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Penances - from Padma Purana

  1. Penance of Devas (At Pushkara) (For getting darshan of Lord Brahma)


Penance of Devas - from Padma Purana:

Sri Brahma Padma Purana (Shristi Kanda 15): Brahma's sacrifice: Once Lord Brahma decided to perform a sacrifice and was searching for a suitable place. He came down to earth and entered a forest, which later came to be known as Pushkara.

Description of the forest: The forest was adorned with many trees, creepers and flowers. It was filled with the sound of birds and fragrant with abundant flowers. The six seasons delighted the sense of smell and sight. The wind took fragrance from the flowers and perfumed the sky, earth and the quarters. There were many trees and creepers like Naga, Karnikara, Sinduvara, Kunda, Sarja, Arjuna, Atimukta, Sala, Ashoka, Panasa, Sarala, Malati, Kadamba, Sirisa etc. The trees were full of abundant flowers and appeared like a spring festival. The cuckoos and parrots sang and the peacocks danced. The charming forest appeared like the garden of Indra.

Trees worshipping Brahma: Lord Brahma saw the forest with pleasing eyes. Seeing the Lord, the trees poured their flowers with devotion.

Brahma's boon: Accepting the flowers offered by the trees, Lord Brahma told them to ask for a boon. The trees requested the Lord to stay with them in the forest. Brahma granted the boon making that the best of sacred places. He favoured the trees that they will always be full of flowers and fruits and remain youthful.

Brahma throwing lotus: Lord Brahma remained there for thousand years. Thereafter, one day He threw a lotus on the ground. With a great sound it made the earth tremble and also agitated the oceans and the three worlds. The celestial beings were afraid and went to the abode of Lord Brahma. Not finding the Lord, they went to the abode of Lord Vishnu to know the cause of that sound. Lord Vishnu told them the cause and together they went to the Pushkara forest. But the gods could not see Lord Brahma in the forest. Vayu told the gods that they need to perform penance with great devotion to see Lord Brahma.

The penance of the gods: The gods took due initiation from guru Brihaspati and performed penance at Pushkara. They took bath in the holy lake, observed silence and restrained their senses. By the meditation their minds became absolutely pure.

Darshan of Lord Brahma: When the minds of the gods became absolutely pure by meditation, Lord Brahma became visible to them. The gods eulogized the Lord and asked the reason of that great sound and agitation when He threw the lotus. Lord Brahma told them that by throwing the lotus, he destroyed the demon Vajranabha for the welfare of the gods.

The name Pushkara: Lord Brahma told the gods that since He dropped the lotus there, therefore the place will be known as Pushkara. Lord Brahma then founded a sacred place there in the north of Chandranadi and river Saraswati was flowing by its east. The Pushkara Kshetra is the altar of the sacrifice made by Lord Brahma.

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Puranic Events:
  1. Penances - from Brahma Purana
  2. Mountains - from Brahma Purana
  3. Devi Shakambari - from Devi Bhagavatam
  4. Slaying of demons Madhu - Kaitabha - from Devi Mahatmyam
  5. Slaying of demon Mahishasura - from Devi Mahatmyam
  6. Penances - from Padma Purana
  7. Forests - from Padma Purana
  8. Lakes - from Padma Purana
  9. Festivals - from Padma Purana
  10. Jyotirlingas - from Shiva Purana
  11. Penances - from Shiva Purana
  12. Incarnations - from Shiva Purana
  13. Arunachala - from Skanda Purana (Arunachala Mahatmya)
  14. Badarikashrama - from Skanda Purana (Badarikashrama Mahatmya)
  15. Penances - from Skanda Purana (Badarikashrama Mahatmya)
  16. Purushottama Kshetra - from Skanda Purana (Purushottama Kshetra Mahatmya)
  17. Venkatachala - from Skanda Purana (Venkatachala Mahatmya)
  18. Srikalahasti - from Srikalahasteeswara Sthala Purana
  19. Life events of Sri Krishna - from Srimad Bhagavatam
  20. Life summary of Sri Krishna - from Srimad Bhagavatam
  21. Penances - from Srimad Bhagavatam
  22. Forests - from Srimad Bhagavatam
  23. Life events of Sri Rama - from Valmiki Ramayana
  24. Journeys of Sri Rama with sage Vishwamitra - from Valmiki Ramayana
  25. Journeys of Sri Rama during forest exile - from Valmiki Ramayana
  26. Hermitages - from Valmiki Ramayana
  27. Penances - from Valmiki Ramayana
  28. Forests - from Valmiki Ramayana
  29. Mountains - from Valmiki Ramayana
  30. Rivers - from Valmiki Ramayana
  31. Lakes - from Valmiki Ramayana


Bharatavarsha - The Land of Gods and Sages:

1. Stotras by Deity:
Initial: Ganesha - Hanuman - Gurudeva - Gayatri
Tridevas: Brahma - (Vishnu - Narasimha - Rama - Krishna) - Shiva
Tridevis: Saraswati - (Lakshmi - Tulasi - Bhoomi) - Parvati
Others: Murugan - Surya - Ganga - Yamuna - Narmada - Others
Final: Vedas - Brahman

2. Pilgrimages by Deity:
Initial: Ganesha
Tridevas: Brahma - (Vishnu - Narasimha - Rama - Krishna) - Shiva
Tridevis: Saraswati - Lakshmi - (Parvati - Shakambari)
Others: Murugan - Ganga

3. Sadhana: Sadhana - Hermitages - Penances

4. Saints: Ramakrishna - Vivekananda - Ramana - Saints

5. Sacred Geography: Forests - Mountains - Rivers - Lakes

6. Puranas: Puranic Events

7. Religious Life: Stotras - Puja - Pilgrimages - Festivals - Varnashramas - Samskaras - Traditions

8. Other Aspects: Sanskrit - Arts - Music - Dance - Medicine - Architecture - Astronomy

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