Maharishi Agastya was born as a result of the spilling of the semen of the gods Mitra and Varuna into a pot. When they first beheld the lovely apsara (celestial dancing girl) Urvashi out and about, first Mitra and then Varun (sea-god) ejaculated their semen,
Ahilya is said to have been created by Lord Brahma himself. One day, Brahma imagined the most beautiful woman ever, and lo, Ahilya was created. As she possessed unmatched beauty and extraordinary grace, she was called Ahilya.
Mareech was the son of the rakhasni (demoness) Tadaka. His father was Sunda, the son of Jambha. His brother was Subahu. Both brothers were strong and mighty, but their nature was inherently cruel and destructive, a trait they inherited from their father Sunda.
Shoorpanakha was the daughter of Vishrava and Kekasi and the younger sister of Ravana. Ugly, ill formed and repulsive looking, she could work many miracles by her mayavi (magical) powers and was wicked and mean. She was married to a Daitya (children of Diti and
Sita was the daughter of Janaka, the King of Mithila (modern day Janakpur in Nepal – refer to the map). Her mother’s name was Sunayana. It was part of the divine plan to annihilate the Rakshasas (demons or evil forces), that led to her birth
Tataka was a wicked demoness with the strength of a thousand elephants. Her sons Mareech and Subahu were also very powerful. However, the three of them used their strength to destroy the land lying north of Ganga, Malad and Kurush. In fact, their terror caused
Rishi (Sage) Vishwamitra was an immensely enlightened, brilliant sage. Rama was educated and trained by his Guru Vashishtha, but it was Vishwamitra who bestowed on him celestial arms and weapons that never missed their mark. With his deep meditation and prowess, he was elevated from