Ksheera sagara: Ocean of milk: The milky way
It is said that Vishnu (the galactic centre) lies on Adi Sesha (That which is left over (sesha) from the beginning, Adi), in the Ksheera Sagara ( the milky way).
Ksheera sagara mathanam means churning of the ocean of milk. The Devas on one side and the Asuras on the other side pulled first one way and then another on a snake wound around the Manthara (Manthana means churning – Manthara is the stick used for churning?) mountain. The arms of the milky way, look to me like the two ends of the snake-rope that was used for churning.
As a result of this churning emerged all kinds of treasures, Amrutham (non-death) being the final wonder. Chandra (the moon) and Lakshmi (light) are easy to understand. What were the others. This ksheera sagara mathanam is connected in some way with Sivarathri. Because Siva swallowed the halahalam or poison on that day and Saivates fast out of concern. What could be the halahalam and what could be the amrtam?
Today we do not see the KalpaVrksham (the tree that grants wishes) or kamadhenu (wish giving cow) as a pattern in the stars, but could that explain them?
Vasishtha is one of the stars of the Sapta Rishi Mandala (Great Bear), he was said to be present at the Ksheera Sagara Mathanam.
I need to understand a little more astronomy and how the sky looks at night over the course of the year, to explain this better. Bangalore skies are not very co-operative, so I shall have to look at charts or something.
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