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
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
For long have ancient cultures had the tradition of deifying ancestors, worshipping them as heroes or as incarnations of a god or both. Across India, one finds a similar practice where a local hero often becomes a god or is seen as a form of Shiva or Vishnu. According to
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
One of the prominent rivers of South India, in the Coorg region, is the Kaveri. She is worshipped as a goddess and there is a shrine at a spot that is marked as the birth place of Kaveri and known locally as Talakaveri. According to one legend, the river is
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.
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