The Game of Dice – Game

Read; The Game of Dice – Prelude The Game of Dice – Prelude II Yudhishthira accepted the invitation to the game of dice. He left for Hastinapur along with his brothers and Draupadi. They arrived at Hastinapur to a warm/pseud-warm welcome. Bhishma, Drona, Kripa were glad to see them, Duryodhan and brothers with Shakuni were […]

The Game of Dice – Prelude II

Read; The Game of Dice – Prelude While preparations were being made and the hall being built for the dice game, Dhritarashtra was still troubled. He reflected on Vidur’s words. While he never enjoyed the fact that Vidur’s counsel was usually not aligned to his own thoughts and wishes, he knew that countermanding him was […]

Shishupala Vadha (Death)

The Rajasuya Yajna ceremony is completed and the final event of befitting the honours is about to begin. Bhishma advised Yudhishthira that Krishna deserves the first place in the list. This greatly upsets and angers Shishupala … Read; Rajasuya Yagya/Sacrifice – Part I Rajasuya Yagya/Sacrifice – Part II Rajasuya Yagya/Sacrifice – Part III Rajasuya Yagya/Sacrifice […]

The Game of Dice – Prelude

After Rajsuya Yajna, Duryodhan decided to stay back for a while in Indraprastha along with Shakuni. He could not believe what he had seen during the short event of the Rajasuya yagya and wanted to fully ascertain the extent of Pandava wealth. He burned from envy of the Pandavas success. They had far exceeded him […]

Samrat Pandu and his achievements

As written earlier, Pandu won Kunti, the sister of Vasudeva in a swayamvar. A year or two later, Madri became Pandu’s second wife due to the foresight of Bhishma. After enjoying married life for a thirty days, Pandu decided to set forth on a conquering mission (Digvijay). Moving south, he first defeated Dasharnas (Telengana), followed […]

Story of Shantanu and Ganga, Devavrata and the broken promise.

Once, there lived a King named Mahabhisha born in the Ikshwaku dynasty. He was a very generous and righteous person. He performed a lot of austerities including one thousand Ashwamedhas and a hundred Rajasuyas. He made all the gods and Indra very happy. With all his good deeds he was able to go to Brahma […]

The Story of the Divine Birth of Dhrishtadyumna and Draupadi

This incident happened after GuruDakshina period where Drupad, king of Panchala was defeated by Pandava Arjuna and captured alive. He was dragged into the Drona’s feet. He was badly humiliated by this incident. Drupad was not only humiliated, he lost half his kingdom to Drona. He was seething in anger. He longed for a son […]

The Cases of Misplaced Duty, Honesty, Integrity, etc. – Part 3 – Karna

The earlier threads covered the choices before Bhishma and Drona and the path that they chose to undertake. Part 1 – Bhishma Part 2 – Drona In this part, I shall cover Karna. Karna’s story is a typical quintessential tragic hero. Born in an unacceptable situation (by society), cast away at birth, raised by foster […]