Myth
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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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
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In the Mahabharata, Yudhishthira asks Bhishma to tell him who gains greater pleasure from sex, man or woman? In response to this rather unusual question from his nephew, Bhishma told him the following story. Long ago, there lived a king, who was good to all his subjects and his wives.
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    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
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The ties between Ganga and Shiva are well established through a range of stories in the epics and the Puranas. Not as popular, or commonly cited however, are stories that bind the river goddess and Krishna/Vishnu. These stories are found mostly in the Vaishnavite traditions and they indicate just how
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It was during the churning of the ocean, during the Amrita Manthan, that the gods and asuras saw it for the first time. The tree with flowers whose fragrance can entice the gods emerged from the ocean as did numerous other treasures such as the Kamdhenu, the wish granting cow,
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Kavasa Ailusa or Kavasa the son of Ilusa is an interesting story about a Vedic seer who was banished from the community of sages. The story is found in Aitareya Brahamana. Kavasa was the son of a shudra woman and a Brahmin, though the two were not married. She was
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A dramatic rite of goddess worship, the gondhali is a popular practice among many households in Maharashtra. The dancer, always male, is called by the Brahmins and the Marathas after weddings and thread ceremonies and asked to perform in the courtyard or in any external space surrounding the dwelling. He
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A long time ago, there lived a king by the name of Vena. However, Vena was not a considered to be a good king and was reviled because he had forcefully stopped all sacrifices on earth. He stopped the priests from praying and offering any oblations to Lord Vishnu, as
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There was a time when the ancestors lived In Wota-emi and when the creator god Bilik lived across the strait in Tolloktima. Now the ancestors had no fire and life was unimaginably hard, as one can imagine it would be without the light and the warmth of a fire beside
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