Top 19 Inspirational Indian Mythological Stories for Kids With Moral Lessons

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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 19 Indian mythological stories for kids that detail the trials and tribulations of  different mythological characters and the lessons that can be learnt from them.

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19. The Mahabharata (Part 6)

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Disclaimer: Some of the dialogues in the narration have been inspired by C Rajagopalachari’s Mahabharata.

After the match, Bima became the most favorite wrestler in the A Kingdom. Days passed and the Pandavas had completed almost ten months in the Matsya Kingdom. Queen Sudeshna had a brother, Kichaka, the commander in chief of the Virata’s Army. King Virata actually was powerless without him. The real ruler was actually Kichaka. Kichaka was proud and vain. He once saw Draupadi and was smitten by her beauty, obviously, and sure enough, he wanted her as his Queen.

While Drapadi had clearly mentioned to Queen Sudhishna that she was already married to five Gandharas of the celestial beings, and whoever tried to trouble her would themselves be in trouble, but Kichaka wouldn’t listen. He insisted on having Draupadi as his Queen. One day when Draupati went near Kijaka’s dwelling to perform her duty, Kichaka tried pulling and troubling. She ran from there but cold Kichaka pushed her down to the ground and insulted her.

No one came to her help, angry and fuming; Draupadi went to Bima and insisted that Kichakapi should be taught a lesson for his abusive behavior. He came up with a clever plan for Kichaka. They put off all the lights and kept the hall dark. Bhima wrapped a sari around him and sat there like a woman. Kichaka thought it was Draupadi. As he came near, Bima bounced on him and there was a fierce fight. Bhima with all his anger and disgust crushed Kichaka and turned him into a ball of flesh.

He quickly went back to his kitchen, washed himself, changed, and got back to his cooking. Draupadi went out and announced to the guards that her Gandharva husbands were angry with Kichaka and they killed him. They clearly knew how powerful Kichaka was, and no one other than Balarama and Bima had the ability to kill Kichaka in the manner he was killed. They thought Draupadi was no doubt a beautiful woman but also was dangerous as she is protected by the Gandharvas. The news spread far and wide and reached Duryodhana, who was waiting for a chance who had not left any stone unturned in trying to find the Pandavas.

As soon as King Virata heard this, he was shaken. He had always depended on Ki Chaka and without him he didn’t know what to do. Yudishira as Kanka, the advisor reassured him that he was also a good warrior and could help him. Duryodana’s army attacked the Kingdom from a different direction.

King Virata’s Son Uttera and Arjuna reached the battlefield.  In the battle, Uttera couldn’t believe what he saw. Divine weapons shone like the sun. The moment he touched them he felt courageous, fearless. He looked up and he knew that it wasn’t a eunuch. He was none other than Arjuna himself.  

Arjuna revealed himself to Uttera. He told him about the other Pandavas who were at the palace and also the reason why they had hidden themselves there. Uttera folded his hands and bowed down to Arjuna. He felt fortunate to meet Arjuna and said that the very sight of him filled him with courage.


They quickly got onto the chariot and approached the army. Arjuna’s Teacher Rona and his great grandfather could immediately make out that the one riding in the chariot was none other than Arjuna himself. Why did the Panda reveal themselves like this? What is mistake? Was this a trap? Are they deceived and tricked again?

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18. The Mahabharata (Part 5)

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Disclaimer: Some of the dialogues in the narration have been inspired by C Rajagopalachari’s Mahabharata.

As the story continues, it was the 13th year of their exile and they had to decide where they would stay. They had many kingdoms in mind that would give them shelter agreeing to keep it a secret but unanimously, there all agreed to Matsya Kingdom.

The Pandavas changed their complete appearance in order to stay hidden. Yudishthira decided to be an advisor to the King by the name of Kanka. Bhima disguised himself as a cook and wrestler, Vallaba, Arjuna as a neuter Brihannala, Nakula as a keeper of horses, Granthika, Sahadeva as a keeper of cattle,Tantipala, and Draupadi as female artist, Sairandhri. Thus they were all set to enter the city of Virata. They hid there weapons under a  Shami tree near a creamatorian so that people won’t touch it. They went to the Kingdom and served the king as his workers. 

