Importance of Surya Puja (Surya Bhagavan’s worship)

Surya Puja

What is the importance of Surya Puja (Surya Bhagavan’s worship)? Here is the detailed explanation about the significance of Surya Pujan… Once, while describing about the importance of Surya’s worship to Vaishampayan, Sage Vyasa narrated the following tale – There lived a king named Bhadreshwar. He ruled over Madhyadesh. Once his left hand was infected […]

108 Sacred Names of Surya Deva in Brahma Purana

Brahma once recounted to the sages the one hundred and eight sacred names of Surya. The Brahma Purana lists these names and we reproduce them in nine groups of twelve names each. 1. Surya, Archana, Bhagavana, Tvashta, Pusha, Arka, Savita, Ravi, Gabhastimana, Aja, Kala, Mrityu. 2. Dhata, Prabhakara, Prithivi, Jala, Teja, Akasha, Vayu, Parayana, Soma, […]

Suryavansh | Story of Suryavansh | Lineage of Suryavansh

The story of Suryavansh is mentioned in Vishnu Purana. This story begins with King Sagar.. King Sagar had two queens, Sumati, the daughter of Kashyapa and Keshini, the daughter of Vidarbha’s king. Keshini had a son Asmanjas whereas Sumati had sixty thousand sons. Anshuman was the son of Asmanjas. Asmanjas was very whimsical since his childhood. […]

Why is Lord Ganesha called the Lord of intellect, wisdom, Knowledge & prosperity?

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Why is Lord Ganesha called the Lord of intellect, wisdom, Knowledge & prosperity? Is there any reason behind it? Yes, it has every reason… The story about the competition for Ganadhyaksha is a best example for this that why Lord Ganesha is called the Lord of intellect, wisdom, Knowledge and prosperity. There is a delightful  story […]

Story of Nahusha (Chandra Vamsha King)

Story of Nahusha, legend of King Nahusha. King Nahusha is also associated with Ashoka Sundari, daughter of Lord Shiva and Parvati, and the sister of Lord Ganesha. Nahusha who was also in the lineage of Pururava had the distinction of peforming ninety nine Ashwamedha Yagnas and was nearly qualified to become Indra who should have […]

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 […]

Creation as per Rudra Samhita (Srushti)

Siva the consort of Gauri, the sole cause of the origin, sustenance, dissolution of the universe, who has understood the reality, who is the endless renown, who is the support of Maya but is free from its influence, whose form is incomprehensible, who is unsullied and who is perfect knowledge itself. Siva who is prior […]

Story of Chandika Devi & Andhakasura

Matsya Purana tells the story of Chandika Devi and Andhakasura (the origin of Chandika Devi). The story of Chandika Devi and Andhakasura Vadha goes like this… Originally a darling boy of Devi Parvati, Andhakasura bacame a menace to the Universe. In a playful mood, she closed Shiva’s eyes and the perspiration on the latter’s forehead […]

Story: Rukmini and Krishna, Why Krishna kidnaps Rukmini?

rukmini krishna story

The story of Rukmini and Krishna tell us why Krishna kidnaps Rukmini and the relationship between Rukmini Devi and Lord Sri Krishna… Maharshi Parashara narrated the story of Devi Rukmini’s abduction by Krishna. Both of them were fond of each other and desired to wed together. But, Rukmi the brother of Rukmini hated Krishna and was […]

Who were Malla and Mani in Shivapurana

Who were Malla and Mani in Shivapurana? What is the importance of Malla and Mani in Shivapurana? Mani and Malla are two powerful demons. They had acquired power through penance, and had become very proud. Mani and Malla were brothers, and both had gathered a large army of demons. They subjugated other kings and became emperors of […]

Story of King Muchukunda’s & Lord Vishnu’s Shivalinga

Lord Indra had to face a very hard battle against the powerful demons. With the assistance of King Muchukunda, so he was successful in winning the battle. Therefore, Indira wished to present a gift to Muchukunda as a token of his humble gratitude to the emperor, and wholeheartedly asked what he personally wanted. The King […]

