Draupadi – an enigma

Draupadi – An enigma Of all characters of Mahabharat, Draupadi’s character is probably the most complex and interesting, barring the Shri Krishna’s character. If I dare say, one can paint her as a positive character or a negative one, if one wants to. One can find enough of both, positive and negative indicators about her […]

Aruni and Dhoumya – teacher and student example

Aruni – the real disciple of his teacher We find many examples highlighting teacher and pupil’s relationship or depicting the devotion of the disciple towards its teacher. Ekalavya, Karna, Ram, Krishna all great gods of Indian mythology were great pupils as well. One such disciple is Aruni. Aruni was in gurukul – The teacher’s abode […]

The curse of Ashwaththama – Mahabharat

Seven people apart from five Pandavs survived the Mahabharat war (Kurukshetra). These are Krishna, Kripacharya, Yuyutsu, Kritivarma, Vrishakethu, Satyaki, and Ashwatthama.Ashwatthama , the son of Drona, guru of Pandavas and Kauravas was the great warrior who also commanded the Kauravas army post Drona demise. He is supposed to not die and  this was not as […]

The achilles heel in Indian and greek mythology

Indian mythology and Greek mythology – Similarities between gods and characters The achilles heel is a phrase borrowed from greek mythology which denotes an area of weakness. Achilles was a great fighter who was washed with water of river styx to become invincible. His mother, Thetis held him by his heel and dipped him into […]

The story of Ganga (The Ganges)

The Ganges The story of Ganga coming to earth is long but interesting, I will try to keep this as short as possible without losing the plot.  In World mythology, there are many stories related to rivers, but the story around Ganga or The Ganges is very fascinating. As per the Indian mythology, the person […]

Curses on Arjuna (Mahabharata – Indian mythology)

Curses on Arjuna Mahabharata is full of incidents of curses, yet when curses are mentioned with reference to Mahabharata in Indian mythology, we would normally associate Karna, but Arjuna also had some curses. But this can be argued that though these have been curses, Arjuna was able to use them to his and Pandava’s advantage. […]

Seven little known facts from the Mahabharata (2)

Yudhishthira’s Chariot in Mahabharata war Yudhishthira has never lied in life save for one incident. Due to this, his chariot always floated a few inches above the ground. At the Mahabharat War, he told a half lie that “aswathama hatha kunjara” which led to Drona’s demise. As a result of this, his feet and chariot, […]

Ekalavya gurudakshina to his teacher

Teacher and disciple – Drona and Ekalavya Indian culture gives tremendous importance to Guru or the teacher. In Indian culture, Guru or a teacher is greater than father. Here is an Indian story of Ekalavya who epitomises the role of a shishya, or pupil. In Mahabharata, Ekalavya is introduced as a young boy who wanted […]

Arjuna and Babruvahana

Babruvahana and Arjuna There is an interesting side story in Mahabharata about Babhruvahana who was even more skilled to his father, Arjuna. He succesfully stopped the Pandavas quest of performing Ashwamedha. This story may be treated as similar to Luv Kush stopping Rama from performing Ashwamedha yagya. Here is the detailed story of Babruvahana. Birth […]