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 […]

The Cases of Misplaced Duty, Honesty, Integrity, etc. – Part 1 – Bhishma

The sense of duty, honesty, integrity, etc. is of paramount importance when it comes to defining the person. But what should be one’s duty? To follow one’s friends, relatives, well-wishers, no matter what, even if it clearly seen that they are toddling on the path of adharma (wrong-doings)? The Mahabharata throws three such heroes whose […]

The Mahabharat, Book 18: Swargarohan Parva

Post-War Parvas Swargarohan Parva  (स्वर्गारोहण पर्व) is the eighteenth and last Parva of Mahabharat. “Swarga” means “Heaven” and “arohan” means “ascension” or “to ascend“; when these two words are joined together (Swargarohan), it means “ascend to Heaven”. This is a brief parva. The previous parva (Mahaprasthanik Parva – महाप्रस्थानिक पर्व) narrates the story of renunciation […]

The Mahabharat, Book 17: Mahaprasthanik Parva

Post-War Parvas ========================================== “Mahaprasthan” means “the great (last) journey” or the journey of the soul leaving the body. Mahaprasthanik Parva describes the last journey of the Pandavas as they relinquish the royal garbs and take up the great journey to the Himalayas with the ultimate aim to achieve “mukti or Mokasha” or salvation. Background of Mausala […]

The Mahabharat, Book 16: Mausala Parva

Post-War Parvas ================================== “Mausala(मौसल)” is a wooden pestle that is used to grind spices. It is a 4 to 5 feet iron rod. The Mausala Parva describes the painful end of the powerful Yadavs/Vrishnis and Andhaka’s who ruled in Dwaraka. Krishna and Balrama also die at the end of this parva. Thus the curse Gandhari […]

The Mahabharat, Book 15: Ashramavasika Parva

Post-War Parvas ========================================== “Ashramavasika (आश्रमवासिक)” literally means to “making an abode out of a hutment(ashram) in the forest“. In this Parva or book, Hastinapur is shown being ruled by the Pandavas with Yudhishthir as the emperor and Dhritarashtra as their head. After some time the old king Dhritarashtra get tired of the royal life. He now […]