Krishna
The fruits of truth
Sarala Dasa’s Odiya Mahabharata has an interesting folk tale that is not found in any other version of the epic. In the last year of exile of the Pandavas, when they had to remain incognito or risk spending 13 more years in hiding, Duryodhan was pulling every trick he knew
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The Divine Witness
Acharya an old Brahmin lived on the outskirts of Puri, a temple town in Odisha. His work was to assist the pilgrims who came to the temple of Lord Jagannath. It so happened that on one of his trips away from the city, to the distant town of Vrindavan where
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Whenever Peacocks are the focus of conversation, the tail forms the epicenter of the tale- iridescent feathers that have a symbolic mystical eye shimmering in each one-cannot help but make the human consciousness to rise up to imagine and query its existential purpose! Whether those fixed unseeing eyes, are the
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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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  While Uttara, Abhimanyu’s wife, has a limited role in the Sanskrit version of Mahabharata, she plays a significant role in the Bhil version of the epic, where she is known as Antra. Subhadra is worried that since her son Abhimanyu has decided to participate in the war, he could
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Gopalpur is located about a mile south of Pandharpur on the southern bank of the Pushpavati where, on a hill is the temple of Gopalkrishna. Hundreds of pilgrims gather here every year to mark the end of their yatra to Pandharpur. This story is part of many songs and folktales
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Syamantika, Satyabhama and Krishna
There was a time when Krishna was accused of theft and deceit. He was furious for no one had dared to ever level such allegations against him but he managed to clear his name and thereby gave rise to an intriguing tale of adventure involving lions, bears and princes of
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Once upon a time, when Krishna was with his wife, Rukmini, Narada Muni walked into their home, greeting them with his signature lines: “Narayan Narayan”. The gleam in his eyes gave Krishna a hint that Narada was up to some mischief. Krishna smiled. After the initial courtesies, Krishna asked Narada
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We are all familiar with Draupadi as the heroine of the epic Mahabharata but, there is another Draupadi, a raging and fierce goddess, who lives in folk tales and myths in parts of south India and in Rajasthan. Alf Hiletbeitel who has studied the cult of Draupadi in great detail
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