Manifestation of Padmavati and her marriage to Ananta (Sri Hari)
Lord Varaha then narrated the tale of Padmavati's manifestation to Prithvi. He also revealed to her that Padmavati was the reincarnation of Vedavati and had manifested so that she could become his (Vishnu) consort. Lord Varaha said---Once upon a time there lived an emperor named Akasha. One day he ordered his men to get the land situated at the bank of Arani ploughed so that a grand yagya could be organized there. As the land was being cultivated, the plough suddenly struck against something. People ploughing the field dug up that place and were surprised to find an infant girl, crying loudly. The news of girls' manifestation spread like a wild fire. The emperor became extremely happy since he had no progeny. He brought up that child as his own daughter. This way the baby girl was brought up like a princess. She was named Padmavati. Padmavati proved very lucky for the emperor, as the emperor, who was still sonless till then was blessed with a son. This male child was named Vasudana.
One day, Narada visited the palace and met both the children. He was impressed by Vasudana's intelligence but Padmavati appeared to be shy and absorbed in her own thoughts. Narada lovingly called her and instructed her to spread her left palm. Narada was amazed to find signs, which predicted Padmavati's marriage to Lord Vishnu. Everybody living in the palace became happy after getting this news. Narada then went away.
PADMAVATI BECOMES LORD HARI'S CONSORT
Continuing with the tale, Lord Varaha said-- One day, while Padmavati and her companions were playing in the garden, they saw an equestrian approaching them. He held a bow and arrows in both his hands. The stranger asked all the girls whether they had seen a wolf. Apparently the stranger was on his hunting spree. Padmavati angrily reminded the stranger that hunting was strictly prohibited in that area and hence he should go back home. The stranger was stunned by Padmavati's beauty and said--'I am Ananta from Venketachala mountain. People also call me Veerapati. Can I have this beautiful lady as my wife.'
Padmavati's companions angrily rebuffed Ananta who then galloped back on his horse. These unfortunate girls were unable to recognize Lord Vishnu who had come disguised as Ananta. After reaching his palace, Ananta found it very difficult to concentrate on his work. His mind was occupied by the thoughts of Padmavati. One day, while he was sitting in a thoughtful mood, Vakulamalika (a maid servant) arrived there and requested him to come down for lunch. But, Sri Hari (Ananta) was lost in the thoughts of Padmavati. On being asked by Vakulamalika, Sri Hari narrated the following tale to her ---
In treta yuga, when I had incarnated as Rama, Ravana had deceitfully abducted my consort--Sita. But fortunately she was not Sita but Agni's consort Swaha. Before this incident could occur, Agni had already taken Sita to Patalaloka and kept his own wife 'Swaha' in her place. Indra's act had special purpose behind it--to avenge Swaha's death, who was Vedavati in her previous birth and who had committed suicide after being touched by the same demon Ravana. Actually, Agni's consort 'Swaha' was 'Vedavati' in her previous birth. So, in reality Ravana had abducted Vedavati instead of Sita. Later on, I thanked Agni and promised him that I would make Vedavati my consort in Kaliyuga. The same vedavati has taken birth as Padmavati. You must go and convince Padmavati to become my consort. Vakulamalika went to Narayanapura and informed the king about Sri Hari's desire. Emperor Akasha was extremely delighted at the prospect of having Sri Hari as his son-in-law. An auspicious day was chosen for the marriage and thus, Lord Sri Hari got Padmavati as his consort. Ananta is also known as Srinivasa or Venkatesha or Balaji or Govinda, etc.
OM NAMO NARAYANAYA