King Mahabhisha | Story of Shantanu’s Previous birth

Mahabhisha was a famous king of the Ikshvaku dynasty. After his death, he went to the Indra Loka, and on one occasion, when all the divine gods, demigods and goddesses are gathered at the court of Lord Indra, Mahabhisha was attracted with the divine beauty of Mata Ganga and deeply looked on her, and due […]

Story – Birth of Brahma & How Varaha saved the Earth

The story of birth of Brahma Deva and how Varaha saved the earth from deluge is mentioned in Vishnu Purana’s second chapter. At the end of the previous Kalpa, when Brahma awakened from his long slumber, he saw all the worlds devoid of everything. With a desire to save the earth from the depth of […]

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 […]

Kritavarma in Mahabharata

Kritavarma was one of the Yadava warriors and a ruler of a small kingdom, and he was also a relative of Lord Krishna. He was mentioned in Mahabharata, and in other sacred texts. According to ancient texts, he was born as a fearless person, and was considered as a pious and holy person among the […]

Shikhandi in Mahabharata

Shikhandi is a character in Mahabharata. She was the daughter of Drupada, the Panchala king. Shikhandi fought in the Kurukshetra war in the side of Pandavas along with her father Drupada and brother Dhrishtadyumna. Shikhandi was the princess of Kasi, and her name was Amba in her previous birth. Amba was forcefully taken by Bhishma […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Vindhyavali, Wife of King Mahabali

Vindhyavali is the consort of the great King Mahabali, and she is a beautiful and kind hearted queen. They had 100 sons, and their famous sons are Banasura and Namasu. Banasura fought with Lord Krishna, and when Lord Krishna was about to kill Banasura, his mother Vindhyavali appeared there in nude form in order to […]

Curse of Sages | Rishi Shraap

The curse given by the sages to the wrong doers was prevailed in ancient times, even for small, small things. The sages could not control their anger and whenever they find any fault with others, they would immediately curse them. They will not forgive them, and sometimes due to the request of the cursed people, […]

Devamba | Wife of Virochana, Mother of Mahabali

Devamba was the wife of Virochana, who was the son of Prahlada, and her son was Mahabali. The couples were peacefully lived for a few years, and after some time, Lord Indra and other demigods, demanded the life of Virochana and due to that, Virochana had sacrificed his life, and left his physical body and […]

Devi, Wife of Prahlada

We all know about Bhakta Prahlada, his bhakti on Lord Vishnu, death of his father Hiranyakashipu by Narasimha and becoming the king of the big kingdom. Bhakta Prahlad is believed to have ruled almost the entire India, and also he even ruled in some countries outside the India also. Due to his sincere devotion on […]

Chintrangada, Wife of Arjuna

Chitrangada is the Princess of Manipura, and the daughter of king Chitravahana and she was one of the consorts of Arjuna. Once Arjuna visited the kingdom of Manipura, and fell in love with Chitrangada, due to her braveness and kindness. He visited king Chitravahana, and expressed his desire to marry his beautiful daughter Chitrangada, and […]

Ulupi, Arjuna’s Wife

Ulupi is the daughter of Kauravya, the king of Nagas, and the consort of Arjuna. She was mentioned in the Mahabharata, Vishnu Purana and Bhagavata Purana. Ulupi was married to Arjuna when he was in exile, and they had a pious son Aravan. She also brought up Babruvahana, son of Arjuna and Chitrangada. She showed […]

Story of Hiranyaksha, brother of Hiranyakashipu

Formerly Siva, the emperor of the gods, kind to his devotees came to Kasi from Kailasa accompanied by Parvati, the daughter of the mountain and his Ganas because he was desirous of sporting there. He built his capital there. Once he went to the mountain Mandara to see its excellent grandeur. While sporting on the […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]