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 […]

Story of Somavansh & Pururavas

The story of Somavansh explains the tale of Pururavas and Ila dynasty. Vishnu Purana mentions the story of Somavansh and Pururavas in extensive manner.. The creator of the world, Brahma had a son named Atri. Chandrama was the son of Atri. Once Chandrama organised a Rajsuya Yagya and received great powers. Afterwards blinded by his […]

‘Chaturvyuhas’ of Lord Vishnu (Four Aspects of Manifestation)

According to the Pancharatra or the Bhagavata, that largely preaches the cult of Vishnu-Narayana. This particular cult has put forward the theory that Vishnu who is considered as the Supreme Lord has four aspects of manifestation. They are the supreme which means the Para, the emanation which means the Vyutha, the incarnation which means the […]

Pradyumna, Son of Lord Krishna

Pradyumna, Son of Lord Krishna.. Role of Pradyumna in Mahabharata, Kurukshetra war.. Pradyumna was born to Rukmini and Krishna and the son looked exactly like Krishna. When he was hardly ten days old, Demon Sambara kidnapped the child not knowing that he was the son of Krishna threw him in the Sea as a huge […]

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. […]

Pippalada Katha: Story of Pippalada (Atharva Veda Guru – Maharashi Dadhichi’s son)

‘Pippalada Katha’ is the story of Pippalada (Atharva Veda Guru and Maharashi Dadhichi’s son). Many years ago, there used to be a sage named Dadhici. His wife was Lopamudra. Dadhichi’s hermitage was right next to the holy river Ganga. Lopamudra’s sister Gabhastini also used to live in the hermitage. Such was the sage Dadhichi’s powers […]

Story of Marut Chakravarti (King of Surya Vamsha)

Story of Marut Chakravarti… Marut Chakravarthi, the king of Surya Vamsha.. Marut Chakravarti not only controlled Sapta Dwipas but also the Sky, Prithvi, Pataala Lokas and all the ‘Jalasthaanaas’ or wherever water existed. He performed thousands of Yagnas under the supervision of Samvarta Muni the son of Angirasa Maharshi and the brother of Brihaspati the […]

Story: Kandu Maharashi and Pramalocha

There was a sage named Kandu. He had a hermitage on the banks of the Goutami Ganga. The ashrama was a beautiful place and Kandu performed very difficult tapasya there. In the summer Kandu meditated in the hot sun, in the monsoon he meditated on the wet ground, and in the winter he meditated dressed […]

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 […]

Story of Rukmini Harana (Marriage of Rukmini, Sri Krishna)

Krishna Rukmini wedding

Rukmini Harana is an event which celebrates the marriage between Madanmohan and Rukmini. It is a grand festival at Puri Jagannath Temple. It falls during Nirjala Ekadashi day (Jyeshta Shukla Ekadashi). Story of Rukmini Harana Rukmini longs to wed Krishna. The princess of Vidharbha, she might well be free to do so, only her brother […]

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 […]

Story: Kartikeya’s birth, Origin of Lord Skanda

Story of Kartikeya's birth

The story of the birth of Kartikeya is explained here. Lord Kartikeya is also known as Skanda, Shanmukha, Subramanya Swamy, Dandayudhapani, Lord Murugan, etc… The story of the birth of Kartikeya is mentioned in the Shiva Purana…. The story goes like this… As Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati moved on from Himavanth’s Palace to Kailash […]

Origin of Mohini Avataram, Story of Mohini incarnation’s birth

Origin of Mohini Avataram: Story of Mohini incarnation’s birth. Why Mohini Avatara of Lord Vishnu was originated? What is the story of Mohini Avataram? According to the Hindu religious scholars and pundits, the only female avatar of Lord Vishnu is named as Mohini. This name is derived from the verb root known as moha which […]

Story of Lord Shiva’s Atmalingam and Ravana

Story of Lord Shiva’s Atmalingam and Ravana tells us how Lord Ganesha has played the spoil sport to prevent Ravana becoming more powerful.. Once Ravana by his musical skill pleased Lord Shiva, Blessing him Lord Shiva gave a Shiva Linga (Athma Linga)and asked Ravana to take it Sri Lanka and preserve it there. He told […]

King Indradyumna and Puri Jagannath Temple

Puri Jagannath Temple

In Satya Yuga there was a king named Indradyumna. He was a very powerful king as Indra himself. He was handsome, honest and truthful, learned in the shastras and the Vedas, and skilled in the use of weapons. His radiance put the sun to shame. Indradyumna was devoted to Vishnu. He once decided that he […]

Rukmanga Katha, Story of King Rukmanga (Ekadashi Vrat Story)

Rukmanga Katha: Story of King Rukmanga, Ekadashi Vrat Story. Ekadashi legend is also associated with King Rukmanga of Surya Vamsha. Story of Rukmanga, Ekadashi. As ‘Ekadashi’ or the eleventh day of any month is stated to be a special day for worship of Vishnu, observance of of ‘Upavas’ (Fasting), Puja and Vrata are stated to […]

Kansa Vadha – Killing of Kamsa by Lord Krishna

Kansa Vadha, Killing of demon Kansa by Lord Krishna, is also mentioned in Padma Purana. Kansa was the maternal uncle of Sri Krishna. Continuing with the divine tales of Sri Krishna, Lord Mahadeva told Parvati–When Kansa failed in his repeated attempts to kill Sri Krishna, he instructed ‘Akrura’ to invite both Krishna and Balarama to […]

Efficacy of Sri Narayana Kavacham

Efficacy of Sri Narayana Kavacham – what is the efficacy of Sri Narayana Kavacham? Mantras-special chants in which are embedded the secrets of God’s real from are an effective medium of worship. Recited with sincerity and devotion, they help us to achieve perfect Communion with the Creator. They are also potent antidotes to nullify the […]

Swayambhuva Manvantara (First Manvantara)

Swayambhuva Manvantara was the first manvantara, named after Swayambhuva Manu. Yamya was the prominent deity of this manvantara. Marichi and other six prominent sages were the Saptarishis of this manvantara. Swayambhuva Manu had ten sons – Aghnigha, Agnibahu, Vibhu, Savan, Jyotishman, Dyutiman, Havya, Medha, Medhatithi and Vasu. Each manvantara is ruled over by a Manu. […]

Ashwamedha Yagya by Sri Rama

The story of Ashwamedha Yagya by Sri Rama is also 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 perform Ashwamedha Yagya. He also described the rituals of performing Ashwamedha Yagya — […]