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  • Chimes Radio and Katha Kuteera bring to you the story of the 5th incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

    Prahlada ruled for a long time on earth. His devotion to Lord Vishnu spread far and wide. Not just him but his grandson, King Bali also followed his path. King Bali was very noble and kind. After the Samundramathan Bali was defeated by the Devas led by Lord Indra. He was unconscious but was brought back by Sukhracharya with the Sanjeevni mantra. Sukhracharya became his guru. Bali was very furious at Lord Indra. He performed a great sacrifice to regain his power and strength. He attacked Devaloka and ransacked all the wealth of the Gods.

    Bali grew stronger and mightier by performing several sacrifices and started enjoying the wealth and affluence of the Devaloka. He was full of pride and felt like the Lord of the three worlds. Aditi, the mother of all Gods and wife of sage Kashyapa, could not see her son suffering. She took on a severe vow and started praying to Lord Narayana to save her sons. Lord Narayana pleased with her prayers promised to be born as her son. A child was born to Aditi. He was called Vamana, a dwarf because of his small height. He learned the Vedas and became a learned boy completing all the ritualistic practices. King Bali around that time, decided to perform a sacrifice of donating his wealth to people near the banks of the river Narmada.

    When Lord Vamana visited the place, Bali welcomed him with humility. He washed Vamana’s feet and asked the Lord about his needs. Vamana said he just needs three footsteps of land. Bali insisted on asking more but Vamana stood by his word. However, Sukhracharya, understood that the dwarf was Lord Vishnu who had come to end Bali’s reign. The moment Bali was done with the offering rituals, Lord Vamana started growing into a size that touched the sky. With his first step, he covered the entire earth, and with the second, he covered the world above. There was no place for Vamana to keep his third step. King Bali realized his mistake and asked the Lord to keep the third step on his head. Lord Vishnu was pleased with Bali’s devotion and sent him to the netherworld to be the ruler there. Though Bali was born as an Asura, his truthfulness and devotion helped him earn Lord’s love.

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  • We heard the story of Varaha Avatara in the last episode and about the twin asuras who were cursed by birth. In this story, we go back a little in time.

    Vaikuntha, the celestial place of Lord Vishnu floated in the milky ocean separated by 7 golden sparkling doors. Only by passing through these 7 doors, one could get to the lord. The lord sleeps on his 1000 headed snake named Adishesha. One day when he was resting, there came the sons of Lord Bramha, Sanka Sanandana, Sanak Sujatha, and Sanat Kumara. They were peaceful sages and wanted to meet Lord Vishnu but the seven doors to Vaikuntha had their guards. Jaya and Vijaya were two proud guards of Vaikuntha. They stopped the Bramha sons from entering saying that the Lord was resting. The sons clarified that the Lord himself permitted them to visit whenever they wished to. But Jaya and Vijaya denied their entry without paying to the sages. The sages were furious and were cursed to be born as humans on Earth.

    When Lord Vishnu came out, the guards apologized and pleaded to be saved from the curse. The Lord gave them two options: either they could choose to be born on the earth 7 times or have only 3 births as his enemies. Jaya and Vijaya did not want to stay far from Vaikuntha and the Lord for so long so they considered the second option. The first birth was as Hiranyakashyap and Hiranyaksha, the second was Raavana and Kumbhakarna and the third one was Shishupala and Dantavakra. Every time they took birth as asuras, Lord Vishnu had to come down to end them and bring back peace everywhere.

    We know from the story of Varaha Avatara that Hiranakashyap was killed by Lord Varaha. But the twin brother Hiranyakashipu meditated and prayed for several years to Lord Bramha to get a boon from him to defeat Lord Vishnu. Hiranyakashipu demanded the boon where he could never be killed by any human or animal neither on earth nor in the sky or the water. Neither at day nor a night and not by any weapon. He destroyed every temple of Lord Vishnu and ordered to worship him. He ransacked devlok and drove away Indra and other gods. He punished and killed people who denied to follow his orders. Hiranyakashipu's wife was about to give birth to their child but Indra wanted to kill the child to prevent the birth of another asura. But Narada stopped it and promised to take care of the child by himself. Narada made the child listen to several stories of Lord Vishnu and named him Prahlada. Prahlada grew up to be one of the biggest devotees of Lord Vishnu.

