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Vishnu
Vishnu
Puran is an Indian television
Indian television
series directed by B. R. Chopra. It aired in 2000. It is based on the Srimad Vishnu
Vishnu
Mahapuran, an ancient collection of stories and scripture. Vishnu
Vishnu
Puran tells of 10 incarnations of Lord Shri Vishnu, as well as other stories, such as the Legend of Dhruva. The chief roles are played by Nitish Bharadwaj as Lord Shri Vishnu
Vishnu
and Vaidehi as Goddess Lakshmi. Nitish Bharadwaj previously played the role of Lord Shri Vishnu's eighth incarnation, Lord Krishna, in Chopra's television adaptation of the epic Mahabharat. The music is composed by Rajkamal who also worked on Mahabharat. Even though Vishnu Puran did not prove to be as successful as Mahabharat, it did become popular among Lord Shri Vishnu
Vishnu
devotees and Nitish Bharadwaj fans.

Contents

1 Lord Shri Vishnu
Vishnu
Form on Earth 2 Episode guide

2.1 Vishnu
Vishnu
is the protector of the universe (episode 1) 2.2 The story of Dhruv (episodes 2-6) 2.3 Matsya
Matsya
Avatara and the theft of the Vedas
Vedas
(episodes 7-9) 2.4 Kurma
Kurma
Avatara and the churning of the ocean (episodes 10-17) 2.5 Narasimha
Narasimha
Avatara and Prahlad's trials of faith (episodes 18-39)

2.5.1 Hiranyakashipu's boon (episodes 18-21) 2.5.2 Story of Prahlad
Prahlad
(episodes 22-34) 2.5.3 Prahlad
Prahlad
and Virochan (episodes 35-39)

2.6 Vamana
Vamana
Avatara and Mahabali
Mahabali
(episodes 40-47) 2.7 Parashurama
Parashurama
Avatara and the Kshatriyas
Kshatriyas
(episodes 47-61)

2.7.1 Young Parshuram's determination (episodes 47-52) 2.7.2 Sage Jamdagni's family troubles (episodes 53-57) 2.7.3 Parshuram's revenge (episodes 58-61)

2.8 Rama
Rama
Avatara and Ravana
Ravana
(episodes 61-120)

2.8.1 Dasharatha
Dasharatha
(episodes 61-68) 2.8.2 Birth of Ram and Sita
Sita
(episodes 69-79) 2.8.3 Ram wins Sita
Sita
(episodes 80-87) 2.8.4 The plot against Ram (episodes 88-99) 2.8.5 Ram goes into exile; Bharat's grief (episodes 100-108) 2.8.6 Devi Sita
Sita
is abducted; Shri Hanuman
Hanuman
finds her (episodes 109-117) 2.8.7 Battle with Ravan (episodes 118-120)

2.9 Krishna
Krishna
Avatara (episodes 121-124) 2.10 Cast

Lord Shri Vishnu
Vishnu
Form on Earth[edit]

Matsya
Matsya
Avatara Kurma
Kurma
Avatara Varaha
Varaha
Avatara Narasimha
Narasimha
Avatara Vamana
Vamana
Avatara Parashurama
Parashurama
Avatara Rama
Rama
Avatara Krishna
Krishna
Avatara Buddha Avatara Kalki
Kalki
Avatara (prophesied)

Episode guide[edit] Vishnu
Vishnu
is the protector of the universe (episode 1)[edit] Episode 1: The narrator Mother Earth, Dharti Ma, introduces herself to the viewers. After the world ended in fire and flood, only the supreme God Vishnu
Vishnu
was left alive. Brahma creates the world and the first humans, Manu and Shatrupa, who wander in the pristine nature and fall in love. The story of Dhruv (episodes 2-6)[edit] Episode 2: King Uttanpad, Manu and Shatarupa's son, becomes beguiled by his ambitious younger wife Suruchi and neglects his elder queen Suniti and her five-year-old son Dhruv. Suruchi throws Dhruv off his father's lap and Uttanpad fails to intervene. Suruchi tells the unhappy boy that no one but Lord Shri Vishnu
Vishnu
the supreme god can grant him the power to sit on his father's lap now. Episode 3: Dhruv leaves the palace in search of Lord Shri Vishnu. Goddess Lakshmi
Lakshmi
pleads with Lord Shri Vishnu
Vishnu
to protect Dhruv, and takes matters into her own hands by manifesting as a snake to save the child from a gang of dacoits. Manu gives Uttanpad a talking to and Uttanpad and Suniti reconcile and search for their son. Sage Narada, sent by Vishnu, guides Dhruv to the forest and gives him a mantra to chant. Episode 4: The Goddess Parvati, at Goddess Lakshmi's request, protects Dhruv by sending her tiger to guard the child from wild beasts. Dhruv asks Narada
Narada
for further guidance and on his advice, gives up eating and drinking. Lord Shri Vishnu
Vishnu
tells Goddess Lakshmi, however, that he cannot come down to the world for just one person. Meanwhile, the king of the devas, Indra, fears Dhruv may ask Lord Shri Vishnu
Vishnu
for Indra's throne. Indra
Indra
sends the apsara Rakshita disguised as Dhruv's mother, but Dhruv does not even notice her. Episode 5: Uttanpad is miserable and Indra's attempts to frustrate Dhruv's penance fail. Dhruv begs Narada
Narada
for further advice and, obeying his guru's instructions, stops breathing. The entire universe stands still. Now that just more than one person is affected, Vishnu appears before Dhruv. Episode 6: Dhruv asks Lord Shri Vishnu
Vishnu
why his father didn't let him sit on his lap. Lord Shri Vishnu
Vishnu
takes Dhruv on his own lap and heals his burns and hunger. Dhruv's questions disappear; he feels completely blissful. Lord Shri Vishnu
Vishnu
instructs Dhruv to return to his people and be an example of an enlightened king. Dhruv returns home and forgives Suruchi, because if not for her he would never have found Lord Shri Vishnu. Dharti Ma narrates that sage Kashyapa
Kashyapa
had three wives, Diti, Aditi
Aditi
and Danu, the mothers of the asuras (demons), devas (gods) and danavas (monsters or giants or demons), respectively. Matsya
Matsya
Avatara and the theft of the Vedas
Vedas
(episodes 7-9)[edit] Episode 7: Lord Shri Vishnu
Vishnu
entrusts the four scriptures, the Vedas, to Brahma, to be passed on to mankind. Hayagriva, a son of Danu, feels this is unfair to demons and determines to keep the Vedas
Vedas
away from humanity. Brahma is worried that mankind is too evil to receive the Vedas, and goes to consult Shiva
Shiva
about purifying the earth first. While Brahma is away, Hayagriva
Hayagriva
kidnaps the Vedas
