Ekalavya–Life and Death of the Prince of Nishadas

April 13, 2023 0 Comments

Ekalavya, a Nishada prince, was one of the best archers who lived in the time of the Pandavas. Ekalavya is still remembered for his complete dedication as a student and for the Guru Dakshina or offering he made to his teacher or Guru, Drona.    Ekalavya wanted to be the best archer and he wanted to …

Dhritarastra, Pandu, Vidura: Birth; the struggle to revive a dying lineage.  

October 25, 2022 0 Comments

King Shantanu and Satyavati had two sons­–Chitrangada and Vichitravirya. Chitrangada ascended the throne after Shantanu’s death. Unfortunately, Chitrangada was killed in a battle with a Gandharva king by the same name. Vichitravirya ascended the throne but, tragically, he too died very young. The Kuru dynasty had no heirs and was in danger of dying. Bhishma and Satyavati did everything they could in their power to make sure the dynasty survived and prospered.

Satyavati: Origin; Boon of sweet fragrance; Mother of Veda Vyasa (Mahabharata)

October 25, 2022 0 Comments

Daughter of the great King Uparichara; mother to the author of the Mahabharata and the divider of the vedas; mother to 2 princes who became king; and the wife of King Shantanu, Satyavati was an intelligent and beautiful woman. Born to a Puru King and a fisherwoman mother, Satyavati was destined for great things and her adoptive father made sure to give her the best he could.

Ashta Vasu :Vasishta’s curse; rebirth as mortals(Mahabharta)

September 11, 2022 0 Comments

Vasus are deities representing the eight elements—earth, water, fire, wind, sun, sky, moon and the stars. Each elemental god has a name and it varies depending on which Indian literature you are referring to. In the Mahabharata, they are named Dhara, Aha, Anala, Anila, Pratyusha, Prabhasa, Soma and Dhruva, respectively. They are said to be the children of Manu, who is the son of Brahma, and are collectively called the ashta vasu or eight vasus. The Vasus, very unwisely, decide to steal sage Vasishta’s cow and get in trouble. Vasishta curses them with life of a mortal on earth. The Vasus beg Ganga to help them manage the curse.

Bhishma:Birth; vow of Brahmacharya; boon to choose time of death

September 4, 2022 0 Comments

   The story starts with a king named Mahabhisha, who was a great king; he followed his dharma and when his time on earth was over, he gained entry into heaven. One day, the gods, including Brahma, were gathered together for a ceremony, and it was attended by the goddess Ganga too. There was much …

Yayati’s love triangle; obsession with his youth; why Puru was made heir.

May 25, 2022 0 Comments

Sauti Vaishampayana tells the story of: the story of the origin of the Kuru lineage. He lists the names of all the rulers of the lunar dynasty, starting from Daksha, who was considered Brahma’s son, all the way to the tenth in the line, Yayati, who was the son of Nahusha and Priyavasa; Yayati’s marriage to Devyani; his relationship with Sharmishta—Devyani’s friend-turned-slave; his obsession with his youth and what he did to hold on to it; and why he decided to make his youngest son, Puru, his heir. From Puru came the Pourava dynasty, who are the ancestors of the Puru or Kuru linieage, which include the Kauravas and the Pandavas.

Nagas: The Hunters, The Hunted and The Divine.

May 2, 2022 0 Comments

In Indian mythology, Nagas are described as semi-divine serpents who could assume serpent, human, or half-human and half-serpent forms. They were said to be possibly dangerous and incredibly numerous and so were sent by the creator, Brahma, to live underground in a splendid, bejeweled magic land, called Nagaloka (loka-world). The so-called “dangerous” Nagas were said …

Shakuntala and Dushyanta; Birth of Bharata

April 8, 2022 0 Comments

A love story like no other. Young Shakuntala and Dushyanta meet in an enchanting hermitage in an equally enchanting forest. After spending a few moments in each others company, they fall in love and decide to marry. Alas! they are soon separated. Years later, the time comes for them to reunite, but things don’t go exactly as Shakuntala had expected.

Garuda steals amritha; fools Nagas (Garuda Part2)

February 3, 2022 2 Comments

Garuda was born as a strong and powerful bird. Even as a little infant, he was independent and didn’t need an adult to take care of him. As soon as he came out of the shell of his egg, he flew out into the world on his own, in search of food, leaving his mother …

Birth of King of Birds (Garuda Part 1)

February 2, 2022 0 Comments

  Garuda, the king of birds, is a legendary bird-like creature mentioned in many cultures around the world. He is seen in Hindu, Buddhist and Jain mythologies. In the Mahabharata, Garuda is described as a shapeshifting, giant eagle-like bird; with wide-spanning, powerful wings; with an ability to travel to any place at the speed of …