As the legend goes, sage Durvasa had asked Lord Krishna to apply
'Payasam' (kheer) all over his body. He cursed Lord Krishna for not applying 'Payasam' on his feet. Gandhari
also cursed Lord Krishna for deliberately not stopping the Battle of Kurukshetra that caused the death of
her sons. When Krishna was meditating underneath a tree, a hunter - Jara mistook Krishna for a deer and shot
an arrow that proved fatal for Lord Krishna. Interestingly, Jara is said to be an incarnation of Bali, who
was killed unfairly by Lord Rama (the previous incarnation of Lord Krishna).
Lord Krishna always loved homemade butter churned by his mother,
Yashoda. Also, his childhood friends were poor, who starved for food. So, Krishna mischievously took butter
from different houses. The 'Gopis' were, however, fond of Krishna's stealing of butter. Devotees prayed to
Krishna and longed to offer butter as their token of love. This way 'Lord Krishna' engaged them to keep
thinking of him. Thus, he is known as Makhan Chor. Since then, Dahi-Handi ritual is celebrated, where
devotees climb on each other to break the Dahi-Handi.
There are various stories behind the celebration of the Raksha Bandhan.
One of the famous stories is of Lord Krishna and Draupadi. Once, Lord Krishna hurt his finger during a war.
Seeing this, Draupadi tore a strip of her saree and tied around his wounded finger. Lord Krishna valued her
sisterly love and promised to repay his gratitude in future. Years later, when Karauvas attempted Drapaudi's
'Vastraharan' (disrobing), then Lord Krishna protected her dignity with his divine powers. Another story is
of Alexander's wife, who tied rakhi to King Puru to refrain him from the war against Alexander.
These are two stones worn on the breastplates by high priests in
ancient times to predict good and bad omens. The breastplates were tied around the neck with golden chains
and ornamented with 12 shiny gem-stones, resembling the names of the 12 tribes of Israel. Urim implied
'guilty' while Thummim implied 'innocent'; hence these divine stones were used to judge sinners. In the book
Alchemist, it was Melchizedek who gives it to Santiago as the fortune-telling stones so that he can use it
during his journey to the pyramids.
According to Indian mythology, once Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu started
arguing about their powers. During this heated discussion, an elongated pillar flared up in front of them.
They decided to find the starting point and ending point of the pillar. Lord Brahma turned into a swan and
flew up to find the tip, while Lord Vishnu turned into a boar and started digging the roots. The tip and
bottom of this column were never-ending. They both lost, and Lord Shiva appeared in front of them. They
understood the depth of Shiva’s power.
An upside-down structure of Medusa found in the Basilica Cistern of
Istanbul is of mysterious origin. Medusa was the only mortal among the three Gorgon sisters - depicted in
Greek mythology as a winged female monster with living venomous snakes in the place of hair. Goddess Athena
cursed her for breaking the vow of celibacy in Athena's Temple when the sea God Poseidon fell in love with
her. Athena transformed Medusa’s hair into serpents that made her look so terrible to behold that it would
turn onlookers into stone.
The number 666 doesn't really have any remarkable mathematical purpose,
but rather means a name. The name of the coming Antichrist. Giving a number to a name is called 'gematria',
a Greek practice of adding up the letters in someone's name. Although it's quite easy to take a name and
turn it into a number, it is much harder to do the reverse. Many historians consider the Roman Emperor Nero
to be the “antichrist” of Revelation 13 because the total of his name is 666 and also because he inflicted
Antichrist-like horror upon the Christians of the first century.
Sphinx is a monster with the head of a human and body of a lion. Once,
the Sphinx encountered Oedipus and asked, "Which creature has four feet at dawn, two feet in the afternoon,
and three feet at dusk?” He answered, “Man, who crawls on all fours as a baby, walks on two as an adult, and
when old needs a walking stick.” The Sphinx asked the next riddle, "There are two sisters; one gives birth
to the other, who in turn gives birth to the first. Who are they?" Oedipus replied, "Day and night”. Being
defeated, the Sphinx killed herself.
Barbarik. The grandson of Bheem and son of Ghatotkach had three magical
arrows given by the Gods that could erase an entire race in a minute. He promised his Guru that he will
always fight for the losing party in a war. Lord Krishna understood Barbarik’s invincible power. The team
where he is not present will be the losing party. Thus, he would paradoxically oscillate between both sides.
First, he will fight for Pandavas, kill all Kauravas and then kill all Pandavas! So, Krishna asked for his
'head' to stop him, else he would have killed everyone in the Mahabharta to keep his promise.
In the battle of Kurukshetra, after the death of Bheeshma, Drona was
the commander-in-chief of the Kauravas and is a quite fearless leader. His only weakness is his son
Aswathama. So Krishna comes up with a plan to get rid of Drona. Bheem kills an elephant called Aswathama and
the next day in the battle, Yudhisthira yells Aswathama Hatha Kunjaraha. He actually says the words
'Aswathama Hatha' in a loud voice and 'Kunjaraha' in a low volume that Drona couldn't hear. What that means
is an elephant called Aswathama is murdered. Not knowing that Drona is distracted and that is when he gets