Arjuna or Karna – Who was the Greatest?

Let us not forget that we have seen Arjuna and Karna from their birth to death. Naturally, we have “different” Arjunas and Karnas here. Would any reader accept about him/herself that he/she has remained constant and static throughout his/her life? That, what he/she has been in her teen days, he/she has remained the same in her 20s or 30s or 40s or 50s…? Would any reader in his/her ripe days like to be judged by his/her action of green days?

Mahabharata: The Myth of the Death of Bhisma, Drona, Karna, Duryodhana

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!

Shishupala Vadha (Death)

The Rajasuya Yajna ceremony is completed and the final event of befitting the honours is about to begin. Bhishma advised Yudhishthira that Krishna deserves the first place in the list. This greatly upsets and angers Shishupala … Read; Rajasuya Yagya/Sacrifice – Part I Rajasuya Yagya/Sacrifice – Part II Rajasuya Yagya/Sacrifice – Part III Rajasuya Yagya/Sacrifice […]

Vedas, Brahmanas, Arayanakas, Upanishadas

The Prelude Part 0.2 Rgveda Shishyas Paila divided Rgveda into two samhitas and gave one each to Indra Pramati and Baskala. Indra Pramati is son/grandson of Ruru, step-grandson/great grandson of Veda Vyasa and is grandfather to Indrota Pramati who was the Asvamedha priest for Janamejaya. If the throne had passed to Devapi instead of Shantanu, […]

Tree of Dharma Nara Purushartha Pratigya

Part 1 Tree of Dharma Part 1 Part 2 Tree of Dharma Sahodara Case Part 3 Tree of Dharma Freedom of Expression Part 4 Tree of Dharma Synonym and Antonyms The Nara Purushartha Pratigya Case Arjuna was the avatar of Nara. Arjuna is also represented as the Archer of the family. Actually, all five brothers were extraordinary archers. Bhima […]

Tree of Dharma Part 1

The Antonym Case In the very beginning of Mahabharata, Vyas gives a clear depiction of both the camps. The Tree of Righteousness and Tree of Adharma. Poet described that Duryodhana was a tree of evil with Karna its scabrous trunk, Sakuni its crooked branches and Dusshasana its evil spreading seeded flowers and the root is […]