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Re: question on lakshmi...

From: raghunath govindachari (raghu_at_turing.scs.carleton.ca)
Date: Thu Jun 22 1995 - 04:57:57 PDT

> NAMASTHE.
> 
> Could someone explain why MahaLakshmi is called 'Bilva NilayAm' in 
> Lakshmi-Ashtothram?(The verse is - BhaskarIm Bilva NilayAm.
> 				   VarArohAyashsvinIm.....)
> 
I don't know of any puraic evidence, but, in the Srirangam Thayar sannidhi,
 there is a Vilva tree which is considered sacred. There is also 
a special day every year when they dig at the base of the tree with a golden
 spade etc. I have forgotten the significance of that event.

Raghu