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Story when Upapandavas (Sons of Pandavas) got killed by Ashwatthama

On the last night of the war after Duryodhana’s death and Kaurava defeat, Ashwathama gathered the only other surviving Kaurava warriors – Kritavarma and Kripacharya attacked the Pandava camp on the 18th night of the Kurukshetra war. He killed Dhrishtadyumna, Shikhandi, and many other prominent warriors of Pandava army while they were sleeping. Ashwatthama killed all the five Upapandavas during their sleep. In some versions of the story, he believes them to be the five Pandava brothers; in others, he purposefully attacks the Pandavas’ heirs in order to hurt the Pandavas emotionally.

Story of Sumitra – Wisest wife of Dasaratha

Sumitra is the third consort and the queen of King Dasharatha of Ayodhya among his three wives. She is the mother of twins Lakshmana and Shatrughna. She came from the ancient Kingdom of Kashi. She is considered as the wisest amongst the wives of Dasaratha. She is said to be the one who encouraged Lakshmana to accompany Rama and serve him during his exile. Sumitra often helped Dashratha with his problems.

Story – When Rishi Agastya cursed Sunda and Tadaka

When Rishi Agastya cursed Sunda to death, Tadaka took it upon herself (with her son, Subahu’s, aid) to wreak vengeance on the sage. This earned them both the Rishi’s anger. Agastya cursed Tadaka with the loss of her beautiful physique, and transformed both mother and son into hideous demonic creatures with a cruel, cannibalistic nature (Rakshasas). The curse particularly transformed Tataka into a man-eater with an ugly and fierce figure. After being cursed by Agastya, Tataka started living in a place near the habitations of Malaja and Karusha in a forest near the River Ganges opposite the confluence of the River Sarayu. The area came to be known as the Forest of Tataka. She terrorized the people, devouring anyone who dared to set foot in that forest.

Story – When Lord Rama helped Vishwamitra by killing Tadaka

Tadaka and Subahu attempted to harass as many rishis as they could, by destroying their Yagnas with rains of flesh and blood. Brahmarishi Vishwamitra was especially at the receiving end of Tadaka’s harassment. Unable to cope with her mischief any longer, Vishwamitra finally approached Dasaratha, the King of Kosala, for help. The King obliged by sending two of his four sons, the 16-yr-olds, Rama and Lakshmana, to the forest, charging them to protect both Vishwamitra and his Yagna. Vishwamitra and the two princes came to Tataka’s forest and the sage ordered Rama to kill the demoness to free the area from her terror. Rama was hesitant to kill her as she was a woman and initially maimed her, chopping off her hands so that she could not attack him further. Using her demonic powers, she changed form, disappeared and continued to attack them whilst remaining unseen. Sage Vishwamitra advised Rama, that as a prince, he had to carry out his duty regardless of his own personal reservations about killing a woman. Rama swiftly pierced her heart with his arrows. This act gained the young princes the blessings of not just Vishwamitra but also the blessings of all of the assembled sages in the yagnashala.

Story of Birth and Marriage of Tadaka

Suketu was a Yaksha King in the epic Ramayana, and the father of the demoness, Thataka. After being childless for many years, Suketu meditated upon the Creator, Brahma and was granted the gift of a beautiful daughter. News of the girl’s beauty reached the Asura King, Sunda, who wooed and successful wed her. Thataka and Sunda had three children; two sons, Subahu and Mareecha.

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