Once there was a huge fest in the Kingdom where the King sent Vallaba (disguise of Bheema) to wrestle with Jimuta. He realized that Vallaba was not an ordinary man but in the process he got killed. Do you think Duryodhana’s spies were able to track this incident and report back to him? Well, after the completion of first year, the Pandavas on the day of Dusshera worshipped this tree and took back their weapons. 

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17. The Mahabharata (Part 4)

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Disclaimer: Some of the dialogues in the narration have been inspired by C Rajagopalachari’s Mahabharata.

As the story continues, Pandavas are ready to go into their secret year of exile after completing the 12 years of normal exile. As they are wandering through the forests, they end up in a deep forest while chasing a deer.

When the brothers and Draupadi are thirsty, the brothers start to look for some water source and end up at an enchanted lake. And this turned out to be one of their scariest and fascinating experience of their exile.

The lake was controlled by divine power and when the brothers, one at a time, come over with the intention to drink water from the lake, a divine voice called out and asked them to answer a few questions before drinking a drop of water. When the brothers kept ignoring this warning, they immediately fell on the ground lifeless. 

Finally, when Yudhistra reached there, he paid heed to the divine voice and decide to answer the questions before drinking any water. Eventually, he was able to convince the divine power, who not only allowed him to drink water but also brought all of his brothers back to life. The divine power also blessed the Pandava brothers that they will go on to win back what was rightfully theirs and win the battle with Kauravas.

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16. The Mahabharata (Part 3)

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Disclaimer: Some of the dialogues in the narration have been inspired by C Rajagopalachari’s Mahabharata.

As the story continues, Arjuna reached the Himalayas and started to pursue penance. One day, a wild boar surge towards him and was about to attack. Arjuna being alert, pulled his bow and shot the boar. At the same time, another bow also hit the boar. Surprised Arjuna saw a hunter standing with a bow. Both of them started arguing about who hit the prey first. Arjuna wondered who the hunter was, so he decided to pray to Lord Shiva. He then noticed that all the flowers which Arjuna offered to Lord Shiva were around the hunter’s neck.

The Hunter, indeed, was Lord Shiva in disguise to test Arjuna’s strength. Lord Shiva blessed Arjuna with one of the most powerful weapons, the Pashupatastra. He also got several other celestial weapons from Lord Shiva. Arjuna had become invincible after obtaining all the divine and celestial weapons.

Arjuna was then invited by Indra, the King of gods and also Arjuna’s Divine father. Urvasi, one of the apsars cursed Arjuna to become a eunuch, that is neither I nor a woman for dismissing her and not paying attention to her. But Lord Indra explained to Arjuna that this curse was a boon that would help him during the year.

While Arjuna enjoyed his stay in Indraloka, his brother and wife Draupadi were missing him. They spent many years without Arjuna. One day a sage called Brihadaswa visited them and narrated a story of King Nala, who also lost everything in a game of dice just like the Pandavas. but in the end, he emerges victorious, regaining his kingdom, his wife, and also his health. This story helped Yudhishthira to gain his confidence and look forward to better days.

Indra once sent a sage to the Pandavas to set them up on a pilgrimage. They all visited many sacred places and heard many mystical stories. During their travel, Bheema had an encounter with a huge monkey. He tried to frighten the monkey by shouting but instead, the monkey warned Bheema not to go any further since it was the path of the gods. Angry Bheema demanded the monkey to move out of his way.

Bheema thought to pull the monkey out of the way by pulling its tail but to his amazement, he could not move it, even an inch. He tried his best, exerted himself, put all his strength, strained every muscle, but still could not move the monkey. It was then when the monkey revealed who it was. The huge monkey was none other than the great Hanuman- Son of the wind god. He asked Bheema to return to his brothers and gave his parting blessing to his brother that he would be present on the flag of the chariot of Arjuna. He blessed Bema and assured him that they would be victorious. What happens next, wait for the next episode of this series of Mahabharata, one of the most popular mythological stories for kids.

