Shabari is an elderly woman ascetic in the Hindu epic Ramayana. According to the Ramayana, she was an ardently devoted woman who received Lord Rama’s darshan and blessing due to her bhakti to Him.
Shabari was a hunter’s daughter and belonged to the Bhil tribal community. The night before her marriage, she saw that thousands of goats and sheep were brought by her father, which were going to be sacrificed for the marriage dinner. Moved by compassion, during the early hours of the morning, she renounced the world and ran away to meet a master. After days of traveling, she met Sage Matanga at the foot of the Mountain Rishyamukha and accepted him as her guru, serving him with devotion. When her guru Matanga was about to die, Shabari—now an old woman—says that after serving him throughout her life, she wanted to reach the same “abode of peace” which Matanga reached. Thereupon, the sage said that by the virtue of her sewa, Lord Rama shall give her darshan and asks her to wait for his arrival. Saying thus, the sage sitting in lotus posture attains Mahasamadhi. As per her guru’s words, Shabari waits for the arrival of Rama. Read more
Once upon a time a prince met very beautiful young girl. He visited her house to see her but she was very chaste. The prince wanted to marry this beautiful girl but she didn’t want to marry him. So she said to him, “You want to marry me, you are attracted by my beauty, so I will distill my beauty in the next ten days, I will distill my beauty into liquid form and then you can come and see this distilled form of my beauty.” So the prince said, “Alright.” Then she said, “If you still want to take me as your wife then you can take me.” The prince replied, “Alright, that’s fine, I’ll come back in ten days and certainly I’ll take you as my wife my beautiful young maiden. Read more
The mythological story of Prahlad, is described in Vishnu Puran as the fourth incarnation of Vishnu, Nara-simhavatar.
Prahlad was the son of the Asura king Hiranyakashipu. The Asuras were super-humans who lived in the underworld, unrighteous in act and were hostile to gods. Hiranyakashipu wanted to be the undisputed ruler of the three worlds – the heaven, the earth and the underworld. He performed severe penance to seek blessing of Brahma for immortality.
Brahma, however, declined, saying “All living beings must face death Hiranyakashipu. You can, however, choose your death wish.” Hiranyakashipu then asked for three conditions, as his death wish, “He be killed by someone who is neither human nor a beast, in a time which is neither during the day nor during the night, and in a place which is neither inside nor outside.” Brahma agreed and Hiranyakashipu got his death wishes granted. Thus he became practically immortal. Read more