Author: Nilanjana Dey

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Jada Bharata – XVII

Nilanjana retells the story of the son of Rishabhah, King Bharata, an ideal king, a righteous man and a perfect ruler. How Bharata remembers his past lives and the wisdom that he imparted to King Rahugana. Read more in the regular column, on Bhagavatam, exclusively in Different Truths. Bharata was Rishabhah’s son.  He was an ideal […]

Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Rishabhah – XVI

Rishabhah avatar of Narayana was a live demonstration as to how riches, fame, power and everything that human beings pine for cannot overrule the detachment of one who is centered. This avatar taught his contemporaries and generations to come that the life of a grihasta (family oriented person) can be so arranged that he can be in […]

Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Narasimha – XV

Happy with Brahma’s boons, Hiranyakashipu captured heaven and earth. Very soon Indra, Kubera, Varuna and Yama became his vassals. However, Hiranyakashipu was not happy. The boon of immortality, his conquests and achievements did not give him any peace of mind. His hatred for Narayana, who killed his brother, was consuming him. The fire of hatred so engulfed him that […]

Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Rituals and Quest! – XIV

Ceremonies and rituals take one away from being united with the Divine. Sage Narada decided to approach King Prachinabaris and show the path of devotion. He met the king, who received him with courtesy appropriate for that epoch. After exchanging pleasantries, Narada spoke to the king, “I see that you are too occupied with these rituals, the […]

Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: The Story of Sati – XIII

  Prajapati Daksha was not favourably disposed towards Lord Shiva. He thought Shiva had insulted him in the past by not standing up to respect him during the Brahma Satra yagnya. He was so angry with Lord Shiva that he cursed him, “I am your father-in- law. Therefore you have to pay me respect. I am like your guru. […]