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Story of Vaishnavastra - Powerful Arrow That Struck Krishna And Turned Into Flower Garland

Story of Vaishnavastra is found in the Mahabharata and it is told to Arjuna by Bhagavan Sri Krishna. In the Mahabharata, Bhagadatta, used the dreaded arrow against Arjuna. Arjuna took aim to destroy the weapon but suddenly Krishna came in between and allowed the arrow to hit him. As soon as the arrow hit Sri Krishna, it turned into a garland of flowers. Arjuna wanted to know the reason why Krishna bore the brunt of the arrow. Krishna then told that the arrow Vaishnavastra was given to Bhagadatta by his father. He had received it from Bhudevi (Mother Earth). Bhudevi had received the arrow from Lord Vishnu when He had lifted Her up from the bottom of the ocean. No living being in the universe can withstand the power of the Vaishnavastra. This is the reason why Sri Krishna took the brunt of the arrow. Bhagadatta was the king of Pragjyotisha and he had fought on the side of the Kauravas in the great battle in the 18-day Kurukshetra battle.

Earrings and Armour of Karna in Mahabharata - How Karn Lost His Earrings and Armour in the Mahabharata?

It was impossible to defeat Karna as long as he was in possession of the earrings and armor gifted to him by Surya, the Sun God. The story as to how Karn lost his earrings and armor is mentioned during the Kurukshetra war in the Mahabharata. One day an old man came to Karna begging for alms. Karna gave the word to the old man that he will gift whatever he asks. The old man immediately asked for the earrings and armor of Karna. Both were part of this body since the day of his birth. It was like a part of his body. Karna knew losing them meant he would become vulnerable to any weapon. As long as Karna wore the earrings and armor, he was impermeable to any weapon. To keep his word, Karna parted them. He cut them off from his body and gifted to the old man. The old man was Indra, the king of Devas and father of Arjuna. He had come to secure them, as he knew the Pandavas could never win the war and it also put the life of his son in danger. Indra was overwhelmed by

Soma Plant in Hinduism - Story of Birth of Soma in Hindu Scriptures

As per a popular story in the Hindu scriptures, Soma, the medicinal herb and moon god, mentioned, in the Vedas is the son of Anasuya wife of Sage Atri. As per many Puranas, Anasuya was famous for her single-minded devotion towards her husband. She upheld the Pativrata Dharma. Once, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva arrived at the ashram to test here Pativrata. The Trimurtis who were well aware about the devotion of Anasuya came down on earth to satisfy their spouses who were jealous of Anasuya. Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva (Trimurtis) tried to entice Anasuya but all their efforts were futile. Pleased with her Pativrata Dharma, Trimurtis offered to grant her whatever she wanted. She prayed that the three deities be born as her sons. Thus Dattatreya, Soma and Durvasa were born as amshavatara or partial incarnations of Vishnu, Brahma and Shiva respectively. Thus Soma plant is an avatar of Brahma. Soma became the representative deity of medicinal herbs. The origin of the moon-clan o

Vidur Neeti Quotes From Mahabharata - Teachings of Vidura From Mahabharata

Vidur Neeti is a chapter in the Udyoga Parva of Mahabharata and it contains the advice given by Vidura to the blind king Dhritarashtra. The advice is now known as teachings of Vidura. This collection of quotes from Vidur Neeti mostly from translation of Mahabharata. My Lord (Dhritarashtra), the people who are unable to sleep are: A man who lusts after the wife of another cannot sleep. A thief cannot sleep. A man who has lost all his wealth cannot sleep, or one who thinks all his wealth will be lost. A person afflicted with avarice, greed and jealousy cannot sleep. An unsuccessful man cannot sleep. A weak man oppressed by as strong man cannot sleep. A conscientious and intelligent person engages in ventures which are within his personal capacity physically and mentally. Neither does he aspire for ventures which are beyond his capacity nor does he consider any as of low order or beneath his dignity. The person who does not go around advertising his talent a