Greatness of Bhakta Prahlada

Narasimha Swamy in Puranas, Vedas

Bhakta Prahlada, was the son of the Demon King Hiranyakashipu. Lord Narasimha killed Hiranyakashipu and made Prahlada as the king of the region. Bhakta Prahlada was an ardent devotee of Lord Hari. He has preached the greatness of Lord Hari along with his fellow students. He has lived a life with much holiness, pure bhakti […]

Holy Vehicle of Parvati Mata

As per ancient legend, once Ma Parvati left Kailash after getting the permission from Lord Shiva, and she reached the Holy Mountain Himalayas, and started performing penance on Lord Shiva, in order to increase her spiritual powers. During that time, a hungry lion visited the place of Ma Parvati, and first it thought of killing […]

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 […]

Story of King Vidurath (Surya Vamsha King)

King Vidurath was a Surya Vamsha king. King Vidurath discovered a huge cavity of Earth in a forest in his Kingdom. A Muni in the forest informed that there was a demon of Patala called Kujrumbha made several such cavities in the forest through which the demon entered and killed the passers by including animals. The Muni however cautioned […]

Rasaleela

The Rasaleela also known as the divine dance of Lord Krishna was performed with his consorts and the pure hearted devotees Gopikas, and it occupies an important part in the life history of Lord Krishna, and this wonderful event was mentioned in our famous Hindu epics such as the Bhagavata Purana and also in other […]

Jalakreeda | Playing in Water | Jalakreeda in Puranas

In simple words, Jalakreeda means, bathing in the water by playing with others and it may be with our wives, friends or with small children, in order to express our joy, in front of others. Jalakreeda was done by the ancient kings, along with their consorts. In the Treta Yuga, the great King KartaviryaArjuna used […]

King Kuru | Ancestor of Pandavas, Kauravas

King Kuru is the ancestor of the Pandavas, and the Kauravas. King Kuru had married with a pious lady and they had six children. He ruled the ancient kingdom of Hastinapur successfully. His name was mentioned in the Mahabharata. He contains good valour and he was an expert in handling powerful weapons during the war. […]

Shon | Son of Adhiratha, Radha in Mahabharata

Shon was the original son of Adhiratha and Radha, and they have adopted Karna as their son. Adhiratha and Radha never found any partiality between Karna and Shon and they loved both of them very much. Shon was trained in handling of powerful weapons by Karna. He was killed by Arjuna in the War. Shon […]

Valandhara, Wife of Bhima

Valandhara was the princess of the Kashi Kingdom, and she was the wife of Bhima. Their son was Sarvaga, and after the end of Kurukshetra war, he had become the King of Kashi. In Mahabharata, she was mentioned as a pretty princess, with good qualities. Once Bhima had seen her in a Swayamvara, and he […]

Srutayudha in Kurukshetra War | Son of Varunda Deva

Srutayudha was the then king of the present day Odisha, and he was mentioned in the great epic Mahabharata. He was the son of the ocean god Varuna and his wife Parnasa. Though he was supposed to live in the Varuna loka, but since he was interested to become a king in the earth, had […]

Sughada | Maid of Gandhari

Sughada was the maid of Gandhari and she was the mother of Yuyutsu. Once the blind king Dhritrashtra, had an affair with her, and due to that, Sughada had given birth to Yuyutsu, and after some time, Gandhari gave birth to the 100 Kauravas. The father of Sughada served as a soldier in the Hastinapur […]

Vapusthama, Wife of Janamejaya

Vapusthama was the princess of Kashi, and she was the great-granddaughter of Bhima, and she was married to Arjuna’s great-grandson Janamejaya, and they had two children, Shatanika and Sankukarna. Her father-in-law was King Parikshit, who was killed by the snake god Takshaka. After the death of his father, Janamejaya had arranged for a fire sacrifice […]

Yaudheya | Son of Yudhishtira, Devika

Yaudheya was the son of Yudhishtira and Devika. He was the grandson of Govasena, who was the king of Sivi Kingdom. After the death of his grandfather in the Kurukshetra war, Yaudheya had become the king of the Sivi Kingdom. Similar to his father Yudhishthira, he contains very good qualities, and moved with his half-brothers, […]

Vijaya in Mahabharata | Wife of Sahadeva

As per the great epic Mahabharata, Vijaya was the daughter of the Madra king Dyutimata and she was the wife of Sahadeva. Their son was Suhotra. After the end of the Kurukshetra War, when Sahadeva was appointed as the king of Madra Kingdom, Vijaya and Suhotra lived along with him. Vijaya was a chaste, pious […]

Sulabha, Wife of Vidura

Sulabha was the wife of Vidura, who was the half-brother of King Dhritarashtra and he was the Prime Minister of Hastinapur. She was very pious and chaste woman, and she was a great devotee of Lord Krishna. Whenever Lord Krishna used to visit Hastinapur, he used to stay at the palace of Vidura, and he […]

Avantini in Mahabharata | Wife of Shalya

Avantini was the wife of Shalya, the king of Madra Kingdom, and they had three children. She was the princess of the Avanti kingdom. Her sister-in-law was Madri who was the wife of the Hastinapur King Pandu. She was a chaste, beautiful and good natured woman, and she remained as a dutiful wife throughout her […]

Story of Kurma Avatar – Why Lord Vishnu incarnated as Turtle (Tortoise)

kurmavatara of Lord Vishnu Tortoise incarnation

Kurma Avatara is the second Avatara of Lord Vishnu. The story of Kurma 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 — Durvasa was the son of Sage Atri. Once, he went to Indraloka to see Indra. At that […]

Manorama | Consort of Karthaveerya Arjuna

Manorama was the pious and chaste consort of Sri Karthaveerya Arjuna who ruled the present city of Madhya Pradesh, at the banks of the holy River Ma Narmada. Manorama was the chief queen of Karthaveerya Arjuna, and she contained very good qualities. She considered her husband similar to the god, and gave proper respect to […]

Mayasura | Demon Architect

Mayasura is a demon architect, and he was mentioned in the Ramayana and Mahabharata. He is the son of Rishi Kashyapa and Diti. He was married with a pious and a chaste lady Hema, and he had four children, and Mandhodhari is his daughter, who was married with Ravana during the Treta Yuga. After meeting […]

Prominent Kingdoms mentioned in Padma Purana

What are the Prominent Kingdoms mentioned in Padma Purana? Swarga Khanda of Padma Purana explains the list of prominent Kingdoms (Janapadas) of Bharatavarsha. Once, sages requested Suta to describe about the most prominent places of pilgrimage situated in Bharatavarsha. Suta commenced his narration by describing the origin of creation and then switched over to the geographical characteristics of Bharatavarsha. […]