Kiratamurti, Lord Shiva as Hunter (Shiva Presented Pashupathastra to Arjuna)

Kiratamurti is the form of Lord Shiva where he appears as the hunter in the epic of Mahabharata. The cause behind this form of Kiratamurthi is to present Arjuna the most powerful weapon called Pashupatastra. Lord Shiva grants this weapon to Arjuna, because of the fact that Arjuna needs to accumulate the strength of divine […]

How Ganapathi made a speedier round of the world?

How Ganapathi made a speedier round of the world? How Ganesha made round of Lord Shiva and Parvati? Once sage Narada offered a very celestial mango fruit to Lord Shiva. Both his children Ganapathi and Subrahmanya wanted that fruit. Narada suggested that the one who travels all round the world first should get this fruit. Both Ganapathi […]

Importance of Monthly Shraddha Rituals

A Shradha carried out with devotion pleases the entire world including human beings, Brahma, Indra, Rudra, Ashwini Kumars, Surya, Agni, Vasugana, Marudgana, Vishwadeva, Pitragana, birds, animals, reptiles, sages and of course the dead ancestors. Moonless and eighth day in the darker phase of every lunar month are considered the best days for offering oblations to […]

Story of Varudhini and Pravarakhya

Story of Varudhini and Pravarakhya. What is the story of Varudhini and Pravarakhya. The legend of Varudhini, Pravarakhya. Love story of Varudhini, Pravarakhya. The births of King Swarochi and Manu Swarochisha had an interesting background. A learned Brahmana youth called Pravarakhya on the banks of River Varuna observed the required rituals regularly and worshipped guests. […]

Story: Garuda and Maninaga

You have already been told about the great snake (naga) Ananta. Ananta had a son named Maninaga. Garuda was the enemy of the snakes and the snakes were all afraid of Garuda. Maninaga began to pray to Shiva. Having pleased Shiva, he obtained the boon that Garuda would be able to do him no harm. […]

Dasi Parashrami in Mahabharata (Mother of Vidura)

Story of Dasi Parashrami in Mahabharata, who is Dasi Parashrami? Dasi Parashrami is a serving maid in Hasthinapur kingdom at Queen Satyavati. Due to the untimely death of King Vichitravirya, her queens – Ambika and Ambalika were got the pregnancy with Maharshi Veda Vyasa in Niyog procedure. Along with Ambika and Ambalika, Vyasa also operated […]

Religious Significance of Yamuna River

What is the religious significance of Yamuna River? Why Yamuna River is considered an important river as per Hindu Dharma? Yami, the goddess of the river Yamuna, is the sister of Yama, god of death, and the daughter of Surya, the Sun god, and his wife Saranyu. Yamuna, referred to respectfully as Yamunaji, holds a […]

Story of Krishna Avatar – Why & How Maha Vishnu incarnated as Sri Krishna

Sri Krishna Avatara is one of the Avatara of Lord Vishnu. The story of Krishna Avatara 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 — Vasudev was the descendant of Yadu. His father was […]

Draupadi | Panchali, Wife of ‘Five Pandavas’

Draupadi is the popular person in Mahabharata,and she is the sister of Lord Krishna. She is also considered as an aspect of Mata Parvati, and has got hundreds of temples all over India and also in some of the foreign countries. People are visiting and worshipping her shrines and their wishes are fulfilled by the […]

Shalya, a Warrior King in Mahabharata

As per the epic Mahabharata, King Shalya was the brother of Madri and the emperor of the Madra kingdom. Shalya, was a great warrior and was very efficient in handling with powerful weapons in the battle field, has helped Duryodhana and fought on the side of the Kauravas. Once the Hastinapur King Pandu met Shalya, […]

The Beginning of Creation

Padma Purana’s Srishti Khanda explains ‘The Beginning of Creation’. The beginning of the creation was narrated by Suta to Bhishma.. The Sages requested Suta to narrate about the incident when sage Pulastya had met Bhishma. Suta replied— Bhishma was doing penance at a place called Gangadwar. Being pleased by his austere penance, Lord Brahma instructed […]

King Shveta of Satya Yuga

In Satya Yuga there used to be a king named Shveta. He was such a good king that during his reign people lived for ten thousand years. No one dies as a child. Longevity was high and there was no infant mortality. But there was a sage named Kapalagoutama. Unfortunately, the sage’s son died as […]

Bharatavarsha, Kraunchdweep, Plakshdweep, Shalmaldweep, Kushdweep, Shakhdweep, Pushkardweep

Bharatavarsha has nine divisions named Indradweep, Kaseru, Tamraparn, Gamastiman, Nagdweep, Soumya, Gandharva, Varun and Yahadweep which is surrounded by the sea and has an expansion of 1000 Yojans. In the eastern part of Bharata, live Kirat whereas in the western part live Yavans. In the mid part of Bharata, live population of Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas […]

Bharatavarsha (Akhanda Bharat in Puranas)

Bharatavarsha, Akhanda Bharat in Puranas.. What is Bharatavarsha in Puranas? What was India called during Puranic age? Indian subcontinent in Puranas.. The landmass that is present between Himalayas and the ocean is known as Bharata. It has an expansion of 9,000 Yojans. It is populated by the descendants of Bharata. It has seven native mountains- […]

Story of Ganga Avataran, How Ganga River descended on Earth

The story of Ganga Avataranam, origin of River Ganga (Maata Ganga Devi) is mentioned in Puranas and many other ancient Hindu Scriptures. The legend is associated with Lord Shiva, King Bhagiratha and Jahnu Maharshi. The story goes like this… When King Sagara of the suryavamsa decided to perform the ashvamedha yagna, his courtiers discovered the sacrificial […]

Islands mentioned in Vishnu Purana

Here is the list of Islands mentioned in Vishnu Purana and description of the islands mentioned in Vishnu Purana. The earth has seven great islands- Jambu, Plaksha, Shalmali, Kusha, Kronch, Shakh and Pushkar. These are surrounded by oceans having saline water, sugarcane juice, wine, ghee, curd, milk and sweet water respectively. Jambudweep is situated at the […]

Origin of Demons – How were demons originated? (Asuras, Rakshasas)

What is the Origin of Demons – How were demons originated? (Asuras, Rakshasas)? Puranas mentioned many legends about the origin of demons. Here is a legend / story from the Padma Purana… The story goes like this… Bhisma requested Sage Pulastya to explain how different entities like the demons came into being. Pulastya replied – Having […]

18 Attempts to kill Prahlada by his father Hiranyakashipu

18 Attempts to kill Prahlada by his father Hiranyakashipu… Hiranyakashipu had made 18 attempts to kill Prahlada, his own son. This story is mentioned in Vishnu Purana.. When the demons saw that their all efforts failed to faze Prahlada and that he was preaching the demon children they informed Hiranyakashipu about all these happenings. Hiranyakashipu […]

King Raghu | Raghu Maharaja

Raghu was a ruler of the Ikshvaku dynasty. He was born to King Dilipa and his queen Sudakshina. Through his great valour and powers, his dynasty itself was called as the Raghuvamsha. The details about him were mentioned by the great poet and Kali Devotee Kalidasa in his poem Raghuvamsha. He had expanded his kingdom […]