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...

Akshauhini

August 9, 2010

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An 'Akshauhini' is a combination of certain count of of elephants, chariots, horses and foot-soldiers. The count is arrived as follows...

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Profile: Yudhamanyu and Uttamaujas

August 4, 2010

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Yudhamanyu and Uttamaujas were princes and brothers from the royal clan clan of Panchalas. Both of them were designated bodyguards to Arjuna in the Kurukshetra war...

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The Eight Types of Marriage

July 30, 2010

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Mahabharata classifies marriage into eight types. They are Bráhma, Daiva, Ársha, Prájápatya, Asura, Gándharva, Rákshasa and Paisácha...

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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 […]

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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...