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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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: 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 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 […]

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 — […]

Jimutavahana Katha | Story of Prince Jimutavahana

Prince Jimutavahana who lived some thousands of years ago in India, was a great person, and since he didn’t want to fight with his cruel relatives, he gave his kingdom and his entire belongings to them, and left his family and settled down in a village nearby a forest along with his parents and his […]