Submitted by WBRi on Sat, 12/18/2010 - 23:44.
The sage Bhrigu was elated and at the same time perturbed to learn
from the celestial sage Narada that goddess Mansa was interested in
meeting him and she would be obliged if he fixed his convenient time for
her visit to his ashram and inform this to her through Narada. He was
elated because his ashram at higher heavens had never been visited by
any gods or goddesses ever since he had incurred the displeasure of Lord
Shiva by opposing him at the time of beheading of King Dakshma. Mansa
is the most favored daughter of Shiva and she is extremely powerful. Her
visit may ease his relation with Shiva and his ashram accepted by the
gods and goddesses. But the motives of this quirky goddess were
unpredictable even by the greatest astrologer and visionary like Bhrigu.
She being extremely cruel, power mongering and unhesitant to adopt any
unfair means to fulfill her desires, Bhrigu got a bit perturbed at the
same time. But denial would be disastrous for him. So he replied the
letter of the goddess by expressing his sincere thanks to her and fixed a
date for her visit. Narada left with the mail with the expectation that
some complications would result from the visit of the goddess to
Bhrigu’s ashram and he would enjoy it.
Bhrigu directed his
disciples to take immaculate preparations to welcome the goddess and
make ample provision for all conceivable amenities liked by the goddess.
His mind again got filled with worries. She could request him to do
something complicated that might lead to other problems for him. But it
would also be perilous to deny her request. He remembered what she had
done to the merchant Chand to force him to worship her.
day of her visit the sage was agitated from the very dawn but his
tensions were removed as the goddess entered the ashram with smiling
face and pleasant demeanor. She was dressed as an ordinary woman with a
simple sari and a necklace adorned with a diamond locket designed like
the head of a serpent. He was relieved that she had not worn any
necklace of living snakes. Notwithstanding her blind eye, she looked so
beautiful and enchanting even in the simple outfit that everyone got
spellbound to watch her entering slowly the gate of the ashram amidst
blowing of conch shells and sprinkling of petals of heavenly flowers.
She was a bit embarrassed while the disciples of the sage started
offering her pronam being prostrated at her feet. Then the sage came
forward to receive her and they exchanged pranams with folded hands.
Brigu’s mind was filled with ecstasy and pride as the goddess addressed
The goddess said politely, ‘I must tell you about my
purpose of this visit. This is a very simple task on your part. You are
the greatest forecaster of future in the universe and I’m interested
only in the future of the country Prasi.’
‘goddess, it’s a very simple task for me. Now you take rest and visit
the ashram for some time and I’ll call you to my room after completion
of my meditation.’
He then directed his trusted disciples to show her to the guest room and help her according to her wish.
goddess thanked the sage and left with his disciples. Now all his
apprehensions dissipated and Bhrigu completed his meditation peacefully
and thereafter informed the goddess by a disciple that she might call on
his room if she was ready. After a while the goddess entered his room
and the sage offered her a beautiful soft asana made of heavenly velvet
and painted with a large lotus at the middle. He then took out a mirror
from a shelf and handed it to the goddess saying, ‘this is a magic
mirror. You cannot see your image in it.’ The goddess took the mirror
close to her god eye and said, 'yes, it looks dark and what I’m to do
with this mirror.'