Bhisma, Drona, and Karna share another common thing. The common blood! They have Bharadwaja-Angira blood and therefore Puru-blood running through their veins! We know Ashwathama and Kripa survived. If that indicates Bharadwaja-Gautama survival despite Vashishtha-Bhrigu-Kanva victory, the myths might well be the creation of Puru-vamshi affiliated poets! One evidence of this is the myth of Kripa’s (a gautama!) immortality! Kripa’s myth strains our imagination as he is said to have been the Acharya of even Janmejaya’s son! Another evidence is the myth of Ashwathama’s immortality and also his new avatar as the next Vyasa! The composition of Mahabharata was not always in Vashishtha or Bhrigu hand! If the composition period extends up to the Gupta period or even later, it is natural some powerful Bharadwaja-Gautama-Angira poets contributed to the corpus!
Sahadeva, the killer of great evil Shakuni, branch of Adharma Tree. He was the son of Madri and King Pandu. He was regarded as a Great Maharatha. He was the man, who challenged every kings in Rajsuya Yjaya, who all went against Krishna’s worship. He was modest but a mighty warrior, skilled in battle, truthful, conversant with […]
Vivasvat aka Surya performed a shrouta sacrifice here. Because he offered this direction as Dakshina to his preceptor, this direction is known as Dakshin (south or दक्षिण).
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
If Mahabharata has a very clear villain, that person is the Shakuni. Even Bheeshma while detailing all the warriors on booth sides, literally considers Shakuni the midwife of the “Ghor Vaimansya” literally the hatred between the grandsons of Krishna Dwaipayana Vyasa. Though called Gandhara raja many times in the epic, he was not the oldest […]
We all know about the famous dice game incident. But most of us not aware about those incidents that happened after the dice game. It is the most important event of the Mahabharata and also the one of the most brutal mind game of nerve was played at the cost of a woman. Serials now days […]
Garwhal Mahabharata and worship of Duryodhana In 1970s, aptly named William Sax got a scholarship to study Pandava legends in the hills and dales of Garhwal. In 1978, he returned with a great book on the Pandava leela (a nine day festival celebrated in Garwhal hills), bitten by the bug, he returned again and again […]