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Indra’s conversation with Surabhi

August 28, 2011

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Once Indra found Surabhi, the mother of the cows, weeping in the heavenly regions. Overcome by compassion, he approached her and enquired about the reason for her despair. Surabhi replied, “I am depressed on account of my son who is made to bear the excruciating load of the plough. The stronger of the pair is […]

Sarpa Raksha mantra and sandhya vandanam

May 31, 2011

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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

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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.

The history of Kurukshetra

August 19, 2010

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The land of Kurukshetra was in the ancient times called Samanthapanchaka (five lakes of blood). It later came to be known as Kurukshetra as Kuru performed asceticism in that place...

The story of the Camel and the Jackal

August 15, 2010

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In the Satya Yuga, there lived a camel who had recollection of all the acts of his former life. The camel engaged in austere penances in the forest. Brahma, gratified by the penances, expressed His desire to grant the camel a boon...

The story of the Cat and the Mouse

July 22, 2010

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Once there lived a mouse by the name Palita in a large forest. It resided in the base of an expansive banyan tree. In one of the branches of that tree, there also lived a cat by the name Lomasa, which subsisted on birds that visited the tree. There was also a Chandala hunter living […]

The parallelism of Noah’s ark with Matsya Avatar

July 11, 2010

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Vaivaswata Manu, the son of Vivaswan (Surya), once took to doing austere penances at the banks of river Cheerini. One day, a small fish in the river approached Manu and said: “O Sire, I am but a small fish that lives in fear of the large ones in this river as they may prey upon […]

The Story of King Indradyumna

July 10, 2010

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The story of Gajendra Moksha, where Vishnu saved Gajendra, the King of elephants, from the clutches of a crocodile is well known. Gajendra, in his previous birth lived on the earth as King Indradyumna. The King was born in the lineage of Svayambuva Manu, and ruled the Pandya country. (The above is not narrated in […]

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 […]