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15. The Mahabharata (Part 2)

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As the story progressed, all of the sages wished to accompany Yudhishthira as the Pandavas left the kingdom. He was concerned since he lacked the wealth to feed anyone. One of the sages approached him and urged him to pray to Lord Surya, the Sun God, while he was profoundly frightened and disturbed.

Yudhishthira prayed to Lord Surya with all his devotion and sincerity. The Lord arrived, pleased with his prayers, and bestowed upon him the Akshaya Patra, a mystical bowl. The patra, according to Hindu mythology, was a magical jar that held an endless supply of food until Draupadi had eaten for the day.

They came upon a demon named Kirmira, Bakasura’s brother, on their way to the forest. Bhima defeated the Kirmira monster and rid the jungle of the evil spirit. In the wilderness, the Pandavas felt helpless, and even Draupadi felt led down. Draupadi is consoled by Lord Krishna, who assures her that it will pass as well. Many storytellers visited the Pandavas frequently during their exile and told them various stories.  

Once, the Pandavas were visited by Sage Markandeya. He told the tale of Lord Rama, Lord Vishnu’s seventh avatar. Yudhistira’s heart and mind calmed after hearing the story, and he was filled with bravery. While Yudisthira was fascinated by the stories, Draupadi and Bhima never failed to feed Yudisthira’s mind with vengeance against the Kauravas.

But he kept his cool and told Draupadi and Bhim to wait for the appropriate moment because defeating the Kauravas in a fight without superpowers and divine weapons would be difficult. But guess which among the Pandavas could obtain these celestial weapons? Yes, Arjuna! Was he however able to obtain the celestial weapons?

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14. The Mahabharata (Part 1)

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The Mahabharata is one of India’s most popular epics. The Kurukshetra war is depicted in the epic as a historical battle between two groups of cousins. It was the most horrific battle ever fought.

Sage Vyasa is known for writing this epic. The Pandavas- Yudhishthira, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula, and Sahadev, the five brothers, and the Kauravas are the main characters in the Mahabharata. It’s almost like a family feud over land and property. Pandu, the king of Hastinapur, chose to live in the forest with his two wives, Kunti and Madri, and his sons. Therefore he gave up his throne to his brother Dhritrashtra and went into the forest to live. 

In the kingdom of Hastinapur, Dhritrashtra’s wife, Gandhari, gave birth to a hundred sons. Duryodhana was the eldest of them all. Bhisma assigned Dhronacharya to teach the Pandavas all the skills of warfare when they returned to Hastinapur. Dhronacharya taught both the Pandavas and the Kauravas.

Once  the Pandavas entered the Kingdom of Panchala. The king of Panchala had a beautiful daughter Draupadi, who was the subject of a competition. The competition was based on archery skills, and Arjuna, who was an unrivalled archer, entered and won. At the Swayamvara, the Pandavas encountered Krishna, Kunti’s nephew.

When they all came back to Hastinapur, Dhritarashtra gave the Pandavas, a small piece of barren land, far away from Hastinapur. The Pandavas built a beautiful city there named Indraprastha. Soon again, Duryodhana along with his evil uncle Shakuni started plotting and invited Yudisthira to play a dice game with the Kauravas. Yudhishthira not only lost his kingdom and wealth in this game but also his brothers and wife. After the game when Draupadi was humiliated in the open palace, Dhritrashtra out of fear and consequences returned everything to the Pandavas. But the game did not stop there. In the next round when the Pandavas lost again, they had to go on an exile for 12 years and spend another year in disguise.

