Sarpa Raksha mantra and sandhya vandanam

May 31, 2011


Janamejaya's snake sacrifice. Astika (the boy in red) is seen asking for cessation of activities.

Astika, the brahmana boy of tender years, persuaded King Janamejaya to end his snake sacrifice. The King had earlier initiated the sacrifice to avenge the death of his father Parikshit by Takshaka, the poisonous snake.

The story of Garuda

April 30, 2011


The Story of Garuda (Source:Garuda Wisnu Kencana, Bali - Indonesia)

The race of snakes trace their origins to Kadru, the wife of rishi Kashyapa. Kadru bore a thousand snakes for her sons through the grace of the muni. Kadru also had a sister by the name Vinata, who was also married to Kashyapa.

Yayati falls down from heaven

March 29, 2011


Yayati lived in the upper regions for a long time. One day, he met with Indra, who asked, "Tell me, o King, to whom do you compare yourselves in ascetic merits?". Yayati replied, "I have not seen anyone among the Devas, humans, Gandharvas and maharishis whose ascetic merits are equivalent to mine"...

Creation – 1. The five elements

December 1, 2010


Creation - the five elements

As per Mahabharata, all things in the creation, including mobile & immobile beings, matter, energy, time and space originated from one source. This ultimate source is said to have no attributes (no color, form, smell, taste or sound) and is imperceptible (for our senses). This ultimate source is described by various terms Brahman, Paramatma and […]

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Mahadeva blesses Ashwathama

October 5, 2010


Yudhshitira approached Krishna and asked how could the son of Drona slaughter everyone single-handedly, something that even Drona could not do in the war. Krishna replied, "Ashvattama had the blessings of ...

Ashwathama’s desire for Krishna’s discus

August 29, 2010


Ashwathama once tried to obtain Krishna's discus in exchange for the knowledge of the Brahmastra weapon...

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