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Sita Swyamvar

SRI RAM BREAKS SHIV DHANUSH Rama and Lakshmana accompanied Rishi Viswamitra to king Janaka’s palace. They were invited by the King Janaka for attending his daughter Sita’s Swamvara. When Rama and Lakshmana reached the place, they saw...

Rama Lakshamana visits city of Videha

  A tale from Ramayana After a few days the hermit, Visva-mitra, said to the young men: ” My lords’, would it not gladden your hearts to see the holy stream of Ganges, and to see the city of Videha, where lies the bow that no man on...

Prince Rama and Tadaka

Story from Ramayana: Prince Rama meets demon Tadaka and Maricha The sage led the two princes towards a dark and fearsome jungle haunted by many beasts of prey, in which dwelt the terrible rakshasa woman named Tadaka(Thataka) , mother of Maricha. She...

Story of Nala and Damayantí

Story from India ONCE upon a time there reigned in Nishadha1 a great rajah of choicest virtues whose name was Nala. He had great skill in taming steeds; he was a peerless archer, and was devoted to truth. Nala commanded a mighty army: like to the...

Story of birth of Kartikeya

Kartikeya, the god of war, and generalissimo of the armies of the gods, though called the younger son of Siva and Parvati, according to most of the Puranic legends, is their son only in the sense that they formed him. There once lived a demon named...

Story of birth of Ganesha

GANESA is usually regarded as the elder son of Siva and Pārvati All religious ceremonies, all serious compositions in writing and all worldly affairs of importance are begun by pious Hindus with an invocation to Ganesa; a word composed of Isa, the...

THE STORY OF THE MAHÂ-BHÂRATA.

Long ago there dwelt in India two great Rajas who were brothers, the Raja Pandu and the blind Raja, Dhritarashtra. The former had five noble sons called the Pandavas, the eldest of whom was Yudhi-sthira, the second Bhima, the third Arjuna, and the...

THE STORY OF THE RÂMÂYANA

Brahma, creator of the universe, though all powerful, could not revoke a promise once made. For this reason, Ravana, the demon god of Ceylon, stood on his head in the midst of five fires for ten thousand years, and at the end of that time boldly...

Visvamitra and Lord Rama

In the forest, near the city, there lived an aged hermit, Visvamitra; and this good old man was sore beset by ugly Furies or Demons, who would not let him rest. ” I will go to the king,” he said to himself, ” and ask him for the...

King Dasaratha and his sons

Flowers were falling from the sky, for the shining gods were happy. And happy also were the folk of the city of Oude, or Ayodhya. Banners waved. Wreaths were hung at every point. Women carried gold and silver dishes laden with gifts to the new-born...

Story from Ramayana: Ram and Sita’s first meeting

Ram Sita Milan: When Sita met Ram The sun had not yet set, and Rama saw that his brother Lakshmana had a keen longing to view the wonders of the city, so he asked leave of Vishvamitra, and, with the hermit’s consent, they walked out into the...

Bhagiratha and Ganga

Story of How Goddess Ganga Came To Earth In ancient times lived Sagara, a virtuous king of Ayodhya. He had two wives but no children. As he and his consorts longed for offspring, the three of them went to the Himalayas and practiced austerities...

Dasharatha’s Sons

At length, Dasharatha resolved to perform the Ashwamedha so that the gods might be prevailed upon to grant him an heir who would perpetuate his race. When his will was made known to the queens, their faces brightened as the lotus brightens at the...

Story of Rama and Sita.

Long ago king Daśaratha, the sovereign of Ayodhyá, had a son, named Ráma, the elder brother of Bharata, Śatrughna and Lakshmaṇa. He was a partial incarnation of Vishṇu for the overthrow of Rávaṇa, and he had a wife named Sítá, the daughter of...

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