According to this extract from the Uttarakhanda of Padma Purana there is a Goddess named Kotara/Kotaraksi that was worshiped by Aniruddha (Krishna's son) during his battle against Banasura. Krishna established her tirtha at the bank of a river.

1-13. A little away from it is the excellent Siddhaksetra, O goddess. Formerly Aniruddha was chosen by Citralekha for Usá.

He was taken to Banasura's city formerly and he stayed in his (i.e. Banasura's) house. Checked by nooses and arrows, he then remembered Kotaraksi.

She is actually the power of Visnu, always engaged in protecting (the devotees). Krsna installed (the image of) this goddess here on the bank of the river. Due to the hymn of Aniruddha, returning to Dvaraka, after having vanquished Banasura in a battle, she actually came near (him).

She seems to be the same goddess mentioned in this portion of Harivamsa known as Kotavati.

Although I am more interested in this sentence that Mahadeva narrated to Parvati:

Kotaraksi has a universal form. She has great divine power. She is superior in strength. She in Tripura, is the destroyer of Tripura; is Siva and of the form of Siva. She is said to be the daughter of Sarasvati. She is Durga. She removes misery. She is Bhairavi, Bhairavaksi, and Laksmi, to whom the people (i.e. devotees) of the goddess are dear, O Chief goddess. Thus various names (of her) are mentioned.

How did Kotara come to be Sarasvati's daughter? I am assuming this refers to the Goddess Sarasvati consort of Brahma.

Here (page 601 of the pdf) are the Sanskrit verses of the above quote if it helps. I've put them up as a screenshot because the copy-paste translated them as gibberish. enter image description here

  • It would be great if you could post the original Sanskrt verses as it could be a case of mistranslation.
    – Surya
    May 19, 2017 at 17:51
  • @Surya Okay, I thought so too. I'll put them up now.
    – Arya
    May 19, 2017 at 17:53
  • It looks like a case of mistranslation. The verse says 'Kanya Sarasvatopokta' which translates (roughly) as "The (Goddess in the form of a) Young Girl, praised by the wise'. If it was Sarasvati's daughter it would have been 'Sarasvati-Kanya' and not 'Kanya-Saarasvata'.
    – Surya
    Dec 13, 2017 at 16:41
  • Also, in Srimad Bhagavatam, Kotara is Banasura's patron goddess, whom he treats as his mother.
    – Surya
    Dec 13, 2017 at 16:43
  • It can be a printing mistake. pl check other sources. kanya is a name of durga and Saraswati is another name and in the sloka different names are put together.
    – user17294
    Mar 6, 2019 at 13:07


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