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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, […]