Category Archives: Mythology

Day Three after my father’s passing

“নৈনং ছিন্দন্তি শস্ত্রাণি নৈনং দহতি পাবকঃ ন চৈনং ক্লেদয়ন্ত্যাপো ন শোষয়তি মারুতঃ” ~ গীতা The soul is – That which cannot be severed by sword nor burned by fire That which cannot be dampened by water nor dried by wind. … Continue reading

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Daryar Panch Pir

Dariyar Panch Pir, Badr, Badr! Anyone who has read stories about the boatmen of Bengal will remember the invocation they call out to the five Pirs to protect them against stormy weather as well as Portuguese and Arakan pirates from … Continue reading

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Shiladitya, Rajkahini: Abanindranath Tagore’s tales of the Rajputs

Long before Shiladitya’s birth, when the last king of Kanaksen’s lineage was still ruling at Ballavipur, there was a great tank in that city whose waters were said to be very sacred indeed. This was known as Suryakund or the … Continue reading

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Rajkahini, Abanindranath Tagore’s tales of the Rajputs

‘When Maldev brought Hambeer to the court where his father and his father’s father had ruled their kingdom from, one cannot begin to describe what was going through Hambeer’s mind. He felt as though all the brave men of the … Continue reading

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Another Arjun, one with a thousand arms

Kartavirya Arjun was a Haihaya king who was so powerful that he was given the name Sahasrabahu or the One with a thousand arms. As always the gods were never too far from these tales of impossible numbers of limbs … Continue reading

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Mahalaya, tarpan and the eldest Pandava

I had a eureka moment on Sunday the 11th of October on the eve of this year’s Mahalaya, as I suddenly realised that the word Tarpan came from the same root as the word Tripti which means satisfaction and fulfillment. … Continue reading

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The story of Madhu and Kaitabha and how Vishnu took care of them

00:52 Once there was a time when there were no people, no animals nor plants and not even soil for them to grow from. According to the gods’ reckoning, Brahma had completed one of his days after fourteen seasons of … Continue reading

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