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The manifestation of goddess Laxmi

The manifestation of goddess Laxmi

Once Bheeshma expressed his desire to know about the manifestation of goddess Laxmi to sage Pulastya.

Thus Pulastya replied-- Once, after being defeated by the demons, the deities went to Lord Vishnu and sought his help. Lord Vishnu instructed them to collect all the medicinal herbs, and put them in the Ksheerasagara, so that after the churning of the ocean ambrosia could be retrieved. Lord Vishnu also advised them to use the Mandara mountain as a Churner and the serpent--Sheshanaga as a rope for churning the ocean. The deities then reached an agreement with the demons according to which both the groups were supposed to unitedly churn the ocean. The great Mandara mountain was uprooted and placed on the back of the tortoise (Kurma)--the embodiment of Lord Vishnu. Sheshanaga coiled around that mountain and both the ends were held by the demons and the deities respectively. The deities intelligently chose the tail-end, while the demons in their foolishnes…

Brahma manasaputras and there children

Brahma manasaputras and there children
Once Bhishma asked sage Pulastya about the four prominent caste and Brahma's manasaputras.
Thus on being asked by Bhishma about the origin of the four prominent castes, Sage Pulastya said--- Lord Brahma created the Brahmins and the Kshatriyas from his mouth and chest respectively. Similarly, Vaishyas and Shudras manifested from Lord Brahma's thigh and feet respectively.Lord Brahma had created his 'manasaputras' with the objective of increasing the population and their names were Bhrigu, Pulaha, Kratu, Angira, Marichi, Daksha, Atri and Vashishtha. But all of them were free from worldly desires and extremely virtuous. Seeing his effort go in vain, Lord Brahma became furious, as a result of which Rudra manifested from his forehead. Half of Rudra's body resembled like a male while the remaining half appeared like a female. Lord Brahma instructed Rudra to detach the female form from his body and commence copulative creation. Followin…

Dwaraka mahatma (greatness)

Dwaraka mahatma (greatness)
Sages' queries to Prahalada

Once, few sages asked Sutaji about the means by which Lord Vishnu could be realized in kaliyuga- the era dominated by sin and decaying moral values.
Sutaji started by describing how Lord Vishnu on seeing the prevalence of sin in Dwapara yuga had to take incarnation as Krishna to liberate the world from the sinners. He also described in detail all the incidents culminating into the killings of many cruel demons -Kaaliya serpent, Chanura, Shishupaala and ogress like Putana. He gave in depth description of the events leading to the war of Mahabharata and how the infighting among the mighty Yadavas led to their destruction. He told them how a fowler mistook Krishna's feet to be a deer and killed him.
Sutaji also told the assembled sages how the magnificent city of Dwarka had been submerged in the ocean ultimately. He revealed to them that the passing away of Krishna marked the advent of Kaliyuga and the situation became even wors…

Prabhasa Khanda (Prabhasa Kshetra)

Prabhasa Khanda
Once, while describing the origin of puranas, sutaji told the sages who had assembled at Naimisharanya-' Lord Shiva had first revealed the contents of Skanda puran to Parvati at Kailash Mountain. Lord Brahma and few other deities were also present there at the time when Shiva was narrating the tale. Subsequently, Parvati narrated this tale to Skanda, Skanda to Nandi and Nandi to sages like Sanaka, etc. and finally Sanaka narrated it to Vyasa. Now I am going to tell you the same tale which Vyasa had narrated to me.'
Sutaji began by saying-' During ancient times, Lord Brahma once did a very austere penance resulting into the manifestation of all the four Vedas. Later on, all the eighteen Puranas too appeared from his mouth. These eighteen Puranas were- Brahma Puran, Vishnu Puran, Shiva Puran, Bhagawat Puran, Bhavishya Puran, Narada Puran, Markandeya Puran, Agni Purana, Brahma vaivarta Purana, Linga Purana, Padma Purana, Varaha Purana, Skanda Purana, Vamana Pura…

Trishanku's wish and Vishwamitra's competition

Trishanku's wish and Vishwamitra's competition
Trishanku cursed by Vashishtha's sons

