The Story of Sati Anusuya
Anusuya was one of nine girls of Devahuti and wife of Atri Muni. She had unbroken loyalty to her husband. Her intensity of sattva was so great that due to it, devas going through the skyway felt her majesty. For this reason they also called her 'Sati Anusuya'. Lakshmi ji, Sati ji and Saraswati ji were very proud of their ancestors. God inspired Narada ji to destroy the pride of the three goddesses.
Devrishi Narada ji reached Kailash. Shankar ji was in Samadhi. Parvati ji was worshipping. She offered Narada ji prasada. Narada ji told that laddus are very tasty. He further told that but laddus offered by Anasuya were tastier. Parvati ji asked who she is. Narada ji told that she is loyal to her husband but Anusuya is more loyal to her husband. She got jealous. When Shankar ji came out of his Samadhi, Parvati ji asked him to breach the loyalty of Anusuya.
On other side, Narada ji reached vaikuntha, the abode of Vishnu ji. Lakshmi ji asked him about his happiness. Narada Ji said, this time he walked to Chitrakoot. There he reached the ashram of Maharishi Atri. Because of that he is happy. He further said, earlier there was glory of Vaikuntha, but nowadays it is Anusuya’s ashram. Lakshmi ji asked about Anusuya. Narada ji said, she is great virtuous and loyal wife. Lakshmi ji also asked Vishnu ji to breach the loyalty of Anusuya. Likewise, Savitri ji also requested Brahma ji.
Shankar ji, Vishnu ji and Brahma ji, in disguised forms reached Chitrakoot and went to Anusuya’s ashram. They begged her. When Sati Anusuya gave alms, they refused to take. They said- Devi only If you do our hospitality without clothes, we will take alms on you. ‘Hearing this, Sati Anusuya fell into contemplation. She thought, if she gives alms without clothes, then her loyalty for husband will be damaged and if she did not give alms to atidhi (guests), it would be big sin. She thought, almighty say, offer me without desires or longings. She said, if I am true to my husband and I had never thought of any man-man in a sexual manner, then all three of you become six-months-old children.
Sati Anusuya breastfed them and put to play in the cradle. In this way, Tridev became a prisoner of love for Mata Anusuya.
Here, when the three ladies saw that their husbands had not come, they were worried. Incidentally, they met Narada ji. The three goddesses asked them for the location of their husbands. Narada ji said that those people are playing as children in the ashram. Finally, all the three went to Chitrakoot to find their husbands. The three godesses asked Anusuya to enter the ashram. By the time, Atri rishi arrived there. Atri rishi asked who are these children and ladies. Sati Anusuya told him that these three children are mine and the ladies are their wives. Then, Atri rishi said to Aunusuya that do not mention this. These are tridev and the rishi sprinkled water on them. The children took the original forms. Tridev told them that they were happy to play as children in their courtyard. As tridev were pleased, they gave a boon to sati Anusuya and with their radiance, Dattatreya ji appeared.
Source: Shrimad Bhagwat Mahapuran