Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Shani (saturn) met each other at an event. While they were talking to each other.
Lord Shani said – “I am greater than you, as i am uphold dharma in the world. I stand for righteousness”.
Goddess Lakshmi replied – “I am greater than you as i bring fortune, wealth and prosperity to the world”.
Lord Shani – “That is the problem, people get into maya (illusion) because of wealth and prosperity. They are pushed to further darkness because of you.”
Goddess Lakshmi – “You create fear in people and make them feel hopeless about life in general”.
Lord Shani – “You do not stay with one person for a long time, you do not have the power of discrimination as sometimes you can also stay with an evil minded person.”
Goddess Lakshmi – “Whatever it is people invite me and offer prayers to get my blessings, but everyone is afraid of you and they pray for you to leave them.”
Lord Shani – “When you go into the wrong hands, it becomes my responsibility to correct them. You create maya in people’s live while my duty is to expel the maya and make them face the truth/reality.”
Goddess Lakshmi – “Let’s ask Lord Brahma”.
Lord Shani agreed and they went to Lord Brahma and asked him to decide who is greater among them. Lord Brahma thought about the consequence of picking an answer and diplomatically pointed them towards Lord Vishnu. When they went to Lord Vishnu with the same question he pointed them towards the wise Sage Narada. Finally they asked Sage Narada to decide.
After dodging them for a while, Sage Narada answered thus.
“Both of you are great! Equally great! Goddess Lakshmi, you are great when you walk towards someone, and you are not so great when you walk away from someone. Lord Shani, you are great when you walk away from someone and not so great when you walk towards someone. So in my honest opinion both of you are great. You both are there to help man reach his final goal of salvation. Either with the contentment of having enough of the material gains a person turns towards self exploration or after realizing the emptiness in the material wealth a person starts to question the true purpose of life and in some cases out of utter helplessness people turn towards God and Spirituality.”
Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Shani were happy with the answer and walked away happily!
And that brought a sigh of relief to Sage Narada.
This story has a lot of significance to Uttara Bhadrapad nakshatra. Goddess Lakshmi is associated with this nakshatra and Lord Shani rules this nakshatra. So with time people born with prominent planets in Uttara Bhadrapada turn towards the final goal of enlightenment and emancipation.