Lamentation of Ganga

Lamentation of Ganga for respected Bhishma! All the kurus offered oblation of water to the son of Ganga and Santanu who was the great Vasu who disguise himself in human form. ततो भागीरथी देवी तनयस्योदके कृते। उत्थाय सलिलात्तस्माद्रुदती शोकविह्वला। परिदेवयती तत्र कौरकवानभ्यभाषत॥ 13-274-20 (92351) The goddess Bhagirathi, after those oblations of water had been offered […]

Shishupala Vadha (Death)

The Rajasuya Yajna ceremony is completed and the final event of befitting the honours is about to begin. Bhishma advised Yudhishthira that Krishna deserves the first place in the list. This greatly upsets and angers Shishupala … Read; Rajasuya Yagya/Sacrifice – Part I Rajasuya Yagya/Sacrifice – Part II Rajasuya Yagya/Sacrifice – Part III Rajasuya Yagya/Sacrifice […]

Indraraja’s – इन्द्रराजन्

Everything you wanted to know about Indra and were afraid to Ask Part 1 First, I think there is big confusion regarding what Hinduism is. One of the major tenets is that it is a polytheistic religion. If you do not understand that, there are options within smartha religions available as well as Semitic religions […]

Varna System?

Varna system and its downfall with Srinath S Rao Our ancients were strict on “Varna” system – it was based on Interests, Passion, Service to the Society, and set of strict rules and rituals.  Even in Mahabharata (and also in Gita too), we may see some/several shloka’s emphasizing on “Varna” and “Saankarya” (Varna Saankarya)! As […]

Who is a Son?

Krishna said to Karna that by sastras he is Kanina putra and hence morally son of Pandu and can inherit the throne. The sastras actually does not say it. It was Krishna’s half-truth. Karna was the Kanina son of Pandu but he is not the son of Pandu and neither was he a Kuru heir. […]

Samrat Pandu and his achievements

As written earlier, Pandu won Kunti, the sister of Vasudeva in a swayamvar. A year or two later, Madri became Pandu’s second wife due to the foresight of Bhishma. After enjoying married life for a thirty days, Pandu decided to set forth on a conquering mission (Digvijay). Moving south, he first defeated Dasharnas (Telengana), followed […]

Story of Shantanu and Ganga, Devavrata and the broken promise.

Once, there lived a King named Mahabhisha born in the Ikshwaku dynasty. He was a very generous and righteous person. He performed a lot of austerities including one thousand Ashwamedhas and a hundred Rajasuyas. He made all the gods and Indra very happy. With all his good deeds he was able to go to Brahma […]

The Cases of Misplaced Duty, Honesty, Integrity, etc. – Part 1 – Bhishma

The sense of duty, honesty, integrity, etc. is of paramount importance when it comes to defining the person. But what should be one’s duty? To follow one’s friends, relatives, well-wishers, no matter what, even if it clearly seen that they are toddling on the path of adharma (wrong-doings)? The Mahabharata throws three such heroes whose […]