The love story that almost everyone has heard of in the country is that of Rani Rupmati and her paramour king Baz Bahadur. The town of Mandu, its palaces and gardens have all come to be associated with the couple and it has also become the staple legend dished out
In the now dilapidated structure that was once the fort at Dhar, Mandu in Madhya Pradesh, one of the entrances is called Bandi-Chor Dwar. It opens out a winding entry into what must once have been a small but grand structure of a local king. Today it is nearly run
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.
The legend of Alli is located in and around Madurai in Tamil Nadu. Alli was the child of a Pandyan king, born after a putra-kamesthi-yagna (a special yagna conducted for the birth of a male heir). She was born/found on a flower and is associated with the reigning deity of
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
Indian goddesses have long been associated with the act of possession. Temples, large devotional gatherings, jagrans—these are spaces where the goddess has been seen to manifest herself through her devotees. While many may see these as psychological disorders or acts of fraud, the phenomenon of possession, which involves a woman
In the Nubra Valley in Ladakh, in the midst of sand dunes and rocky barren mountains sits the Diskit monastery. It was built sometime in the 14th C during the reign of King Nyama Dakpa. A monk from the Leh valley, Tserab Zangpo, is said to have founded the monastery.
In Rajasthan, deep inside its deserts, the kingdom of Pugal was troubled by a long famine. Dry and barren the land yielded nothing but hardship and pain. Finally, unable to live there any longer, the king of Pugal, Pingal and his wife left the palace in search of greener lands.
This legend from Kerala states that the descendants of twelve different castes were born from the same woman, who was considered to be of a lower caste by the people of the time. Varuchi was a Brahmin and a scholar. He was one of the gems of the court of
In the kingdom of Danavas, Darika was known for his ferocious temper and for the boon of immortality that he had wrested from the great Brahma after a long and arduous penance. Brahma had granted Darika the boon that no god or man would be able to kill him and