The Riksharajas ऋक्ष or ऋक्षराज् – Part 3

The Riksharajas series – Indrarajas इन्द्रराजन् Part 1 Indra is the most famous figure in Vedas and Puranas. The number of names of Indra, I stopped counting at 500. The number of terms which begin with Indra are again more than 500. He is called sata and asata as well. He is the Hari in […]

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 […]

Indraraja’s – इन्द्रराजन III

Everything you wanted to know about Indra and were afraid to Ask Indraraja’s – इन्द्रराजन् Indraraja’s – इन्द्रराजन II All the Other Indra’s After Nahusha, deities who take the title of Indra include gods who are Indras and there are kings who get Indrahood or Kings who are equal to Indra’s and even parallel Indras […]

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 Game of Dice – Prelude II

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 […]

The Game of Dice – Prelude

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 […]

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 […]

Dancing the Self – Pandav Leela ~ An Intro

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 […]