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Anasooyaa was one of the nine daughters of Kardam Rishi and Manu's daughter Devahooti. She was married to Atri Rishi and had Brahmaa, Vishnu and Shiv as her sons. Anasooyaa literally means "free from jealousy and envy".
Once Atri Rishi and Anasooyaa did severe penance for Bhagavaan to have children. After sometime all three Devtaa, Brahmaa, Vishnu and Shiv appeared before the. Seeing them Atri and Anasooyaa prayed them and asked them _"Who are you? And what purpose has brought to you here?" They said - "For whoever you were doing Tapasyaa, we are those three." Atri Jee said - "But I was doing Tap for Shree Hari." They said - "We are the same Hari. Ask, whatever you wish to ask for." Atri Rishi said - "I wish to have sons." They said - "So be it. We all three will appear in your house as your sons." and they disappeared.
When the time came Chandramaa (Brahmaa's Avataar) appeared from Atri's eyes. Brahmaa Jee appointed Him as the king of Braahman, medicines and constellations. Among his other two sons are Dattaatreya (Vishnu's Avataar), and Durvaasaa Muni (Mahaadev's Avataar).
Anasooyaa Saves the World
When Raam was in His exile period, He visited Atri Muni's Aashram. There Atri Muni introduced Anasooyaa thus - "When it didn't rain for 10 years and the whole world started burning in Sun's heat, at that time she produced fruits and flowers and brought Gangaa Jee here. She has done Tapasyaa for 10,000 years and with the effect of that Tapasyaa Rishi got relieved from troubles. Converter of one night into 10 nights for Devtaa, this Anasooyaa is like your mother. Raam, you send Seetaa to her because she is respectable for everybody."
Anasooyaa Meets Seetaa
Anasooyaa Changed the Three Devtaa into Infants
Now Anasooyaa was in a great flux, how to do this? It was a strange request. She could not refuse Bhikshaa also as they all were Braahman, nor she could give them Bhikshaa with such condition. She said to them - "Wait, I come back after taking off my clothe." and went inside. The three Devtaa stood their in surprise just to see what will happen next. Inside the Aashram Anasooyaa prayed her husband - "If I have always observed my Paativrat Dharm, then these three Braahman should be transformed into babies." and started taking off her clothes.
As she came out she heard the cry of three newborn babies. She took them in her lap and breastfed them one by one. After they were satisfied, she laid them down and went inside to wear her clothes on. When she came outside again she saw those three Braahman still waiting for their Bhikshaa. Seeing her they appeared before her in their real form, blessed her and went away.
Created by Sushma Gupta On 5/27/04
Modified on 02/16/13