Chakra. In a fierce
battle that lasted for a long time, Sree Lalitha destroyed Bhandasura.
SREE VIDYA & SREE LALITHA SAHASRANAMA
The term Lalitha means lovely, elegant or charming. The
philosophical basis of Lalitha cult is Sree Vidya, which is the ultimate
knowledge. It is the realization of the soul through synthesis and
reconciliation. The Devi is the inherent soul of all souls. She is the
infinite and eternal supreme Bliss. She induces the intuitive knowledge of
God, which is herself. Sree Vidya shows the practical method to experience
When the Kundalini Sakti is roused by appropriate means,
it travels along the suksumana nadi in the vertebral column and reaches the
Sahasrara. Thus, Sree Lalitha cult emphasizes the excellence of Yoga. Seeing
the mother pervading everything, it sees the world not as a battle field but
as a play ground. The Lalitha doctrine explains Goddess Lalitha as
Chidswarupini and Anandarupini (pure and blissful consciousness). Human
beings can remain cheerful in the world, like her children playing by the
side of their mother. Living exemplary lives, they finally find eternal rest
on the lap of the Divine Mother.
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