THE DEITIES RESTING DAYS

Lord Vishnu takes rest on Sheshnag during the whole period of Uttarayan, which begins just after the last day of the bright lunar phase in the Hindu month of Ashadh is over. After he goes to sleep, all the deities, Gandharva, Devamata etc. follow suit. Narada requested Sage Pulastya to…

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VAMANA INCARNATION

INDRA DOES PENANCE TO ATONE FOR HIS SINS Pulastya says after being defeated by the demons Indra went to Brahma loka and narrated his woeful tale to him. Sage Kashyapa- his father was also present there. Lord Brahma told Indra that he was reaping the fruits of his evil deeds.…

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BENEFITS OF STUDYING VAMANA PURANA

Study of Vamana Purana helps a man to enhance his knowledge and makes him free from all kinds of worldly attachments. It also increases his love and devotion towards the lotus feet of Lord Vishnu. There are ten characteristics evident in all the Puranas- 1) Sarg. 2)Visarg. 3) Sthan. 4)…

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BALI’S QUERIES TO PRAHLADA

Bali enquired about the virtues which a man attains by the worship of Lord Vishnu. He also asked Prahlada about the worship and its rituals by which Lord Vishnu is pleased. Prahlada says- “Sages believe that the donations which are made with total devotion and in the name of Lord…

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BALI LIVES IN PATAL LOKA

Pulastya says- After reaching the nether world, Bali got constructed a beautiful city made of diamonds and other precious stones. Vishwakarma had constructed an enormous sized altar in the central part of the city. The windows of Bali’s palace were well decorated with pearls. Bali lived there in luxury and…

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LORD BRAHMA WORSHIPS LORD VAMANA

Narada asked sage Pulastya as  to  where did  Lord  Vamana  go  after disappearing from  the oblation site. Pulastya replied- “Lord Vamana went to Brahma loka mounted on his Garuda. On seeing him, Lord Brahma gave a warm reception and after worshipping him asked about the reason for his sudden arrival.…

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LORD VAMANA’S DEMANDS

Bali was pleased that he would get an opportunity to see the Almighty God whom the sages contemplate upon. He was proud of his good fortune that the lord was paying him a visit. Shukracharya aware of the reason for Vamana’s arrival warned Bali against making any promise to him.…

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ARRIVAL OF LORD VAMANA AT KURUKSHETRA

Pulastya says- “After satisfying Bharadwaj’s curiosity about his different abodes, Lord Vamana left for Kurukshetra where Bali was busy performing his Yagya. As soon as Lord Vamana reached Kurukshetra, the whole earth started shaking violently and high tides rose in the ocean. Being frightened of Lord Vishnu, Agni did not…

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THE GREATNESS OF SARASWAT STOTRA

Sage Pulastya says- “There lived a Kshatriya who kept enemity towards Brahmins. After his death, he was reborn as a demon and spent his life indulging in nefarious activities. Once he saw a hermit doing penance. He wanted to devour him but was unsuccessful in his attempt as the hermit…

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GAJENDRA AND THE CROCODILE

Sage Narada requests Pulastya to describe how Gajendra managed to release itself from the jaws of the crocodile. Pulastya says- “There lived a crocodile in a reservoir near Trikut Mountain. One day, a thirsty elephant arrived there to quench its thirst. The wicked crocodile caught hold of the elephant’s leg…

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TALES OF UPAMANYU AND SRIDAMA

Sage Narada was still not satisfied by Pulastya’s explanation and asked Pulastya as to what compelled Lord Vishnu to give his chakra to Lord Shiva. Pulastya says- “There used to live a learned Brahmin named Veetmanyu. He was well versed in all the Vedas and other scriptures. His wife’s name…

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PRAHLADA’S PILGRIMAGE

Pulastya says- “Prahlada went to the sacred place called Rishikanya and took a holy dip in the Irawati River. After that, he worshipped Lord Janardan in the temple situated nearby and then proceeded on his journey towards Kurukshetra. After reaching there, he worshipped Lord Kurudhwaj and paid a visit Lord…

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THE DESCRIPTION OF NAKSHATRA PURUSHA

