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This web page says that the chanting of the Virata Parva of the Mahabharata was once done by Chandrashekhara Bharati II, a former Sharankaracharya of Sringeri Mutt, in order to produce rain. And his explanation was that Vyasa had embedded a mantra to Varuna within the Virata Parva: The book "Guru Krupa Vilasam" mentions an interesting incident in ...


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Krishna fighting with Agni and Varuna is described in Vishnu Parva of Harivamsa. These events happened at the time of Aniruddha marriage. Fighting with Agni happened just when entering in the Shonitpur, the city of Banasur. It is described in Harivamsa, Vishnu Parva, Chapter - 122 as follows: Then (bala)rAma spoke these words to kR^iShNa who is ...


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The preface of the book "ESSENCE OF VIRAT PARVA OF MAHA BHARATA" states that it is believed that recitation of the Durga Stuti done by Yudhishthira just before entering the Virata Kingdom is capable of bringing even unseasonal rains. There is a strong belief that reading of Virat Parva of Maha Bharata would not only entail enrichment of one’s thought ...


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It's the Brahmaputra river. The word used in the original Sanskrit is Lauhitya: śvā caivānuyayāv ekaḥ pāṇḍavān prasthitān vane | krameṇa te yayur vīrā lauhityaṃ salilārṇavam || Here is what Debroy's translation of the Mahabharata says in a footnote regarding this chapter: By Louhitya or Lohitya, one usually means the Brahmaputra.


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This is a problem of translation. You are right in saying that Varuna and Mitra belongs to Adtiya gan as described in various hymns. Rudra gan is a different group, only Maruts are designated as Rudra. In this particular Sukta (verse) RV 5.70 only two hymns (2) and (3) mention Rudra that too in conjunction with Mitra-Varuna. In the hymn (2) -"vayam te ...


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When Krishna and his friends were trapped in the forest during the forest fire, Krishna saved them all by swallowing the fire wholly. This is his defeat of Agni. It is described here: http://vedabase.com/en/sb/10/19 And when the servant of Varuna dragged Nanda Maharaja to his court, Krishna rescued him from Varuna, thereby defeating Varuna. This is ...


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The seven sages who stayed in Janaloka till Vaivasvara Manvantara returned to earth (they could only return once) as sons of Brahma. It was during this Brahma Yagna, Brigu was born and he was raised by Varuna the ocean God and thus called Varuna Putra. Varuna was performing the sacrifice. This is explained in detail in Brahmanda Purana Volume 2 Chapter 1. ...


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Dr. Garikipati Narasimha Rao in his discourse on Mahābhārata in this YouTube video (Telugu) says that the custom of reciting Virāṭa Parva for rains has originated because Bhīṣma describes the 18 signs of Yudhiṣṭhira's presence, in Virāṭa Parva and one of them is: "where king Yudhiṣṭhira resides...the clouds, without doubt, pour abundant rain." In Go-harana ...


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Rigveda 2:3-4"Hero of Heroes, Agni! Thou art Indra, thou art Viṣṇu of the Mighty Stride, adorable:Thou, Brahmaṇaspati, the Brahman finding wealth: thou, O Sustainer, with thy wisdom tendest us. Agni, thou art King Varuṇa whose laws stand fast; as Mitra, Wonder-Worker, thou must be implored." Here you can see that Agni in rigveda is used for Vishnu Agni ...


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The word asura is an epithet in Rig Veda, used to indicate the Almighty. Varuna is another epithet used to indicate Brahman or Almighty. AGNI or VARUNA or INDRA or VISHNU were mentioned, alternatively, in many places in Rig Veda to indicate the Almighty. Rig Veda II.1, for example, makes it clear that AGNI or VISHNU or INDRA or VARUNA, etc, are the ...


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