There is great significance of The Devi Mahatmyam or Saptashati from the level of inner psychic reality.
The Devi Mahatmyam begins with Markandeya narrating how a virtuous king named Suratha, dispossessed of his kingdom meets the merchant Samadhi who too has been dispossessed of his wealth and cast out by his own wife and children.
Instead of finding tranquility amid the peaceful and spiritual surroundings of the sage Medhas’ hermitage, they are plagued by thoughts of loss, betrayal and attachment to the past. Together they approach the wise sage Medhas, whose task it is to awaken them to a higher spiritual awareness.
The king, the merchant and the sage are archetypal characters that reside in all to differing degrees, characters with whom one can easily identify to varying degrees.