The Mind Game!!!!

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 […]

Krishna and the Peace Mission

It’s well known that Krishna tried for peace with Kouravas before the war. I would like to explain the real intention behind the peace mission of Krishna. There are lots of misconception around that. Krishna clearly defined his intention while going for negotiation in Hastinapur. This is based on Krishna’s discussion with Yudhisthira prior to […]

Why Always 18 Akshauhini?

Why Eighteen Akshauhinis? Eighteen is a very special numeral in Sanskrit. You have to understand our ancient mathematics a little.Ancient Indians were obsessed with mathematics and accuracy. Proper rituals should be conducted at perfectly auspicious time and exact time. We were obsessed with Astrology and that gave rise to science of Astronomy. In the most […]

सूर्य नारायण – अन्नदाता

छठ के पावन पर्व की हार्दिक शुभकामनाएँ ! क्यों छठ पर्व में भगवान सूर्य की पूजा की जाती है? सृष्टि के प्रारम्भकाल में जब प्राणी भूख से अत्यन्त व्याकुल हो रहे थे, तब भगवान सूर्य ने पिता की भाँति उन सब पर दया करके उत्तरायण में जाकर अपनी किरणों से पृथ्वी का रस ( जल […]

Rama and Yudhishthira on the same Path

Prelude Sources: Valmiki Ramayana and Mahabharata ⇒Translated by Desiraju Hanumanta Rao & K. M. K. Murthy and KMG + Bibek Debroy As Krishna said to Yudhisthira in the Vana Parva; धर्मः परः पाण्डव राज्यलाभा; त्तस्यार्थमाहुस्तप एव राजन् | सत्यार्जवाभ्यां चरता स्वधर्मं; जितस्तवायं च परश्च लोकः ||१६|| “O Pandava! Dharma is superior to winning the kingdom. O king! It is […]

Yudhisthira – Victory, Achievement & Defeat

Yudhisthira was the eldest son of Kunti (Sister of Vasudeva) and King Pandu, he was foremost Ratha as well as Maharatha. He was the linage of Kuru and Bharata the Great King. He was the amshavtara of Dharma and possessed many qualities (ie. firmness, intelligence, virtue, might and many more). पुण्यश्लोको नलो राजा पुण्यश्लोको युधिष्ठिरः […]

The Mahabharat, Book 18: Swargarohan Parva

Post-War Parvas Swargarohan Parva  (स्वर्गारोहण पर्व) is the eighteenth and last Parva of Mahabharat. “Swarga” means “Heaven” and “arohan” means “ascension” or “to ascend“; when these two words are joined together (Swargarohan), it means “ascend to Heaven”. This is a brief parva. The previous parva (Mahaprasthanik Parva – महाप्रस्थानिक पर्व) narrates the story of renunciation […]

The Mahabharat, Book 17: Mahaprasthanik Parva

Post-War Parvas ========================================== “Mahaprasthan” means “the great (last) journey” or the journey of the soul leaving the body. Mahaprasthanik Parva describes the last journey of the Pandavas as they relinquish the royal garbs and take up the great journey to the Himalayas with the ultimate aim to achieve “mukti or Mokasha” or salvation. Background of Mausala […]

The Mahabharat, Book 15: Ashramavasika Parva

Post-War Parvas ========================================== “Ashramavasika (आश्रमवासिक)” literally means to “making an abode out of a hutment(ashram) in the forest“. In this Parva or book, Hastinapur is shown being ruled by the Pandavas with Yudhishthir as the emperor and Dhritarashtra as their head. After some time the old king Dhritarashtra get tired of the royal life. He now […]

The Mahabharat, Book 14: Ashwamedha Parva

Post-War Parvas ====================================== King Yudhishthir decides to perform the Ashwamedha Yagya  (अश्वमेध) or “The Horse Sacrifice” to absolve the crimes of war. It is about how Yudhishthir attempts to revive the economy of the shattered kingdom after the destructive war of Kurukshetra. He decided to perform a sacrifice called Ashwamedha. He amassed wealth by mining […]