I heard about this story before, but I can't remember where to find it.

  • It is not father, it is husband. Right?
    – hanugm
    Jan 24, 2021 at 11:32
  • I'm not sure, but it was a man important in her life?
    – Orionixe
    Jan 28, 2021 at 1:31

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The story of Saraswati taking princess Lila to another universe to show the next birth of her (dead) husband is present in the scripture Yoga Vasistha.

The whole story is from section 15 to section 60.

The name of princess is Lila. Her name is Arundathi in her previous life. The name of Lila's husband is Padma and his name is Vasistha in his previous life.

The names of her husband are as follows

Vaistha (previous life) -> Padma (current life) -> Viduratha (next life)

The names of wives of Padma are as follows

Arundati (Vaistha's wife) -> Lila (Padma's wife) -> Lila (Viduratha's wife)

It is important to note that same Jiva is present in Vasistha, Padma and Viduratha. But Padma's wife Lila is different from Viduratha's wife Lila. Arundati and Lila has same Jiva, who is different from the Jiva of Viduratha's wife Lila.

Saraswati sent Padma's wife Lila to Viduratha's universe. Later, they visit Vaista and Arundati's universe. Afterwards, they both visit Viduratha's universe and finally arrives to the original Padma's universe. Viduratha's wife Lila also arrives to the Pama's universe and finally Padma continues to rule his kingdom along with two Lila's.

  • Can only deities travel to other universes, is that why Lila asked Saraswati for help?
    – Orionixe
    Jan 29, 2021 at 0:14
  • @Orionixe Not only dieties, Yogi can also travel. Lila performs Yoga under the guidance of Saraswathi for doing so. The story contains all the details related to that.
    – hanugm
    Jan 29, 2021 at 0:42
  • Thank you so much for your help! Stories about alternate universes is what makes HInduism so unique to me
    – Orionixe
    Jan 29, 2021 at 1:51
  • @Orionixe Welcome.... There are plenty of questions about time, the universe, etc., you can read them....
    – hanugm
    Jan 29, 2021 at 5:54
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