It was during the churning of the ocean, during the Amrita Manthan, that the gods and asuras saw it for the first time. The tree with flowers whose fragrance can entice the gods emerged from the ocean as did numerous other treasures such as the Kamdhenu, the wish granting cow, Airavata, Indra’s elephant and of course, the nectar of immortality among a million other things.
As the Parijata broke through the surface of the ocean, the air around grew swollen with its scent. Indra saw it and laid claim to it immediately. This tree is too beautiful for people on earth, he said. It belongs in my kingdom. And so it went to the heavens with him.