On receiving a divine command from Sri Lalitha Devi Herself, the ashta or eight Vak devathas composed Sri Lalitha Sahasranamam. These Vak devathas are Vasini, Kameshwari, Aruna, Vimala, Jayinee, Modhinee, Sarveshwari and Koulini. Sri Laitha Sahasranamam says that "One can worship Sri Lalithambika only if She wishes us to do so". Everything happens on Her will only. Sri Lalitha Sahasranamam is in the form of a dialogue between Sri Hayagriva, an avatar of Sri Mahavishnu and Agastya Maharishi. The temple of Sri Lalithambika at Thirumeeyachur, near Kumbakonam is said to be the place where Agastya Maharishi was initiated into Sri Lalitha Sahasranamam. Another version is that the Upanishad Bramham Mutt at Kanchipuram is the place where this initiation happened.
Meaning of the Dhyana (continued):
Dyayeth padmasanastham vikasitha vadanam padma pathrayathakshim,
Hemabham peethavasthram karakalitha-lasadhema padmam varangim,
Sarvalangara yuktham sathatham abhayadam bhaktha namram bhavanim.
Srividyam santhamuthim sakala suranutham sarva sampat pradhatrim.
Meditate I do,
On her who sits on a lotus,
On her who has a smiling face,
On her who has long eyes like the lotus leaf,
On her who glitters like gold,
On her who wears red cloths,
On her who has a golden lotus in her hand,
On her who grants all desires,
On her who is dressed with perfection,
On her who gives protection,
On her who has soft heart to her devotees,
On her who is Sri vidya ,
On her who is forever peaceful,
On her who is worshipped by gods,
And on her who gives all wealth.
(…..to be continued)