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
The first thing that hits you as you reach the end of the road is the sound. It doesn’t just hit, it assails; and as I came to realise, it takes over all your senses. The river Parvati rushes all the way down from the Man Talai glacier where it
We are all familiar with the popular myths around the birth of Ganesha and his elephant head, but here is one that is not often told. One day, after her daily bathing ritual, Parvati threw the water used to wash herself in the river Ganga. This water was consumed by
Shiva and Parvati had a bitter quarrel one day. It was about the usual problems that Parvati had over Shiva’s gambling habit and other such matters. But this time she was truly furious and she left their home, smearing her face with charcoal and water to make it look darker.
This is a story sung by the Gonds of central India and it is also depicted in their paintings Parvati and Mahadeo were sitting around a tree, chatting when she asked him a question that had bothered her for a while. “How is it you are deathless and I had
The tribal folklore of our country has an assortment of myths and folktales explaining the organisation of the world and its creation. The stories differ from region to region and even within a community, like the Gonds for instance, stories change when they move from one part of the country