Bengal has seen the cult of many Muslim saints, known as Pir and among them was one known as Satya Pir. Around the 16th century, a Hindu poet, Fakir Rama Kavibhushana, is known to have written many stories about him and rendered them in Bengali verse. The following is a
Once upon a time, there lived a man named Rasalu, who was known for playing the flute as good as Lord Krishna. People said that he was no less than the Lord himself when it came to playing the flute. Rasalu was a good soul and was also intelligent.
Once upon a time there lived a prosperous king who ruled from the Himalayas to Ceylon and from the Rann of Kutch to the Irrawaddy River. The king and his minsters were just and prosperity was visible in the kingdom and people’s lives. The King’s uncle Pratapsingh, was one
There is an interesting story about the origin of Yajur Veda and the way knowledge was transmitted, preserved and nurtured in ancient India. According to the Vishnu Purana, after the Vedas had been classified and compiled by Sage Vyasa, he taught the same to his disciples. As was the custom
Every culture in the world has a creation myth, implying that the aspect of creation must have been the foremost in the minds of the primordial man. In India we find many creation myths in the Rig Veda, Brahmanas and the Puranas. However, there exists an interesting creation
The Ramayana is sung as much as it is narrated and read in different parts of the country. The songs cover a large number of issues but rarely do they retell the entire epic. They try and capture a moment from the story, or raise questions about a relationship or
According to a popularly recounted legend in Goa, once there lived a rich man by the name of Mahadar. Mahadar was known for being very kind and never returned the needy empty handed. Often people took advantage of him and took money from him. Puram, a man from the same
Once a young prince completed his training under a renowned teacher and was awarded five weapons as a mark of distinction. He then proceeded towards his father’s kingdom. On the way, he came across people who warned him from entering the forest, as there was a hungry ogre, named Sticky-head