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 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 […]

The Mahabharat, Book 10: Sauptika Parva

Post-War Parvas ========== Sauptika means “the sleeping”. This book describes the killing of the entire Pandava army and Draupadi’s five sons while they are sleeping. The war is over but Duryodhan is not dead yet. Only three warriors remain from the 11 aukshahoni’s army of the Kauravas – Kripacharya, Kritvarma and Aswatthama. They discover Duryodhan […]

Rajasuya Yagya/Sacrifice – Part IV

The slaying of Jarasandha – Part III p/s. This long descriptive story is necessary to describe the true story of Jarasandha. Even then, it is heavily edited and curtailed. After all, the Mahabharat can hardly be written in a few pages and yet do justice. So my request … please BE PATIENT and READ with […]

Rajasuya Yagya/Sacrifice – Part III

The slaying of Jarasandha – Part II p/s. This long descriptive story is necessary to describe the true story of Jarasandha. Even then, it is heavily edited and curtailed. After all, the Mahabharat can hardly be written in a few pages and yet do justice. So my request … please BE PATIENT and READ with […]

Rajasuya Yagya/Sacrifice – Part II

The slaying of Jarasandha – Part I Please read part I first: Rajasuya Yagya/Sacrifice – Part I After Narad’s departure, the Pandavas continued to live peacefully at Indraprastha, but Yudhishthir was contemplating how he might perform the Rajasuya sacrifice. The thought excited him and worried him at the same time. On one side were all the […]

Karna: The Pupil of Drona

Karna was friend of Duryodhna before the learning (Gurukul) period with Kripa and Drona and Rama (Parshurama), Mahabharata describe “Then Duryodhana, Karna and Subala’s son Shakuni tried many other means to kill the Pandavas. However, Pandavas, scorchers of their enemies, got to know about all of these. As advised by Vidura, they never revealed all […]

Tree of Dharma Nara DevaArtha

Part 1: Tree of Dharma Part 1 Part 2: Tree of Dharma Sahodara Case Part 3: Tree of Dharma Freedom of Expression Part 4: Tree of Dharma Synonym and Antonyms Part: 5 Tree of Dharma Nara Purushartha Pratigya Part 6: Tree of Dharma Nara Purushartha Teamwork Drona did use Agneyaastra and Satyaki Varunastra that day. Drona and Aswathhama used their celestial […]