Maha Kali, Mata Maha Lakshmi and Mata Maha
Saraswati got together and pooled their collective
Tejas or spiritual strength.
claims that during the period when
the Goddess was busy in destroying
the various Asuras, one day
her three main manifestations viz.
stunningly bright light emanated from the
place where the Tejas of the three
manifestations coalesced and a beautiful young
girl emerged out of this Tejas.
young girl asked them, "Why have I been created?"
The Devis explained to her that they
had created her so that she would live on
earth and spend her time in upholding righteousness.
The Devis added, "Now, go and take
birth in the house of one Ratnakar and his
wife who are great devotees of ours and who
reside in the southern part of India. Live
on earth. Uphold righteousness and evolve
yourself spiritually so that you reach higher
levels of consciousness. Once you have attained
the appropriate level of consciousness you
will merge into Vishnu and become one with
him." So saying they blessed the girl.
Sometime later a very beautiful girl child
was born to Ratnakar and his wife. The couple
named the child Vaishnavi. Very soon Ratnakar
realised that not only was his daughter extra
ordinarily pretty but she appeared to be endowed
with an uncommonly inquisitive and sharp mind.
Realising the prodigious intellectual capability
of his daughter, Ratnakar made arrangements
for the best teachers in the area to come
and teach her the sacred Vedas and
other religious works of the period. Vaishnavi
mastered these texts in a very short time
and wanted her teachers to impart more and
more knowledge. Unfortunately, however, her
teachers were unable to quench her intense
thirst for knowledge. Both Vaishnavi and her
father, Ratnakar, were disappointed. Ratnakar
advised his daughter to immerse her mind in
contemplating upon the Creator of the Universe
so that she could obtain the answers to some
of the questions which seemed to vex her.
Vaishnavi agreed and soon learnt the art of
going into deep meditation.
As a result of her meditation, Vaishnavi
increased her latent spiritual power considerably.
One day Vaishnavi told her father, "Father,
I have lived long enough in your house and
the time has now come for me to go into
the forest and meditate upon the Creator
with even greater devotion and intensity
so that I can attain Him". Ratnakar and
his wife had realised a long time ago that
the Goddess had blessed them with an uncommon
child. They had, therefore, over the years
learnt to accept the peculiar habits and
traits of their child. when Vaishnavi sought
their permission for going to the forest,
they felt sad at the thought of losing their
daughter. However, they realised that the
girl had already made up her mind and would
not be dissuaded from the course of action
that she had decided to adopt. So, reluctantly
they gave their permission.