Sushena (Physician)

The physician of the monkeys whom Hanuman called upon to help when Lakshmana was knocked out in combat. He sent Hanuman to the Himalayas to get herbs from Mount Gandhamadana.




Brother of Pratapbhanu.


Father of Ugrasena and Devaka.

Amogha and Shantanu

Parents of river Brahmaputra.

Read about Brahmaputra here

Adbhuta Ramayana

Valmiki’s ‚Fantastic Ramayana‘ tells of a second, thousand-headed Ravana and lets Sita become Kali.

Read Adbhuta Ramayana here


Community/monastery, especially for ascetics, for example the Naga Sadhus.

Read about Akhada/Akhara here


Eight centers/monasteries of Dvaita Philosophy in Udupi founded by Madhva.

Read about Ashtamatha here


Yajna is a large-scale fire sacrifice in which numerous priests recite Vedic hymns.

The smaller version is Homa or Havan.

The term yajna can be used for all devotional offerings, services, rites. To recite a mantra (Japa) is a Japa Yajna, to pass on knowledge/wisdom (Jnana) is a Jnana Yajna.

The term is transliterated manifold.

Ashoka Tree

The tree that gives relief from grief. Hanuman found Site in the Ashokavana.

Read about the Ashoka Tree here

Aditi and Kashyapa

Diti asked for a son who was mor powerful than Indra.

Aditi, Indra’s mother, warned her son. Indra entered the body of Diti and divided the child into seven parts. It screamed, Diti awakened and cursed Indra, that he would never be able to live in peace. Indra revealed that his mother instigated him. Diti curses her to one day end up in prison and lose her seven children.

Aditi lost seven children in prison in her next life as Devaki. Six were the Sadagarbha whom Vasudeva killed at the behest of Kamsa. The seventh was taken from her, not killed. It was brought into Rohini’s womb and born as Balarama, Krishna’s brother. The eighth child was Krishna.

Diti’s curse on Indra meant that he was always worried about his throne. Kashyapa and Aditi asked Vishnu to be born their son. They were born again as Dasaratha and Kausalya, and Vishnu incarnated as their son Rama. Next they were born as Vasudeva and Devaki, Vishnu incarnated as their son Krishna.

For a modified version see Prisnigarbha.