Devas appeal to Sage Agasthya to help them defeat the Asuras

Agasthya drinks the ocean

The Devas and Asuras were cousins who were always at war. The Devas ruled Devalok, the world above Earth. The Asuras lived in the world below Earth, called Paatal. The Asuras grew stronger after sunset. So, the Asuras always attacked their cousins at night. As the sun rose, the Devas…
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Ganesha the scribe

Sage Veda Vyasa decided to compose the Mahabharata. He thought he would dictate the epic and someone could write it down. But who would write down the great epic? After a careful search, Veda Vyasa selected Ganesha, Lord of Wisdom. “Only you are capable of writing down the epic as…
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Hanuman takes the leap to Lanka

Hanuman discovers his potential

Sampati was an old eagle. He lived alone on a rock on the southern seashore. One day, he noticed that the beach was crowded with monkeys. He asked the monkeys what had brought them to the seashore. Where were they from? Jambuvan, an elderly bear, spoke, “Rama, the prince of…
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Lord Krishna being greeted by Sudan and his wife

Krishna in Sudama’s village

When Sudama went to Dwaraka, his childhood friend Sri Krishna and his wife Rukmini, received him with affection. They persuaded Sudama to stay with them for a few days. Then they took him back to his village in their chariot. Meanwhile, in the village, word spread that Sri Krishna was…
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Krishna meets Sudama

He was a visitor to Dwaraka. Draped in an ordinary looking cloth round his waist, a piece of cloth across his shoulders, and a bag hanging from his left shoulder, the stranger walked barefoot. His hair was combed and tied. He walked leisurely, neither too fast nor too slow, looking…
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Spirit of Freedom: Call of Vidula

In India, the first ever Call to Freedom was given by a mother. Her story is told in the Mahabharata. Prince Sanjaya was young and inexperienced. When his father died, he became the king of Sauvira. The king of the neighbouring kingdom of Sindhu felt this was the right moment…
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Father’s Day: Lunch for Hidimba

Mumma, take me to Papa,” said Ghattu to his mother, Hidimba. It was Father’s Day. Ghattu wanted to wish his father. But Ghattu, who was 14-years-old, had never seen his father. He was brought up by his mother, Hidimba, and the two lived in a dense forest. “Ghattu, have patience.…
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Father’s Day: Ghattu meets his match

Ghattu, the young Rakshasa, nabbed a young man as food for his fasting mother, Hidimba. He named his victim Madhyama — or the middle one — since he was the second of the three brothers. Ghattu allowed him time to have a dip in a pond and refresh himself. While…
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Bharata and Bahubali

Bahubali ruled over Podanapura in South India. His elder brother, Bharata, ruled over Ayodhya in the North. The other brothers had their own kingdoms given to them by their father, Rishabhanatha. Bharata wanted to be known as the King of Kings. He was blessed with a dazzling, divine wheel called…
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Tales from Mahabharata: Savitri’s choice

Savitri was the only daughter of King Ashvapati of Madra and his queen, Malavi. The king had prayed to goddess Savitri for this child. So when she was born, she was given the name Savitri. Savitri grew up into a beautiful young woman. Those who looked at her were dazzled.…
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