Myth
Create, destroy, rebuild
There are a set of myths that ascribe all creation to the Great Creator, the unseen hand of God. Man is also His creation and the inheritor of His universe who then goes on to grow food, populate and do great things—through the use of his faculties but all by
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The song of love
The song of love There once lived a musical genius, son of the Muse, Calliope. Ever since he was a child and no one really knows when it all began, Orpheus could hold an audience of god’s beasts and men spellbound with his lyre. at a very young age. It is
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The birth of Soma
The myth about the birth of the moon god, Soma, is the most beautiful birth story in world mythology, to the best of my knowledge. And the story is uniquely Indian. The story tells us of Sage Atri being asked by Brahma to engage in the process of creation. Atri
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Indra’s ordeal
Rishi Gautam was married to a girl, exceedingly beautiful and several years his younger—some said almost like his daughter—by the name of Ahalya. Her beauty ought to have brought her a far younger husband, but that was the way of the world and she had learnt to live with it.
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Chasing Bosphorus
Istanbul, a sprawling, bustling metropolis straddling two continents is truly a tale of two cities, that of east and west. The city, a favourite of Ian Fleming has served as a backdrop in Bond films such as From Russia with Love, Skyfall, is the place where east meets west, Christianity
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The Demonic brothers
Once upon a time, there lived a king, who ruled the kingdom of Drumila. A just and benevolent ruler, he was however an unhappy man. He had no sons and it bothered him that there was no heir to his kingdom. He consulted the sages about his predicament and they
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The story of Shunahshepa
Harishchandra, the king was sonless in spite of having 100 wives.  One day, Narada and Parvata approached him and gave him a sermon on the significance of having male progeny.  This made him long for a male child.  He prayed to Varuna and promised him the first male offspring as
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Vishnu and Kewat
Vishnu lay asleep on the Ananta Naga (cosmic serpent), a sleep that encompasses the entire universe and that none can disturb. As he slept, a tortoise sought to touch his feet. This is the lord of the universe, the tortoise had heard a lot about. He wanted to go up
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Eagle gods
In Indian traditions, the eagle has had a very significant place. As Garuda it successfully wrests the much sought after soma from Indra’s custody to free his mother of a curse. As Vishnu’s vahana and carrier of doom for the serpents, it marks the growing power of solar gods in
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After a nearly 10,000-year gruelling battle with the demons Madhu and Kaitabha, Vishnu was exhausted. He could not even bring himself to get up or lay down for a bit of rest. He fell asleep on his bow, his head perched precariously and yet comfortably on its string. His body
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