The Riksharajas ऋक्ष or ऋक्षराज् – Part 2

Koshas and Masters of the Universe and Pitamaha Brahma Read Part 1 – The Riksharajas ऋक्ष or ऋक्षराज् – Part 1 So back to Moon the Lokapati. Here too, let me plant another thought in your minds. Grahas are to astrology and Lokas are to Astronomy (Read – What is (Not) a Planet? – Grahas vs […]

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 […]

Comments on Critical Edition – Part 2

Read Part 1 :- Comments on Critical Edition How to treat the passages inserted by scribes of the 1159 mansucripts? Rule 1: If the story represented by passage is in several editions then only it is checked for further reliability. Other wise it is dropped. So imagine, you have a story in 100 of the 1159 […]

Comments on Critical Edition

Dr. Suktathankar also wrote an extended Prolegomena for the Adiparva critical edition, I have referenced to it in this post as well as Edgerton’s essay on Sabha and War Parvas plus Mehendale’s own analysis plus couple of PhD Thesis of the original Critical Edition Editors Dr Kulkarni and Dr. Meenakshi. Mehendale was the one who […]

Kauravas and Pandavas

Similarities between Kauravas and Pandavas Someone asked me what are the similarities between Pandavas and Kauravas; Draupadi had asked Duryodhana, what is the reason that in spite having many common things in between Kauravas and Pandavas –  Family Same Grandfather Bheeshma Same Guru Drona Same relations Vidura, Somadatta, Krishna, Balarama and others Kauravas still always […]

The Pandava Allies

On the side of the Angels Rama and his brother found support from most unlikely source and we were introduced to the fact that GOOD and GOD works in mysterious ways. All the Devta’s had planned for the 7th Avatar of the Vishnu to arrive and were available in full complement to fight the forces […]