HINDU ENCYCLOPEDIA

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The story of King Kuru and Kurukshetra

Kuru was son of Samvaran and Tapti, an Apasarus. Kuru mastered all knowledge and was good in ...

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Ten Incarnations of Shiva and Shakti

The ten incarnations of Siva with feminine Shakti according to Purana is as follows

The...

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Where do Lord Narayana really exist

In ancient times, there lived a noble and learned king named Ashvashira. Once,sage Kapila...

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Who is most likely to attain Moksha ?

In the ancient times, there lived a brahmin named Sanyaman, a descendant of sage Atri. One day,...

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Bhakta’s story

The story of Prahlada and Narasimhavatar

Hiranyakashipu and Hiranyaksha were sons of Diti and Kashyapa. Vishnu in Varaha Avatar recovered...

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Bhakta’s story

The birth of Nandi and his devotion

Shilada was a learned ascetic. Once he wished to have a son, so began to pray to Shiva for the...

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Bhakta’s story

Story of Dhruva

Dhruva was son of King Uttanapada and Suneeti. The king had another wife, Suruchi and a...

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Birds story

The story of doves serving an unknown guest

In the Brahmagiri Mountain there lived once a hunter who made a living by killing birds and...

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Birds story

The story of four learned birds

Tarkshi was an apsara born as a bird because of a curse. In her eathly life she was wife of...

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Boon and curse

The King Parikshith turns a curse into a boon

Once upon a time Raja Parikshit went on a hunting expedition. He got tired and felt hunger and...

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Boon and curse

Story of Tulasi and Shaligram

Once, Lakshmi was born as Tulasi to royal couple Dharmadhwaja and Malati owing to the curse of...

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Boon and curse

Once, Lakshmi was born as Tulasi to royal...

Once during hunting Dasaratha become tired. While resting on the banks of river Sarayu he...

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Boon and curse

Upamanyu - Son of a poor lady

Upamanyu was son of a poor lady who has been living at the mercy of her brother. Upamanyu...

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An Introduction to Siva Mahapuranam

Siva Mahapurana as its name suggest is a holy text dedicated to and glorify Lord Siva. Siva...

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The Death Ceremonies and their purpose

Vedas do not prescribe any ceremony for the dead though some of its verses were sung during...

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Dreams Omens and Signs

A fairly detailed analysis of dreams, Omens and Signs are provided in Agni Purana. There are...

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Obstacles in the path of Yoga

A Sadaka may experience numerous obstacles while practicing Yoga; laziness, restlessness,...

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Life after death according to Garuda Purana

Due to the effect of karma, a man falls sick causing his death. The mode of one’s death also...

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Nachiketa’s visit to Hell and its description

Once Sage Uddalaka was irritated by his son Nachiketa during a Yaga for his unnecessary...

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Facts

Idol of God: A concept from Vishnu Purana

Vishnu Purana (2.14.32) offers a beautiful analogy to explain the concept of the idol that one...

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Genealogy

Samjna replacing herself by Chaya as wife of Surya

Kashyapa and Aditi had a son named Vivasvana. He was very bright and was thus known as the Sun...

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Genealogy

Why Draupadi had five husbands

How did Draupadi became wife of five Pandavas !. Jaimini was in dilama over the dharmic...

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Philosophy retold

Hamsa Gita or Uddhava Gita

Yadu Chakravarthi once went to an Avadootha and asked him, despite good health and young age why...

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Philosophy retold

The Ishvara Gita

While Lomaharshana was reciting the Kurma Purana to the assembled sages, Krishna Dvaipayana...

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Philosophy retold

The fundamental steps for Tatwa Gyaana

Once there lived a great king named Indradyumna. He was virtuous and ruled the world well. He...

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Philosophy retold

The arguments between Alaxander and Nagasanyasins

Gymnosophists is the name given to Naked Sages (Naga Sanyasin) of Indian origin by Greek....

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Primary Creation

Brahma Vishnu and Siva in early period of creation

While Vishnu was in Yogic sleep on the water, a wonderful lotus sprouted from his navel. Its...

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Primary Creation

Various Vedavyasa in different Dwapara yuga

In every dwapara yuga, a Vedavyasa is born so as to divide the Vedas and disseminate their...

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Primary Creation

In every dwapara yuga, a Vedavyasa is born so...

A Brahma Kalpa (cycle), or a day of Brahma consisting of a period of fourteen manvantaras,...

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Primary Creation

An extended list of Incarnations of Vishnu

Lord Vishnu is the supreme almighty and the source of all creations. He is the nurturer of this...

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Primary Creation

Kalpa and the Creation of Universe

Lord Vishnu is the prime cause of creation. The whole Universe is his manifestation. It is He...

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Primary Creation

Lord Vishnu is the prime cause of creation....

Hiranyaksha, a mighty demon abducted Prithvi (Mother Earth) and sunk her into the underworld of...

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Secondary Creation

Primary Creation of Human Being

In the beginning, Brahma made unintentional and casual creations such as Tamas, Moha, Maha Moha,...

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Secondary Creation

Copulative Creations and birth of four Varna

Brahma created one thousand couples from his mouth in the beginning of creation. These couples...

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Story

Prahlad’s encounter with Nara-Narayana

Once, Prahlad, the ardent devotee of Vishnu and son of demon King Hiranyakashipu asked sage...

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Story

Nala Damayanti

Nala was the king of Nishadha Kingdom. He was very dharmic and everybody praised him for...

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Story

The story of Bali and Lord Vaaman

Bali was son of Virochan. He was also called Mahabali for the bravery. After his father's death,...

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Story

The Expiation of Balaram

Shri Krishna's brother Balarama wished to be impartial during the battle of Mahabharat. So, to...

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Story

The wisdom of a fowler ?

In the ancient times, there lived a brahmin by name, Sanyaman. He was a descendant of sage Atri....

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Sati’s request for a permanent dwelling

While describing the Vaman Puran, the Senior Sage Pulastya told Narada that, once, Sati...

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The Story of Sukeshi’s Akashachari Nagara

Sukeshi was was a virtuous and just king and the son of demon King Vidyutkeshi. He was a great...

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Story

The Story of Chyavana Maharshi and Sukanya

Sage Chyavana was the son of Bhrigu Maharshi and his wife Pauloma. Once while Chyavana was in...

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Krishna’s Tapasya for a child

Krishna was not having a child for many years. So, desirous of obtaining a son, Krishna went to...

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The arguments of Savitri before Yama

In the ancient times, there lived a King named Ashwapati of Shakala Vamsa in Madra Desha....

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King Durjaya smitten by blind love

Once there lived a king in Bharthvarsha named Durjaya. One day, King Durjaya happen to be at the...

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The birth of Pradyumna

The holy wedding of Krishna and Rukmini took place at Dwaraka with great pomp and in the...

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Story

Yakshaprasna

While during the Vanavasa period of Pandavas, a brahmin complained to them that a deer...

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Story

Woodcutter, story of inviting Yama

There was a hardworking woodcutter once lived in an unknown country. Every day he had to...

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The stories about Bharthru Hari

Barthrhari, was a great Grammarian, philosopher and poet in one. He is believed to be...

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Test of integrity

King Harichandra

Raja Harishchandra was a famous Suryavamsa kind during the Treta Yuga. He was an embodiment of...

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