Lalitopakhyana - The story of the Goddess Lalita
The anecdotes of the divine play of Para Shakti (The Ultimate Power i.e. the Divine Mother) are described in the various texts of mythology in several ways. Devi Bhagavata, Durga Saptashati in Markandeya Purana by the sage Vyasa and Tripura Rahasya narrated by the Lord Dattatreya are of this category. Not only that. Many Tantra books pertain to this pious theme. The rituals of worship and spiritual practices to attain the grace of Para Shakti are multifarious. Among them some methods of Samayachara (benign rituals) and Vamachara (wild rituals) are still in vogue in India. There are some mutual contradictions among these rituals. Lalita Sahasranama Stotra, the hymn of 1000 names of Lalita is the best one venerated by the followers of all the traditions. There is not a single ritual, which has any difference of opinion on this hymn, which is found in the Brahmanda Purana. The spiritual masters of the past have written several commentaries on the Lalita Sahasranama Stotra. They have firmly established that the hymn contains the essence of the Mantra Shastra (the science of holy chants) of the entire world. They have thoroughly analysed and described each name of the hymn from various aspects.