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2 In some versions, Brahma is considered to be Manmatha’s father.
3 The celebration of Holi is also attributed to the mythological tale of Prahlada, a daitya king.
4 The fortnight between a new moon day and a full moon day is called Shukla Paksha.
5 The fortnight between a full moon day and a new moon day is called Krishna Paksha.
6 The jyotirlinga is an iconic representation of Shiva. It is said to have emitted light.
7 Every year, the birth of Ganesha is celebrated on the fourth day of the Hindu month of Bhadrapada.
8 A sculpture of this battle can be seen at Ramappa Temple in Telangana, and paintings of the event are on the ceiling of Virupaksha Temple in Hampi.
9 It is a philosophy that preaches that the soul and God are one.
10 Her prophecy would come true much later, during the reign of Janmejaya in the kingdom of Hastinapur, when the serpents would be sacrificed as revenge for his father’s death. Janmejaya was the successor of Parikshit, grandson of the Pandava Arjuna.
11 Today, the hills where Vishnu meditated are called the Tirumala Hills and the area below has come to be known as Govindarajpatnam, or Tirupati.
Gods and Their Abodes
Deva or Asura Abode (Ancient Name) Abode (Modern Name)
Brahma Pushkar Pushkar
Brahma Kapala Badrinath
Shiva Mount Kailash Mount Kailash
Kashi Varanasi or Benares
Tondamandalam Around Tirupati
Lakshmi Karvirapura Kolhapur
Ravana Lanka Sri Lanka
Name Place State
Somnath Prabhas Patan, Saurashtra Gujarat
Nagesha Darukawana Gujarat
Mallikarjuna Srisailam Andhra Pradesh
Mahakala Ujjain Madhya Pradesh
Amaleshwara Omkara Madhya Pradesh
Vaijanatha Paraji Maharashtra
Bhimashankara Bhimashankara Maharashtra
Trumbakeshwara Nashik Maharashtra
Grishneshwara Ellora Maharashtra
Rameswaram Rameswaram Tamil Nadu
Vishweshwara Kashi Uttar Pradesh
Kedareshwara Kedar Uttaranchal
Devotee Boon Loophole
Sunda and Upasunda Cannot be killed by anyone but each other Died fighting each other over a beautiful maiden
Taraka Cannot be killed by any man or god Died at the hands of a child, Shiva’s son
Tripurasuras To be rulers of three invincible cities, whose weakest moment would occur during their alignment once every thousand years A single arrow used by Shiva during the alignment
Gajasura Cannot be killed by anyone who desires something Destroyed by Lord Shiva, who desires nothing in the world
Vritrasura Cannot be killed by any weapon made of wood or metal Slain by weapons made from the bones of the sage Dadhichi
Hiranyakashipu Cannot be killed by a human or an animal, in the morning or at night, inside or outside the house Killed by a half-man, half-lion at twilight in a doorway
Jalandhara Cannot be destroyed by anyone other than Shiva, who was like his father Died at the hands of Shiva
Madhu and Kaitabha Can choose the time of their death Chose to die after Vishnu obtained a boon from them asking them to die at his hands
Guha Cannot be killed by a man or a god Was killed by two gods merging to form a deity, Harihara
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