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 of Bhishma’s birth and his vow to be childless is told in the Sambhava Parva of the Mahabharata.    As commander of the Kuru army and the grand-uncle to both the Kauravas and Pandavas, Bhishma is one of the main protagonists of the story. The son of King Shantanu and goddess Ganga, he …

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

May 25, 2022 5 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 …

About Mahabharata

January 26, 2022 0 Comments

“Whatever is found here on dharma, artha, kama and moksha, may be found elsewhere. But whatever is not in it,  cannot be found anywhere else.”                             -The Mahabharata 1. Translated by, Bibek Debroy. Often called the greatest story ever told, the Mahabharata …