Hard work can do wonders

In Indian culture vairaagyam was always given ultimate importance. But careful, there is a very thin line that separates vairaagyam and laziness. In vairaagyam all karma is done but without expecting anything in return, without being involved in the materialistic aspects of karma. Bhagiratha, with his unparalleled effort to bring Ganga to earth, showed us how much effort a man can put in and as a result what wonders can be done.

On knowing that his ancestors (60000 Sagara Kumaras) will reach swarga only if the pure waters of Ganga flow through their ashes, from his mother, Bhagiratha immediately leaves to Himalayas to do tapas for Lord Brahma:

  1. After purifying himself in a pushkarini, it starts tapas with extra-ordinary concentration.
  2. Starts with padmaasana and in winter stood in the freezing waters of the lake with water up to chest!
  3. In Summer stands in the middle of burning pancha-agnis (four agnis + sun) and steadily stared at the sun with eyes wide open (all the while concentrating on Brahma deva)!!
  4. During the first few days, he had food only once a day. Later it was once in a few days. Then it became once in a month. After that, he just used to drink a little water and continue his ‘Tapas’. Finally the air was his only food!!!
  5. 1000 years passed….!!!!

Brahma, the creator of the worlds, on the requests of Gods to save them from the tremendous tapaagni of Bhagiratha, appears before him and blesses him with children and Ganga. However, Brahma deva suggests that none except Parama Shiva can take the force when Ganga falls onto earth, and if not with that force earth will be washed away…

Men are of three kinds:

  1. There are cowards, who do not begin their work at all, afraid that some trouble may arise midway.
  2. Those who begin but later give up the task, afraid of the difficulties that arise.
  3. Brave people who belong to a third group. They continue to work in spite of even an army of difficulties, and finally achieve the goal.

Bhagiratha belonged to this third category of brave men. He again began a severe ‘Tapas’ to please Lord Ishwara. With folded hands, and standing on one leg, he meditated on Lord iswara with the deepest concentration. So a whole year passed. Pleased with Bhagiratha’s devotion Lord ishwara takes the immense force of Ganga and controls her in his jataajutam. He completely stops her from flowing to teach her a lesson (she was a mischievous girl, proud of her strength!), but for Bhagiratha it was another difficulty… But he again with tapas pleases Lord Shiva to release Ganga down to earth. Ganga followed Bhagiratha shyly and slowly, like his daughter (Bhaagirathi). But she grew a little mischievous, though Shiva taught her a lesson once, when near Jahnu maharshi’s ashram. She wandered all over the Ashrama like a small girl and the entire place was filled with water. Disturbed from tapas by it, Jahnu maharshi in a single gulp swallows her entirely. And suddenly difficulties again for Bhagiratha. But it is not the first time for him, so immediately pleases Jahnu maharshi (Jaahnavi comes out of Jahnu maharshi’s ear) and finally sends his ancestors to higher worlds…..


Morals in the story:

  1. Karma must be done in massive quantity as Bhagiratha did, but selflessly…
  2. Brave people continue to work in spite of even an army of difficulties, and finally achieve their goal.
  3. Man can achieve wonders, once he puts in effort and dedication….
  4. One must never be proud of one’s strength or other qualities. Else you will be humiliated when you meet a greater person. (Shiva taught the naughty kid, Ganga, a lesson by controlling her unparralled strength & force, with great ease….)


Let us all put effort, learn all the good qualities and be true Indians. Impossible is nothing.

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  1. wonderfull story .And Very good analysis.great.

  2. truely inspiring..

  3. Fantactic one……….lot of things to learn and the same in our life. Thanks for such a wonderful contribution.

    • Wonderful…..Its very interesting and enjoying .

  4. Fantastic one……….lot of things to learn and implement the same in our life. Thanks for such a wonderful contribution.

  5. good…! one would love it if he has a goal.

  6. Hi,

    Brilliant article.

    Prashant Jalasutram


  7. Bhagiratha is my role model from our ancient myths.

  8. Indian moral stories inspire a lot, whether you are a kid or a grown up.


  9. wonderful story,please publish several ancient stories

  10. the story is wonderful, and motivated me a lot

  11. good article…
    being in touch of such article keeps one sincere n hard working…
    usually we forget the importance of these in our daily life…
    along with hard work sacrifice is significant..the most forgotten thing…
    let us keep hard working n sacrificing to keep ourself satisfied.

  12. Even IMPOSSIBLE says “I M Possible”

  13. The stories are really useful to me for my school work.

  14. indeed!!this kind of mythical stories which forms an integral part of our great indian civilization helps in rejuvenating one in the trying and tiring times of life.keep posting such stories in which all men and women can find solace!

  15. i wish i remeber this in my whole life and apply on my self.

  16. its really breshed all my thoughts of lazy ness

  17. I really wonder how much will power the rishi munies used to have on those days and we even can sit for half an hour for doing simple meditation can anybody let me know from where this strengh comes from in kaliyuga is it easy to do tapas or there is any way where we can be successful in tapas who will guide this what is the way to do tapas,,can anybody help???If u have anything please mail to surkredd@gmail.com

  18. i want to share this that i m second kind of man
    who start work but give up due to difficulties arises
    if some one help me please tell me any way so that i i could increase my will power and gain confidence

  19. Very inspiring !

  20. wonderful and an eye opener.

  21. this story i have studied in my school, really i am happy to remember this story thanks

  22. i really like dis store……………………………..
    thank you for placing dis stores in dis site.
    my mummy always says me that i can do whatever i want to do so by reading dis story i am so much satisfied

  23. Great work

  24. very good story i like this .

  25. It is very interesting and inspiring story,it helped me to regain my self confidence,ever in my entire lye i get the troubles i will just read it again nd again till my dead,every one has dream to b a good nd sucess full person,bt there is lack of anticipation exist which takes them down,i will heartly want to give thanx to that person who uploaded this story,thank u may god bless u 4 ur entire rest of the lyf..

  26. this story is great.i like this!!!!!!!

  27. thanks for a great message.

  28. Very nice story.. Filled with morals,an inspiring one…

  29. Are yaar ye Samskruti.nahi hota ye Sanskriti hota hei

  30. […] Hard work can do wonders […]

  31. Hard work when talent does not work.

  32. hard is the only thing to achieve something

    • i luv that too!!!!!!!!

  33. I think it is the best story for present generation…

    • T2t

  34. It’s give a impreation to others

  35. […] A person who does anything that he does to utmost perfection, without being involved in its materialistic aspects and benifits is called a Yogi. However, since it is very difficult for a person to attain such a state, principled ways like vaanaprastham, sanyaasam have been suggested, to train a person to be dettached from the materialistic world. The following story shows the importance in maintaining the central idea of vairaagyam (see Bhagiratha story’s introduction). […]

  36. good one bye kalyani

  37. inspiring..I am belongs to Lord Bhageeradha vamsha

  38. Thanks for a marvelous posting! I actually enjoyed reading it, you’re a great author.
    I will always bookmark your blog and will eventually
    come back very soon. I want to encourage you continue your great posts, have a nice day!

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