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13. Story of a Storyteller: (Mythological stories for kids)

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No matter what our problems are, but we always connect to stories from Indian Puranas that help us to stay strong in life. The Pandavas and Kauravas from the Mahabharat always fought with each other. The Pandavas lost all their wealth and kingdom in a dice game against the Kauravas and had to go incognito in the forest for twelve years.  The Pandava brothers were unhappy and upset with the hurdles. Yudhisthira felt miserable for putting his family through all the troubles. He was helpless and homeless. At the time of immense sorrow, Yudhisthira met a storyteller, who lived through ages, had fought death, and had the boon to be immortal by Lord Shiva. He knew the past, present, and future because of his severe penance. He was Sage Markandeya- the greatest storyteller from the Puranas. He also has a Purana in his name, the Markandeya Purana.

Sage Markandeya is the son of sage Mrikandu and Marudmati. He was born after several prayers to Lord Shiva. Markandeya grew up to be one of the greatest devotees of Lord Shiva. At the age of 16 when he became aware of his short life span, he started to meditate non-stop. When Yamraj himself came to take him away, Markandeya refused to go and hugged the shiva linga tight. The shiva linga split into and from the middle appeared Lord Shiva himself. He pushed Yama to the ground and defeated him. He then revived his life back and told him that he was punished. After Yamraj left, Lord Shiva was immensely impressed with Makendeya and blessed him with a boon to be immortal. Since then Markandeya has been living through ages.

Sage Markendeya narrated a story to Yudhistir to cheer him up. He explained to him that everyone has to go through unhappy times once in their lives. He narrated the story of Lord Rama, the seventh avatar of Lord Vishnu. After listening to the story, Yudhistira’s heart and mind calmed down and he was then filled with courage.

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12. Sage Agastya: (Mythological Stories For Kids)

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Let us tell you another India’s best mythological stories for kids. 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! It is also said that when Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati were getting married, all the devas, rishis, animals went to Mount Kailash to see them. This caused a great imbalance and the earth tilted to one side. Shiva then called the powerful Rishi to had the mystic power to bring the earth back to its feet. Agastya! The most powerful sage with numerous capabilities. 

Once God’s were troubled by demons called Kalikayas, they were led by a powerful demon called Vritrasura. Indra defeat with his special weapon made from a sage’s bone. After Vrirtrasura was dead, the Kalikayas hid deep in the ocean. They would come up at night and disturb everyone. The only way to defeat them all was only if someone could dry up the water in the ocean. Agastya drank every bit of water from the ocean and the Kalikayas were exposed and defeated. Nothing was impossible for Sage Agastya. 

Southern region’s most sacred river is a gift by Sage Agastya. King Kavera’s daughter married Sage Agastya and always hoped to be useful to mankind. The sage turned her into water and put her into a little jar called Kamandala. He was sitting and meditating with the jar next to him when a crow toppled the water jar and the entire water spilled forming the river Kaveri.

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11. Sage Valmiki: (Mythological Stories For Kids)

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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. 

Long long ago, there was a sage with many children and one of them once got lost in the forest. This child was found by a hunter couple. They adopted the child as their own and named him Ratnakara. This child being brought up by the hunter learnt all his father’s skills. When times went tougher for them, he even went for robbing people travelling through the forest. Robbing and stealing became the profession of Ratnakara. 

One day sage Narada, came to the forest. Ratnakara immediately threatened him. The sage asked him the reason behind robbing and hurting people. Ratnakara said that he did this to keep his people happy. Sage Narada told him that the people for who he was doing the wrong deeds would never approve of the idea of robbing as living. He also said that his family would never support him in this and insisted Ratnakara to check with his family about the consequences of all his mistakes. 

Ratnakara rushed to his family and told them everything. The family in return said that it was the duty of Ratnakara to feed them and keep them happy and denied taking the share in the consequences of his wrong deeds. That moment Ratnakara realized his mistake and went back to sage Narada. He asked him for forgiveness and to show him the right way to live life. 

Sage Narada advised him to sit under a tree and chant the sanskrit word for tree, “mara”. As he kept chanting, it sounded “Rama, Rama, Rama”. He continued his chanting and sat there still for thousands of year. 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. 

Sage Valmiki is the one who wrote the great epic Ramayana and is considered the first poet of Sanskrit. He is also the same sage who took care of Sita when she had to abondon Ayodhya and live alone in the forest. Sita’s children Luv and Kush were also born in his ashraam.