Sutaji once narrated the following tale to the assembled sages- In ancient times there lived a mighty king named Trishanku. He belonged to Suryavansha dynasty. One day, he asked sage Vashishtha whether there was any such Yagna by performing which, he would be entitled to go to heaven with his physical form. Sage Vashishtha laughed at his naive query and told him that there was no such Yagna by performing which a man could go to the heaven with his mortal body. But, Trishanku was not satisfied by Vashishtha's answer and so he went to ask the same question to Vashishtha's sons who were one hundred in number. But even they corroborated their father's statement. Trishanku got infuriated and threatened them that he would appoint somebody else as his royal priest to get the same yagna performed as they all lacked the required knowledge and competence. Vashishtha's sons also got ang…

River Narmada story

River Narmada story
The descent of Narmada

Explaining the reason why Narmada had to descend down to earth, sutaji narrated a tale to the assembled sages-' Once, sage Markandeya was taking rest at the bank of river Narmada where Yudhisthira accompanied by Draupadi arrived there. Yudhishthira curiously asked Markandeya about the reason he had chosen the bank of Narmada as his resting place when there were so many other holy places of greater significance. Sage Markandeya recounted a tale, which said how some sages had requested king Pururva to bring down river Narmada to the earth so that the whole world becomes liberated from its sins. Describing the holiness of Narmada, sages had told Pururava- ' The holy Narmada is capable of liberating the whole world from its sin. So, you should find means so that Narmada descends down to earth.' Later on, Pururva did an austere penance to please Shiva. When Lord Shiva appeared before him, Pururva expressed his wish. Shiva instructed Narm…

Avanti Kshetra Khanda

Avanti Kshetra Khanda
SanataKumara glorifies Mahakaal teertha

Once, goddess Parvati requested Shiva to describe the significance of Mahakaala teertha. Lord Shiva replied-" Once, Sanatakumara- one of the manasputras of Lord Brahma had gone to his father's abode, situated at a place near Meru mountain. Sage Vyasa arrived there and asked him the same question. Sanatakumara had revealed to him that all kinds of sins loosed their evil influence at Mahakaala teertha. He had also told him that it was called 'Peetha' because Matrikas had their abode over there. Anybody, who is fortunate of leaving his mortal body at this holy-place, is freed from the vicious cycles of birth and death. This place is very dear to Lord Shiva and is also called by various other names like Ekamaraka-vana, Mahakaala-vana and Vimukti-kshetra.

Kapala mochana

Once, Lord Shiva arrived at Mahakala forest with a skull in his hand. All the trees and vegetation were delighted to find him in their midst. They r…

Kashi the most dearest place to Shiva

Kashi the most dearest place to Shiva
Kashi -the sacrosanct place of pilgrimage

Once sage Agastya with his wife Lopamudra arrived near Sri Shaila mountain. Pointing his finger towards the mountain, Agastya told his wife--'One, who has a good fortune of seeing the peaks of this mountain, never takes a second birth.'
Lopamudra replied in amazement--' If the sight of this mountain was capable of giving salvation then why do you long for Kashi?'
Sage Agastya then went on to clarify that there were many other holy places capable of giving salvation. Prayaga is one such place. It is capable of bestowing all the four 'Purushartha' to man-Dharma, Artha, Kaama and Moksha. Apart from Prayaga, there are many more holy places like Naimisharanya, Kurukshetra, Gangadwara, Avanti, Ayodhya, Mathura, Dwarka, Badrikashram, Purushottama kshetra which are capable of giving salvation to a man. But none of these places can match Kashi because Kashi is incomparable.

