According to Padma puran Manasha is the daughter of Shiva. I don't know, but hear that according to Shiva puran she is the daughter of Shiva. I only read Padma puran. Actually she is an pre-Vedic deity. She is worshipped in eastern indian folk Hinduism as one of the great divine mother.
In the copy of The Mahabharata full text I have, I do not see anywhere Duryodhana finding out that Karna was a Pandava (or Kunti's son).
That said, Smt. Kamala Subramaniam, in her translation of The Mahabharata (an abridged version, though substantially larger than other abridged & scaled down versions such as Rajaji's), states the following at the end ...
Sambarasura is not just one asura but there were many who ruled in the land of Gandharvas which is in current NW region of India (Afghan, NWFP etc.)
Here is a link to a speech by Dr. KS Narayanacharya recently. He gives fantastic historical references to many including Sambarasura. Half of it is in English but he had to switch to Kannada due to request by ...
In Kali-yuga Lord Siva appeared in the 8th Century as Sankaracharya.
In the Padma Purāṇa Vedic text it is stated that the Personality of Godhead ordered His Lordship Śiva to deviate the human race from Him (the Personality of Godhead).
The Personality of Godhead was to be so covered so that people would be encouraged to generate more and more population.
For Mahābhārata, you can read Yuganta: The End of an Epoch by Irawati Karve. From the foreword to the book:
Irawati Karve studies the humanity of the Mahabharata's great figures and no one of them emerges for her as wholly good or wholly bad, few as even prevailingly good or prevailingly bad. Duryodhana, the arch villain of the work, had been humiliated ...
Are there any stories regarding coronations of any of these Nagas as King?
In Southern Recension Kumbhaghonam Edition of Mahabharatha: Adi Parva: Astika Parva: Chapter 36, coronations of Vasuki is mentioned:
`अनन्तेऽभिप्रयाते तु वासुकिः स महाबलः।
अभ्यषिच्यत नागैस्तु दैवतैरिव वासवः॥' ॥ 1-36-26
Hindi translation of this is mentioned in Gitapress ...
what is the original source of this quote about the cows of the gods
walking on their backs?
Rig Veda I.164.17 says
अ॒वः परे॑ण प॒र ए॒नाव॑रेण प॒दा व॒त्सं बिभ्र॑ती॒ गौरुद॑स्थात् । सा
क॒द्रीची॒ कं स्वि॒दर्धं॒ परा॑गा॒त् क्व॑ स्वित् सूते न॒हि यू॒थे अ॒न्तः
avaḥ pareṇa para enāvareṇa padā vatsaṃ bibhratī ghaurudasthāt | sā
Yes, Danu was the mother of Danavas.
In Rig Veda I.32.9 Danu was mentioned as the mother of Vritra, whom Indra killed.
Then humbled was the strength of Vṛtra's mother: Indra hath cast his
deadly bolt against her. The mother was above, the son was under and
like a cow beside her calf lay Danu.
Rig Veda IV.26.3 was quoted in the question, and the OP made a statement - suffice it to say that it's about the deeds of Indra even though the "I" may not be Indra.
In the wild joy of Soma I demolished Śambara's forts, ninety-and-nine,
together; And, utterly, the hundredth habitation, when helping
This Hymn is dedicated to Indra. ...
Rig Veda VII.101 & 102 are dedicated to Parjanya.
According to H.H. Wilson (p.245), the sage is Vasistha or Kumara, the son of Agni.
We have to remember that Kumara is none other than Agni himself. A newly SELF REALISED soul is mentioned as Kumara, AGNI being the Almighty. After SELF REALISATION one becomes BRAHMAN himself.
Rig veda 1.65.1 & 2 ...
It's not true that "throughout all stages of his life, nobody inquired/acknowledged that he cannot be a normal person".
Duryodhana acknowledged this when Karna first time entered in the arena to challenge Arjuna during childhood. This is explained in Mahabharata: Adi Parva: Sambhava Parva: Chapter 139.
Krishna, Kunti, Bhishma, Narada and Krishna-...
The encounter between Raavana and Dasaratha is mentioned in Aananda Raamaayana: Saara Kaanda: Sarga 1:
Ravana calls for Brahma and asks Him who will cause his (Ravana's)
death. Brahma tells him that Lord Narayana will be born to Dasaratha
and Kausalya as Rama and will kill Ravana. He also tells him
that Dasaratha and Kausalya are going to be ...
The question is
I heard many stories about deeds of Indra and other gods in Puranas.
For e.g. rape of Ahilya by Indra, rape of Tara by Saima etc. So my
question is how can a God do this?
Are they really God? If they are not God why did Vedas praise them? Is
there anything from Hindu scriptures, especially in Vedas or
Upanishads, that ...