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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 […]

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 […]

How Asuras & Devas came to be born on earth

June 4, 2010

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All was well in the Krta Yuga – people were virtuous, Kings just, and traders honest. Animals were well taken care of. Around this time, the Asuras, having been repeatedly defeated by the descendants of Aditi (Devas), with a desire to attain divinity began to be born in earth among men and animals. The Asuras, […]

The story of three disciples: #3 Veda

May 26, 2010

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Áyodha Dhaumya had another disciple, Veda, who remained with his Guru and toiled like an ox under harsh conditions for a long time. Veda often forsook food and comfort to take care of his Guru’s needs. Finally, Veda completed his studies with his teacher’s blessings and returned home. * * * The story about the […]