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Time in Hinduism

Hinduism is known for its absurd units of time. Because of the extensive span of Hinduism and Hindu mythology, time can become increasingly complex and enigmatic. Just as there are multiple systems of measuring time today, there are multiple Hindu systems as well. I have chosen the most comprehensive one. Let us start with the …

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Gandiva

The Gandiva is a really powerful bow made by Brahma. During the Mahabharata, it was owned by Arjuna and it made him really strong. Creation A long time ago, Brahma made this bow with his powers of creation. The purpose behind this bow was to destroy the wicked and unjust. History Brahma kept the bow …

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Nahusha

Nahusha was a famous king of the Chandravansha. He was the son of Emperor Ayu. At one point, he had even become the Indra. In the end, he was cursed to become a snake by Agastya rishi. Family Father: Ayu Mother: Indumati Brothers: Kshatravriddha, Raji, Rabha, Anena Wife: Ashoksundari Sons: Yati, Yayati, Samyati, Ayati, Viyati, …

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Ruru

Ruru was a famous rishi of the Bhriguvansha. He was also known as Sunaka. He married Pramadvara, daughter of Menaka and Vishwavasu. Family Father: Pramati Mother: Grtachi Wife: Pramadvara Son: Saunaka Birth Chyavana, the son of Bhrigu, married Sukanya and had a son named Pramati. He was seduced by the Apsara Grtachi and he married …

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Chitrangada: Killed by his Namesake

Chitrangada was the eldest son of Shantanu and Satyavati in the Mahabharata. He was a brave and strong king. His brief reign was ended by a fight with a Gandharva of the same name, in which he died.

Bhrigu

Bhrigu is a sage. He is the founder of the renowned Bhrigu vamsha. He was first born as a mind-born son of Brahma during the Creation. Later, he was reborn in Chakshusa Manvantara (if you don’t know what a Manvantara is, visit Time in Hinduism) from Brahma’s fire and adopted by Varuna. Family 1st Birth: …

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Jayanti

Jayanti is the daughter of Indra and Shachi. Her name means “victorious” and she is the sister of Jayanta. She was married to Shukracharya. Family Father: Indra Mother: Shachi Brother: Jayanta Former Husband: Shukra Marriage with Shukra Once the devas had completely destroyed the asuras. Shukra, being the preceptor of the devas, started doing penance …

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Tapti

Tapti (Tapati) is a goddess in Hindu mythology. She is the goddess of the Tapti river. She is the daughter of Surya Deva, the Sun god. She is called Tapti because she is the daughter of Surya, who makes the sky hot (tapa) by his brilliance. Family Father: Surya Mother: Chhaya Brothers: Savarni Manu, Shani …

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Maya

Maya is a Danava. He is a great architect of the Danavas, Daityas, and sometimes even devas. He is one of the kings of Danavas. During the Mahabharata, Maya built the Indraprastha sabha for the Pandavas and Krishna. He has a lot of mystic powers. He is known as the acharya of all the mayavis. …

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Lanka

Lanka was the famous city of the Rakshasa king Ravana. It was situated on the island of Lanka. It was originally made as a city for the devas, but was invaded by the Rakshasa. Creation Once, Vayu (wind god) and Vasuki, the king of snakes, got in a fight. They both claimed that they were …

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