An ascetic who took revenge on Pratapbhanu.

Eraka Grass

A hard dune grass, created from the pulverized club of Samba. The grass eventually led to the downfall of Dwaraka.


Son of Kadru. Elapatra overheard a conversation between the Gods and Brahma. He assured that only the non-virtuous snakes would perish at Janamejaya’s snake sacrifice. Elapatra was able to calm the snakes.

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The ten Avatars of Vishnu in the light of evolution.

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Exile (Rama)

During Rama’s 14 years exile he, Sita and Lakshmana settled down in the following places.

Chitrakuta, here Bharata, one of the four brothers, tried in vain to persuade Rama to return to Ayodhya.

They moved on to Dandaka Forest, Dandakaranya, where countless sages had their hermitages.

Finally, sage Agastya advised Rama to look for a permanent home in Panchavati, a part of Dandakaranya. There Lakshmana built a bamboo hut for them. In Panchavati, Sita was kidnapped by Ravana and Rama and Lakshmana went in search of her via Kishkinda to Lanka.


A name of Ganesha, the one with one (eka) tusk (danta).

Ganesha broke off one of his two tusks and wrote the Mahabharata with it. The opening image of the website shows this scene.


Festival and fasting day in the Vishnu tradition, celebrated on the 11th day in both phases of the moon.

Shukla Paksha – waxing phase.
Krishna Paksha – waning phase.

The equivalent in the Shiva tradition is Pradosha, celebrated on the 13th day in both phases of the moon.


Duryodhana wanted to kill the Pandava. He had Purochana built a palace of lac (Lakshagraha) in Varanavata in order to burn the Pandavas in it. They were warned by Vidura,were able to escape and settle in Ekachakra.


Son of Hiranyadhanus, king of the Nishadas, a casteless forest and mountain tribe.

He wanted to learn the art of war with Drona, but was rejected by him because of his parentage. He was reborn as Dhrishtadyumna and killed Drona in the Mahabharata war.

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Exile (Pandavas)

The Pandavas were exiled for 12 years plus a 13th year that they had to spend undetected. If they were recognized, they would have to remain in exile for another 12 years. In that 13th year they worked under the following names and professions at the court of king Virata.

Draupadi as Malini, she was the lady’s maid.
Arjuna as Brihannala, he teached the princesses singing and dancing.
Bhima as Ballava, he was a cook.
Nakula as Granthika, he took care of the horses.
Sahadeva as Arishtanemi, he took care of the cows.
Yudhishthira as Kankubhattu, he was advisor to Virata.