Yudhishthira and Krishna: Indra & Vishnu on One Chariot 1

According to one myth in Mahabharata, Yudhishthira is a former Indra incarnate in the seed of Dharma, according to another he is Dharma’s son, and yet, according to another, he is Dharma incarnate! If Yudhishthira is Indra or Dharma-incarnate or Dharma’s son, why would he need to listen to and participate in discourses on dharma […]

Q & A – प्रश्नस्य उत्तरम् – Part 2

Q & A – प्रश्नस्य उत्तरम् – Part 1 Supreme deity Indra worships Aryaman! Rig Veda Book 4 Hymn 30 1. O INDRA, Vṛtra-slayer, none is better, mightier than thou: Verily there is none like thee. 2 Like chariot-wheels these people all together follow after thee: Thou ever art renowned as Great. (like chariot wheels […]

Comparing Mahabharata to Mahabharata

Persian and Indonesian Mahabharata Cases – Part 3 Read Part 1  Comparing Mahabharata to Mahabharata Read Part 2 Comparing Mahabharata to Mahabharata Comparing Mahabharata War Parvas and BharataYudhha from Old Javanese Prose It is a poem of 52 cantos. 9 Cantos and 89 chapters were the Udyoga Parva. Remaining 40 odd Cantos are the War. […]

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 […]