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Hinduism - What Is The Kadambari?

 


Kadambari is a Sanskrit romantic book written by Bana (7th century), who was a contemporary of northern Indian monarch Harsha.

The book's complicated narrative includes a love tale between the main protagonists, a princess called Kadambari and a prince named Chandripida.

Bana's death left the Kadambari incomplete.

It depicts Indian life at Bana's time in great detail.

In Hindu mythology, Kadru is the sister of Vinata and the daughter of the celestial sage Daksha.

Kadru's offspring are serpents, but her sister's children are eagles, the most renowned of which is Garuda.

The well-known animosity between these species may be traced back to a disagreement between Vinata and Kadru about the color of a heavenly horse's tail, with Vinata claiming that it is white and Kadru claiming that it is black.

The argument intensifies until they come to an understanding that whomever is incorrect will become a slave to the other.

Kadru persuades a few of her snake offspring to hang from the rear of the horse in order to assure her victory.

The tail seems black from a distance.

(Some of her children are against such deception and refuse to participate.) In retaliation, Kadru curses them to die in King Janamjeya's snake-killing ritual.) Vinata feels she has been beaten when she sees the black snakes, and she serves Kadru for many years under exceedingly difficult circumstances.

Vinata is ultimately rescued by her son Garuda, who realizes the ruse behind Vinata's loss and begins a never-ending snake-killing campaign.

 


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Hinduism - Who Is Garuda In Hindu Mythology And The Hindu Pantheon?

 

Garuda is a legendary bird that is often depicted as an Indian kite or eagle.

All Hindu gods and goddesses have animal "vehicles" that serve as symbols and allies.

Garuda is believed to be the deity Vishnu's chariot.

Garuda, as Vishnu's chariot, embodies some of Vishnu's protecting and life-affirming attributes.

Garuda is the celestial maiden Vinata's son and the sage Kashyapa's daughter.

Garuda's most famous narrative illustrates why eagles and snakes have such a symbiotic relationship.

Vinata has given birth to an eagle line, while her sister Kadru has given birth to a snake line.

One day, the sisters got into a fight about the color of a heavenly horse's tail—Vinata claims it's white, while Kadru claims it's black.

They eventually come to an agreement that the one who is incorrect would be forced to serve the other.

To assure her win, Kadru convinces a number of her children to hang from the horse's back, making the white tail seem black from a distance.

When Vinata sees the black snakes, she accepts her loss and is forced to serve Kadru for many years under exceedingly difficult circumstances.

When Garuda realizes what has transpired, he begins a never-ending campaign of snake slaughter.



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