THE BENEFITS OF READING MARKANDEYA PURANA

The birds said- ‘O Jaimini! This was the way, sage Markandeya had narrated the divine tales to Kraustuki.   A   person   who   either   studies   this   Purana   or   listens   to   it   achieves   great accomplishment. All his desires are fulfilled and he enjoys a long life. He becomes free from all his sins.…

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KING DAMA KILLS VAYUSHMAN

Markandeya says- ‘When Dama came to know about his father’s death, he became extremely furious. Although he was very patient by nature but still the news of his father’s death made him restless. He thought- ‘Shame on me. Inspite of myself being alive, the wicked Vayushman had killed my father.…

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KILLING OF NARISHYANT

Markandeya says- ‘When the newly married couple Dama and Sumana returned to the capital, King Narishyant was extremely pleased. King Narishyant after knowing about the brave deeds of his son was very proud of him. As he had become old, he appointed Dama as his successor and he went in…

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SUMANA CHOOSES DAMA AS HER HUSBAND

Markandeya says- Dama was the son of Narishyant. His mother was Indrasena- the daughter of Babhru. He became the master in archery under the tutelage of Vrishparva. He also learnt the nuances of handling other kinds of weapons under the guidance of Dundubhi. He learnt the scriptures from sage Shakti…

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KING NARISHYANT

Markandeya says- ‘Among the eighteen sons of Marut, Narishyant was the eldest. Marut ruled over his kingdom for 70,015 years after which Narishyant succeeded him as the king. Marut went to the forest to do penance. After becoming the king, Narishyant decided to perform a grand Yagya, the like of…

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THE HERMITS SONS BECOME ALIVE

Markandeya  says-  ‘When  Aveekshit  reached  the  oblation  site,  he  found  that  the  whole atmosphere was ablaze by the tremendous heat generated by Marut’s weapon, Samvartak. He requested Marut to drop his weapon but Marut refused by saying- ‘O father! These serpents are the culprits. They have killed the hermits sons.…

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A HERMIT ADVISES MARUT ON BEHALF OF VEERA

Kraustuki asks Markandeya- ‘O lord! We want to know more about Marut.’ Markandeya says- ‘After becoming the king, Marut started ruling in a just manner. He performed many Yagyas under the supervision of numerous ‘Yagyikas’ and esteemed priests. Angira’s son- Samvart and Brihaspati’s brother were his chief priests under whose…

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KING MARUT MARUT ASCENDS THE THRONE

Markandeya says- ‘After the birth of Marut, Aveekshit accompanied by Vaishalini returned to his father’s palace. After making salutations to his father, he kept the new born baby in his lap and told him that he had kept his word. Karandham became very pleased after seeing his grandson.”In course of…

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AVEEKSHIT MARRIES VAISHALINI

  Markandeya says- ‘After Vaishalini had finished her lines, Aveekshit told her that he was forced to abandon her in the past after getting defeated but once again, he had regained her after defeating the demon. Both of them decided to get married in the forest itself.’ ‘Right then, a…

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AVEEKSHIT RESCUES VAISHALINI

Markandeya says- ‘Once, Aveekshit had gone for a hunt in the forest when suddenly, he heard a female voice shouting for help. He proceeded in the direction of the voice. After reaching there, he saw Danu’s (a demon) son Dhridhakesha, holding a lady by her hair. The woman was crying- ‘I…

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AVEEKSHIT PROMISES HIS FATHER TO GET MARRIED

Markandeya says- ‘Once, Veera- the wife of King Karandham and mother of Aveekshit had taken a vow to accomplish a very arduous penance. But this could only be accomplished with Karandham’s and Aveekshits assistance. Karandham had assured her that he would provide all the wealth required for the accomplishment of…

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KARANDHAM

Markandeya says- ‘King Khaninetra went at the bank of the river Gomti and started doing a severe penance to please Indra. After being pleased by his devotion and eulogy, Indra appeared before him. He said to Khaninetra- ‘O king! I am very much pleased by your devotion. Demand anything you…

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KING KHANINETRA

Markandeya says- ‘Khaninetra was the son of King Vivinsha. He was very brave and valiant. The Gandharvas had proclaimed that no one could match Khaninetra’s benevolence, who had donated the whole earth after accomplishing 10,000 Yagyas. Khaninetra had given so much wealth as donations to the Brahmins that there was…

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KING VIVINSHA

Markandeya says- ‘King Kshup ruled justly in the same way as his father Khanitra did. Kshup’s wife was Pramatha. They had a son who was handsome and mighty. He had defeated all the kings and annexed their kingdom. He was married to Nandini, the princess of Vidarbha. Nandini gave birth…

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KING KHANITRA

Markandeya says- ‘People present at the oblation site were shocked to see the dead bodies of Vishwavedi and the four priests. When Khanitra got this news, he too was shocked. Khanitra went to Vashishta and asked him the reason about the deaths of his brother’s minister and the four priests.…

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THE KINGDOMS OF PRANSHU, PRAJATI AND KHANITRA

Markandeya says- ‘Sunanda gave birth to 12 sons. Their names were Pranshu, Praveer, Shoor, Suchakra,  Vikrama,  Krama,  Bala,  Balak,  Chand,  Prachand,  Suvikrama  and  Swarup.  After growing up, Pranshu became the king. Pranshu had a son named Prajati. Prajati had five sons among whom Khanitra was one of them. Khanitra became…

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BHALANDAN AND VATSAPRI

Nabhag told his wife- ‘I would never accept the kingdom for the second time, which I had relinquished at the instruction of my father. He then instructed his son to rule over the kingdom he had won. Following his father’s instructions, Bhalandan started ruling over his kingdom. Later on, he…

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CURSE OF SAGE PRAMATI

Markandeya says- ‘The king stopped fighting at the request of Narada. Nabhag married the Vaishya girl. After the marriage, the king ordered Nabhag to follow a Vaishya’s occupation. Nabhag got engaged in activities like animal husbandry and agriculture. With the passage of time, a son was born and who was…

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PRINCE NABHAG

Markandeya says- ‘Nabhag was the son of King Dishta. One day, he saw a beautiful woman who was the daughter of a Vaishya. He was very enchanted by her beauty and wanted to marry her. He went to the Vaishya and expressed his desire. The Vaishya was terrified at the…

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MARTANDADEV AND HIS DESCENDANTS

Markandeya says- ‘Martandadev had a son named Manu. The seventh Manavantar in which we are  living  is  named  after  him.  Manu  had  many  sons  among  whom  Narishyant,  Nabhag, Prishadhna and Drisht were the rulers of different kingdoms. Manu had performed a special Yagya named Mitra-Varuna with the desire of having…

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ADITI GIVES BIRTH TO ADITYA

Markandeya says- ‘After being pleased by the eulogy of Aditi, the Sun shed its radiance and became sombre. Now, Aditi could see him. She said- ‘O lord! Be pleased upon me. The Daityas and the Danavas have captured all the three worlds from my sons. I request you to take…

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MANIFESTATION OF THE SUN GOD ADITYA AND THE VEDAS

Markandeya says- ‘After Brahma came out from that egg, Rigveda manifested from his first mouth.  From  the  mouth  facing  south,  manifested  the  Yajurveda.  After  that,  Samaveda manifested from his mouth facing west. In the end, Atharvaveda came out from the mouth facing north. The Rigveda symbolises the Rajo Guna while…

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