Sri Lalitha Sahasranamam occurs in Brahmanda purana (Old epic of the universe) in the Chapter on discussion between Sri Hayagreeva and Maharishi Agasthya. Sri Hayagreeva is an incarnation of Sri Vishnu with the horse head and is believed to be the storehouse of knowledge. Maharishi Agasthya is one of the great sages of yore who requested Sri Hayagreeva to teach him the most holy 1000 names of Sri Lalithambika .This is also called the Rahasya Nama Sahasra (the thousand secret names). Reading it , meditating on the meaning of the names would lead to the fulfillment of all the wishes of the devotees.
Meaning of the Dhyana (continued):
Arunam Karuna thrangitakshim dhrutha –pasangusa-pushpabana-chapam,
Animadhibhi-ravrutham mayukai –raha mityeva vibhavaye Bhavanim.
I imagine of my goddess Bhavani,
Who has a colour of the rising sun.
Who has eyes which are waves of mercy,
Who has bow made of sweet cane,
Arrows made of soft flowers,
And pasanugusa in her hands,
And who is surrounded,
By her devotees with powers great,
As personification of the concept of “aham”.
(…..to be continued)