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10. Babruvahan: Son of Arjun (Mythological Stories For Kids)

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We all have read or heard Indian Mythological Stories For Kids, right? Do you know the story of the brave son of Arjun? 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. He left his palace, luxuries, everything behind to visit holy places. And upon his journey, he happened to meet a warrior princess from Manipura named Chitrangada who was also of great beauty. Arjun wanted to marry the princess but her father offered him a deal – Arjun could only marry Chitrangada if he promises to keep the son born out of this wedlock in Manipura. Arjun lived there for 3 years and he had a son named Babruvahan. 

Babruvahan is that brave son who unfortunately had to fight his own father. They fought with each other over sacrificial horses. These were not ordinary horses, they were used for great yagnas called Ashvamedha yagna. It was a sacrifice performed by a king to prove his supremacy. One such horse was let lose by Arjun’s older brother, Yudhishthira. Arjun accompanied the horse and fought many battles. He then arrived at Manipura. Babruvahan initially did not want to fight with his father but later convinced himself to do so after Arjun insulted him for not acting like a true warrior. 

Babruvahan then entered the war field and wielded his arrow towards his father with great aim and accruacy. A fierce battle went on between them when suddenly a powerful arrow pierced Arjun’s chest and he fell down. Chitrangada came running to the battlefield and was shocked to see her husband in such a state. Babravahan and Chitrangada decided to take their own lives when a snake princess came and informed them about a special gem that revives the dead. As soon as Babruvahan placed the gem on Arjun’s chest, he got back his life. 

This battle was destined to happen because of a curse. Ganga, Bishma’s mother, was not happy with Arjun for killing her son in the Kurukshetra war by deceit. So she cursed Arjun to be killed by his own son and this battle actually released Arjun from the curse.

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9. Story of Navratras (Mythological Stories For Kids)

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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. 

In Tamil Nadu & Karnataka: In Tamil Nadu & Karnataka, all nine days people have doll displays, known as Gombe Habba (Kannada) and Bomma Koluvu (Telugu). Colorful dolls made of clay are dressed beautifully and then displayed at homes. These dolls are mostly depicting stories from Puranas, Indian Mythology, Epics, Histories or even Contemporary Events like Cricket, Activities, etc. Karnataka has its world famous Dussehra procession with idol of goddess Chamundeshwari carried on elephants. This was started by Kings of Mysore long ago.

In Kolkata: In Kolkata, huge pandals with beautiful idols of Durga Ma are installed. Worshippers dance whole night singing hymns for the Goddess Durga all this time.

In Gujarat & Maharashtra: In Gujarat & Maharashtra, devis are given the form of a ‘kalash’ or an auspicious pot. Then the people worship it with dance, music and various chants. This beautiful tradition goes on for 9 days and nights. The 10th day is celebrated as Dussehra or Vijay Dasami, the day on which the good wins over the evil. Dussehra was the day  as per Indian epic Ramayana when Lora Rama killed Ravana. Many states organize magnificent events to celebrate this victory, also called as “Raavan Dehaan”. 

In some places they also enact the life of Lord Rama in the form of Ram-Leela, depicting the story where good defeated the evil. 

Navratri is all about to celebrate the different forms of this great diety/goddess. The forms are Maha Kali, Maha Laksmi, Maha Saraswati. A brutal demon called Mahisasura threatened the world with attacks on people and on devas. He took over Indralok and chased the other Gods away.

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8. The Story Of Sita (Mythological Stories For Kids)

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After the Story of Rama, a question might arise in your mind that why did Rama not return to his kingdom despite being stopped by his father and called back by his brother. Well, that’s Rama. He believed that he needed to follow certain rules as a friend, king, master, son, and husband. He was the most loving husband who fought demon Ravana to save his wife Sita but at the same time, he did not accept her until he proved her loyalty towards him. Sita fearlessly entered the fire and emerged unfarmed, proving to the world her faithfulness.