Vedas
(who are in the form of four small boys) and imprisons them in his underwater lair. Episode 8: Shiva
Shiva
agrees to flood the earth to destroy all evil life and purify it; Brahma can then create humanity anew and give them the Vedas. While Manu is bathing, a tiny fish swims into his hands and begs for protection. Manu takes it home, but it grows to giant size in a single night and he releases it into the ocean, where he realizes the fish is none other than Lord Shri Vishnu. As Matsya, the fish, Lord Shri Vishnu
Vishnu
warns Manu of the coming flood and asks him to save anything important in a boat. Episode9: Hayagriva
Hayagriva
decides to destroy the Vedas
Vedas
but Matsya
Matsya
appears first and kills Hayagriva. Manu and Shatarupa gather plants and animals, deciding to save everything rather than having the pride to think they know what is valuable and what is not. At the last minute, Manu thinks of bringing the seven primordial sages, the Saptarishis. The deluge. Manu's boat is tossed by the storm but Matsya
Matsya
tows it to safety. After the flood, Lord Shri Vishnu
Vishnu
gives the Vedas
Vedas
again to the nine survivors. Kurma
Kurma
Avatara and the churning of the ocean (episodes 10-17)[edit] Episode 10: At Hayagriva's funeral, a danava named Kaal Ketu defeats another danava, Harshad, for the kingship. The danavas at once attack the devas in revenge for Hayagriva's death, but Lord Indra
Indra
easily defeats them. Lord Indra
Indra
boasts about his victory. Episode 11: Shukracharya, the danava guru, chides his followers for attacking without a plan. He forms a plan of his own: to ask Lord Shiva
Shiva
for the Sanjeevani Mantra
Mantra
- a mantra that enables one to bring the dead back to life. Lord Indra
Indra
goes to Lord Shiva
Shiva
to prevent this, but Shukracharya
Shukracharya
attracts Lord Shiva's attention first and earns the right to attempt Shiva's penance to obtain the mantra: to hang upside down from a tree, without eating, drinking or speaking, and breathing only the smoke of burning leaves, for one year. Episode 12: Lord Indra
Indra
is worried when it appears that Shukracharya will succeed. When the apsaras are afraid to try and interrupt the penance, Lord Indra's daughter Jayanti determines to go, against Lord Indra's will. Episode 13: Jayanti throws chili peppers into the leaf fire and Shukracharya
Shukracharya
is in agony. However, he does not break his penance. Angry at the sabotage, Shiva
Shiva
ends the trial and grants Shukracharya the Sanjeevani Mantra
Mantra
on the spot. Guilt-stricken, Jayanti offers to marry Shukracharya
Shukracharya
and serve him to atone for causing him such suffering. He accepts. Episode 14: The danavas attack the devas and with Shukracharya bringing each dead danava back to life, the devas can't win. They flee and ask Lord Shri Vishnu
Vishnu
to help them. Lord Shri Vishnu
Vishnu
Bhagwan tells Lord Indra
Indra
he must churn the ocean to extract amrita, the nectar of immortality. This will make the devas and danava even. The catch is, the devas are not strong enough alone to churn the ocean. Lord Indra must obtain the cooperation of the danava. Episode 15: Lord Indra
Indra
points out to Shukracharya
Shukracharya
that when he dies, he won't be able to use the Sanjeevani Mantra
Mantra
on himself and the danava advantage will be lost. Concerned, Shukracharya
Shukracharya
agrees to help churn the ocean. Both sides agree to share equally whatever they obtain from the ocean, but Shukracharya
Shukracharya
privately asks the danava Swarbhanu to make sure the danavas get the amrita. The churning rope will be the serpent Vasuki; Sage Narada
Narada
tricks the danavas into getting the head end while the devas grasp the tail. Episode 16: Lord Shri Vishnu
Vishnu
incarnates as Kurma, the divine turtle, and supports the churn - Mount Mandara
Mount Mandara
- on his back. The first thing to emerge from the ocean is a lethal poison. Lord Shiva
Shiva
drinks it to save the world, earning the nickname Nilkanth. Second, Goddess Lakshmi emerges from the ocean. The danavas and devas fight over her until Lord Brahma protects her and decrees the eternal right for a woman to choose her own husband. Episode 17: Lord Brahma holds a Swayamvara
Swayamvara
ceremony for Goddess Lakshmi
Lakshmi
to choose her husband. She chooses Lord Shri Vishnu. The churning of the ocean continues and the amrita emerges and is promptly stolen by Swarbhanu. Lord Shri Vishnu
Vishnu
appears as Mohini, a beautiful woman, and dazzles the danavas into inviting the devas to watch them drink the amrita. She gives it to the devas first, however, and there is none left for the danavas. Swarbhanu disguises himself as a deva and receives some amrita, but Lord Shri Vishnu
Vishnu
then cuts off his head. Narasimha
Narasimha
Avatara and Prahlad's trials of faith (episodes 18-39)[edit] Hiranyakashipu's boon (episodes 18-21)[edit] Episode 18: Lord Brahma's four saintly sons visit Lord Shri Vishnu
Vishnu
but are prevented from entering by the gatekeepers Jaya and Vijaya. The saints curse Jaya and Vijaya to be born three times as asuras and to be killed by Lord Shri Vishnu
Vishnu
each time. Jaya and Vijaya are born as Hiranyaksha
Hiranyaksha
and Hiranyakashipu. Hiranyaksha
Hiranyaksha
steals the earth and hides it. Lord Shri Vishnu
Vishnu
incarnates as Varaha
Varaha
and kills Hiranyaksha. Hiranyakashipu
Hiranyakashipu
vows revenge. Episode 19: To obtain his revenge, Hiranyakashipu
Hiranyakashipu
does a penance to obtain a boon from Lord Brahma. Indra
Indra
tries to help Lord Shri Vishnu by disrupting the penance, but every attempt is thwarted by Shukracharya. In desperation, Indra
Indra
decides to kidnap Hiranyakashipu's wife Kayadhu and kill her unborn son. However, Sage Narada
