SARASWATHI SABATHAM 1966 Story
Saraswati Sabatham tells the story of a fight between three goddesses over which has the best power. Narada (Sivaji Ganesan), a sage and celestial troublemaker, begins the fight by visiting Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, and asking her which is better: knowledge or wealth. Saraswati (Savitri) answers that her power, knowledge, is the best.
Narada goes to Vaikuntha and asks Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, which is the best: knowledge or wealth. Lakshmi (Devika) says her power, wealth, is the best. Narada goes to the Himalayas and questions Parvati (Padmini), the goddess of power or strength, which is best: knowledge, wealth, or strength. Parvati chooses her power, strength. The three goddesses, having turned against each other, each decide to choose someone on earth and give them powers.
Saraswati makes a mute person, Vidyapati (Sivaji Ganesan), able to speak and gives him all the knowledge in the world. There is a place where a Maharaja rules but he has no children. He is dying so his minister sends the royal elephant into the streets with a garland. The person whose neck the elephant puts the garland on will be the next Maharani or Maharaja.
Lakshmi controls the royal elephant and makes it give the garland to a beggar girl (K.R. Vijaya). Now the beggar girl is very wealthy and lives in a palace. There is someone who has been a coward his whole life (Gemini Ganesan), who Parvati makes very strong. The three humans fight and the three goddesses fight, but in the end they all realise that knowledge, wealth and strength are all equal in different ways.