Bhagvata Purana: The Embrace of Shiva and Vishnu (Sanskrit)

  • Ruth Vanita


In one of the primal myths, the ocean was churned by gods and demons in order to get from it nectar, the essence of immortality The ocean yielded a number of treasures, including the wish-fulfilling cow, and finally, a jar containing the nectar. The gods and demons quarreled over it, and the demons got hold of it. The gods appealed to Vishnu for help, and he assured them that he would take the form of a beautiful woman, Mohini (the enchanting one) in order to delude the demons into giving up the jar.


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    Cintalapadi Yeallanaryudu, Vishnu-maya-vilasamu (Madras: Vavilla Ramasvami Sastrulu, 1970).Google Scholar

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