Narada
stops Indra and rescues Kayadhu. In his ashram, Narada
Narada
chants Lord Shri Vishnu's name to Kayadhu and her unborn son hears it. Episode 20: Lord Brahma puts off answering Hiranyakashipu's prayers, but is finally forced to do so. Hiranyakashipu
Hiranyakashipu
asks for immortality, but Lord Brahma says no being can have that. Hiranyakashipu
Hiranyakashipu
must ask for something else. Hiranyakashipu
Hiranyakashipu
asks Lord Brahma to make it that he, Hiranyakashipu, cannot be killed by day or by night, inside a building or outside a building, on earth or in heaven, by god or man or animal, or by any weapon. Lord Brahma grants all the boons. Narada tells Hiranyakashipu
Hiranyakashipu
about the whereabouts of his wife. Episode 21: Kayadhu says she has never been so happy and asks to stay with Narada
Narada
until her son is born. Hiranyakashipu
Hiranyakashipu
agrees and celebrates his boon by declaring himself God and banning the worship of Lord Shri Vishnu. Swarbhanu joins Hiranyakashipu's court. Kayadhu gives birth to a son, Prahlad, and receives permission to stay with Narada
Narada
until Prahlad
Prahlad
is a little older. Hiranyakashipu
Hiranyakashipu
makes Narada promise not to say the name "Vishnu" in front of Prahlad. Story of Prahlad
Prahlad
(episodes 22-34)[edit] Episode 22: Prahlad
Prahlad
has grown into a sweet little boy who is utterly devoted to Lord Shri Vishnu
Vishnu
(whom he knows by his 999 other names) and has mastered all the yoga Narada
Narada
has taught him. Kayadhu and Prahlad return to the asura kingdom and Hiranyakashipu
Hiranyakashipu
sends Prahlad
Prahlad
to school. At school, Prahlad
Prahlad
is shocked to see an idol of his father and refuses to worship it. Episode 23: Prahlad
Prahlad
teaches his classmates about Lord Shri Vishnu. When Prahlad
Prahlad
returns to the palace, Hiranyakashipu
Hiranyakashipu
asks what he has learnt. Prahlad
Prahlad
says the school taught false knowledge and Lord Shri Vishnu
Vishnu
is the only God. Hiranyakashipu
Hiranyakashipu
is furious and orders the teachers, Shukracharya's sons Amark and Shund, to correct Prahlad's thinking. Episode 24: Kayadhu goes to the school and begs Prahlad
Prahlad
to say that his father is the only God. Prahlad
Prahlad
refuses. He is not afraid. When Prahlad
Prahlad
returns to court and again affirms his faith, Hiranyakashipu orders Prahlad
Prahlad
to be killed. But the soldier's swords do him no harm. Hiranyakashipu
Hiranyakashipu
sends Prahlad
Prahlad
into exile in the wilderness instead. Swarbhanu follows Prahlad
Prahlad
and prevents him from getting any food or drink. Episode 25: Lord Shri Vishnu
Vishnu
releases his Sudarshana Chakra
Sudarshana Chakra
and chases Swarbhanu away. Prahlad's fellow students find him and bring him food. Hiranyakashipu
Hiranyakashipu
sends soldiers who throw Prahlad
Prahlad
off a mountain. Lord Shri Vishnu
Vishnu
catches Prahlad
Prahlad
and lays him gently in a grain cart. Episode 26: The grain cart was making a delivery to Hiranyakashipu's court. Furious at Prahlad's survival, Hiranyakashipu
Hiranyakashipu
has his son thrown in jail. Swarbhanu attempts to poison Prahlad, but Shiva manifests and drinks the poison. Episode 27: Hiranyakashipu's sister Singhika and her husband Viprachitti come for a visit. Singhika demonstrates how she cannot be hurt by fire, thanks to a boon granted to her by Agni
Agni
the fire god. Hiranyakashipu
Hiranyakashipu
enlists Singhika and Viprachitti's help in killing Prahlad. They suggest sending Prahlad
Prahlad
to their kingdom, Kamarupa, with a letter. The letter will tell their son Aahlad to throw Prahlad
Prahlad
into a snake pit. Aahlad tells Prahlad
Prahlad
he will be taken to visit a temple of Lord Shri Vishnu. Episode 28: Prahlad
Prahlad
is locked in the snake pit, where he prays to Lord Shri Vishnu. Kayadhu also prays to Lord Shri Vishnu
Vishnu
to protect her son. The Sudarshana Chakra
Sudarshana Chakra
appears in the snake pit and the snakes vanish. Prahlad
Prahlad
opens his eyes and sees the idol of Lord Shri Vishnu. Meanwhile, an escaped snake bites Aahlad and he dies. Prahlad
Prahlad
is devastated; he prays to Lord Shri Vishnu
Vishnu
for his brother's life and Lord Shri Vishnu
Vishnu
brings Aahlad back to life. Episode 29: Hiranyakashipu, Singhika and Viprachitti hear of Aahlad's death and all vow revenge. Prahlad
Prahlad
and Aahlad go to the palace together, but Singhika only pretends to be happy and persuades Prahlad to enter the fire with her. Aahlad becomes a Lord Shri Vishnu
Vishnu
devotee. Hiranyakashipu
Hiranyakashipu
declares a festival for the fire trial. Episode 30: Singhika and Prahlad
Prahlad
enter the fire. Sinhika burns, Prahlad
Prahlad
is protected. Viprachitti in revenge puts Prahlad
Prahlad
in an enchanted sleep and throws him into the ocean, but the ocean god protects Prahlad
Prahlad
at Goddess Lakshmi's behest. Kayadhu goes to the seashore and pleads with the ocean to return her son. Episode 31: Goddess Lakshmi
Lakshmi
asks the ocean god to return Prahlad
Prahlad
to Kayadhu; he does so. Shukracharya
Shukracharya
offers to arrange for Prahlad's demise. He wants to invoke the demoness Kritya and orders his sons Shand and Amark to do so. Episode 32: Shand and Amark perform the Kritya ceremony. The demoness appears but the Sudarshana Chakra
Sudarshana Chakra
again protects Prahlad, so Kritya kills Shand and Amark instead. Shukracharya
Shukracharya
is devastated. Prahlad chides Shukracharya
Shukracharya
for being a bad guru and guiding his father Hiranyakashipu
Hiranyakashipu
into the path of egotism. Prahlad
Prahlad
selflessly prays for Lord Shri Vishnu
Vishnu
to revive Shand and Amark and they become his disciples. Episode 33: Hiranyakashipu
