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Yayati falls down from heaven

March 29, 2011

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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"...

Mahadeva blesses Ashwathama

October 5, 2010

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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 ...

Pandavas receive the gift of Akshaya Patra

July 18, 2010

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When Pandavas marched towards the forest to serve the next thirteen years in exile, a lot of Brahmanas followed them. The entourage stopped at the banks of River Ganges to spend the night...

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 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 […]

Mahabharata: how the narration begins

May 27, 2010

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It is well known that entire epic of Mahabharata is structured in the form of a narration, recited by Ugrashrava Sauti unto a group of sages in the Naimisha forest who have been performing a yagna under the head of Shaunaka Kulapati. Ugrashrava Sauti is none other than the son of Romaharshana, a disciple of […]

The incarnation of Abhimanyu

May 2, 2010

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Abhimanyu was the incarnation of Varchas, the son of Soma (the Moon-God). Once the celestial deities together decided to incarnate on earth to fight the Asuras who had taken birth among humans.  Among them, Soma agreed to have his beloved son Varchas incarnate on earth; but due to the attachment towards his son, he asked […]