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 was an ideal woman who was strong and fearless. Only she dared to counter-question, Rama. Sita is said to be discovered in a furrow in a plowed field by King Janaka. She is also referred to as Bhumi, daughter of Earth. She grew up as a wife child who questioned people about life and its ways. She at times also exhibited superpowers like once in her childhood she moved a huge and heavy trunk to get a ball. After she got married to Rama, during the time of Rama’s coronation, they had to leave Ayodhya in exile. Despite being all the hardships one faces in the forest, Sita decided to accompany her husband no matter what.

Sita lived happily in the forest with the wives of other sages until one day a demoness called Surpanaka happened to see Rama and was attracted to him. She approached him and urged him to marry her but Rama refused. Surpanaka unable to accept the rejection attacked Sita. Lakshman immediately cut off her nose. Screaming and wailing Surpanaka went to her brother Ravana, the fiercest demon. A few days later, Sita saw a golden deer, she was very insisted on getting the deer. Sita was instructed not to leave the protective line drawn by Lakshman.  But she crossed the line and fell into the trap of Ravana. He grabbed Sita and put her into his Pushpaka vimana, a flying chariot. He chopped off the wings of Jatayu, the bird who fought bravely to save Sita. Sita threw all her jewels for Rama to follow the trail. Ravana took Sita to Lanka and placed her in the Palace garden.

Sita had complete faith in Rama that he would save her. Therefore she paid no heat and attention to Ravana’s threat. As she expected, Rama saved her with the help of Hanumana and Vanar Sena. Her joy knew no bounds but not for long. As practiced earlier, Sita was asked to prove her faithfulness. She chooses to give “Agnipariksha”. She came out of the fire unharmed and no one could question her loyalty. After all these, Rama was coronated as the King of Ayodhya and Sita, the Queen. Later, she was sent off to the forest where she had two sons. After years when she was summoned back to the palace as queen, she denied being one. Instead, she enters the Earth from where she came.

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7. Rama Avatar (Mythological Stories For Kids)

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Eka Sloki Ramayana is the entire story of Ramayana recited in one verse.

aadau raama tapovanaadi gamanam hatvaa mrugam kaanchanam
vaidehee haraNam jaTaayu maraNam sugreeva sambhaash aNam |
baalee nigrahaNam samudra taraNam lankaapuree daahanam
pashchaat raavaNa kumbhakarNa hananametaddhi raamaayaNam
Iti ekashlokee raamaayaNam sampoorNam ||

It means long ago, Lord Rama went to the forest, chased and killed the golden deer, Sita was kidnapped, Jatayu passed away, discussions with Sugreeva happened, Bali was killed, the ocean was crossed and Lanka was burnt. Then Ravana and Kumbakarna were killed. This is the story of Ramayana.

Ramayana, which means the journey of Rama, is a Hindu epic describing the entire life of Lord Rama along with his wife Sita. Lord Rama is said to be a dutiful son, an ideal husband, a loving brother, a reliable friend, a remarkable king, and a perfect human being. Despite his noble traits, he was very humble and friendly. He is considered the seventh avatar of Lord Vishnu. This avatar was to show the world how a human being should be.

The entire life of Rama was very eventful and thrilling. Rama was a prince born to King Dasharatha and his wife Kaushalya. Dasharatha had two more wives Kaikeyi and Sumitra who also had their own sons. The four brothers Rama, Bharata, Lakshman, and Shatrughna were inseparable. During the time of Rama’s coronation, Kaikeyi wanted her son to be made the king, so she asked Rama to go to the forest for 14 years. Rama agreed to go to the exile. Lakshman and Sita accompanied him.

They helped many sages and defeated many demons throughout their time of exile. Rama was not only a great friend to humans but also animals. He befriended Sugriva, The Monkey Lord, and promised to protect them from his wicked brother. Jatayu the bird, tried to save Rama’s wife Sita from Ravana but got its wings chopped off. Rama wept and thanked him for his service. Rama also welcomed Vibhishan from the enemy camp and expressed his love to everyone. Rama considered Hanuman to be his other brother without whom finding Sita could have been impossible.

