Durga Durgati Nashini

HAPPY NAVRATRI नमस्ते सिद्धसेनानि आर्ये मन्दरवासिनि । कुमारि कालि कापालि कपिले कृष्णपिङ्गले ॥ 6-23-4 I bow to you, O leader of Yogins, O thou that art identical with Brahman, O thou that dwellest in the forest of Mandara, O thou that art freed from decrepitude and decay, O Kali, O wife of Kapala, O thou […]

The Birth of Mahabharata – Part 2

The Mahakavya of Krishna-Draupadi Read Previous Part – The Birth of Mahabharata – Part 1 Ideal King was not the mere Political King of Rashtra; in fact, King is the metaphor for the Atma (Soul) – the King of the Deha–Rashtra (Physical Body) or Self-Rashtra. And Purusha is never a gendered concept of Male. In fact, Purushais any Human Being without Ahamkara. At the Symbolic level, Vak-Sarasvati was the Goddess of Wisdom […]

Final Journey of Yudhisthira!!!

One Day, Arjuna had returned from Dwarika and he was cheerless, his mouth was dry, his eyes was filled with water. He was the warrior and who never confronted defeats in his entire life. He was the Brahma himself in the knowledgeable (Sadhu/Sage) and Vishnu (preserver) for his kinsmen and brothers and the mighty Rudra […]

Yudhishthira and Krishna: Indra & Vishnu on One Chariot 1

According to one myth in Mahabharata, Yudhishthira is a former Indra incarnate in the seed of Dharma, according to another he is Dharma’s son, and yet, according to another, he is Dharma incarnate! If Yudhishthira is Indra or Dharma-incarnate or Dharma’s son, why would he need to listen to and participate in discourses on dharma […]

Comparing Mahabharata to Mahabharata

Persian and Indonesian Mahabharata Cases – Part 3 Read Part 1  Comparing Mahabharata to Mahabharata Read Part 2 Comparing Mahabharata to Mahabharata Comparing Mahabharata War Parvas and BharataYudhha from Old Javanese Prose It is a poem of 52 cantos. 9 Cantos and 89 chapters were the Udyoga Parva. Remaining 40 odd Cantos are the War. […]

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 Riksharajas ऋक्ष or ऋक्षराज् – Part 1

Chandras, Somas and Koshas The Riksharaja or Rikhspati et all is a very important concept and appears in very crucial places in both our Epics. This question was asked earlier but as the answer developed, several other serendipitous and related queries came along and thus, the answer was expanded to include them all. In Puranas, […]

Panch Kanya – How the List? – Part 2

How does the slokas and the lists like Pancha Kanya get created? The ancient Indians and especially Rishis liked to debate and they would have great debates on the Vedas and Puranas. Most of the dharmashastras and Upanishads grew out of those discussions. The merits of the various scholars were tested in creating lists and […]

PanchKanya – How the List?

Appendix A RAMARAMARAMURARIMARAMAMURAIRAMA The ancient seers had an interesting concept of fun. The debates are well and good, they focus the important messages of Vedas and Vedanga and Itihasas and as a corollary create Rupyams and the lists. New terms were invented in such debates and they become the food for thought for the poets […]