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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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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