Testing of Trinity: Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh
Once upon a time, all the sages assembled and a dispute erupted among them as to who among the trinity was the greatest. So they appointed sage bhrigu to test the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh.
Sage bhrigu reached to Brahma, but did not greet him. Brahma got angry but bhrigu was his son so, he did not curse him.
Then bhrigu visited Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva proceeded to embrace the sage but, instead of accepting Shiva’s welcome sage Bhrigu abused him by saying that Shiva violated the dignity of vedas so he will not meet with him. Angry Shiva raised his trident to kill him but Bhagvati stopped him.
At last sage bhrigu reached vaikunth to see Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu was lying with head in the lap of Lakshmi. Bhrigu kicked hard at his chest but instead of getting angry Lord Vishnu got up, bowed his head before the sage and begged pardon, “O sage, pardon me, I could not welcome you at once, at your arrival. Your feet are soft, I hope they are not hurt. All my sins have been washed by the touch of your feet”. Sage Bhrigu felt very pleased by the serious talks of Lord Vishnu. His heart felt overwhelmed with excess of devotion.
Then he returned to the assembly of sages and narrated his experience. Since then Lord Vishnu is regarded as the supreme and giver of peace and fearlessness.