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Shraap: Famous curses in Hindu Mythology that you probably don’t know!

The Hindus are convinced that their curses never fail to produce effect, whether justly or unjustly incurred.

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In ancient times, Hindus used to believe that the apparent laws of nature might be interrupted by the power which holy men, and men unholy, and women, possessed of dooming by their curse any person, with whom they were offended, to suffer misfortune. But after the curse had been pronounced, it could not be taken back in Hinduism.

Here are some of the most famous curses from Hindu scriptures:

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Yudhishthira on the throne with Draupadi, surrounded by the other Pandavas, Wikimedia Commons

I. Curse of Yudhishthira: In Mahabharata, Kunti, the mother of five Pandavas finally confesses her girlhood secret to her sons. Out of shame, she had never recognized her son Karna publicly since he was born before her marriage and Pandavas were never aware of his true identity. On hearing his mother’s words, Yudhishthira, the eldest of the Pandava brothers, is so distraught that he curses all woman kind for its deceitfulness that they shall not bear secrets, or they will suffer misery. This curse explains the fact why pregnant women cannot disguise their pregnancy according to the Hindu mythology.

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II. Gandhari’s curse: After the end of Mahabharat war, Lord Krishna met Kunti and Gandhari. Gandhari was the mother of Kaurav and had lost all of her sons and only son-in-law in war. Though she respected Lord Krishna but was of the view that he could have avoided Mahabharat and then her sons and son-in-law would have been alive. So she was in great anger and grief due to their death. And cursed him that as her sons and relatives had finished fighting among them, his family and relatives would also have the same fate.

III. Shiva’s curse to Brahma: Lord Shiva once appeared in the form of a Pillar of Fire and asked Brahma and Vishnu to find its two ends. Brahma journeyed upwards to the head and Vishnu downwards to the feet. Tradition has it that Brahma couldn’t find the top end, but lied that he found it. This infuriated Shiva and he expressed that thenceforth, Brahma would not be worshiped, or may be worshiped once a year. Hence, Brahma is hardly worshiped these days. There are only two temples of Brahma in India, one of which is at Pushkar, Rajasthan.

Front facade of Brahma temple in Pushkar
Front facade of Brahma temple in Pushkar, Image source: Wikimedia Commons

IV. Sita’s curse to Gaya: It is said when Ram, Lakshman, and Sita reached the banks of the Phalgu River (Gaya) to offer pind daan (as a mandatory rite that is believed to bring salvation to departed souls), Ram and Lakshman left Sita there and went in search of necessary items for pind daan. When they were away, there was a celestial call saying that the auspicious time for pind daan is passing away and that Sita should proceed with pind daan.

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Phalgu or Falgu River, Wikimedia Commons

Considering the situation, Sita proceeded to do pind daan with cows, Phalgu River, Khetki flower and fire as witnesses. She personally chanted mantras offering balls made of river sand to Dasrath. When Ram and Lakshman returned, Sita told them about what had happened. Ram and Lakshman found it hard to believe. when Sita asked witnesses to testify about what she had said, none besides the Vat tree did so.

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In anger, Sita cursed the cows that they would eat impure things. She also cursed the river Phalgu that its water would dry on the top and water would flow under the waterline. She cursed Khetki flower that it would never be used for auspicious occasions and cursed the fire that water came in contact with it would be destroyed. She blessed the Vat tree that it would remain evergreen.

– by Akanksha Sharma of NewsGram. Twitter: Akanksha4117

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Life Lessons We All Should Learn From Lord Shiva

There are lot's if life lessons that one can learn from this Hindu deity

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There are many life lessons that one can learn from the philosophies of Lord Shiva. Wikimedia Commons
There are many life lessons that one can learn from the philosophies of Lord Shiva. Wikimedia Commons

By Ruchika Verma

  • Lord Shiva is the supreme Hindu Deity
  • He is a symbol of peace and tranquillity
  • There are lot’s if life lessons that one can learn from this Hindu deity

Lord Shiva as everyone knows is a Hindu God. He is one of the Trinity and is the principal deity of Hinduism.  God Shiva is considered the “destroyer of evil and the transformer” of the world. The Birth and history of Lord Shiva are topics of great discussions and confusions.

Lord Shiva is one of the principle deity of hinduism. Wikimedia Commons
Lord Shiva is one of the principle deity of Hinduism. Wikimedia Commons

Lord Shiva is known to have no end and no beginning, yet, the origin of his birth is a much sought-after topic for several generations. Many ‘Puranas’ claims Shiva to be ‘aja’ meaning the one who has no birth. Some other scriptures claim that Lord Shiva was born out of Lod Narayana or Lord Vishnu. However, the authenticity of all the claims remain unclear, and there is still a solid mystery which surrounds the origin and birth of Shiva.

Shiva is also known Mahadev, i.e., the gods of all gods and rightly so. Throughout the Hindu mythology, Shiva has been portrayed as a tranquil and peaceful figure who grants all prayers of his followers and devotees. His another name is ‘Bhole Bhandari’ because of his innocent nature.

Lord Shiva is known for his peace and tranquillity. Pixabay
Lord Shiva is known for his peace and tranquillity. Pixabay

However, other than his peaceful nature, the other thing Lord Shiva is famous for is his flaring temper. Indian mythology is full of stories about Lord Shiva causing mass destruction due to his anger. The opening of his third eye is said to cause mass destruction.

Also Read: Enigmatic Mount Kailash: The abode of Lord Shiva

Lord Shiva’s appearance is a beautiful shade of blue because of him consuming the poison from the sea to save the world. However, just like his body is shades of blue there are many shades to his personality as well. Here are few life lessons of Lord Shiva that we all need to take a note of.

  • Come what may never tolerate the evil. Being destroyer of the evil himself, Shiva teaches us to never tolerate or bow down in front of the evil.
  • Self-control is the key to living a fulfilled life. Excess is of everything is bad and losing control ourselves is worse. One should always have a control over themselves to live a successful and fulfilled life.
  • Materialistic happiness is temporary. To be happy, be adjustable like water. Shiva says that attaching our happiness to earthy, material things won’t give us long-lasting happiness.
  • Keeping calm is very important. Lord Shiva used to meditate for hours and is easily the epitome of calmness and that’s what he advocates too.
  • Desires lead to destruction. Shiva believes that desires lead to obsessions which in turn leads to destruction. Never desire more than what you deserve. Be happy with what you have and work hard for what you want to achieve.
  • Respect your family. Lord Shiva is husband to Goddess Parvati and father to Lord Ganesha and Lord Kartikeya. He respected his children and especially wife a lot. Respecting one’s  family is very important for living a successful life.
  • Control your ego and let go of pride. Ego prevents us from achieving greatness. Let go of your pride and control your ego to live a fulfilled life.
  • Everything is temporary. Everything in this world is temporary. Time changes as do we and our choices and desires. It is better to let go of all the ‘moh maya’ and live in the moment happily with what we already have.