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Who freed Rambha from Vishwamitra's curse?

It is well-known that the sage Gautama cursed his wife Ahalya to turn into a rock. What is less well-known, however, is that the sage Vishwamitra cursed the Apsara Rambha in a similar fashion. ...
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Is there a curse associated with misuse of Tantra?

I have heard that Tantra has a curse associated with it; that any misuse will lead to Naraka. rauravaM cha pade pade "In every step you take a very great hell by the name raurava awaits the ...
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Why was Garuda cursed by Swayamprabha to lose his wings?

This Hindupedia information page states that Garuda once lost his wings due to a curse by Swayamprabha, the female ascetic that Hanuman and other Vanars met while looking for Sita. Can anyone shed ...
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If Shiva Linga is worshiped in all yugas then what curse did Rishi Bhrigu give to Lord Shiva?

EXPLANATION : Shivalinga is said to be the Formless Brahman and is worshiped from the beginning. There is also a story of Bhirgu rishi cursing Lord Shiva when he visited Kailash. It was misunderstood ...
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Gandhari's curse to Shri Krishna

Post the Mahabharat war, Gandhari cursed Krishna that he and his kin will be destroyed 36 years from then. What is so specific about that count 36?
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Is it true that Adi SankarAcharaya cursed Hindus of Kerala?

I read somewhere that Adi SankarAcharya cursed Keralite Hindus. Basically, the post claimed that dwindling numbers of Hindus in Kerala is due to Adi Sankara's curse to Kerala that the people there ...
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What are all the curses given by sage Durvasa?

What are all the curses given by sage Durvasa? If possible list all such curses and also the persons to whom the curses were given.
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Did Bhishma (or any other characters in Itihasas) know he was born on earth due to a curse?

The Ashta-Vasus were cursed by Vashishta to be born as humans because they stole cow Kamadhenu. 7 of them were spared by a quick death after birth, but Prabhasa alone would have to live a long, ...
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How does a boon or curse work?

We read many times that a particular deva/person/asura was given a boon that he could e.g., become invincible, no one can kill him or will get something or the other. On the other hand, some people ...
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What are the curses given to Ravana?

Ravana did many adharmas and got curses which let to the entire destruction of the asura race and him. QUESTION : How many curses were given to ravana and what were the reasons for giving them to ...
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What is the dharma behind Lord Vishnu in killing of sage Bhrigu's wife?

Explanation : 1. In Ramayan serial Sage Bhrigu's wife gave shelter to Asuras and refused to hand over them to Lord Vishnu and devas. 2. In end Lord Vishnu killed sage Bhrigu's wife with his ...
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Did Agni curse Vedic mantras to become ineffective?

I have heard a story that a sankalpa (solemn vow) to destroy the snake race was taken during Janmajeya's snake sacrifice (yajna). But as that sankalpa couldn't be fulfilled as the yajna was stopped by ...
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How did Lord Vishnu complete the curse of 100 years of separation from Mahaa Lakshmi?

I heard a story about Lord Vishnu getting a curse of 100 years of separation from Mahaa Lakshmi. One Mahaa Rishi did put this curse on Vishnu when his wife was being killed by Vishnu. He said in his ...
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How was the behavior of Agni before he was cursed by Bhrigu?

How was the behavior of Agni before he was cursed by Bhrigu to be "Sarva bhakshakha" (consumer of all things)?
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Is Ashwatthama no longer cursed?

I am aware that Ashwatthama was cursed by Lord Krishna that he will roam the forests till the end of Kaliyuga, with blood and puss oozing out of his injuries and he will cry for death but death will ...
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Are any boons/curses issued in Rig Veda?

The poets pray for cattle and so forth and pray to rudra not to harm them but there doesn't seem to be boons and curses recorded in rig veda. One would think boons and curses would be mostly epic/...
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Why Urvashi has given Arjuna the curse of being impotent?

