Story of a Storyteller

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Story on Sage Markandeya

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

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When Shiva and Yama fought over the Rishi's life, Shiva granted him immortality. In the battle, Shiva defeated Yama and bestowed life on Markandeya.

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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