The sage Shweta freed Rambha. I found the answer in this excerpt from the Setu Mahatmya of the Skanda Purana, in a chapter dealing with a Tirtha in Setu called Kapitirtha. Agastya's disciple sage Shweta is engaged in Tapasya when he is disturbed by the demoness Angaraka (who was actually the Apsara Ghritachi in a cursed form). So he takes the rock that ...
The story of the loss of Garuda's wings is narrated in Chapter 81 of the Nagara Khanda of Skanda Purana.
Once Garuda visited Lord Vishnu with a marriage alliance to help a Brahmana friend of his. [This is kind of a story within a story so I'm going to omit some details]
That time he notices an old ascetic woman sitting near Vishnu. He asks about her. ...
Just being curious, I tried to find out the dates of the happenings. It is very difficult and needs a leap of faith to take all the dates as accurate. With different means to mention the time (A.D, BCE, B.C etc) tying all together was bit difficult. In one view I see these points which just amazes me (not quoting this as an answer, but may be it can be).
Do we find boons/curses anywhere in Rig Veda?
Yes we do find boons ,curses in Rig Veda Samhita.
For instance a curse from Yayati to Yadu or turvash is mentioned in Rig-Veda Mandala 4 -Sukta 30 - Mantra 17 ,Which is mandala of Rishi Vamdeva .
Here Yayati is cursing Yadu or Turvash ,to whom Indra made eligible for Abisheka.
उत तया तुर्वशायदू ...
Yes. It was Tulasi who cursed Vishnu to become Saligrama Stone and Tulasi became Gandhaki River and Tulasi plant. Saligrama Stone is Swayambhu representation of Lord Vishnu and one gets many virtues by worshiping it.
Story of Tulasi and Shamkachuda is described in detail from Chapter 27 to Chapter 41 of Rudra Samhita (Yuddha Khanda) of Shiva Mahapurana, ...
Firstly, Can anyone really Curse Lord Shiva?
Do the sages who come for fractions of time in the Universe have power to curse the Lord Shiva? No, it isn't possible. When in a story we see that someone curses Shiva and Shiva suffers from it, it is not that Shiva suffers because of effect of that curse, it's because Shiva wishes to do so. Tapa Shakti ...
I know of four stories in Hindu scripture involving Durvasa cursing or threatening to curse someone:
This chapter of the Vishnu Purana describes how Durvasa gave Indra a garland, and Indra's elephant Airavatam threw it on the ground. So Durvasa cursed Indra and the gods to lose their powers, which is what necessitated the famous Churning of the Ocean to ...
I can't back up my answers with clear cut quotes from scriptures for this question. But I can answer what I have deduced from indirect references in multiple scriptures.
Curse or boon is indirect karmic capacity you can transfer to another person. When you meditate, pray or do poojas you start accumulating good karma. When it reaches a certain limit you get ...
The detailed story can be found in The Mahabharata, Book 3: Vana Parva: Aranyaka Parva: Section X.
Maitreya on a pilgrimage to the different shrines, saw Yudhishthira in the woods of Kamyaka.
Later he visited Duryodhan and advised not to quarrel with the Pandavas.
But admonished by Maitreya,
Duryodhana began to slap his thigh resembling the trunk of ...
As per Sringeri official site, Abridged Madhaviya Shankara Digvijayam, part-4, Shankaracharya visits her mother when she is sick, and then he gives her knowledge of supreme brahman, after listening that she dies. Since he is sanyasin and has rejected fire and rituals related to that, he requests relatives and neighbours to help, to that they don't come for ...
Curses are supposed to work even in Kali Yuga and currently we are going through Kali.
The following verse from Parashara Smriti (verse 27, Chapter 1) is relevant here:
Krite Tatkaalikah saapah Tretaayaam Dasamirdinaih | Dwapare
Chaikamasena Kallou Sambatsarenatu ||
A curse in Krita takes effect immediately,in Treta it does so in 10
days time,in Dwapara ...
This is partially addressed here in this question .
The story of Indra killing Vishwroopa is described in Bhagavatam Canto 6.
Curse for Earth/Land:SB 6.9.7
In return for King Indra’s benediction that ditches in the earth would
be filled automatically, the land accepted one fourth of the sinful
reactions for killing a brāhmaṇa. Because of those ...
The verse occurs in this excerpt from the Vasudeva Mahatmya of the Skanda Purana:
By becoming Buddha, I shall delude by the use of fallacious reasoning and deceit the Asuras who adopting Vedic practices will harass the three worlds.
When the Asuras killed by me as Krishna and by Arjuna in the battles, will promote and establish Adharma (unrighteous ...
