Sri Rama’s Coronation as King of Ayodhya | Srirama Pattabhishekam

Sri Rama Pattabhishekam, the story of Rama’s Coronation, is also mentioned in Padma Purana. Describing the coronation of Sri Rama Lord Mahadeva told Parvati–People of Ayodhya rejoiced at the return of Sri Rama. An auspicious day was chosen for his coronation and Sri Rama became the king of Ayodhya amidst the chantings of Vedic mantras. […]

Dashavatara of Lord Vishnu | Vishnu’s Ten incarnations

Among the avatars of Vishnu, the ten best known are collectively called as the Dasavatara. According to the vernacular language the term means “ten avatars”. In the Garuda Purana (1.86.10″11), this list is proudly included.  In the Satya Yuga (Ages in the time cycle described within Hinduism or the first of the four Yugas), the […]

Story: Origin of Guptakashi, History

What is the story behind the origin of Guptakashi? What are the legends mentioned in Puranas about Guptakashi near Kedarnath in Uttarakhand? As per the Hindu Scriptures, Guptakashi is one of the Sapta Kashis, Seven prominent Temples or holy places dedicated to Lord Shiva. The legend holds that subsequent to the Kurukshetra war of the […]

Story of Muchukunda Maharshi

Story of Muchukunda Maharshi – how King Muchukunda of Ikshwaku dynasty became Muchukunda Maharshi? Here is the story…. Muchukunda who too belonged to the ancestry of King Ikshwaku was the able Commander of the Army of Devas in a series of battles with Daityas for long time completely disregarding his family and personal health. Indra […]

Andhakasura’s Story

Andhakasura’s Story is mentioned in Matsya Purana and many other Scriptures. The story of Andhakasura Vadha and Chandika Devi 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 created a boy of muscular […]

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- […]

Lord Vishnu incarnated as Sri Rama to eliminate Ravana

Lord Vishnu was incarnated as Sri Rama to eliminate Ravana. This story is mentioned in Padma Purana’s Pathala Khanda. People of Ayodhya lived peacefully during Sri Rama’s reign until one fateful day when they were struck by a bad news–Sri Rama had abandoned Sita after a Washerman leveled an unfair charge against her character. Such […]

Yayati Katha, Story of King Yayati

Yayati Katha, Story of King Yayati is explained here.. In the lunar dynasty, there was born a powerful king named Nahusha. He married Viraja and they had six sons named Yati, Yajati, Samyati, Ayati, Yati, and Suyati. Yati became a hermit. So although Yayati was not the eldest, he was crowned king after Nahusha. Yayati […]

Story of Mata Vaishno Devi & Bhairon Baba

The story of Mata Vaishno Devi & Bhairon Baba is mentioned here. Mata Vaishno Devi temple is one of the famous pilgrimages as per the Hindu Dharma. As per the legend, during the period when the Goddess was busy in annihilating the Asuras, Her three main manifestations – Mata Maha Kali, Mata Maha Lakshmi and […]

Srinivasa Kalyanam Story | Srinivasa Padmavathi Kalyanam

The fascinating story behind the marriage of Lord Sri Venkatewara (Lord Srinivasa / Balaji) with Goddess Padmavathi is elaborated here. The rishis headed by Kasyapa began to perform a sacrifice on the banks of the Gangas. Sage Narada visited them and asked them why they were performing the sacrifice and who would be pleased by […]

Importance of Lord Shiva’s Trishula

Lord Shiva Trishula

Importance of Lord Shiva’s Trishula, why Shiva holds Trishula, Trident in his hand? What is the importance of Trishula of Lord Shiva? Lord Shiva called as ‘Destroyer’ (Mahadev) has the power to remove evil with his Trishul. Trishul sometimes symbolises – iccha, kriya and gnana. Trident represents the power to destroy evil and ignorance. Trishul […]

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 […]

Parashurama Avatar – Purpose of Vishnu’s incarnation of Parashurama

parashurama

Sri Parashurama Avatara is the sixth Avatara of Lord Vishnu. The story of Parashurama 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. Continuing with the various incarnations of Lord Vishnu, Lord Mahadeva told Parvati — Describing Lord Vishnu’s incarnation as Parshurama, […]

Three Highly Auspicious Plants as per Padma Purana

What are the three plants that are highly auspicious as per the Padma Purana. Padma Purana explains the significance of these three plants in an elaborated way. Rudraksha Tree Once, while describing about the importance of Rudraksha to the sages, Vyasa said— One who wears a Rudraksha rosary is supreme among all human beings. The mere […]

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 […]

Story of Vamana Avatar | Purpose of Lord Vishnu’s Vamana Avatara

Bali vamana story

Vamana Avatara is the fifth Avatara of Lord Vishnu. The story of Vamana Avatara is also mentioned in Padma Purana’s Uttara Khanda. Vamana is a form of Lord Vishnu who had appeared as a dwarf Brahmin (Brahmin child – Brahmin Brahmachari). Once, goddess Parvati expressed her desire to know about all the incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Continuing […]

‘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 […]