Vedic Cosmology


A demon who kidnapped Sita. He was the Gandharva Tumburu, cursed by Kubera, the curse would end as soon as Rama pushed him into a hole in the ground and buried him in it. Rama released him from his curse.

Vasavi Shakti

A Weapon that Karna received from Indra.

Karna’s protection (kavacha) was his golden armor and earrings. He was born with both of them.

Indra (Arjuna’s father) knew that he could not be killed and thought about how he could take it away from him. Surya (Karna’s father) appeared to Karna in a dream, revealed Indra’s plan to him and advised him not to give up either.

But Karna was ready for it. Surya advised him to get his best weapon, Vasavi Shakti, from Indra as a replacement. When Indra appeared in the form of a wise man and asked Karna for kavacha and earrings, he tore them both from his body and ears and handed them over to the supplicant. Then he asked for Vasavi Shakti, which the sage gave him, with the remark that he could only use it once.

Virodha Bhakti

A love-hate relationship towards Krishna.

Read about Virodha Bhakti here

Vinda and Anuvinda

Sons of King Jayasena and Rajadhidevi, brothers of Mitravinda. They fought on the site of the Kauravas in the Mahabharata war.

Vayaskara Chathurvedi Bhattathiri

A master of rites from Kerala.

Read about Vayaskara Chathurvedi Bhattathiri here

Vedavati and Narayana Nadillaya Bhatta

Mother and father of Madhva.

Venu Gita

The song of Krishna’s flute play.

Read Venu Gita here

Vivaha Rama and Brothers


Rama wins Sita

Lakshmana and Urmila – including marriage of Shatrugna and Bharata

Lakshmana and Urmila

And poetry by Tulsidas

Rama’s marriage with Sita (Janaki).

Cutting of Rama’s hair and nails before the marriage ceremony.

Vachana Sahitya

Vachana Sahitya describes the experience of Basavanna’s disciples, the Sharanas, on their way to supreme knowledge.

Read about and Basavanna and the Vachana Sahitya here