Kings, Queens and Warriors

Story of Bhagiratha: The King who brought Ganga from Heaven
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Story of Bhagiratha: The King who brought Ganga from Heaven

Introduction The great hero who brought down the Ganga from heaven to the earth. Bhagiratha has become another name for a will of steel that never accepts defeat. There is a very popular song in Kannada: “Descend, O Mother, descend, from the tresses of Lord Shiva, From under the feet of Lord Vishnu, Come gliding…

Story of Bali Chakravarthi, an Asura King, too good at heart
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Story of Bali Chakravarthi, an Asura King, too good at heart

Introduction Who is Bali Chakravarthi? Bali Chakravarthi was the grandson of Prahlada, a devotee of Vishnu, and the king of Rakshasas. He ruled with righteousness and the welfare of the subjects at heart. Having agreed to give in charity three paces of land to Vishnu, who came in the form of a young ‘Vatu’ (bachelor-boy)…

The Story of Nachiketa who by his will power met Lord Yama
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The Story of Nachiketa who by his will power met Lord Yama

Introduction He was a brave lad. He sought knowledge at a very tender age. He persuaded Yama the God of Death to teach him. His father lost his temper one-day and told Nachiketa, ‘I have gifted you to the Lord of Death.’ This curse turned out to be a boon. He met the Lord of…

Story of just and powerful Chalukya King: Vikramaditya VI
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Story of just and powerful Chalukya King: Vikramaditya VI

Introduction An ideal king who was as wise as he was brave and strong. He did not want kingship, but when the people needed him, he became king. Matchless in war and matchless in forgiveness, an excellent ruler, he won the hearts of his people. ‘The creator of an era.’ In the history of the world,…

Vibhishana, the younger brother of Ravana who supported Rama
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Vibhishana, the younger brother of Ravana who supported Rama

Introduction A devotee of Sri Rama and younger brother of the valiant Ravana, king of Lanka. He had great affection and respect for his elder brother. But when Ravana set him on an evil course, Vibheeshana boldly protested and tendered proper advice. When no alternative was left, he went away from Lanka, surrendered himself to…

Story of Bhishma: The prince who stuck to vow till the end
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Story of Bhishma: The prince who stuck to vow till the end

Introduction One of the most honored figures of the Indian epic, the Mahabharata. He gave up marriage and the throne for his father’s sake. To the people of India, he is the symbol of mature wisdom. Long ago in Dwapara Yuga, there ruled a famous dynasty of kings of the Lunar Race, that is, the…