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This is the first of the three poems on Garuda from the purana ‘Srimad Baghavatham’.

Sisters That Bet The sisters moved away from the valley Kadru didn't want anything of the forests and hills marshes and darkness that left her depressed; they moved to a low cliff close to the sea, she sunned on the rocks waiting for her thousand eggs to hatch. Vinata collected stones and twigs, built a nest with wind-swept feathers, dry leaves, cradled her golden egg in cosyness of care, bordered the nest with a levee of sharp stones. Waited warily for the serpents her sister would birth. Kadru was fatigued cracking the eggs, reaching for her thousand serpent babies, throwing away the shells that built like a small hill of foam. The children looked through slits of glass eyes reached for the warm crevices of rocks. Not one given to parenting she fed her babies for a day or two rats and fledglings, then she went to her favourite rock lay there looking at the clouds above the sea that changed shapes ever so often. Kadru was disgruntled with her brood she had asked Kashyapa for a thousand sons, but Vinata as always outdid her, asked for one son to surpass Kadru's thousand. Jealousy stirred like a python when Kadru saw Vinata's golden egg as it lay on the rock to collect sunshine for five hundred years .

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When Earth Was Young  

reading sacred Indian texts - Vedas, Puranas, Itihasa

When Earth Was Young  

reading sacred Indian texts - Vedas, Puranas, Itihasa

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