Indraprastha, the Holiest City mentioned in Puranas

The story related to the holiest city – Indraprastha is mentioned in Padma Purana’s Uttara Khanda. The sages enquired from Suta about the holiest city situated on the banks of river Yamuna. Suta narrated the tale which Sage Saubhari had once told Yudhisthira — Once, Narada and Parvat were travelling through an aerial route, while […]

Vritrasura Katha | Complete Story of Vritrasura

Vritrasura Katha: Complete Story of Vritrasura. What is the story of demon Vritrasura? Vritrasura demon, story of Vritrasura association with Lord Shiva. According to Srimad Bhagavatam, there once lived a Prajapati by the name Tvashta. He had a son by the name Vishwarupa who was blessed with three heads. Vishwarupa had immense spiritual strengths and […]

Ganesha & Durva Grass: Why Lord Ganesha is worshipped with Durvas?

Ganapathi and Durva grass

Ganesha & Durva Grass: Why Lord Ganesha is worshipped with Durvas? What is the relation between Ganesha and Durva grass blades? Why Durva glass blades are offered to Lord Ganesha? There is a story associated with worshipping Ganesha with Durvas.. Once upon a time, there used to be a demon called ‘Analasura’. He had the […]

Vaikunta: Lord Vishnu’s abode

Vaikunta: Lord Vishnu’s abode. Vaikunta Lokam is the abode of Lord Vishnu where he stays with Lakshmi on Ocean. Vaikunta Loka in Scriptures, Vaikunta Mahatmya. Lord Vishnu is largely described as having four-armed, holding a lotus, mace, shankha (conch) and chakra (discus) and the divine blue colour of water-filled clouds. This description is given in […]

Kartaveeryarjuna, King of Haihaya Vamsha (Sahasra Arjuna)

Kartaveeryarjuna sahasra arjuna

Kartaveeryarjuna, who is Kartaveeryarjuna? Why he is also known as Sahasra Arjuna? Importance of Kartaveeryarjuna in Hindu Scriptures.. Kartaveeryarjuna in the Haihaya Vamsha from the lineage of Yadu was an illustrious and powerful Chakravarti who pleased Indra and obtained thousand mighty hands. The origin of Haihava Vamsha was interesting: Once Surya Deva’s son Revanta rode on the […]

Nether Worlds as per Vishnu Purana

Story of Nether Worlds as per Vishnu Purana. Vishnu Purana explains about Nether Worlds in its Chapter Five. Earth’s total height is 70,000 Yojans. In her depth, are situated seven nether worlds with a depth of 10,000 Yojans each respectively. Names of these seven nether worlds are Atal, Vital, Nital, Gamastiman, Mahatal, Sutal and Patal. […]

Vritrasura Vadha from Srimad Bhagavatam (Indra killed Vritrasura with Vajrayudha)

The story of ‘Vritrasura Vadha’ (Killing of Vritrasura) is mentioned in the Srimad Bhagavatham. Lord Indra killed Vritrasura with Vajrayudha which is made with Dadhichi’s bones. Vritrasura Vadha is mentioned in the Srimad Bhagavatham from Slokas 6.12.1 to 6.12.35. Srimad Bhagavatam 6.12.1 sri-rishir uvaca evam jihasur nripa deham ajau mrityum varam vijayan manyamanah sulam pragrihyabhyapatat surendram yatha maha-purusham kaitabho ‘psu Sukadeva Gosvami said: Desiring to give […]

Story of Matsya Avatar – How & Why Maha Vishnu incarnated as Fish

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Matsya Avatara is the first Avatara of Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu’s fish incarnation also marks the beginning of Dashavatara. The story of Matsya Avatara is also mentioned in Padma Purana’s Uttara Khanda. Once, goddess Parvati expressed her desire to know about all the incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Lord Mahadeva replied– Lord Brahma had created numerous […]

Story of Mani Malla (Demons – Malla, Mani)

Story of Mani Malla, Demons – Malla, Mani. Why a battle/war between Lord Shiva and Mani Malla brothers happened? Long ago there lived two powerful demons named Mani and Malla. They had acquired power through penance, and had become very proud. Mani and Malla were brothers, and both had gathered a large army of demons. They […]