Sarala Dasa’s Odiya Mahabharata has an interesting folk tale that is not found in any other version of the epic. In the last year of exile of the Pandavas, when they had to remain incognito or risk spending 13 more years in hiding, Duryodhan was pulling every trick he knew
In the Mahabharata, Yudhishthira asks Bhishma to tell him who gains greater pleasure from sex, man or woman? In response to this rather unusual question from his nephew, Bhishma told him the following story. Long ago, there lived a king, who was good to all his subjects and his wives.
In the Mahabharata, Kurukshetra is where the great battle between the Pandavas and Kauravas was fought. It has been set down in the texts and in popular imagination as the place where dharma triumphed over everything else, restoring order to the universe. The point is that war is and was
Shantanu, king and father of Bheeshma the great grandfather of the Pandavas and Kauravas in the Mahabharata, is a familiar figure. The stories about his infatuation for Satyavati and his marriage to Ganga and his son Devavrata who came to be known as Bheeshma for the terrible vow that he undertook are
The guide’s voice carried on behind me, in front of me were my excited daughter and husband racing fellow tourists across a stretch of grassy meadow… I was at Olympia, gazing at some marble blocks embedded in the earth that had been excavated first by German archeologists in the 19th
Epics in India have many versions. Written and told by different people in different parts of the region, they acquire a life of their own and keep changing and adding and deleting portions as the years roll on. This story is found in a version popular in Kerala. It weaves
The ‘Stri parva’ section of the Mahabharata narrates a story. In the story a Brahmin was journeying on foot, he comes to an impenetrable forest that scares him to death because it was teeming with huge, carnivorous beasts. Horrible, voracious beasts were scattered on every side, such as lions, tigers