    Hiranyakashipu was unaware that his son was a follower of Lord Vishnu. When he asked Prahlada about his learnings from the school, Prahlada sang and danced in Lord Narayana’s fondness. Hiranyakshap tried every way to devastate his own son’s fate, even tried to kill him. Out of anger, Hiranyakashipu smashed a pillar and from it appeared a deity that was neither human nor animal. ‘Nara’- a human and ‘Simha’- a lion, Narasimha appeared in front with fierce eyes, sharp claws, and a roar. Lord Narasimha was the incarnation of Lord Vishnu to release Hiranyakashipu of his sinful life. 


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  • After talking about the two earlier incarnations of Lord Vishnu, we move on to his 3rd incarnation in the form of a wild boar Varaha. In this form, Lord Vishnu saved the Earth from the trenches of the deep ocean and held it on his tusks when demons tried to destroy it. Join us as the Kathakuteera team takes us through this magnificent story. 


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  • Join us in this episode to hear the incredible story of Sage Agastya. One of the most revered sages, his legends are absolutely unbelievable - from drinking up the entire ocean, to bowing down a mountain, to balancing the entire earth. Join us as the Katha Kuteera team takes us our young kid listeners on this amazing story from our Indian mythology.

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  • This is the story of Matsya Avatara- the first of the 10 avatars of Lord Vishnu as per Hindu religion. The narration takes us through the events that lead to the avatar, talks about the great flood, and how Lord Vishnu saves the world through King Manu appearing as a giant fish. And you will be surprised to find the similarities in this story to that of Noah's Ark. www.chimesradio.com http://onelink.to/8uzr4g https://www.facebook.com/chimesradio/ https://www.instagram.com/vrchimesradio/ 

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  • In this episode, we bring to you the story of Sage Valmiki - the original author of the epic Ramayana and savior of Mother Sita when she had to abandon Ayodhya. Sage Valmiki was actually a bandit before turning his life around on the guidance of Narada Muni. Let's hear all about him in this kid's podcast. www.chimesradio.comhttps://www.facebook.com/chimesradio/https://www.instagram.com/vrchimesradio/https://twitter.com/ChimesRadio

     

     

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  • This is the story of an epic battle between gods and demons which resulted in them joining hands to extract elixir from the great ocean as per Indian epics. The whole thing was supervised by none other than Lord Vishnu, who also took an avatar of a beautiful maiden Mohini to enure the gods get their due and demons are not able to lay their hands on elixir. But before the elixir, there were other things which came our of the churning process and Lord Shiva has to step in to save the world from the disaster. Let's find out the story behind this Samudra Manthan. www.chimesradio.comhttps://www.facebook.com/chimesradio/https://www.instagram.com/vrchimesradio/https://twitter.com/ChimesRadio

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  • This is the story of Babruvahana. He was the son of the almighty warrior prince Arjun and went on to defeat him in a battle. Born to Arjun and Chitrangadha of Manipur, he had to do fight his war to keep the pride of Kshatriyas alive and also to relieve Arjun from a curse given by Bishma's mother during the Mahabharata. Arjun was then bought to life again using the magical gem Sanjeevani.  Join us as the Katha Kuteera team narrates the story of the son of Arjun, Babruvahana, in a format that kids can relate to. www.chimesradio.comhttps://www.facebook.com/chimesradio/https://www.instagram.com/vrchimesradio/https://twitter.com/ChimesRadio

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  • This is the story of Navratra festivals for kids. Giving a brief overview of what do Navratra's signify, when did they start and also giving a glimpse of how these nine days festival is celebrated in several parts of India. Also touching upon the story of the victory of good over evil, this podcast explains to kids the concept of gods, sages, demons and devils. Also touching upon some of the stories of battles fought directly by Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva, we focus on the stories of goddess Durga in whose devotion we celebrate Navratras. Join us as the Katha Kuteera team narrates the story of Navratras for kids in a format that they can relate to. www.chimesradio.comhttps://www.facebook.com/chimesradio/https://www.instagram.com/vrchimesradio/https://twitter.com/ChimesRadio

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  • We bring the story of the 6th Avatar of Lord Vishnu, the great Parshuram, for the kids. Touching upon the ten forms of Lord Vishnu, the dashavatar, we narrate the story of Lord Parshuram and how he set his life's objectives and went on to fulfill his destiny.  Join us as the KathaKuteera team narrates the story of Lord Parshuram for the kids in a format that they can relate to. www.chimesradio.comhttps://www.facebook.com/chimesradio/https://www.instagram.com/vrchimesradio/https://twitter.com/ChimesRadio

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