samudra manthan,and the return of Mahalakshmi The three worlds became unstable and the Devas and the Asuras started battling,where the Devas could not win and therefore,they went to Lord Vishnu ,who advised them to form an alliance with the Asuras ,led by Bali, to jointly churn the ksheerasagar,to get back the riches and also, Devi Lakshmi,most importantly.
Thus,Lord Vishnu took the kurma avatar[the tortoise form]and held the Mount Mandara on his back,above which,sat Lord Brahma and the Mount Mandara was coiled by Vasuki,the serpent of Mahadev,whose head was held by the Asuras,and the tail,by the Devas.As vasuki started emitting poison,Lord Shiva drank the halahala ,which Mata Parvati stored in his neck by holding it,and not allowing it to enter his chest,and thus,he got the name---'Neelkanth',.
There appeared varuni, Apsaras,kaustabha,chandrama, Ucchaishravas,kalpavriksha,kamdhenu,Airavata ,Devi Lakshmi,and finally Dhanvantari.
with a dazzle like thousand suns,standing on a beautiful lotus,appeared the Goddess of beauty,wealth and prosperity.,Devi Lakshmi.The honey bees chased her and all the Devas and Asuras kept gazing at her with desire,but her eyes were searching for her beloved Vishnu.Every fibre of her body needed him as she was made for him only.The Samudratanaya Devi Lakshmi prayed to the Lord in her mind ,to come out from the water and embrace her for ever.
Devraj Indra and Sage Narad prayed to the beautiful Goddess Lakshmi with much devotion.,and at a single glance,she returned all the riches to the Devas,Jeevas and AsurasBeauty returned to the nature.In the meantime,Lord Brahma announced Devi Lakshmi's swayamvar .She became restless in her mind,though outwardly she remained calm, and kept searching for Lord Vishnu.
Reading her mind,Lord Shiva called up Lord Vishnu,''o Lakshmikaant, ,your bride has long been waiting to get reunited to you,take your original form and come up to her'.
Then Lord Vishnu came out in his original form and asked the Devas and Asuras to excuse him,who were crowding in front of Devi Lakshmi.Finally, he set his eyes on the most beautiful lady,Devi Lakshmi,and both their hearts were brimming with tears of joy...to be continued.