Why Urvashi has given Arjuna the curse of being impotent? is it true? If yes then what is the reason behind the curse?
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How can people overcome a Guru's curse?

When a Guru curses a person, can that curse be removed by God? For Example, Lord Parashurama placed a curse on Karna, but Karna was not able to recover from the curse. Are there any situations where ...
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Difference between giving curse and taking revenge

There are several revenge stories in Mahabaratha such as between Drona and Drupada. Similarly there are many curse giving scenarios in Mahabaratha such as Krishna giving curse to Ashwatthama as well ...
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Why did Lord Krishna curse Ashwatthama?

Ashwatthama was cursed by Lord Krishna after Ashwatthama killed all the sons of Pandavas. He was cursed with immortality and eternal (till the end of this chaturyuga) suffering without love from ...
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Why did Maharishi Maitreya curse Duryodhana?

It is known that Duryodhana was killed by Bhima during the Mahabharata war. It is heard that a Maharishi named Maitreya, had infact ,cursed Duryodhana, that he would be killed by Bhima,during the ...
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The Four Curses and a Boon by Devī Sītā

In his book, Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of the Ramayana, Mr. Devdutt Pattanaik talks about an interesting event during the exile period of Śrī Rāma, Devī Sītā & Lakṣmaṇa, where Devī Sītā ...
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Will saying something in anger come true?

According to Hinduism, will saying done thing in anger come true. For example, a father says to his son in a fit of rage, "You will kill me!" Does Hunduism believe these words will come true? If so,...
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Why do sages and saints curse others?

In many scriptures and stories, sages and saits curse others when they get upset or someone does them wrong. In some cases this can be considered as an act of self-defense (even saits need to protect ...
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Was Rama Avatar a result of four different curses?

The Ramayan tells us that Lord Vishnu incarnated as Rama on the request of the demigods when the three worlds were being tormented by the tyranny of Ravan. But the Yog Vasishtha adds an interesting ...
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What curse did Earth, Water, and Trees get by taking Indra's sin of Brahmahatya of Viśvarūpa upon themselves?

I learnt that women got menstruation for taking 1/4th of Indra's sin of Brahmahatya. What curse did the other three entities get?
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Why do certain goddesses exist in the form of rivers?

In hindu mythology, many rivers are referred to as goddesses for example Ganga and Saraswati. Is there any curse given to them so that they all were in river form? What is the story behind it?
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Why Indra is not worshiped in general regular worship?

We have story where Lord Brahma was cursed by Lord Shiva and Sage Bhrigu as discussed here. And due to this reason(s), Lord Brahma is not worshiped in general regular worship. Is there any similar ...
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Are there any curse associated with Padmanabhaswamy temple & Sabrimala of Kerala, India?

Padmanabhaswamy kshetra and Sabrimala area are 2 of the most sacred places in the state of Kerala, India. In recent years, there have been certain controversies associated with them, where the ...
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Why curses don't work nowadays?

We often read in ancient texts that someone cursed somebody else and something bad happened to that person. It is obvious that nowadays if somebody curses somebody else we really don't see any effect ...
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Mahabharata Parsurama's curse

When Bhagwan Parshuram sees Karna's tolerance, he says that Karna can't be a Brahamana, he must be a Kshatriya. 1 What is the relation between a person capability and his caste? 2 If there had been a ...
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Were Nara-Narayana cursed by Sage Durvasa?

According to the adherents of the Swaminarayana sect, Nara-Narayana, the twin-pair avatara of Lord Vishnu, were cursed by Sage Durvasa which supposedly led Nara-Narayana to incarnate as Sahajanand ...
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Which puran describes about the curse of kashyap rishi by which Shiva had to behead his son?

I have not found any description in shiv puran, that Shiva was cursed by kashyap rishi, by which he had to behead his own son Ganesha? Then which puran describes about it?
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Is there any Sarvo Sapa Vimochana Mantra for all type of Curse?

