Branches of Rigveda

Branches of Rigveda are explained in Vishnu Purana. Vishnu Purana’s fourth chapter in Part three mentioned about the branches of Rigveda. At the beginning of creation, Rigveda contained all the four Vedas with hundred thousand mantras. That Rigveda helped a lot in the propagation of ten kinds of Yagyas. Then during the twenty-eighth Dwapar, my […]

Branches of Yajurveda

Branches of Yajurveda are explained in Vishnu Purana. Chapter Five of Part three in Vishnu Purana explains about the branches of Yajurveda. A disciple of Veda Vyasa named Vaishampayan created twenty-seven branches of Yajurveda and taught them to his disciples. He had a disciple Yagyavalkya who was the son of Brahmarat. At that time, all […]

Markandeya Katha, Story of Markandeya Maharshi

Markandeya Katha, Story of Markandeya Maharshi is explained here.. Many years ago, a great destruction (Pralaya) took place. The earth was shrouded in darkness and nothing could be seen. There was neither sun nor moon. Lightning and thunder crushed mountains and trees. There were showers of meteors. Lakes and rivers dried up. The entire earth […]

War of Kalayavana & Jarasandha against Krishna | How Krishna cleverly killed Kalayavana

Story of Kalayavana tells us how Lord Krishna defeated Kalayavana with his cleverness. Kalayavana Katha is also mentioned in Padma Purana. Once, goddess Parvati expressed her desire to know about all the incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Continuing with the various incarnations of Lord Vishnu, Lord Mahadeva told Parvati about Sri Krishna’s cleverness and how he […]

Sri Rama’s war with Lava & Kusha

Sri Rama’s war with Lava & Kusha is an important incident in Ramayana. The story of Rama – Lava Kusha battle is mentioned in Padma Purana’s Pathala Khanda.. Sri Rama requested sage Agastya to tell about the means by which he could become liberated from the sins of killing brahmins. Sage Agastya advised him to […]

Kubera Katha, Story: How Kubera became God of Wealth?

Kubera was the eldest son of the sage Vishrava. Vishrava had two wives. The fist wife give birth to Kubera. The second wife was a rakshasa (demon) woman and gave birth to Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Vibhishana. Kubera used to rule in Lanka and his relations with his cousins were extremely good. But Ravana’s mother did […]

Story of Manikundala

The story of Manikundala is explained in Brahma Purana. Named as ‘Gautama and Manikundala’ the topic explains about the trader called Manikundala. There was a city named Bhouvana. In that city there lived a brahmana named Goutama. The brahmana had a vaishya (trader and agriculture caste) friend named Manikundala. Goutama’s mother gave him a lot […]

Story of King Pradyumna, Ila Devi

King Pradyumna / Ila Devi: Vaivaswata Manu’s son Vishshta performed a Yagna to secure a son under the supervision of Sage Mitra Varuna but due to a mistake of the ‘Hota’of the Yagna, a daughter was conceived to the Queen instead of a son. But the Mantrik powers of the Sage, the daughter was converted […]

Story of Harishchandra and Varuna Yagna

In the Ikshvaku dynasty there ruled a king named Harishchandra. Harishchandra had no son. One day two sages named Narada and Parvata came to visit Harishchandra and told him that he would go to hell if he did not have a son. “How can I obtain a son?” asked Harishchandra. “Go to the banks of […]