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. […]

Comparing Mahabharata to Mahabharata

Persian and Indonesian Mahabharata Cases – Part 2 Read Part 1 Comparing Mahabharata to Mahabharata Indonesian Mahabharata Old Javanese Prose Version When the Sanskrit Mahabharata left our shores and migrated to Indonesia in 8th cen AD, it found versions of Mahabharata extant and available for a long time, going back to beginning of trade relationships […]

Comparing Mahabharata to Mahabharata

Persian and Indonesian Mahabharata Cases – Part 1 One of the tasks which the BORI Critical edition achieved was to push the date back on the story of Mahabharata we have now getting rid of many impurities and interpolations on the way. Most Indian manuscripts are from 17th cen AD and 14th cen AD. Many […]

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 […]