Hiranyakashipu
decides to kill Prahlad
Prahlad
himself. He orders his son to embrace a red hot pillar of iron. Brahma begs Lord Shri Vishnu
Vishnu
to do something to overcome the boon. Lord Shri Vishnu
Vishnu
appears as Narasimha
Narasimha
with the torso of a man and head of a lion, who is both god and man and animal, and kills Hiranyakashipu
Hiranyakashipu
at twilight, on the threshold of the palace, suspended in air on His thighs, with His bare hands and sharp claws. Brahma, Shiva, Narada
Narada
and Goddess Lakshmi
Lakshmi
all fail to calm Narasimha
Narasimha
down, but it is Prahlad
Prahlad
who succeeds. Episode 34: Prahlad
Prahlad
performs his father's last rites after Aahlad refuses. Prahlad
Prahlad
will not let Kayadhu commit sati. Goddess Lakshmi loves Prahlad, but Lord Shri Vishnu
Vishnu
loves all his children, even the wicked ones such as Shukracharya. Prahlad
Prahlad
and Virochan (episodes 35-39)[edit] Episode 35: Aahlad refuses the throne. Prahlad, now grown and king, dispenses justice. Shukracharya
Shukracharya
plans to control Prahlad’s son Virochan. Episode 36: Shukracharya
Shukracharya
sends Virochan hunting, although Prahlad
Prahlad
does not approve. During a storm, Virochan saves Sudhanva, son of Sage Angira, from a falling tree. Both are hurt and together they seek shelter at the cottage of Sage Vatsa. Both fall in love with the sage's daughter Deepavali. Episode 37: Prahlad
Prahlad
searches the forest and finds his son. Later, both Virochan and Sudhanva return to the hermitage and propose to Deepavali. When she cannot choose, Virochan draws his sword on Sudhanva and abducts Deepavali, taking her to Shukracharya's ashram. Episode 38: The Saptarishis inform Prahlad
Prahlad
of his sons' actions and Prahlad
Prahlad
at once rescues Deepavali, standing up to Shukracharya. When neither Deepavali nor her father can decide between the two boys, her father asks Prahlad
Prahlad
to make the decision. Episode 39: Prahlad
Prahlad
asks Sudhanva if he minds Prahlad
Prahlad
being the judge. Sudhanva accepts. Kayadhu and Prahlad's wife try to convince Prahlad to decide in Virochan's favour, but Prahlad
Prahlad
says Virochan was wrong to have used force and that he decides Deepavali should marry Sudhanva. Virochan humbly admits his wrongs. Lord Shri Vishnu
Vishnu
and Goddess Lakshmi
Lakshmi
appear and praise Prahlad. Vamana
Vamana
Avatara and Mahabali
Mahabali
(episodes 40-47)[edit] Episode 40: Kayadhu dies. Prahlad
Prahlad
renounces the world and crowns Virochan. Virochan marries Vishalaakshi of the danavas. Shukracharya's father Sage Bhrigu
Bhrigu
foresees a danger to Virochan. Vishalaakshi gives birth to a son, Bali. Episode 41: Virochan completes the penance for his safety suggested by Sage Bhrigu
Bhrigu
and receives from Surya, the sun god, a protective crown. Bali goes to school. Virochan announces that no gods other than Lord Shri Vishnu
Vishnu
may be worshipped, angering Indra. Indra's anger worries Lord Shri Vishnu. Episode 42: While Virochan is travelling alone, Indra
Indra
tricks him, drugs him, steals his crown and kills him. Bali, now grown, vows revenge on Indra
Indra
and attacks heaven alone - and is brutally killed by Indra
Indra
and the devas. Lord Shri Vishnu
Vishnu
is furious with Indra
Indra
and after making him return Bali's body, washes his hands of the devas forever. Episode 43: Shukracharya
Shukracharya
brings Bali back to life with the Sanjeevani mantra and requests that in return, Bali bring him Indra's crown. Bali attacks heaven, captures Indra
Indra
and the other devas, bans their worship and exiles them to earth. Episode 44: Aditi
Aditi
appeals to her sister Dhiti in vain for forgiveness for the devas. Lakshmi
Lakshmi
showers Bali with wealth after he worships her. When Bali hears that the devas are being worshipped on earth, he resolves to conquer earth; Shukracharya
Shukracharya
is thrilled. At Narada's request, Prahlad
Prahlad
tries to convince Bali not to attack earth. Lakshmi also appeals to Bali in vain. Episode 45: Bali invades earth. Aditi
Aditi
begs Lord Shri Vishnu
Vishnu
to forgive her sons and fulfill his promise to be born from her womb. Lord Shri Vishnu
Vishnu
incarnates as Vamana, a little person. Lord Brahma, Saraswati, Lord Shiva, Kashyap, Brihaspati
Brihaspati
and the devas attend the birth and bring gifts. Episode 46: Lord Shri Vishnu
Vishnu
explains to Indra
Indra
that he has incarnated to be a beggar. Shukracharya
Shukracharya
tries to counter Lord Shri Vishnu's birth by ordering Bali to perform the Ashvamedha
Ashvamedha
sacrifice. Vamana interrupts the yagna and asks Bali for three steps' worth of land. Bali grants the boon. Vamana
Vamana
grows and covers all three worlds in his steps, with the third one stepping on Bali's head and pushing him deep under the world. Parashurama
Parashurama
Avatara and the Kshatriyas
Kshatriyas
(episodes 47-61)[edit] Young Parshuram's determination (episodes 47-52)[edit] Episode 47: Lord Shri Vishnu
Vishnu
forgives and blesses Bali. A new story begins. The Brahmins
Brahmins
(priests) were supreme in this age and the Kshatriyas
Kshatriyas
(warriors) began to resent this. King Saharsraarjun strikes Saint Jamdagni's son and is summoned to the sage's court. Episode 48: The Brahmins
Brahmins
make Saharsraarjun apologize. Embarrassed, Saharsraarjun gets together with other kings and forms a plan to steal Sage Jamdagni's cows and stop the state grants to the Brahmins. Lord Shri Vishnu
Vishnu
promises Lakshmi
Lakshmi
that he will protect the weak. Episode 49: The people provide for the Brahmins. The sages court accuse king Saharsraarjun of the theft of the cows. Angry, Saharsraarjun burns Sage Jamdagni's ashram.... over and over again. Lord Shri Vishnu
