Mythology Podcast Archive

  • Navaratri and Chandi Path

    Navaratri and Chandi Path

    The story of the goddess who protects and restores order to the universe is told in the 700 verse Chandi Path, also known as the Durga Saptashati.  During Navaratri this ancient text is recited every day, once in the morning as a part of the fire ceremony called Chandi Havan, and once in the evening.  […]

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  • Chandi Path – Part #1

    Chandi Path – Part #1

    Chandi Path, part #1

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  • Chandi Path – Part #2

    Chandi Path – Part #2

    Chandi Path, part #2

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  • Chandi Path – Part #3

    Chandi Path – Part #3

    Chandi Path, part #3

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  • Chandi Path – Part #4

    Chandi Path – Part #4

    Chandi Path, part #4

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  • The Origins of Ganesha, part 2 – Podcast #77

    The Origins of Ganesha, part 2 – Podcast #77

    We continue with the stories of the eight forms of Ganesha from the Mahotaka Purana; each one manifesting to subdue a particular demon; symbolic of one of the main failings of humanity (anger, lust, pride etc.).  Then we enjoy the story of how Ganesha helped to cure Kubera, the god of money, of his pride […]

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  • The Origins of Ganesha – Podcast #76

    The Origins of Ganesha – Podcast #76

    There are many unique and little known stories about the origins of Ganesha in the Ganesha Purana.  These stories contain descriptions of the different incarnations of Ganesha; one for each of the four yugas, and in each his form is different!  This podcast recounts those stories, some of which are quite humorous. The podcast also […]

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  • Baradwaja and Drona – Podcast #75

    Baradwaja and Drona – Podcast #75

    Baradwaja was one of the original seven rishis (Saptarishi) and his story is uique because of his birth and subsequent adoption by a rishi who taught him mediation which he did to excess, desiring to know everything there is to know about the vedas. Eventually he became the student of Valmiki, the author of the […]

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  • Meenakshi – the Goddess of Madurai – Podcast #74

    Meenakshi – the Goddess of Madurai – Podcast #74

    Meenakshi is the sister of Vishnu (above right) and is married to Shiva (above left).  This podcast tells the story of the founding of the city of Madurai, Meenakshi’s birth from the yagya fire and how she led an army to attack Shiva’s abode on Mount Kailash. Also associated with Madurai, is the dramatic story […]

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  • Gotras and Kashyapa – Podcast #73

    Gotras and Kashyapa – Podcast #73

    This podcast presents the concept of gotra, or family lineage that can be traced back to one of the original seven rishis (sapta rishi).  For those us in the west we are considered to be from the Kashyapa gotra, because Kashyapa was the father of the Sun, and according to vedic tradition, we all come […]

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