Sage Narada asks Pulastya about the austerity named Nakshatra Purusha which King Pururava had accomplished to please Lord Vishnu. Pulastya says- “All the constellations dwell in different parts of Lord Vishnu’s body. The Mula Nakshatra dwells in his feet, Rohini Nakshatra in his thighs, Ashwini in his knees, Purvashadha and…

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PURURAVA REGAINS HIS GOOD LOOKS

Pulastya says- “After worshipping Lord Trivikrama, Prahlada went to Lingabhedak Mountain and worshipped Lord Shankar. He also visited many more sacred places like Kedar Tirtha, Badrikashrama,  Bhadrakarna and  Vipasha. At  last,  he reached  Irawati  and  worshipped  that Almighty Lord with whose blessings, Pururava was able to regain his good looks.”…

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MYTHOLOGICAL TALES DHUNDHU PERFORMS ASHWAMEDHA YAGYA

Pulastya says- “During his pilgrimage, Prahlada visited many sacred places like Manas Tirtha, Kaushiki, Devahnad and Hastinapur etc. At last he reached the bank of river Yamuna where he worshipped Lord Trivikrama (Vamana).” Narada was surprised at the mention of Vamana’s name and asked Pulastya- “Lord Vishnu is still to…

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THE SPLENDOURS OF BALI

Pulastya says- “The just rule of Bali had transformed the Kali Yuga into Satya Yuga. Even his subjects engaged themselves in virtuous activities like penance and Yagyas. They practised non- violence and always spoke the truth. One day, Goddess Trailokya Lakshmi went to Bali and said- “I have come to…

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KING BALI BALI RULES THE HEAVEN

The mighty Banasura saw the demons running away from the battlefield and came to their rescue. The arrival of Banasura boosted the morale of the defeated demons and they returned to fight the deities. Lord Vishnu advised the deities to fight gallantly and disappeared from the battlefield. Shukracharya assured the…

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LORD VISHNU KILLS KALNEMI

After hearing the news of Bali’s coronation, Maya and some other demons went and advised Bali to avenge the killings of his father- Virochan and other relatives by Indra. Bali became furious and marched with a huge army to fight the deities.   When Indra heard this news, he started…

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MARUT GANAS OF DIFFERENT MANVANTARAS

Sage Pulastya says- “O Narada! Now, I am going to describe about the origin of Marut Ganas of various Manvantaras. Savan was Swayambhu Manu’s son. He had no sons and when he died, the sorrowful queen- Sudeva heard a heavenly voice, which instructed her to give up her life by…

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THE ORIGIN OF MARUT GANAS

Narada asked Pulastya about the battle which Indra fought with the demon at Malay Mountain. Pulastya  replied-  “Andhak’s  followers-  Maya  and  Tar  tried  to  enter  Patal  loka  after  being defeated by the deities. While they were passing close to the Malay Mountain, they decided to live there being enchanted by…

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LORD SHIVA KILLS ANDHAK

In spite of death and destruction caused to his army, Andhak still wanted to continue fighting against  Lord  Shiva’s  army.  He even  dismissed  the advises  of  Shukracharya  who wanted a momentary retreat and rebuffed him by saying- “All the deities including Maheshwar and Indra cannot save themselves from my wrath.…

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SHUKRACHARYA USES SANJIVANI VIDYA

Andhak went to Shukracharya and narrated the woeful tale of demons’ defeat. He also requested Shukracharya to help the demons win the battle. Shukracharya was dejected but he assured the demons that he would make alive, all the dead demons with the help of SanJivani Vidya and really all the…

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THE BATTLE COMMENCES

Pulastya says- “When the Ganas saw Andhak’s army approaching the Mandar Mountain, they made a loud roar, which reverberated through the land and sky. Hearing this roar, Lord Ganesha became apprehensive and went to Mandar Mountain to ask Lord Shiva about the origin of that tremendous roar. Lord Shiva told…

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SAGE SHUKRACHARYA CURSES DANDA

Prahlada says- “Blinded by lust, Danda forcibly breached the modesty of unrelenting Araja and returned to his palace. Araja was saddened by the inability to protect her chastity and started wailing. When Shukracharya returned to his hermitage, he found Araja lying down at the entrance. He asked her about what…

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