Top 14 Inspirational Indian Mythological Stories for Kids With Moral Lessons

Enjoy 14 Popular Mythological Stories For Kids. These Indian mythological stories have been a part of our life for ages.

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Indian Epics and Puranas – Mythological stories for kids is a podcast series brought to you by Chimes Radio in partnership with Katha Kuteera. These short Indian mythological stories for kids bring the characters and events from Hindu religion, epics, vedas and puranas to life. So if you are curious to know about Indian mythology stories or god stories, then we have it all covered. 

India has one of the oldest and largest collections of myths in history. They were meant to entertain, stimulate discussion, and also serve as thought-provoking moral lessons.These mythological stories for kids are perfect to introduce your young children to Indian mythology. 

Why are short mythological stories important  for children?

Indian mythology is full of interesting stories, which are both engaging, entertaining and, teaches moral values to children. They teaches kids about:

1. Difference between Good & Bad

Mythology teaches children the difference between good and bad. The mythological stories also show how good triumphs over evil.

2. Enhances Creativity

Mythological stories provides a creative space for children to broaden their imagination.

3. Roots to Indian Culture

Indian mythological stories exposes to ancient Indian culture and roots. Mythology helps kids understand the power of loyalty and reinforces morals like cooperation, respect for others, forgiveness, understanding, and so on.

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Introduce your children to the history of mythology. This will help them to learn about their culture, faith, language, and ethical beliefs. You can also create engaging tales with your children by narrating these stories to them that will not only develop their imaginative skills but also linguistic abilities and good values. Here is a list of 14 Indian mythological stories for kids that detail the trials and tribulations of  different mythological characters and the lessons that can be learnt from them.

Mahabharat narrated the story of never-ending cycle of hatred and vengeance between cousins that results the Kurukshetra’s war. Here is a brief summary of this great epic between Pandavas and Kauravas. The Mahabharata is an ancient Indian epic in which the main storey revolves around two branches of cousins: the Pandavas and the Kauravas. Pandavas were exiled to the forest for thirteen years after losing a dice game.

When the Pandavas returned, Duryodhana refused to hand over the part of the kingdom that was rightfully theirs, resulting in the greatest war fought for the throne of Hastinapura. After an eighteen-day war, the Pandavas defeated the Kauravas with the aid of Lord Krishna, and Yudhishthir was crowned King. However, their triumph came at the cost of their mentors, educators, and loved ones’ lives. Read more about the mythological story>>

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Yudhisthira once encountered Sage Markendeya, the finest storyteller from the Puranas, in the forest. Markandeya grew up to be a great Shiva devotee, and he continued to worship Shiva in the form of Shivalingam on the day of his destined death, at the age of 16. Because of his profound dedication and constant worship of Shiva, the messengers of Yama, were unable to take his life. Sage Markendeya narrated a story to Yudhistira to cheer him up during his time in exile. Read more about the mythological story>>

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This is a mythology story about a Rishi who once drank the entire ocean and made a mountain bow down to him. Would you believe that he balanced the entire earth and had a river in his little jar called Kamandala. The Rishi is talked about in Vedas and Puranas, he is considered to be one of the powerful Rishis in Tamil culture. He is said to have written the first Tamil Grammer book. Did you know that he was born in a pot? Astonishing! Read more about the mythological story>>

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Did you know there in a village in India, where the mound tells the villager where to dig to build a well. These mounds, also known as termite mounds, are also worshipped by some people. Valmiki was born as Agni Sharma. According to legend he once met the great sage Narada and had a discourse with him on his duties. As he performed his penance for several years, he kept chanting ‘mara’ it sounded “Rama, Rama, Rama”. He was so still that a termite mound grew over him. After many years, sage Narada came and got him out of the mound and named him Valmiki, since he came out of a Valmika. Read more about the mythological story>>

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We all have read or heard about the great Arjuna, right? Do you know the story of the brave son of Arjun- Babruvahan? Yes, Abhimanyu was surely a brave son but in this podcast story taken from Indian Epics and Puranas, we will know about his other sons. Arjun had three more sons. While he lost his 3 sons in the Kurukshetra war against Kaurvas, his fourth son killed his own father, Arjun. Arjun once went into exile for 12 years where he married Chitrangada and had a son named Babruvahan. Read more about the mythological story>>

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Most of the festivals that are celebrated in India lasts for one or two days but the one we are going to talk about in this great mythological story for kids podcast lasts for full nine days. The festival season in India had begun, so can you guess which festival is it? The festival of nine days and nine nights accompanied by dance, music, sweets and worship of the most powerful goddess. It is Navratri.  The nine nights festival that has worship, dandiya, drums and lots of food. It is celebrated all over India in different ways. Let’s learn about Mythological Stories For Kids. Read more about the mythological story>>

