It explains in detail the appearance of the Goddess Lalita to save the world from the clutches of the demon bhaNDAsura. There are three important sub-texts in this purANa. The first of these texts is LalitopAkhyAna, consisting of 45 chapters and is found in the last chapter of the purANa. The last five chapters are especially well known. They extol the the Divine mother, explain the significance of the mantra of the goddess shoDashAkSharI-vidyA , the various mudras and postures to be practiced, meditations, initiations etc.
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It explains in detail the appearance of the Goddess Lalita to save the world from the clutches of the demon bhaNDAsura. There are three important sub-texts in this purANa. The first of these texts is LalitopAkhyAna, consisting of 45 chapters and is found in the last chapter of the purANa.
The last five chapters are especially well known. They extol the the Divine mother, explain the significance of the mantra of the goddess shoDashAkSharI-vidyA , the various mudras and postures to be practiced, meditations, initiations etc.
The next text is the celebrated LalitA sahasranAma, which consists of verses in three chapters. The third text is the lalitA trishati in which names of the goddess is featured. There is a well known commentary on this work attributed to Adi ShankarAchArya. Lalita trishati and lalitA sahasranAma are dialogues between the sage Agastya and the god Hayagriva Pronounced as hayagrIva.
Hayagriva is the incarnation of ViShNu who assumed the form of a horse to kill a demon by the same name. Agastya was a sage of great renown, who is immortalized as a star in the celestial heavens one of the seven Rishi-s, saptarShi or Ursa Major. He is the patron saint of Tamilnadu being a founder of a system of medicine called Siddha, and also having drunk the whole ocean in his kamaNDalum.
The story of the meeting of Agastya and Hayagriva is given in the lalitopAkhyAna and is quite interesting. Agastya was visiting several places of pilgrimage and was sad to see many people steeped in ignorance and involved in only sensual pleasures. He explained that He is the primordial principle, and the source and the end of everything. Though He is above forms and guNas, He involves himself in them. He goes on to explain that a person should recognize that He is the pradhhAna primordial transformed into the universe, and that He is also the puruSha conscious spirit who is transcendental and beyond all qualities guNa-s and forms.
However to recognize this, one has to perform severe penance, self-discipline etc. If since this is difficult, Lord ViShNu advises that the worship of the goddess will achieve the purpose of life, given as liberation from bondage, very easily.
ViShNu concludes his discourse saying that this was revealed to Agastya so that he Agastya can spread the message to gods, sages, and humans. Agastya approaches Hayagriva with devotion and reverence. Hayagriva reveals to Agastya that the great Goddess, lalitA, is without beginning or end and is the foundation of the entire universe. The great goddess abides in everyone and can be realized only in meditation. The worship of goddess is done with the lalitA sahasranamA names and Hayagriva teaches him this great sahasranAmA.
Hayagriva is taken aback and keeps quiet. At this time Goddess Lalita appears to Hayagriva and tells him that both Agastya and his wife Lopamudra are very dear to her, and that Agastya is worthy of receiving the secret Lalita trishatI and then disappears. Hayagriva lifts up Agastya and tells him that he is indeed a great man since Lalita herself had commanded him to impart the trishatI to Agastya. He also tells him that he is fortunate to have Agastya as a disciple since he had the vision of Lalita due to Agastya.
He then gives him the following trishatI. Encoded and proofread by Rama Balasubramanian rbalasub at ecn. The file is not to be copied or reposted for promotion of any website or individuals or for commercial purpose without permission. Please help to maintain respect for volunteer spirit.
Sri Lalitha Trisati Stotram – శ్రీ లలితా త్రిశతీ స్తోత్రరత్నం
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