First the reference from the scripture:
"Gandhari said ... Since deliberately, O slayer of Madhu, thou wert
indifferent to this universal carnage, therefore, O mighty-armed one,
thou shouldst reap the fruit of this act. By the little merit I have
acquired through waiting dutifully on my husband, by that merit so
difficult to attain, I shall curse ...
You can find that in Brahmavaivarta Purana: Ganapati Khanada: Chapter 18:
[Kashayapa] Finding his son falling pronounced a curse on Shiva that the way in which you have killed my son similarly the head of your son will also be shattered.
There are different stories related to different rivers but most of them land up in the mortal plane because of certain curses. According to the Brahma Vaivarta Purana Yamuna was born from Viraja, a cowherdess living in Goloka Vrindavan after a curse by Radha ji.
Ordered by Lord Krsna in Goloka, Yamuna, the best of rivers circumambulated the Lord and was ...
I'm not sure what story you are referring about Brahma. Rudra cut Brahma's head when Brahma attempted incest with his daughter Saraswati as described in Shatapatha Brahmana of the Yajur Veda.
Pragâpati [Brahma] conceived a passion for his own daughter... 'May I
pair with her!' thus (thinking) he united with her. This, assuredly,
was a sin in the eyes of the ...
In this chapter of the Yuddha Kanda of the Ramayana, right before deciding to wake up Kumbakarna, Ravana enumerates various curses that he's received which have led up to the defeat he is now experiencing:
All that great penance performed by me became a waste indeed, for, I who am equal to Mahendra the Lord of Celestials have been defeated by a mere man! ...
This story occurs in Padma Purana Brahma Khanda chapter 57. It was one of the consequences of battle between Gods and demons.
Indra and the gods wanted to kill the demons in the battle. Demons had realised that they will not be able to defeat the demons in the battle and went to Bhrigu's hermitage. Their guru Shukracharya was not present to save them ...
Taking revenge is a bad conduct but curse is not. What is the
difference between both?
It is not that cursing is considered by the scriptures as a highly recommended act. It is definitely not so. It is considered as immoral.
As per Harita (the author of Harita Smriti - one of the 18 Smritis), it is a minor sin leading to loss of cast (Jatibhramsa).
Yes, Urvashi cursed Arjuna to lose his manhood. This incident described in Mahabharata, Book 3: Vana Parva: Indralokagamana Parva: SECTION XLVI. When Arjuna was in Indraloka during their exile, he gained all the celestial weapons from Indra. After that Indra asked him to learn music and dance which he learned from Chitrasena, a Gandharva. One day Indra asked ...
First of all Ashwatthama was not cursed till end of Kaliyuga. The curse was to last for 3,000 years as per Sauptika Parva (taken from Mahabharata)
As regards thyself, all wise men know thee for a coward and a sinful wretch! Always engaged in sinful acts, thou art the slayer of children. For this reason, thou must have to bear the fruit of these thy sins. ...
Guruh pitA gururmAtA gururdevo maheswarah | Shive rushte
gurustrAtA gurau rushte na kaschana ||
Guru is the father, Guru is the mother, Guru is Lord Maheswara. When
Shiva is angry the Guru can be the savior, but when Guru himself is
angry none can save.
KulArnava Tantram 12.49
Similar verses from the "GurugitA Stotram" found in the ...
Curse and blessing is just an assumption of the mind. The jiva’s course is predetermined, and any external factor cannot alter the course. If the person you have cursed has to suffer he will, you cannot alter it. You are just used as an instrument by the almighty to satisfy the course he has set. So do not worry. But do refrain from such acts hereafter.
As per Brahmavaivarta Purana: Prakrti-Khandam: Chapter 49. Pronouncing of curse mutually by Radha and Sudama:
46 In the sacred forest of Vrndavana in the land of Bharata, Krsna the lord of the cowherds enjoyed the company of Radha in Vrndavana for a short duration.
47 Thereafter because of the curse
of Sudama both of them were separated from
I will say No, Everyone's Curse or Blessings is not going to be true. People who have achieved the power to curse & give blessings, their sayings will only be true.
Every Mother wants her son to be a good human or a rich man. She always give her blessings to her son, but for everyone it doesn't become true.
Every Father blesses her daughter to lead a ...
To add to the other answer, everything happens with the will of God, including a boon/curse.
It is just a reason or a cause for things to happen in a destined manner. It is not something that creates a deviation for the upcoming future, but just a part of it. Hence the person or God giving a boon/curse doesn't have to really go out and control the outcome ...
This verse is a famous one from KulArnava tantra/parashurAma kalpa sutra.
It says that path of tantra (kaulam) is not at all easy and is like walking on a sharp sword. Any time you slip then you reserve your place in raurava hell.
This is a warning to the sadhakas that only brave and sincere people must adopt it. Because there are instances where people ...