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translation of Vyasa's Mahabharata available in public domain translated
by Kisari Mohan Ganguly which is over 5000 pages of printed text. We are
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explained as plain story in simple words by Rajaji (C. Rajagopalachari).
The narration is so lucid and sweet.
stories about memorable characters and grand episodes from mahabharata
such as the story of Savitri, Agastya, Nala-Damayanti and many more..
||Collection of stories exploring the unique personality
of each character in the epic Mahabharata. The intricacies in understanding the subtle personalities of characters
such as Yuddhistara, Karna, Bhishma, Drona, Draupadi, Kunti, Gandhari etc. are dealt with in more detail in this section.
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Mahabharata, The Greatest Indian Epic
The Mahābhārata, is the greatest, longest and one of the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India, the other being the Rāmāyana. With more than 74,000 verses, plus long prose passages, or some 1.8 million words in total, it is one of the longest epic poems in the world.
It contains eighteen Parvas or sections viz., Adi Parva, Sabha
Parva, Vana Parva, Virata Parva, Udyoga Parva, Bhishma Parva, Drona Parva, Karna
Parva, Shalya Parva, Sauptika Parva, Stree Parva, Shanti Parva, Anushasana Parva,
Asvamedha Parva, Ashramavasika Parva, Mausala Parva, Mahaprasthanika Parva
and Swargarohanika Parva. Each Parva contains many sub-Parvas or
This wonderful book was composed by Sri Vyasa (Krishna Dvaipayana) who was
the grandfather of the heroes of the epic. He taught this epic to his son Suka
and his disciples Vaisampayana and others. King Janamejaya, son of Parikshit,
the grandson of the heroes of the epic, performed a great sacrifice. The epic
was recited by Vaisampayana to Janamejaya at the command of Vyasa. Later on,
Suta recited the Mahabharata as was done by Vaisampayana to Janamejaya, to
Saunaka and others, during a sacrifice performed by Saunaka in Naimisaranya,
which is near Sitapur in Uttar Pradesh.
It is very interesting to remember the opening and closing lines of this
great epic. It begins with: "Vyasa sang of the ineffable greatness and
splendour of Lord Vasudeva, who is the source and support for everything, who is
eternal, unchanging, self-luminous, who is the Indweller in all beings, and the
truthfulness and righteousness of the Pandavas." It ends with: "With
raised hands, I shout at the top of my voice; but alas, no one hears my words
which can give them Supreme Peace, Joy and Eternal Bliss. One can attain wealth
and all objects of desire through Dharma (righteousness). Why do not
people practise Dharma? One should not abandon Dharma at any cost,
even at the risk of his life. One should not relinquish Dharma out of passion or
fear or covetousness or for the sake of preserving one’s life. This is the
Bharata Gayatri. Meditate on this daily, O man! when you retire to sleep and
when you rise from your bed every morning. You will attain everything. You will
attain fame, prosperity, long life, eternal bliss, everlasting peace and
||Introduction, birth and upbringing of the princes.
||Life at the court, the game of dice, and the exile of the Pandavas. Maya
Danava erects the palace and court (sabha), at Indraprastha.
||The twelve years in exile in the forest (aranya).
||The year in exile spent at the court of Virata.
||Preparations for war.
||The first part of the great battle, with Bhishma as commander for the
||The battle continues, with Drona as commander.
||The battle again, with Karna as commander.
||The last part of the battle, with Shalya
||How Ashvattama and the remaining Kauravas killed the Pandava army in
their sleep (Sauptika).
||Gandhari and the other women (stri) lament the dead.
||The crowning of Yudhisthira, and his instructions from Bhishma
||The final instructions (anusasana) from Bhishma.
||The royal ceremony of the ashvamedha
conducted by Yudhisthira.
||Dhritarashtra, Gandhari and Kunti leave for an ashram, and eventual
death in the forest.
||The infighting between the Yadavas with maces (mausala).
||The first part of the path to death (mahaprasthana "great
journey") of Yudhisthira and his brothers.
||The Pandavas return to the spiritual world (svarga).