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From: V. Sadagopan (75041.3037_at_compuserve.com)
Date: Sat Nov 11 1995 - 16:45:01 PST
Murali: I have aspeculative answer for your query on Garba Gauri and how that fits into Lakshmi Ashtotthram. Gauri literally means a Fair One. Maha Lakshmi with her golden complexion (Hiranya Varnaam/Sri Sooktham) is indeed a fair one. Garba Gauri can mean Fair from birth.This is similar to calling Prahlada Garbha Sriman due to the blessings he recd from hearing the Ashtakshara Mantram in the womb of his mother from Narada Maharishi. When Maha Lakshmi arose from the milky ocean, Srimad Bhagavatham describes her as "Ranjayanthi disa: Kaanthyaa Vidyut Sowdhaamini Yata"(Bh 8-8-8). Bhagavatham describes her appearance at the time of Her birth as a Fair and beautiful flash of lightning.The next slokam in Bhagavatham says that the assembled people were wonderstruck at her Youth,Fair Comlexion and beauty. Puranas always have cross references as they praise their own objects of worship. Thus a study of Siva Puranas, Devi Puranas might have conflicting cross references. For instance Sri Lalitha will be called kamala, which is generally the name of Maha Lakshmi. In these instances, literal meanings are helpful as in the case in point here. Sadagopan ---------- Forwarded Message ---------- From: Murali Karamchedu, INTERNET:email@example.com TO: (unknown), INTERNET:PRAPATTI@SRIRANGAM.ESD.SGI.COM DATE: 11/7/95 10:03 PM RE: Need clarification on 'Garbha Gowri' Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Received: from sgigate.sgi.com by arl-img-1.compuserve.com (8.6.10/5.950515) id VAA06580; Tue, 7 Nov 1995 21:48:06 -0500 Received: from sgihub.corp.sgi.com by sgigate.sgi.com via ESMTP (950911.SGI.8.6.12.PATCH825/940406.SGI) id SAA14328; Tue, 7 Nov 1995 18:46:57 -0800 Received: from srirangam.esd.sgi.com by sgihub.corp.sgi.com via ESMTP (950511.SGI.8.6.12.PATCH526/911001.SGI) id SAA29695; Tue, 7 Nov 1995 18:46:56 -0800 Received: from ares.esd.sgi.com by srirangam.esd.sgi.com via ESMTP (940816.SGI.8.6.9/940406.SGI.AUTO) for <email@example.com> id SAA09399; Tue, 7 Nov 1995 18:44:12 -0800 Received: from sgi.sgi.com by ares.esd.sgi.com via ESMTP (940816.SGI.8.6.9/950213.SGI.AUTOCF) for <firstname.lastname@example.org> id SAA06487; Tue, 7 Nov 1995 18:43:38 -0800 Received: from chaph.usc.edu by sgi.sgi.com via ESMTP (950405.SGI.8.6.12/910110.SGI) for <email@example.com> id SAA02567; Tue, 7 Nov 1995 18:43:37 -0800 Received: from lvl-sun701.usc.edu (firstname.lastname@example.org [188.8.131.52]) by chaph.usc.edu (8.7.1/8.6.4) with ESMTP id QAA24438 for <email@example.com>; Tue, 7 Nov 1995 16:23:48 -0800 (PST) Received: (karamche@localhost) by lvl-sun701.usc.edu (8.7.1/8.6.7+ucs) id QAA13106 for firstname.lastname@example.org; Tue, 7 Nov 1995 16:23:45 -0800 (PST) Date: Tue, 7 Nov 1995 16:23:45 -0800 (PST) From: Murali Karamchedu <email@example.com> Message-Id: <199511080023.QAA13106@lvl-sun701.usc.edu> To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Need clarification on 'Garbha Gowri' X-Sun-Charset: US-ASCII Hello everyone. I am looking for some light on this particular line from the Lakshmi Astothram: Ksheerodhaje kamala komala Garbha Gowri... I find the term Garbha Gowri very curious and need some information on this usage. Regards. Murali Manohar.