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Story of Devasena Consort of Muruga

Story of Devasena, consort of Muruga, is found in the Vana Parva of the Mahabharata. Indra was once defeated by the demons and he went into exile. One day while he was thinking about ways to regain his lost glory, he heard the cry of a female. The female was calling for help.
Indra soon discovered that the woman was being forcibly carried away by demon Kesin. Indra asked the demon to release Kesin but he did not budge. The demon threw a mace on Indira.
Indra cut the mace with his Vajra and chased the demon away.
The woman then told Indra that she was Devasena – she represents the strength of the army of the Devas or who follow Dharma. She had a sister Daityasena – she presents the strength of the army of the demons or who follow Adharma.
She then said that the demon Kesin wanted to marry her but she ran away from him. Her sister was already married to the demon.
She then requested Indra to secure her a proper husband who would be able to overcome all the enemies of Dharma.
Indra the…

Australian National University Offers Sanskrit Course in Electronic Text Book

New technology is breathing life into Sanskrti, one of the world’s oldest languages, with the publication of a Sanskrit electronic textbook by the AustralianNationalUniversity. The e–Text is titled ‘Joy of Sanskrit’ operates across both Apple and Android platforms on mobile phones, tablets and other devices. Australian National University reports
The e-text was developed by Grazia Scotellaro in the ANUCollege of Asia and the Pacific’s Digital Learning Project and Sanskrit lecturer Dr McComas Taylor.  Scotellaro says the e-text gives students unprecedented access to their teachers. “I call the e-text ‘professor in my pocket’ – the idea being that students have access to their professor all the time,” she says. “One of the biggest problems with online and digital learning is the anonymity of learning – you don’t see the person who is teaching you. But, with this you see your teacher every day.  “The students also have access to the materials that they need to learn anytime they want.”