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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 […]

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.

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"...

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 […]

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 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, […]