Vishnu
is born as Parshuram, son of Saint Jamdagni and his wife Renuka. Episode 50: Saint Jamdagni does not want young Parshuram to learn martial arts, as this is not appropriate for a Brahmin. But Parshuram practices anyway. Parshuram kills four soldiers who chase him into a Shiva
Shiva
temple. Episode 51: Shiva
Shiva
appears and offers to teach Parshuram for ten years. Saharsraarjun turns on his allies and seizes their kingdoms. Parshuram renounces his caste and sets out for Mount Kailash, where Shiva accepts him as his pupil. Saharsraarjun meets Ravan, fights him, and takes him prisoner. Episode 52: Saharsraarjun imprisons Ravan after discovering that Ravan can't be killed. Parshuram undergoes ten years of training. At the end, Shiva
Shiva
gifts him an axe. Renuka
Renuka
goes to reason with Saharsraarjun and he traps her in the palace. Sage Jamdagni's family troubles (episodes 53-57)[edit] Episode 53: Renuka
Renuka
fights off Saharsraarjun, wounding and cursing him. Saharsraarjun's wife wishes she was dead. Jamdagni accuses Renuka
Renuka
of being unfaithful. Renuka's four sons refuse their father's to kill their mother, but Parshuram, arriving home, promises to obey the order before knowing what it is. Episode 54: Parshuram obeys his father and beheads Renuka. Jamdagni offers him any boon; Parshuram asks for Renuka
Renuka
to be restored to life. Jamdagni asks Renuka
Renuka
for forgiveness. Parshuram confronts Saharsraarjun but does not kill him after Saharsraarjun's wife asks for mercy. Sage Vaishishnath visits Jamdagni with the gift-giving cow, Sushila, and Anamika, her caregiver. Episode 55: Saharsraarjun's army attacks the hermitage. Parshuram kills them all and Jamdagni tells him to leave. Saharsraarjun offers Ravan his freedom in exchange for defeating Parshuram; Ravan refuses. Shiva
Shiva
instructs Parshuram to free his devotee Ravan. Episode 56: Parshuram frees Ravan. Saharsraarjun's army search for Parshurarm without success. Sage Jamdagni forbids the ashram students from joining Parshuram's guerilla army. Anamika offers to spread the word and recruit army members from other ashrams. Episode 57: In order to be free to go out on her mission, Anamika lies and tells Jamdagni and Renuka
Renuka
that she has married Parshuram. Parshuram is angry. Saharsraarjun's four sons in disguise spy on the ashram and covet Sushila. When they try to take her by force, Jamdagni is finally roused and fights them off. Sage Jamdagni apologizes to Parshuram. Parshuram's revenge (episodes 58-61)[edit] Episode 58: Saharsraarjun attacks Sage Jamdagni, injuring him and stealing Sushila. Parshuram takes her back from the palace, but Saharsraarjun's sons reach the ashram first and kill Jamdagni. Saharsraarjun asks Sage Vishvamitra
Vishvamitra
to take the Kshatriya side, and is sternly rejected. Episode 59: Saharsraarjun's queen dies after failing to convince her husband to apologize and end the war. Twenty-one Kshatryia kings joing Saharsraarjun; the Brahmins
Brahmins
rally to Parshuram. Saharsraarjun's sons plot to kidnap Anamika. Parshuram gives his army a pep talk. Episode 60: Saharsraarjun's sons attack Renuka
Renuka
and Anamika. Anamika kills herself rather than be used as a hostage. Saharsraarjun sends his sons away for their protection but Parshuram tracks down and kills them one by one. Episode 61: Lord Shiva
Shiva
directs Parshuram to kill Saharsraarjun. In a bloodbath, Parshuram kills Saharsraarjun, his sons and his Kshatriya allies. Rama
Rama
Avatara and Ravana
Ravana
(episodes 61-120)[edit] Dasharatha
Dasharatha
(episodes 61-68)[edit] Episode 61: Ravan perpetuates atrocities. Lord Vishnu
Vishnu
decides to incarnate as Ram. There was a King, Dasharatha, who had three wives: Kaushalya, Kaikeyi
Kaikeyi
and Sumitra. Dasharatha
Dasharatha
goes hunting and accidentally kills Shravan. Episode 62: Parshuram gives his mother Saharsraarjun's sons's heads. She dies unhappy that her son is so vengeful. Saharsraarjun swears vengeance for his sons. Episode 63: Saharsraarjun tries to draw Parshuram into a trap. Parshuram offers peace in exchange for an apology from Saharsraarjun. Saharsraarjun refuses, Parshuram kills him. Parshuram visits Lord Shiva
Shiva
to return his bow. Shiva
Shiva
asks him to give to either Ravan or Janak - both are his devotees. Episode 64: Displeased by Ravan's behaviour, Parshuram leaves without giving him the bow. Pleased by his reception at Janak's court, Parshuram gives the bow to Janak. Episode 65: Ravan rapes a girl who refuses to marry him. Dasharatha accidentally kills Shravan while hunting and is cursed by Shravan's blind parents. Episode 66: Dasharatha
Dasharatha
goes to help Kaipaya beat off an attack by Ravan. When his charioteer is killed, a young man takes the job. The young man turns out to be the king's daughter, Kaikeyi, in disguise. Episode 67: Dasharatha
Dasharatha
defeats Ravan in battle. Kaikeyi
Kaikeyi
saves Dasharatha's life twice, and he offers her two boons that she may have fulfilled any time in the future. Kaikeyi
Kaikeyi
wants to marry Dasharatha and he asks his two queens if they agree. Episode 68: Dasharatha's guru Sage Vashist arranges the marriage, which takes place. Meanwhile, Ravan continues to persecute sages and Lord Vishnu
Vishnu
decides he must incarnate to stop Ravan. Birth of Ram and Sita
Sita
(episodes 69-79)[edit] Episode 69: Dasharatha
Dasharatha
asks Vashisht for help in performing a yagna (sacrifice) to obtain children. Ravan's hordes kill a sage and the blood falls in a field in Janak's kingdom. This causes a famine. Episode 70: Sage Narada
Narada
learns a lesson from Lord Shri Vishnu. Episode 71: Ravan stops his youngest brother Vibhishan