As per Hindu beliefs, Rama is the legendary deity who is still alive in the hearts of entire mankind. 

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6. Parshuram - 6th Avatar of Lord Vishnu

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In the beginning of everything, people lived in their own way, fierce and angry. But with time they adapted to nature and learned to live in peace and kindness. Sadly, there were still a few left who continued to live in beastly ways. Lord Vishnu, the almighty God declared, “Whenever life on earth gets beastly, sinful and evil, I’ll appear and show them loving, kind and righteous ways of living.”  Every time he came down to save the world, we called it an avatara. Every time he took a new form. 

So when the ruling king’s on earth started to loose their way and started oppressing common man, Lord Vishnu, the destroyer of evil, took the avatara of a fierce, angry man, Parshuram – his 6th incarnation. He got his name after he got the “Parshu”, meaning the “the axe” from Lord Shiva for the severe penance he did.  Lord Parshuram fought only those evil kings and warriors who were swollen with pride and greed. 

Parshuram was also the guru of Bhisma, Dronacharya, the teacher of Pandvas and Kaurvas and Karna, the Kaurvas’ friend. Parshuram even met Lord Rama of Ayodhya, the seventh avatar of Lord Vishnu. After meeting Rama, Parshuram realized that his duty of cleansing the earth with sinful kings was over because the other Rama had come to show the world how a king should be. Parshuram gave away always his wealth and land as a gift to a sage. 

Now he had to find a new place for himself. Upon leaving, he shot an arrow inthe ocean and suddenly the ocean receded and a new land was reclaimed from the waters. This land is known as “Konakana” meaning corner piece of earth. It is the entire west coast of India, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala. This entire stretch is called “Parshuram Kshetra”. It is said that Lord Parshuram still lives in Mahindragiri mountains. It is also said that he threw his axe into the ocean. There are many different versions of his story as is the case with all mythological stories. 

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5. Vamana Avatara: 5th Avatar of Lord Vishnu

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Chimes Radio and Katha Kuteera bring to you the mythological 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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4. Narasimha Avatara: 4th Avatar of Lord Vishnu

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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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3. Varaha Avatara: 3rd Avatar of Lord Vishnu

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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, wild boars in Sanskrit have been a Hindu deity and are worshipped since ancient times. Varaha Avatara is one of the ten avatars of Lord Vishnu. He took this form to rescue mother earth from the depths of the ocean.

Hiranyakashyap and Hiranyaksha were two asura brothers who were born as  Lord Vishnu’s enemies due to a curse. Though Hiranyaksha was an asura he was blessed by Bramha. He went on a rampage and devastated the three worlds. He stole all the wealth from the earth for which it had fallen at the bottom of the ocean. The ocean belt is filled with dirt and mud and the earth had to bring back to its original place. That’s when Lord Vishnu had to take the avatar of Varaha, the wild boar. He jumped into the ocean and split it apart. Disappearing beneath the water, he saw earth at the bottom of the ocean. Varaha burst out from the ocean and ascended upwards. Hiranyaksha who was watching this rushed towards the lord and tried to stop it but Lord Vishnu gently put the earth to float on the ocean and flew into the sky to fight the asura. All the powers of the asura failed in front of the Lord himself and thus was killed by Varaha. Mother Earth was back on its axis. There are many temples across India where Lord Vishnu is worshipped in his Varaha avatar. The most famous temple is in Tirumala Tirupati.

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2. Samudra Manthan: Story on 2nd Avatar of Lord Vishnu

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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. Listen to this and other Mythological Stories For Kids

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. That is the story of Samudra Manthan.

Indra, the Kind of Gods once disrespected a sage called Durvasa. The sage was so angry with Indra’s pride and arrogance that he cursed Indra to lose all his fortune and strength. Not only him but the other Gods also lost their strengths. Asuras or the Demons who always waited for a chance to attack the Gods, found this the right time to trouble them. They attacked the kingdom of Gods are chased them away from there. 