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Ramayana is not just about Rama but also Sita. Sometimes it is also called “Sita Charitam”. Sita was called Janaki, daughter of Janaka and Maithili as the princess of Mithila. She got married to Rama, during the time of Rama’s coronation, they had to leave Ayodhya in exile. Sita was abducted by Ravana and had to give “Agnipariksha” on her return. Did you know she entered inside the Earth after that? Read more about the mythological story>>

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Rama is the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu and the protagonist of the Ramayana epic. He is Dasaratha, King of Ayodhya’s eldest and favourite son. He is a righteous prince who was well-liked by the people. Rama obtained Sita’s hand in marriage, but was exiled for 14 years with her and his brother Laksmana. Ravana kidnapped Sita in the forest, and Rama gathered an army to defeat  Ravana and rescue Sita. Rama’s virtuous rule (Ram-raj) started a golden age for all mankind. Read more about the mythological story>>

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In the beginning, people lived in their own way, ferocious and enraged. They eventually learned to live in peace and kindness. Unfortunately, a few remained who continued to live in monstrous ways. When the earth’s ruling kings lost their course and began oppressing the common man, Lord Vishnu, the destroyer of evil, took the form of Parshuram, the sixth incarnation. Parashuram was a ferocious, angry man. Only those bad monarchs and warriors who were swelled with pride and greed were defeated by Lord Parshuram. In certain Mahabharat versions, Parashurama is portrayed as defeating several Kshatriya warriors with his axe because they were misusing their powers. Read more about the mythological story>>

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Vamana is the Hindu god Vishnu’s fifth of ten incarnations. Vishnu, according to the Rigveda, made three steps to measure the three worlds: earth, heaven, and the space between them. Vamana appeared when the gods had lost their power and the demon ruler Bali ruled the entire cosmos. Vamana covered the entire planet in one stride, and the midworld between earth and heaven in the next. The demon king lowered his head and proposed Vamana lay his foot on it for the promised third step because there was nowhere else to go. Read more about the mythological story>>

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In the last episode we heard the story about the twin asuras who were cursed by birth and how Lord Vishnu’s Varaha Avatar killed Hiranyaksha. Vishnu’s fourth avatar is known as Narasimha. To defeat an Asura king named Hiranyakashipu, the Lord appeared as a half-man, half-lion. Vishnu, the universe’s preserver and nurturer, took on a fierce avatar to defeat Asura ruler Hiranyakashipu, who had wreaked havoc in the three worlds to take revenge of his brother’s death. Read more about the mythological story>>

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Wild boars are incredible animals, right? They can run fast, are nocturnal, and are amazing swimmers as well. Do you know why are we discussing wild boars?  Varaha Avatar is one of the ten avatars of Lord Vishnu. He took this form to rescue mother earth from the depths of the ocean. Varaha, which means “Boar” in Sanskrit, is the third of Vishnu’s ten incarnations. When a demon named Hiranyaksha pulled the earth to the bottom of the sea, Vishnu disguised himself as a boar to save it. Varaha slew the demon and used his tusks to lift the earth out of the water. Read more about the mythological story>>

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Have you ever heard of the game of tug of war? In this game, there are two teams pulling the rope from each end until one team falls down. Indeed an entertaining game. Once God also played a similar kind of game. It was more of a churning game.  A similar tug of war happened as per our Indian mythological stories too.

It was between the Gods and the Demons and they were pulling a long snake. The devas- Indra and the other divinities were once cursed by the Sage Durvasa, who caused them to lose all of their power. The asuras then defeated them in battle and take over the earth. The snake’s head was held by the demons/asuras, and its tail by the devas. That is the story of Samudra Manthan. Read more about the mythological story>>

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In our first Indian mythological stories for kids, we bring the story of the 1st Avatar of Lord Vishnu, the great Matsya Avatar, for the kids. Touching upon the ten forms of Lord Vishnu, the Dashavatara, we narrate the story of Matsya Avatar. 

Lord Vishnu had promised to come to earth whenever Adharma reared its ugly head. As a result, when humanity was in jeopardy and Adharma manifested itself in the shape of a demon named Hayagriva, Lord Vishnu took on the form of a fish. Matsya, which means “fish” in Sanskrit, is one of Vishnu’s ten avatars. Lord Vishnu and Manu, a virtuous king, protected the earth from a devastating flood in this avatar.

Manu once caught a small fish that grew to enormous size.  Later, the fish appeared in the shape of Lord Vishnu and assigned him a task to save several species and sages. Years after when the flood hit, Manu attached his boat to the horn on the fish’s head, and saved everyone on the boat. Read more about the mythological story>>

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