Vibhishan
from worshipping. Episode 72: On the advice of his younger brother Kumbhakarna, Ravan performs penance and asks for a boon. Episode 73: Lord Shri Vishnu
Vishnu
asks Goddess Lakshmi
Lakshmi
to incarnate with him. Episode 74: Lord Shri Vishnu
Vishnu
is born as Ram. Ravan prepares to attack the devas. Episode 75: Ravan's son Meghanath defeats the devas. Laksmi is born as Sita
Sita
and is found by Janak as he ploughs the field to stop the famine. Episode 76: Manthara, Kaikeyi's servant, makes a failed attempt to kill the child Shri Ram. Ravan taunts the captive devas. Dasharatha asks Sage Vashist to undertake the education of his four sons, Ram, Lakshman, Bharat and Shatrughna. Episode 77: Shri Ram asks Sage Vashista
Vashista
for instruction on religion. Janak invites Sage Gautam to be Sita's teacher. Episode 78: Sita
Sita
refuses to be taught by Gautam, because Gautam had unjustly turned his wife Ahalya
Ahalya
to stone. Episode 79: The narrator, Dharti Ma, recaps Lord Shri Vishnu's incarnations so far. Ram wins Sita
Sita
(episodes 80-87)[edit] Episode 80: The four brothers finish their education. Sage Vishwamitra's sacrifices are being disturbed by Tataka, a yaksha demon. Episode 81: Dasharatha
Dasharatha
offers to send his army against Tataka, but Sage Vishwamitra
Vishwamitra
asks for Ram alone. But Lakshman, who is inseparable from Ram, goes too. Episode 82: Tataka
Tataka
attacks Ram with magic; he has to use celestial weapons to kill her and her sons Subahu and Mareechack. Episode 83: Janak invites Sage Vishwamitra
Vishwamitra
to Sita's swayamvara. Vishwamitra
Vishwamitra
brings Ram and Lakshman along. Ram releases Ahalya
Ahalya
from Gautam's curse. Episode 84: Janak imposes a condition on the swayamvara; only those who can lift Shiva's bow will be eligible. Bharat and Shatrughana join Sage Vishvamitra, Ram and Lakshman at the swayamvara. Episode 85: Ram and Sita
Sita
meet in a flower meadow and are smitten. Sita prays to Goddess Gauri. Gauri promises Sita
Sita
that Ram will be her husband. Episode 86: Ravan goes to the swayamvara and fails to lift the bow. Ram lifts it easily. Episode 87: Parshuram is aware of the bow being moved and comes to confront Ram. He is appeased by Lakshman who explains Ram respects Lord Shiva. Wedding preparations begin. The plot against Ram (episodes 88-99)[edit] Episode 88: Keikeyi is thrilled about the wedding but Manthara
Manthara
is not. Sage Vishwamitra
Vishwamitra
proposes that Sita's three sisters marry Ram's three brothers. Episode 89: The quadruple wedding takes place and the couples return to Dasharatha's capital, Ayodhya. Episode 90: Keikeyi is thrilled to see her son Bharat with his wife Mandavi. Manthara
Manthara
opposes Keikeyi's plan to gift her own jewellery to Sita. Dasharatha
Dasharatha
wants to retire and crown Ram king. Ram thinks Bharat would be a better choice. Episode 91: Bharat is summoned to visit Keikeyi's parents, who are ill. The court decides Ram should be king. Episode 92: Manthara
Manthara
tells Keikeyi that if Ram is crowned instead of Bharat, Keikeyi will be badly treated. Episode 93: Manthara
Manthara
urges Keikeyi to use her two unfulfilled boons to prevent Ram's coronation. Episode 94: Keikeyi asks Dasharatha
Dasharatha
to fulfill her two boons by (1) crowning Bharat and (2) sending Ram into exile for 14 years. Dasharatha
Dasharatha
is devastated. Episode 95: Dasharatha
Dasharatha
begs Ram to seize the crown anyway, but Ram says as a dutiful son he must help his father keep his promises. Ram asks Keikeyi to bless him. Episode 96: Sita
Sita
resolves to accompany Ram into exile. Queen Sumitra wants to persuade Keikeyi to take back her requests, but queen Kaushalya
Kaushalya
agrees that it is vital to keep a promise. Episode 97: Lakshman also resolves to accompany Ram into exile. Ram, Sita
Sita
and Lakshman change into renunciant's clothes. Episode 98: Lakshman asks his wife Urmila
Urmila
to stay behind so that Lakshman can wholly devote himself to serving Ram. It is a sorrowful parting. Episode 99: Dasharatha
Dasharatha
tries to convince Sita
Sita
and Lakshman to stay behind. Ram promises Keikeyi that he will prevent anyone from rebelling against Bharat as king. Dasharatha
Dasharatha
never wants to see Keikeyi again. Ram goes into exile; Bharat's grief (episodes 100-108)[edit] Episode 100: Shri Ram leaves and meets a friend, Vishadraj, who helps the three cross the river. Bharat and Shatraghun start for home from the palace of Keikeyi's parents. Dasharatha
Dasharatha
sends his prime minister Sumant to bring Ram back. Episode 101: Shri Ram refuses Sumant's pleas to return. Lord Shiva explains Ram and Dasharatha's actions to Parvati. Episode 102: Dasharatha
Dasharatha
dies of grief. Bharat and Shatrughan arrive home and are devastated to hear of their brothers' exile and their father's death. Bharat refuses the crown and decides to bring Ram back. Episode 103: Bharat finds out his mother and Manthara
Manthara
engineered the whole plot and is devastated. At Sage Vashishth's request, Bharat conducts his father's funeral. Episode 104: Devi Sita
Sita
has a bad dream about Ayodhaya. Keikeyi feels guilty for Dasharatha's death. Sumant obeys Dasharatha's last wish and bars Keikeyi from the funeral. Episode 105: Keikeyi mourns. Shri Ram, Devi Sita
Sita
and Lakshman visit Sage Bhardwaj at Prayag, the confluence of the three sacred rivers: Ganges, Yamuna
Yamuna
and Saraswati. Episode 106: Bharat asks Keikeyi to come with him in search of Shri Ram. Devi Sita's father Janak hears all the news, including that Bharat has gone after Ram and taken the army. Janak heads after them. Episode 107: Shri Ram, Devi Sita
Sita
