In this connection it may be appropriate to refer to the incident when
Brahma and Surya (Sun) prayed to Lord Vishnu long long ago. Vishnu was pleased with their
prayer and created three Vimanas via., the Vaikuntha Vimana, Pranavakara Vimana and
Vaideeka Vimana, and installed him self in each and distributed Vaikuntha Vimana to the
residents of Vaikuntha (Heaven), Pranavakara Vimana to Brahma and Vaideeka Vimana to
Surya passed on the Vaideeka Vimana to his son Vaivaswanta Manu, who
installed it on the banks of the river Sarayu and from him it passed on to Ikshwaku.
Ikshwaku heard of the powers of liberation at sight of Pranavakara Vimana possessed by
Brahma. He wanted to bring it to earth for the benefit of the human beings.
As Vishnu wanted to appear on earth for some time, Brahma had to part
with the Vimana, and Ikshwaku got it. When the Vimana came to the earth and was placed by
the side of Vaideeka Vimana, both amalgamated into one. The amalgamated Vimana was
subsequently brought to Srirangam.
Now, coming to the birth of Goddess Lakshmi, it is said that Sage Hema
went on pilgrimage and visited all sacred places and tanks. One day, he came across the
thousand-petalled lotus with Goddess Lakshmi in it in the Hema Pushkarani or Golden Lotus
tank, near the river Kaveri at Kumbakonam, where Brahma and already worshipped Vishnu in a
previous birth. As the Goddess was found in the midst of lotus petals, she came to known
as Kamalavalli. Sage Hema with great delight took the child to his hermitage and reared
her up as his own daughter.