The Story of Mandodari (Wife of Ravana) :

According to Hindu mythology, there used to be a King of giants known as King Maya. He was married to an elf named Hema. Hema gave birth to a beautiful baby, but did not have any affection towards her baby. She abandoned her baby and went to heaven. King Maya loved his daughter very much and named her Mandodari.

One day King Maya was roaming on earth with his beautiful daughter Mandodari. She was 15 by that time and was very beautiful. Ravana, the king of Lanka happened to meet King Maya along with his daughter. Both Ravana and Maya introduced themselves to each other. Ravana begged King Maya for Mandodari to be his wife. King Maya accepted the proposal of Ravana and soon Ravana got married to Mandodari. King Maya gave Ravana lot of deadly and divine weapons as gifts.

Mandodari and Ravana

Mandodari and Ravana

Ravana had several wives, but Mandodar was his favorite wife. He loved her the most and had a special place for her in his heart. Mandodari was faithful to Ravana and always wished for his well being. She always tried to maintain Ravana on his virtuous path. She even used to protest humbly of his misdemeanor. But when Ravana abducted Sita, she tried to convince him that what he did was wrong and told him that Lord Rama not is not an ordinary person, but a supreme being. But Ravana didn’t listen to her and used to laugh away at her advice.

Lord Rama with his army of Vanaras attack Lanka. Ravana tries everything to defeat Lord Rama, but every time he is humiliated and defeated by mighty Rama and his men. Finally Ravana, the King of Lanka is killed by Lord Rama. Lord Rama triumphed over the veil (more…)

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Epic Battle of Mahabharata :

Mahabharata is one of the most important Hindu epics of India. It was originally composed in Sanskrit and is one of the two chief

Mahabharata

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Sanskrit epics. It narrates the great Kurukshetra War which took place between the Pandavas and Kauravas. It comprises of devotional and philosophical material and gives account of dharma (right action), artha (purpose), kama (pleasure) and moksha (liberation). Vyasa is believed to be the original author of Mahabharata. The longest version of Mahabharata consists of more than 100,000 shloka with about 1.8 million words.

Mahabharata narrates the story of Pandavas and Kauravas who were parental first cousins. Pandavas (five brothers) were the sons of King Pandu and Kauravas (hundred brothers) were the sons of blind King Dhritarashtra. They fought war with each other for the control of Bharata kingdom with Hastinapura being its capital.

The Pandavas were five brothers who were fathered by five gods. They were Yudhishthira, Arjuna, Bhima, Nakula and Sahdev. Duryodhana was the eldest amongst Kaurava brothers and used to hate Pandavas since the very childhood. The Pandavas stood to their path of righteousness and virtue whereas the Kauravas chose the path of evil and treachery.

The Pandavas were tricked by the Kauravas in a game of dice and were drove into wilderness for twelve years of exile. All these years the Pandavas lived in disguise.

The Kurukshetra War was a fierce and gruesome war in which the Pandavas emerged victorious. Almost all the Kaurava brothers including Duryodhana and his army were killed in the war. Lord Krishna played a major role in this war by helping Arjuna. After the (more…)

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