Lord Kartikeya describ…

Vidhyachal obstructs the path of Surya

Vidhyachal obstructs the path of Surya


Once, sage Vyasa narrated the following tale to all the assembled sages-- ' Once, while wandering about, sage Narada arrived at Vindhyachala mountain. He was received with great honour and respect by Vindhyachala mountain. But, when the time arrived for Narada to take his leave, he took a deep sigh, which made Vindhyachala extremely perplexed and he asked Narada if anything was wrong. Narada replied--' Your rival-Meru mountain is superior to you in every respect and this is the fact I am lamenting about. My deep sigh is just the indication of my worried state of mind.'
Vindhyachala mountain was filled with inferiority complex and started waiting for an opportunity when he could prove his superiority to Meru mountain. He thought--' Perhaps Narada was right for even Lord Surya has great respect for Meru's might and this is the reason why he circumambulates my adversary. If I am able to beat Meru in height then may be Lord Surya wo…

RAMESHWARA KSHETRA

RAMESHWARA KSHETRA
Once, Shaunaka maharshi and few other sages asked sutaji as to how could a man become free from the bondage of the world. They also inquired whether there was an existence of any such holy place capable of liberating a man from heinous of sin.
sutaji replied--' Ramateertha is supreme among all the places of pilgrimage. A mere sight of this holy place is enough to free a man from the bondage of this mortal world. Going on a pilgrimage to Rameshwara gives virtues similar to what is attained by performing all the yagyas. One, who takes a holy dip at Setu Rameshwara, attains to Vishnuloka. Merely by sleeping at the sea shore of Rameshwara a man gets absolved of heinous of sins like brahmahatya, etc. A man is blessed if his remains are consigned to the holy waters at Rameshwara after his death. Scriptures say that five types of sins are as grave as the sin of brahmahatya--
One, who criticizes sages
A selfish person who cooks food only for himself,
One who destroys well la…

Ayodhya or Ayodhyapuri

Ayodhya or Ayodhyapuri

Once, on being asked by sage Bharadwaja and few others about the grandeur of Ayodhya, sutaji replied--' Ayodhya, a sacrosanct city is based on the bank of river Sarayu. It is the very city where the famous king Ikshavaku ruled once upon a time. The term Ayodhya means unconquerable and consists of three root letters: a- symbolizing Brahma, y-symbolizing Vishnu and dh-symbolizing Rudra. It is a place where Lord Vishnu has his abode for eternity and does not leave it even for a moment. According to the scriptures Ayodhya is based on Sudarshana chakra. It is well expanded in the radius of one yojana. Its eastern boundary stretches up to one yojana from a place called 'Sahastradhana'. Similarly, the western front stretches up to one yojana from a place called 'Sama', the southern up to one yojana from the bank of Sarayu and its northern boundary up to one yojana starting from the bank of river Tamasa. In ancient times, a brahmin named Vishnu Sharma…

Significance of the months of Kartika, Margashirsha and Vaishaka

Significance of the months of Kartika, Margashirsha and Vaishaka
KARTIKA

Once, on being asked by some sages about the significance of the hindu month- Kartika, sutaji narrated the following tale-- 'Once, Narada had asked Lord Brahma the same question. At that time Lord Brahma had revealed to Narada that 'Kartika' was supreme among all the months just as Lord Vishnu is supreme among all the deities and Badrikashrama is the crown of all the places of pilgrimage. According to Brahma all these three would have greater significance in Kaliyuga as compared to any other yuga. Kartika is very dear to Lord Vishnu and any virtuous deed done during this month never goes without being rewarded. One important characteristic of this month is that all the deities live in the proximity of human beings for the entire period of the month and accept everything that is offered to them. Penance done in this month or donations made during this month is believed to give Imperishable virtues. There…

Badrika Kshetra or Badrikashrama

Badrika Kshetra or Badrikashrama
Once Kartikeya asked Lord Shiva--' How did this Badrikakshetra sacrosanct place originate? Who is the presiding deity of this place?'
Lord Shiva replied--' Badrikashrama is an eternal city and Lord Narayana is its presiding deity. A mere sight of Badrikashrama is enough to free a man from all the bondage of life. There are numerous other holy places situated in the vicinity, Kedaranatha being one of them.'

To emphasize the significance of Badrikashrama, Lord Shiva narrated the following tale to Kartikeya--' In Satyayuga, Lord Vishnu existed in his physical form at Badrikashrama for the benediction of human beings. But, in Tretayuga, only sages had the privilege of perceiving him with the help of yoga. At the advent of Dwapara things changed drastically and Lord Vishnu just disappeared from Badrikashrama. Deities became worried and asked Lord Brahma about the reason that made Lord Vishnu disappear. Even Lord Brahma had no answer to this…