The Mahabharata is one of India's most revered epics a transcendental, monumental
literary and spiritual narrative
with contemporary resonance.
One of the founding epics of Indian culture, the Mahabharata is transfused with
ancient Indian wisdom. It is the
foremost reference for classical Indian civilization and has great influence on Indian and
South-East Asian religion, art,
literature and popular culture. As its core, it tells the story of an apocalyptic
eighteen-day war for territorial power
which pitted brothers against brothers and sons against fathers, ended one age and began
another. The epic's spiritual
message unfolds through the many digressions and subplots of the story which presents
sweeping visions of the universe and
captivating glimpses of divinity. The Mahabharata also introduces one of Hinduism's most
well-loved gods, Krishna, whose
religio-philosophic discourse on the four human goals-kama, artha, dharma and moksha-is
contained in the most important Hindu
text, the Gita.
This companion chronologically recounts the events of the Mahabharata, also providing the
-An episode-by-episode outline of the Mahabharata
-Interesting, little-known facts about the epic
-An account of a journal on how the Pandavas spent their twelve years in exile
-A compilationof mythological concepts with detailed explanations
-New insights into the spectrum of characters
-Mythical place-names and their present names and locations
-User-friendly information valuable for students, scholars and the general reader alike
About the Mahabharata
The Mahabharata is called the fifth Veda. Of all the epics ever composed, the Mahabharata is
the longest and, without doubt
Scholars are not unanimous about the date of compositions of the Mahabharata.
According to some, Vyasdeva wrote it in
3000 BC. Others think it was composed before that.
The Mahabharata is divided into the following eighteen episodes:
1. Adi Parva (The First Episode).
2. Sabha Parva (The Assembly Episode)
3. Aranyaka Parva; also, Vana Parva or Aranya Parva (The Forest Episode)
4. Virata Parva (In the Land of Virata).
5. Udyoga Parva (Getting Ready).
6. Bhishma Parva (The Bhishma Episode)
7. Drona Parva (The Episode of Drona)
8. Karna Parva (The Episode of Karna)
9. Shalya Parva (The Episode of Shalya)
10. Sauptika Parva (The Episode of the Night Battle)
11. Stri Parva (The Episode of the Wives).
12. Shanti Parva (The Episode of Peace)
13. Anushasana Parva (The Episode of Instructions)
14. Ashwamedhika Parva (The Ashwamedha Episode)
15. Ashramavasika Parva (Living in the Ashram)
16. Mausala Parva (The Episode of the Mallet)
17. Mahaprasthanika Parva (The Final Journey)
18. Svargarohana Parva (Ascent to Heaven)
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