Gods ran to Lord Bramha to seek help but he sent them to Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu suggested that they could get back all they have lost only if they could churn the milky ocean, Kshira Sagar. They could also get back their powers by drinking “Amrita”, – The Nectar Of Life also in the ocean. Churning the ocean would require a lot of power which the Gods had now lost. So Lord Vishnu suggested that they could make peace with the asuras and get their help in churning the ocean. But the question aroused that why would the Asuras help them. So the Gods promised to share the gold they would get by churning the ocean with Asuras. The Asuras agreed. All the Gods and Asuras gathered near the Milky ocean. 

Now for churning they required some tools. Hence, Mount Mandara became their huge churning rod and for the rope, it was a long snake called Vasuki. The mountain stood in the middle of the ocean and Vasuki tied himself around the mountain. The churning began but the mountain was sinking into the ocean. Immediately Lord Vishnu came to the rescue as his second avatar of a Tortoise and held the mountain straight up on his back. The churning went on and on. After a while, the snake felt dizzy and exhausted. 

Suddenly there was a cloud of darkness and everything around seemed so weak that everyone started falling into the water one by one. They looked around and saw deep poison coming from the bottom of the ocean. This poison could destroy the entire universe. The Gods and the Demons prayed to Lord Vishnu to save them. Lord Vishnu said that only Lord Shiva could save them now. 

Lord Shiva appeared and at once drank up the entire poison. Devi Parvati, Lord Shiva’s wife, held his throat to avoid the poison entering his body. All the poison was stuck in his throat and it turned blue. That’s how Lord Shiva got his name “Neel Kantha” & “Visha Kantha”. 

When the sky cleared up, the churning started again. After a thousand years, a number of things started emerging from the bottom of the ocean. Kamadhenu, the wish-granting cow, Uchhaishravas, the 7-headed horse, Airavata, the white five-headed elephant, Parijat, the tree with never-fading blossoms, many more divine things appeared which were all distributed between Gods and Asuras. Finally, Dhanvantari, the divine physician emerged, holding a pot of nectar. There was a fight between the teams to get the “Amrita”. One of the Asuras took the pot and ran. Lord Vishnu took the form of a beautiful woman, Mohini and tricked the Asuras to give the pot of nectar.  One of the Asuras took the Nectar and drank it but was immediately caught by the Gods. Finally, after the fight, it was the devas who got the Nectar. 

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1. Matsya Avatara- 1st Avatar Of Lord Vishnu

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Forms of Lord Vishnu:

  1. Matsya
  2.  Kurma
  3. Varaha
  4. Narasimha
  5. Vamana
  6. Parshuram
  7. Lord Rama
  8. Lord Krishna/Balarama
  9. Buddha/Lord Krishna
  10.  Kalki

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. 

Once Lord Brahma was resting for a while. Taking advantage of this, the Asuras stole the Vedas, the sacred book of Hindus, and hid in the ocean. At the same time, there was a noble king Manu, who was known for his great service to the world. One day when he was offering prayers to his ancestors in a river, a tiny fish got on his palm and surprisingly spoke to him. The fish requested to save him from the other giant creatures of the river. The kind King put it in a pot and took it with him. The fish had outgrown itself by the next morning.

He then put it in a big tank. But within a few hours, the fish was as large in size as the tank. It was then put in a well but it grew huge enough for the well too. It was put into river Ganga and then to the ocean for his gigantic size. It was no ordinary fish but the first incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu appeared in front of him and told him that there would be a great flood soon and King Manu has a job to do. He was asked to collect each of the species like insects, animals, herbs, plants, seven great sages, and them all in a boat.

A few years later everything was getting drowned in water. Lord Vishnu appeared again in the form of a fish (Matsya Avatara) and took the boat safely to the Himalayas. On their way, Lord Vishnu and King Manu had a long conversation. This conversation is called “Matsya Purana”. Lord Vishnu then went on to slain the Asuras who had stolen the vedas and saved the epics. 

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