Author: Nilanjana Dey

Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: The Unrighteous Rampage – XXVII

Nilanjana retells a well-known story from the Bhagavatam, a Krishna lore, about how Kamsa killed six children born to his sister, Devaki, out of fear. Read more in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. Devaki and Vasudeva stayed in a palace that was specially built for them. In course of time, Devaki gave birth […]

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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: The Arrogant Doorkeepers Reborn Again – XXVI

Nilanjana retells the story of oracle about Lord Krishna birth and fear and anger of Kamsa, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. As discussed in a post earlier, Jayah and Vijayah, the door-keepers of Lord Vishnu, were cursed by Brahma’s sons. Hence, they had to take birth in the world of mortals. Lord […]

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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Shri Rama – XXV

Nilanjana retells the story of Shri Rama, the seventh avatar of Narayan, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. Shri Rama is the seventh avatar of Lord Vishnu. Jayah and Vijayah, the door-keepers of Lord Vishnu were cursed by Brahma’s sons. We have discussed this story earlier. As a result of this curse, they […]

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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Parashurama – XXIV

Nilanjana retells the story of Parashurama, the sixth avatar of Lord Vishnu, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Parashurama is the sixth avatar of Lord Vishnu. The story of his birth is quite interesting. Satyavati was King Gadhi’s daughter. She was given in marriage to a Brahmin1 though she was born a Kshatriya2. […]

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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Vishwamitra – XXIII

Nilanjana retells the story of Rishi Vishwamitra and how he changed, through penance, from a proud King Kaushika, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. King Kaushika was a renowned king of his time. His subjects were happy with him and his fame spread wide. Once, while he was touring his kingdom, he decided […]

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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Bhagirathi – XXII

Nilanjana recounts the story of Bhagirathi – the descent of Ganga – from the heavens. It’s a well-known tale from the Bhagavatam, presented lucidly in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths.   King Sagara was keen, like most famous kings, to perform the Ashwamedha Yagna. Now, the king had two queens. The first one, […]

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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: The Vision of Markandeya – XXI

Nilanjana retells the story of the vision of Markendeya from the Bhagavatam. Vishnu manifested to Markandeya in the form of Nara and Narayana. Markandeya was overwhelmed by the grace that was showered on him. When Vishnu insisted on blessing him with a boon he requested that he would like to know the Maya (illusion) that […]

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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Vamana Avatar – XX

Nilanjana retells a well-known story, of Vamana Avatara, one of the major Avatars of Narayana, from Srimad Bhagavatam. Here, we learn about King Bali, a generous king, grandson of Prahalada. He was blinded by his ego. Read more about it, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. Bali was the grandson of Prahlada and […]

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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Ambarisha, the Yogi King – XIX

Nilanjana retells the story of Ambarisha, the Yogi King, a devotee of Narayana, and what happens to Durbasha Rishi, when in a fit of anger, he curses king. How the sage wasn’t spared for his wrongs with the Sudarshana Chakra following him. Read more in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. King Ambarisha was […]

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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: The Elephant and the Crocodile – XVIII

Strange are the ways of the Divine. The elephant and the crocodile fought each other till Narayana slew the crocodile and saved the elephant. Both these creatures were cursed in their past lives. Though on opposite sides, both attained salvation, such is the grace of the Lord. Here’s an interesting tale from the Bhagavatam, recounted […]

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