and Lakshman visit Sage Valmiki, who is writing Ram's life story, in Chitrakoot. Lakshman sees Bharat's army and fears at attack. Ram has perfect faith in Bharat's good intentions. Episode 108: Bharat tells Shri Ram that Dasharatha
Dasharatha
has died. But Shri Ram insists on keeping his father's promise and refuses to return. Bharat promises to rule as regent only and takes Ram's sandals to place on the throne. Devi Sita
Sita
is abducted; Shri Hanuman
Hanuman
finds her (episodes 109-117)[edit] Episode 109: The demi-god vulture Jatayu directs Shri Ram to a dwelling place at Panchavati. Ravan's sister Surpanakha
Surpanakha
visits her brothers Khar, Dhushan and Trishira
Trishira
who live in a nearby forest. Ram kills some rakshasa demons when he finds them harassing some sages. Curious about this powerful human, Surpanakha
Surpanakha
visits Panchavati
Panchavati
and is smitten with Ram. Episode 110: A jealous Surpanakha
Surpanakha
attacks Devi Sita
Sita
and an angry Lakshman cuts off Surpanakha's nose. Surpanakha
Surpanakha
returns with her brothers Khar, Dhushan and Trishira
Trishira
and Ram and Lakshman kill all three. Surpanakha
Surpanakha
tells Ravan who vows revenge and is furious and decides to attack Ram. Ravan asks the magical rakshasa Maricha, whom Ram saved earlier, to help. Episode 111: Maricha
Maricha
turns into a golden deer and lures Ram far away, trying to catch it for Devi Sita. Maricha
Maricha
then calls for help and Sita, hearing, sends Lakshman. Devi Sita
Sita
is now alone and Ravan abducts her, killing Jatayu. As Ravan flies through the air, Devi Sita throw down her jewellery. Episode 112: At Ravan's island kingdom, Lanka, Devi Sita
Sita
is kept prisoner by Trijita and other demons in a grove. Surpanakha
Surpanakha
is thrilled, but Ravan's mother and others warn Ravan this will cause trouble. Ram and Lakshman search for Devi Sita. Episode 113: Ram blesses Shabari, an untouchable saint. Sugreev, a prince of the Vanar kingdom, and Hanuman, a powerful vanar who is the son of the Wind God Vayu, find Devi Sita's jewellery and show it to Ram. Episode 114: Sugreev
Sugreev
tells his story: he left his brother king Bali who was fighting an asura in a cave, truly thinking that Bali was dead, and took the throne as regent until Bali's son Angad
Angad
grew up. However, Bali was not dead, and returned angry, beating up Sugreev. Ram kills Bali for his wrong actions. A grateful Sugreev
Sugreev
orders his army to find Devi Sita. Episode 115: Angad, Hanuman
Hanuman
and their friend the bear king Jambavantha meet Jatayu's brother Sampaati, who tells them Devi Sita
Sita
is across the sea in Lanka. Hanuman
Hanuman
leaps over the ocean and locates Devi Sita
Sita
and befriends Vibhishan. Ravan gives Devi Sita
Sita
a deadline: marry him in one month or she will be forced. Episode 116: Ravan's youngest son Aksh attacks Hanuman
Hanuman
and is killed. Meghnad
Meghnad
takes Hanuman
Hanuman
prisoner. Ravan sets Hanuman's tail on fire. Hanuman
Hanuman
burns the city of Lanka
Lanka
to the ground. Episode 117: Hanuman
Hanuman
tells Ram about Ravan's deadline. Ram, Lakshman and Sugreev's army reach the seashore. Vibhishan
Vibhishan
advises Ravan to return Devi Sita, and Ravan throws Vibhishan
Vibhishan
out. Vibhishan
Vibhishan
joins Ram and tells him how to cross the sea. The monkey brothers Neel and Nal build a bridge Ram sends Angad
Angad
as an ambassador to Ravan, in case there is a way to avert war. Battle with Ravan (episodes 118-120)[edit] Episode 118: Angad
Angad
successfully stands up to Ravan but Ravan will not make peace. Episode 119: The war begins. Meghnad
Meghnad
injures Lakshman with a celestial weapon and Hanuman
Hanuman
fetches the Sanjeevni herb - along with the entire mountain that it's growing on - to cure Lakshman. Kumbhakarna
Kumbhakarna
advises Ravan to return Sita, but goes out to fight when Ravan refuses. Ram kills Kumbhakarna. Episode 120: Meghnad
Meghnad
prays to Lord Shiva
Shiva
for a boon, but does not receive it as Hanuman
Hanuman
interrupts him. Lakshman kills Meghnad. Ram treats Meghnad's body with honour and returns it to Lanka. Episode 120:Ravan and Shri Ram have their ultimate confrontation. Ram reveals he incarnated to stop Ravan's atrocities. Vibhishan
Vibhishan
tells Ram the secret of killing Ravan, who can regrow new heads - shoot his navel instead. Ram kills Ravan. Episode 120The 14 years are up and Vibhishan, now king of Lanka, lends Shri Ram, Devi Sita
Sita
and Lakshman his flying chariot so they can return to Ayodhya
Ayodhya
on the correct day and not worry Bharat. The exiles joyously return to Ayodhya
Ayodhya
and Bharat. Krishna
Krishna
Avatara (episodes 121-124)[edit] Episode 121: Mother Earth concludes that whenever she was riddled with sinners, whenever the human race was endangered - the Creator of the Universe, the God incarnated Himself. She summarizes the 10 incarnation of Vishnu
Vishnu
beginning with the incident of Jaya and Vijaya, who due to a curse were born twice as demons and became enemies of the God. and the God had incarnated Himself as Varaha, Narasimha
Narasimha
and Sri Ram to slay Hiranyaksha, Hiranyakashipu, Kumbhakarna
Kumbhakarna
and Ravan. In the form of Kans, Jaya has spread terror in Mathura. The tyrant Kans
Kans
had fixed his sister Devaki's marriage with his friend Vasudeva. He is informed that God of Death was waiting for this union as Devaki's eighth son will kill him. He imprisons his sister and brother-in-law so that he could kill their sons. Kans
Kans
kills Devaki's six sons, but Vasudev's first wife Rohini took away their seventh son, who later came to be known as Balarama. Lord Krishna
Krishna
is born as the eighth son. Kans
Kans
sends Demon queen Putana
Putana
to kill Krishna. Child Krishna
