Category Archives: Hindu Purana Stories

Samudra Manthan 14 Ratnas List Items

As the churning progressed, the Kshreea Sagara, with the herbs' effects induced into it, started producing various Ratna's. As agreed upon earlier, these Ratna's were divided 4 ways among Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva, Devas, and Asuras. [Note: Various Puranas mention a different number of Ratna's produced from the ocean's churning. The number ranges from nine […]

Lord Vishnu’s Mohini Avatar During the Sagar Manthan | Vishnu Puran

The churning continued even as the Ratna was produced and distributed among those present. At the end of nearly 1000 years of churning, as soon as Dhanwantari came out holding the pot of Amrit, joy erupted on both sides. The joy, though, was short-lived. Deva's and asuras started fighting over the elixir. Since Devas were […]

Preparations for the Ksheerasagara Manthan or Churning of the Ocean

Having won over the Asuras, it was time to plan the Samudra Manthan's execution to get the sacred Amrita. Indra asked the king of Asuras if he can plan and get materials ready for the humongous task. Bali thought for a while and felt they could not trust the devas. So he said while Indra […]

How Shiva Obtained his name Neelakanta or Vishakantha. The Story of Shiva Drinking Poison/ Halahala

After a while into the churning, Vasuki was unable to get adjusted to the constant churning motion. This made him really sick in the stomach, and he started spewing the venom mildly at first. The poison was minimal initially, but as the churning progressed, Vasuki could not hold the poison or the haalahala within him […]

Samudra Manthanam Story From Vishnu Purana & Shiv Purana

Samudra Manthan story is one of the most well-known stories documented in Vishnu Purana. Also known as Ksheera Sagara Manthan or Amrit Manthan, the story also explains many concepts like why Lord Shiva is known as Neelakanta, the birth of goddess Lakshmi, the origins of Rahu and Ketu and so on. Few scholars draw parallels […]