Sunday, November 7, 2010

Episode 31 - Rshyashrnga

Episode 31 - The Pandavas continue their pilgrimage to all the holy sites of India.  With Lomasha as their guide & storyteller, they hear the stories of Rshyashrnga and then the story of Rama Jamadagnya, or "Battle-Axe" Rama, who cut his own mother's head off and single-handedly killed off the entire race of Kshatriyas 21 times!

Also, J.A.B. Van Buitenen, our translator for most of the podcast so far, gives us a hypothesis that the story of Rshyashrnga made its way to Medieval Europe in the form of the Unicorn myth.  It is certainly interesting that it took a virgin to capture the unicorn for the king.


  1. I just now finished listening it (I had read the story of Parasu Rama in childhood) but story of Rshyashringa was new to me and I always liked the kind of observations & insight you give to these Indian mythical stories from a westerners view point. I would request you to keep doing that and if possible please research more to explain links between common famous stories in different cultures and share with us the audiences.

  2. thank you again, from your fans in london u.k
    i agree with "the wizard of hope" please do tell us about any links you see between the mahabharata and common famous stories.