9 Important Teachings of Prahlada

Narasimha Swamy in Puranas, Vedas

Bhakta Prahalada is considered as anardent devotee of Lord Vishnu, and he is praised for his great bhakti similar to Narada, Dhuruva and other Bhagavathas. He was born in the Krita Yuga also known as Satya Yuga to the demon king, HiranyaKashipu, and later his father was killed by Lord Narasimha, and he was crowned […]

Story of King Muchukunda’s & Lord Vishnu’s Shivalinga

Lord Indra had to face a very hard battle against the powerful demons. With the assistance of King Muchukunda, so he was successful in winning the battle. Therefore, Indira wished to present a gift to Muchukunda as a token of his humble gratitude to the emperor, and wholeheartedly asked what he personally wanted. The King […]

Importance of Surya Puja (Surya Bhagavan’s worship)

Surya Puja

What is the importance of Surya Puja (Surya Bhagavan’s worship)? Here is the detailed explanation about the significance of Surya Pujan… Once, while describing about the importance of Surya’s worship to Vaishampayan, Sage Vyasa narrated the following tale – There lived a king named Bhadreshwar. He ruled over Madhyadesh. Once his left hand was infected […]

Suryavansh | Story of Suryavansh | Lineage of Suryavansh

The story of Suryavansh is mentioned in Vishnu Purana. This story begins with King Sagar.. King Sagar had two queens, Sumati, the daughter of Kashyapa and Keshini, the daughter of Vidarbha’s king. Keshini had a son Asmanjas whereas Sumati had sixty thousand sons. Anshuman was the son of Asmanjas. Asmanjas was very whimsical since his childhood. […]

Creation as per Rudra Samhita (Srushti)

Siva the consort of Gauri, the sole cause of the origin, sustenance, dissolution of the universe, who has understood the reality, who is the endless renown, who is the support of Maya but is free from its influence, whose form is incomprehensible, who is unsullied and who is perfect knowledge itself. Siva who is prior […]

Banasura | Banasura Vrittantha | Banasura Katha

Banasura was a thousand-armed Asura king, and the son of Bali, and the great grand-son of Bhakta Prahlada. Banasura is believed to have ruled the present-day Assam. Banasura, a great demon king, once ruled over a large kingdom. He was a brave and a courageous ruler who never got afraid of any one. Even the […]

Story of Nahusha (Chandra Vamsha King)

Story of Nahusha, legend of King Nahusha. King Nahusha is also associated with Ashoka Sundari, daughter of Lord Shiva and Parvati, and the sister of Lord Ganesha. Nahusha who was also in the lineage of Pururava had the distinction of peforming ninety nine Ashwamedha Yagnas and was nearly qualified to become Indra who should have […]

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 […]

Creation of Humans in Padma Purana

Creation of Humans in Padma Purana – How humans were created by Lord Brahma as per the Padma Purana’s Srishti Khand? On being asked by Bhishma about the origin of the four prominent castes, Sage Pulastya said— Lord Brahma created the Brahmins and the Kshatriyas from his mouth and chest respectively. Similarly, Vaishyas and Shudras […]

Story of Lord Brahma’s Fifth Head

Here is the Story of Lord Brahma’s Fifth Head.. Why Lord Brahma’s fifth head got cut? How Brahma’s fifth head got cut? The interesting story explains the reason behind why Brahma is called ‘Chaturmukha Brahma’… Years ago, there was a war between the gods and the demons and the gods lost. The gods came to […]

Story – Manifestation of Ganesha, Kartikeya

Here is the story of Manifestation of Ganesha, Kartikeya (Ganesha birth story and Kartikeya’s birth story) is explained as per the Brahma Purana. Once, before taking her bath, goddess Parvati anointed unguent on her body and while removing it created a human form from the accumulated dross. The head of this human form resembled an elephant. […]

Story of Matsya Avatar – How & Why Maha Vishnu incarnated as Fish

matsya avatar

Matsya Avatara is the first Avatara of Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu’s fish incarnation also marks the beginning of Dashavatara. The story of Matsya 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– Lord Brahma had created numerous […]

Virochana | Son of Prahlada

Virochana was the noble and pious son of Bhakta Prahalada. He was also a great Vishnu devotee similar to his father. He learnt all the sacred texts at his younger age itself. Though he was born in the family of daityas, he was a humble and a good king, who took the advice of his […]

Story of Mani Malla (Demons – Malla, Mani)

Story of Mani Malla, Demons – Malla, Mani. Why a battle/war between Lord Shiva and Mani Malla brothers happened? Long ago there lived two powerful demons named Mani and Malla. They had acquired power through penance, and had become very proud. Mani and Malla were brothers, and both had gathered a large army of demons. They […]

Kubera Katha, Story: How Kubera became God of Wealth?

Kubera was the eldest son of the sage Vishrava. Vishrava had two wives. The fist wife give birth to Kubera. The second wife was a rakshasa (demon) woman and gave birth to Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Vibhishana. Kubera used to rule in Lanka and his relations with his cousins were extremely good. But Ravana’s mother did […]

Story of Narasimha Avatar – Why Lord Vishnu incarnated as Narasimha Swamy

Lord Narasimha Swamy killing Hiranyakashipu

Narasimha Avatara is the fourth Avatara of Lord Vishnu. The story of Narasimha 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 — Sage Kashyapa had two mighty sons from Diti — […]

Puranas are stories of Fiction? How do I find God & Why should I believe?

Are Puranas stories of Fiction? Is God present? All these Puranas look like stories of fiction to me. How do I find God? How do I believe his presence, and why should I believe? To the above question posed by a devotee in his Satsang, Sri Sri Ravishankar Guruji replied in his own words at Art of Living… […]

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. […]