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Amsa Avatar in Mahabharata

June 29, 2010

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In the Amsavatarana Parva of Mahabharata, the various partial (amsa) incarnations of deities and asuras are detailed. Following is a snapsot of incarnations of some of the key characters in the Bharata. Partial Incarnation of ASURAS Jarāsandha Viprachitti, a Danava Shishupāla Hiranyakasipu Shalya Sahrādha, younger brother of Prahlada Dhrishtaketu Anuhrādha, younger brother of Prahlada Druma […]

The curse on Parikshit & the forgiveness of rishi Shamika

June 26, 2010

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It is well known that Parikshit, the son of Abhimanyu and grandson of Arjuna, was cursed to die within seven days when he insulted an innocent rishi by placing a dead snake on the rishi’s shoulder. The curse was however not pronounced by the rishi himself, but by his son. The incident happened when Parikshit […]

The Revenge of Takshaka and Aswasena on Arjuna

June 22, 2010

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When Arjuna and Krishna assisted Agni in the burning the Khandava forest, the wife of Snake Takshaka perished in the fire.  Takshaka’s son Aswasena, however escaped. (ref: The burning of the Khandava forest). After this incident, Aswasena moved to the nether world and lived there. During the Kurukshetra war, when Karna was battling Arjuna, Aswasena […]

The burning of the Khandava forest

June 18, 2010

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Once Agni developed a condition of indigestion, for which he approached Krishna and Arjuna and sought their help in burning the Khandava forest (Read: ‘How Arjuna acquired the Gandiva‘). Brahma had earlier prescribed Agni to consume the forest’s vegetation along with its inhabitants as a cure. Arjuna and Krishna agreed to help, and Agni in […]

Profile: Gandiva

June 14, 2010

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Some interesting facts about Arjuna’s weapon: – Brahma created the Gandiva and retained it with him for 1000 years; Prajapati* then owned it for 503 years, Indra for 85, Chandra for 500, after which Varuna kept it for 100 years. Arjuna then used it for 65 years. (Mbh 4.43) – Arjuna received Gandiva from Varuna […]

How Arjuna acquired the Gandiva

June 11, 2010

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Once there lived a King by the name Swetaki who was known for conducting extremely long yagnas. His priests assisted him for a long time until their bodies became weak and eyes were afflicted by prolonged exposure to the smoke. One time Swetaki desired to conduct a one hundred years long yagna. But his priests, […]

Brighu’s curse on Agni

June 7, 2010

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Maharishi Brighu, one of the seven great sages (the Saptarishis), had a wife by the name Puloma. Once when she was pregnant, Brighu went out of his Ashrama to take his bath. At that time, a rákshasha , also by the name Puloma, stopped by the áshrama. Upon seeing the rishi’s wife, the rákshasha  was […]