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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...

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...

The Camel’s Neck

NCE upon a time there was a very religious Camel; at least, he was religious after the fashion of his country, that is, he used to mortify his flesh by fasting, and scratch himself with thorns, and lie awake all night meditating upon the emptiness...

The Sensible Enemy

here was once a prince who made friends with a merchant’s son and the son of a man of learning.Every day the three found entertainment in various diversions, flirtations, and pastimes in public squares, parks, and gardens. Every day the prince...

The Mice That Ate Iron

In a certain town lived a merchant named Naduk, who lost his money and determined to travel abroad. In his house was an iron balance-beam inherited from his ancestors, and it weighed a thousand pals. This he put in pawn with Merchant Lakshman before...

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