Vapusthama, Wife of Janamejaya

Vapusthama was the princess of Kashi, and she was the great-granddaughter of Bhima, and she was married to Arjuna’s great-grandson Janamejaya, and they had two children, Shatanika and Sankukarna. Her father-in-law was King Parikshit, who was killed by the snake god Takshaka. After the death of his father, Janamejaya had arranged for a fire sacrifice […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

War of Kalayavana & Jarasandha against Krishna | How Krishna cleverly killed Kalayavana

Story of Kalayavana tells us how Lord Krishna defeated Kalayavana with his cleverness. Kalayavana Katha 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 about Sri Krishna’s cleverness and how he […]

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 […]

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 […]

Vatsyayana | Author of Kamasutra

Vatsyayana was a great scholar and a philosopher who is believed to have been lived during the 6th century AD. He has written the famous text Kamasutra, in order to make proper understanding of the human love. He has written mainly the text in order to clarify the doubts of the humans, and to get […]

Rohitashva (Lohithashva) | Son of Harishchandra

Lohithashva also called as Rohitashva, was an Ishvaku prince, and his father was Harishchandra, and he was crowned as the king of Ayodhya by his father, Harichandra after he attained old age. Rohitashva was a noble king of Ayodhya, and the Rohtas district in Bihar was named after him, and his importance was still spoken […]

Three Highly Auspicious Plants as per Padma Purana

Tulsi Amla Trees - Tulsi Vivah

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 […]

Sarama Devashuni

Sarama Devashuni is considered as the Mother of the Dogs, cows and all other animals, and she is the attendant and friend of Lord Indra. She is mentioned in Rig Veda (10.108) and in other holy texts of Hinduism. She has contributed some portions of Rig Veda, which is still useful for the Vedic scholars. […]

Pain Suffered by Divine Avatars

Pain is a common activity which we can see in everybody’s life. At some time or other, everybody has to face some pain either in their body or in their mind or both. Pain can be occurred due to injuries or due to some defects in our body. Small children would get injured while playing […]

Yami Vaivasvati | Daughter of Surya, Sister of Yama

Yami Vaivasvati has contributed certain parts of Rig Veda (10.10), and she is believed to have been born before several thousand years ago. Yami Vaivasvati is the daughter of Vivasvan, also called as Lord Surya. Yami is the sister of Lord Yama, and she has later become the holy River goddess Yamuna, and she originates […]

King Ikshvaku | Son of Manu, Founder of Ikshvaku dynasty

According to Hindu Mythology, Ikshvaku was the son of Manu, and he was the first king of the Ikshvaku / Suryavansha dynasty. He was mentioned in various Puranas and in Hindu texts. Ikshvaku’s sons were Vikukshi and Nimi. Nimi was the founder of the Kingdom of the Videhas. Rama was the descendant of King Ikshvaku, […]

Sagara’s Vrittantha, Story of King Sagara

Trishanku’s son was Harishchandra and from Harishchandra was descended a king named Bahu. Bahu devoted too much time to pleasurable pursuits. The upshot of this was that the defence of the kingdom was not properly taken care of. Enemy kings seized this opportunity to attack Bahu’s kingdom. They drove Bahu out and Bahu went off […]

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 […]

War between Kartavirya Arjuna & Ravana

Kartavirya Arjuna was an ancient king who lived in the Treta Yuga and ruled the ancient city of Mahishmati, which is the present day Madhya Pradesh. Kartavirya was the son of Kritavirya. He has got thousand hands and an ardent devotee of Lord Dattatreya. Kartavirya Arjuna ruled his city for a long period of time […]

Katvanga | Story of King Katvanga

Several thousands of years back, there lived a great king and his name was Katvanga. He was well versed in all kinds of arts and was very good in handling deadly weapons during the battles. Due to that, once when there was a war between the demigods and the demons, the demigods approached Katvanga and […]