By mistake I had given a Sapa (Curse) to somebody but later I realized I should not. Is there any Sapa Vimochana mantra for overall?
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Giving boons or blessings reduce merit?

Cursing someone reduces the merits of the penances done (by the person who cursed). Does the opposite of this-giving boon or blessing someone-reduce our energy/merit accumulated through penances?
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Why Lord Krishna's feet became vulnerable? [duplicate]

From this answer, Brabrika had an arrow that could find the vulnerable spot(s) of a person and was able to find Krishna's vulnerable spot that was His feet's sole. The ash fell on the hair of ...
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Did Maharshi Narada curse Lord Brahma?

When Lord Brahma cursed Narada Muni to become a Gandharva, did Narada curse him back?
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When Vishnu himself with the form of Vridhrasura made Brindha lose chastity, how come Brahma alone cursed for entering Parvathi abode with 5 heads?

Here Vishnu disguised in the form of Ashura made his wife lose chastity, he was not punished.But When Brahma entered the abode of Parvathy, his fifth head was severed and shiva attained Brahma Kabala ...
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Cursing young children in scriptures

We come across many curses in scriptures. But, all the curses I do remember are for adults or old people. Are there any instances in scriptures where someone cursed young children? Do curses act for ...
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Was Kartavirya Arjuna cursed to be forgotten under the shadow of the Pandava prince Arjuna?

I found a story from a Facebook Post which gives an incident about Kartavirya Arjuna who is also known as SahasraBahu Arjuna (thousand armed Arjuna). In that post, the author says that Kartavirya ...
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how many curses did Karna receive that he would fail in a crucial battle?

The most famous one is of course from Parashurama - for hiding his kshatriya identity. I also read about a young calf that he kills by mistake and was cursed similarly. Any others?
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Is there an explicit mention of a curse by Damayanti on Kali in the given excerpt from the Mahabharata?

Considered the following excerpt from Mahabharatha. And Nala upon becoming acquainted with the science of dice, Kali came out of his body, incessantly vomiting from his mouth the virulent poison of ...
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Gautama and Ahalya: she didn't turn into stone?

Popular Ramayana story describes Rama touching Ahalya, in stone form, and rescuing her. But in Mahabharata, the story is completely different. Gautama asks his son to kill his wife and goes away. His ...
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Why gods were unable to save them from curses of human beings?

No offense but I am unable to understand why Hindu gods seems unable to save themselve from curse. For example:- Ganesha was beheaded by Shiva because he was cursed by Sage Kashayapa, Vishnu was ...
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Curse of Parvathi on Astrological predictions

I heard a story of curse by Parvathi on Astrological predictions. It is said that the astrological predictions cannot be accurate at all times due to that curse of Parvathi. I did not remember the ...
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Powers of Hanuman, made forgotten or Locked up?

As per Ramayana, Hanuman was made to forget about his powers due to his mischievous behavior as explained here. But, it makes more sense that the powers were more of locked-up within him, instead of ...
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Did a devotee curse Lord Vishnu to turn into a stone?

Lord Vishnu received a curse from one of His most loyal devotees. The curse turned Him into a stone. Who is he/she? What is the reason for Cursing God? Do any Scriptures mention this Curse?
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Why did Parshurama curse Karna for not being a Brahmin?

Shree Krishna explained us in Bhagavad Gita that Brahmin is a quality. Bhagavad Gita 18.41: The duties of the Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas, and Shudras—are distributed according to their ...
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Was Shiva really cursed and did his phallus really fall to the ground as claimed in this image?

This Instagram handle posted the following image claiming Shiva's phallus fell to the ground after he was cursed by a rishi. Is this story really present in the said scripture? May be the translation ...
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King Nriga's curse cure by Krishna

Valmiki Ramayana Uttarakhanda describes the curse of the king Nriga by two Rishis. It says You become a lizard and remain invisible to all beings; in that state you shalt pass hundreds and thousands ...
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