Mahabharata : Adi Parva: Part 1

Sub-Parvas of the Adi Parva Welcome to the Adi Parva, the beginning of beginnings of the Mahabharata. Mahabharata was originally called ‘Jaya’. Jaya means success. ‘Tato Jayam Udhee Raye’ – that means, after bowing down to Nara and Narayana and Saraswati Devi, you should utter Jaya – success, because it leads to success. It leads to cleansing of sins. The […]

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Avataras in the Mahabharat: How did they come?

Excerpts from Rishikesh Retreat 2015 Talks. Asuras lose their way The asuras lost their ishwarya or prosperity and they started falling on the earth. The asuras are great beings. Now somehow people think that asuras are bad characters. Asuras were accomplished beings that had their own place in the universe. They lost their prosperity because they were not able to protect their […]

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Knowing our History for Dharma’s sake

This is an excerpt from the discourse on Day 2-Session 1 during the Rishikesh Retreat 2016. Knowing the true history of the land is very important as it gives an opportunity to reflect on our actions, take pride or correct ourselves. The Scale of Destruction It is said that Vyasa Maharishi deeply contemplated upon the Mahabharata war and the scale of […]

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The Rod of Punishment

This story appears in Section 23 of the Shanti Parva (Mahabharatha). Yudhishthira’s Lament After the completion of the war, Yudhishthira was in great sorrow.  He was completely shaken by the loss of life and expresses his desire to renounce his kingdom and leave to the forest. Arjuna tries to console Yudhishthira and reminds him of the duties of a king. […]

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The beginning of the Mahabharata

[URIS id=330] It is interesting to know that the narration of the Mahabharata happens in layers. Ugraqshrava Shauti narrates the Mahabharata to a group of sages in the Naimisharanya forest as he heard it being narrated by Vaishampayana (Disciple of Vyasa) during Janamejaya’s snake sacrifice. So what is this snake sacrifice all about? That is the story of Parikshit,who is […]

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Arjuna and Ulupi: Mahabharata Katha

The Pandava brothers had agreed that Draupadi will spend one year in the palace of each of the brothers. If incase any of them happens to interfere with that, they would spend 12 years in exile. Arjuna once heard the a few brahmanas weeping who had been robbed of their cows. Arjuna promised to bring back their cows but unfortunately […]

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Mahabharatha in Sculptures

The Ramayana and Mahabharata have been transmitted across several generations in the form of stories, poems, narratives and various art forms. Each Indian art form, be it Kathakali or Kalamkari painting, has always depicted scenes from the Mahabharata in thorough detail often taking one or two important sequences. Through these art forms, the intricate stories and the philosophy of the […]

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Savitri: A Tapaswini Unparalleled: 2

Savitri was silently counting the days and grew anxious about the fateful day that Narada had mentioned. When the day was four days away, Savitri undertook immense tapasya and fasting. She spent the day and night in Vrata. When the day came closer, she spent the previous night anxiously, unable to sleep. Her parents-in-law, unable to prevent her from carrying her vrata, […]

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Savitri: A Tapaswini Unparalleled: 1

India is known for great Rishikas and women with exceptional capabilities. Savitri is one such woman who is a Tapaswini unparalleled. It is the same Savitri about whom Shri. Aurobindo had written his masterpiece work: Savitri where he poetically described the story, taking it beyond the human tale. Savitri’s story appears in the Vana Parva of the Mahabharata as narrated […]

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