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 — […]

Story: Origin of Katyayani Mata

The story of the origin of the Avatar or Incarnation of Devi Shree Katyayani. Goddess Katyayani Mata is one of the manifestations of Goddess Parvathi Devi. Noting from prevalent records (Shri Durga Sapthashathi) our ancestors narrate the details of Avatar of Shree Katyayani thus:- The demon King Mahishasura after intense penance (Tapas) of years received […]

Ganesha & Mooshika: How did Mouse became the vehicle of Lord Ganesha?

Ganesha Mooshika Ganpathi Mouse vehicle

Ganesha & Mooshika: How did Mouse became the vehicle of Lord Ganesha? What is the story behind the mouse becoming the vehicle of Lord Ganesha? In the royal meeting of God Indra there was a Gandharva named Krouncha. He was a good singer. One day he laughed at one sage. With anger the sage cursed […]

Story: Gautama Maharshi & Godavari River, Why Godavari is known as Gautami Ganga?

Story: Gautama Maharshi & Godavari River, Why Godavari is known as Gautami Ganga? What is the reason behind calling Godavari River as Gautami Ganga? Part of the water of the Ganga that got stuck in Shiva’s hair was brought down to earth by Bhagiratha. The remaining part was brought down by the sage Gautama. Parvati […]

Tulsi is the Holiest Tree, said by Lord Shiva

tulsi plant

Tulsi is the Holiest Tree, said by Lord Shiva.. this sentence is mentioned in the Padma Purana. Once Kartikeya asked Lord Shiva about the holiest tree, which was capable of giving salvation. Lord Shiva replied The Tulsi plant is supreme among all the vegetations. She is very dear to lord Vishnu and fulfills all the desires […]

Story of King Pradyumna, Ila Devi

King Pradyumna / Ila Devi: Vaivaswata Manu’s son Vishshta performed a Yagna to secure a son under the supervision of Sage Mitra Varuna but due to a mistake of the ‘Hota’of the Yagna, a daughter was conceived to the Queen instead of a son. But the Mantrik powers of the Sage, the daughter was converted […]

Story of Manikundala

The story of Manikundala is explained in Brahma Purana. Named as ‘Gautama and Manikundala’ the topic explains about the trader called Manikundala. There was a city named Bhouvana. In that city there lived a brahmana named Goutama. The brahmana had a vaishya (trader and agriculture caste) friend named Manikundala. Goutama’s mother gave him a lot […]

Lord Sri Ram’s Life & Journey: in brief

Lord Rama

Ram’s personal life and his journey is one of the best examples of perfect adherence to dharma even though he had to face many harsh tests of life plus his good and bad time. He depicted as the perfect human and the ideal man. It is to be highly noted that for the sake of […]

Story of Rama Avatar – Why Lord Vishnu incarnated as Sri Rama

Sri Rama Avatara is the seventh Avatara of Lord Vishnu. The story of Rama 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 about Sri Rama’s incarnation Lord Mahadeva […]

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 […]

Role of Ganapathi in Marriage of Valli Devasena

How Ganapathi helped his brother marry Valli, a tribal princess? Here is the story of Sri Valli Devasena and the role of Ganesha in their marriage… Subramanya first married Devasena the daughter of Indra. Subrahmanya later during his travels in south fell in love with Valli who was a tribal princess. Though Valli loved Lord Subrahmanya she […]