Krishna
sucks out her life. Lord Krishna
Krishna
as child performs Leelas with cowherd friends. Kans
Kans
goes through nightmares. Krishna
Krishna
kills Kans' elephant Kuwaliyapeed. Krishna
Krishna
appears in various forms in Rangshala. Krishna kills Kans. Episode 122: Using the scenes from previous volumes, this episode summarizes Lord Vishnu's Ten Incarnations. The first incarnation was as a fish to protect Manu and to punish the demon Hayagriva
Hayagriva
who had stolen the four Vedas
Vedas
that Brahma had created for the welfare of mankind. Angered with the slaying of Hayagriva, demon Hiranyaksha kidnapped Mother Earth thus endangering the entire human race. This necessitated Vishnu's third incarnation as a Boar. He killed Hiranyaksha
Hiranyaksha
and rescued Mother Earth. The menace of demons was increasing specially after their Guru Shukracharya
Shukracharya
had gained the precious mantra from Shiva
Shiva
for giving new life to dead demons. To grant immortality to gods, it was decided to derive Elixir by churning the ocean. To raise a mountain from the sea for churning, the Lord Vishnu
Vishnu
took the incarnation of a Turtle. To avenge the death of his brother, demon Hiranyakashipu
Hiranyakashipu
gained a boon from Brahma which made his death almost impossible. He banned the devotion of Vishnu
Vishnu
on earth and compelled people, including his son, to worship him. To end his atrocities Lord Vishnu
Vishnu
made his son Prahlad
Prahlad
as his ardent devotee. Hiranyakashipu
Hiranyakashipu
used various methods to get his son killed. Lord Vishnu took the incarnation of Narasimha
Narasimha
to destroy him. To end the arrogance of King Bali, Lord Vishnu
Vishnu
took the Vaman Avtar - His fifth incarnation. When Kings began forgetting their duty as administrator and were closing down hermitages and schools then Lord Vishnu incarnated Himself as Parshuram and then the seventh incarnation as Rama. To relieve the world from the injustice of Kans
Kans
and Kauravas Lord Vishnu
Vishnu
took the eighth incarnation as Lord Krishna. And in recent times, when deception was at its zenith when the priests had spread the evils of superstitions in the society, the Lord Vishnu
Vishnu
took the ninth incarnation - of Lord Gautama Buddha
Gautama Buddha
- to give a new direction of non-violence to the world. Whereas Balarama
Balarama
is worshiped in southern regions of India as the eight avatar, with Krishna
Krishna
as ninth, in distinction to north India, where Krishna
Krishna
is worshiped as eighth and Balaram is not included as an avatar.The present era is called Kalyug. In Srimad Bhagvad the great Sage Vyasa
Vyasa
has said that in the final phase of Kalyug Lord Vishnu
Vishnu
shall reincarnate Himself as Kalki. Thus concludes the sacred Vishnupuran. Episode 123: This episode uses several important scenes from Dr. B.R. Chopra's Mahabharat TV serial to depict the importance of women in the Indian mythology. It deals with Rukmini's marriage to Krishna
Krishna
which highlights a woman's right to have a major say in the selection of her life partner. It also covers the story of Subhadra's abduction by Arjuna
Arjuna
with the help of Lord Krishna. (This episode is without English subtitles) Episode 124: This last episode also uses material from Mahabharat TV serial. Krishna
Krishna
drives Arjuna
Arjuna
to the middle of the battlefield in his chariot. Arjuna
Arjuna
sees the men on the battlefield and tells Krishna, "Winning a kingdom after killing one's own kin is too heavy a price to pay. I prefer to be a beggar if this is the price I have to pay for our throne." Krishna's teaching to Arjuna
Arjuna
at the battlefield forms the basis of the Bhagavad Gita. Unable to satisfy Arjuna's hopeless conscience, Krishna
Krishna
grants divine eyesight to Arjuna
Arjuna
and stuns him with his Viśvarūpa (divine manifestation). Arjuna
Arjuna
is consoled and enlightened. He understands that the pure seek the spirit while the impure are trapped in Prakriti
Prakriti
(Matter). He agrees to do his duty selflessly, lifts his Gandiva
Gandiva
bow and prepares to fight the Kauravas. (This episode is without English subtitles) Cast[edit]

Nitish Bharadwaj as Vishnu/Ram/Krishna/Parashurama Vaidehi Amrute as Lakshmi Sameer Dharmadhikari
Sameer Dharmadhikari
as Manu Rishabh Shukla as Dasaratha Reena Kapoor
Reena Kapoor
as Sita Amit Pachori as Lakshman Vineeta Thakur as Urmila Aayush Pandey as Bharat Alka Kubal as Kaushalya Dolly Minhas as Kaikeyi Kamalika Guha Thakurta as Sumitra Tina Ghai as Manthara Shalini Kapoor Sagar as Renuka Deep Dhillon as Kartavirya Arjuna Nimai Bali as Jaya, Hiranyakashipu, Ravana, Shishupala Mahendra Ghule as Vijaya, Hiranyaksha, Kumbhakarna Mona Parekh as Kayadhu Shashi Sharma as Mandodari Vinod Kapoor as Vibhishana Ramna Wadhwan/Rajita Kocchar as Kaikesi Jiten Lalwani as Virochana Prem Chand Sharma as Vishalaksh Siraj Mustafa Khan
Siraj Mustafa Khan
as Mahabali Yashodhan Rana as adult Prahlad/Meghnad Kinshuk Vaidya as Young Prahlad Deepak Jethi as Kaalketu Surendra Pal
Surendra Pal
as Shukracharya Vindu Dara Singh
Vindu Dara Singh
as Hanuman Sudhir Dalvi as Bramha Samar Jai Singh as Shiva Sandeep Mohan as Indra Arjun as Jamadagni Ravi Kishan
Ravi Kishan
as Sudhanva Vishnu
Vishnu
Sharma as Vashista Vikrant Chaturvedi as Narad Sudesh Berry
Sudesh Berry
as Yudhishthira Hemant Birje
Hemant Birje
as Bhima Avinash Wadhawan
Avinash Wadhawan
as Arjuna Arbaaz Ali Khan as Duryodhana Narendra Jha
Narendra Jha
as Karna Tarakesh Chauhan as Bhishma Amit Behl
Amit Behl
as Balarama Pradeep Rawat as Drona Shruti Ulfat as Draupadi Shweta Tiwari
Shweta Tiwari
as Rukmini Sudha Chandran as Kunti Deepak Qazi

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