The Mahabharata

While people now a days are more interested in Game of Thrones, hence they are becoming less aware of the other much astonishing things of history which were actually existed. People do know in how much millions of dollars one episode of GoT gets ready to be telecasted to audiences.

However, I am here talking about the legendary epic of the Mahabharata. The Mahabharata is an ancient Indian epic where the main story revolves around two branches of a family – the Pandavas and Kauravas – who, in the Kurukshetra War, battle for the throne of Hastinapura. Or we can say it was Battle of Throne.

The Mahabharata was dictated by Ved Vyasa to Lord Ganesha.

Mahabharata banner

How was Mahabharata written ?

Once when Veda Vyasa was meditating in the Himalayas, the God of creation – Lord Brahma appeared before him. Brahma asked Veda Vyasa to write the story of Mahabharata as he had seen the entire story and knew all the characters intimately, he was the best person to write the story.

However Veda Vyasa was perturbed when he heard this. He knew that the Mahabharata was a very complex story. He could not compose and write such a lengthy story at the same time. Hence he needed somebody’s help to write the story. Brahma asked Veda Vyasa to ask Lord Ganesha.

Lord Ganesha and Ved Vyasa Writing Mahabharata

Lord Ganesha was a very playful God and he came up with a very mischievous idea to test Ved Vyasa because Ganesha knew that Vyasa was capable of composing the epic at a very fast pace.

Ganesha imposed a very novel condition – once Veda Vyasa started narrating the epic, he would not stop. If Veda Vyasa stopped the narration at any time, Ganesha would stop writing and walk away from the whole project.

Ved Vyasa smiled and asked a favour of Lord Ganesha. He said that Lord Ganesha was not to write anything unless he understood the meaning of what was narrated to him. Lord Ganesha smiled and accepted the condition. Thus Veda Vyasa began narrating the story and Lord Ganesha wrote down the story accurately.

Thus the Mahabharata was written so accurately that one can not find any flaw in the flow of the story.

Main characters of Mahabharata

As all of the characters are of equal importance but here I am going to tell about only few of the characters and their lesser known stories.

1. Krishna

Krishna rode a chariot that was heavily potent and once when Arjun was done with the war, Krishna asked him to get off the chariot first and then he got off… As soon as he got off, the chariot exploded… Like a big explosion (Maybe Nuclear types if you ask me) That’s when he explained to Arjun why he asked him to get off the chariot first,

Krishna charioteer of Arjuna

2.Sahadeva

Sahadeva knew everything about the future. He knew that a war was going to occur but he kept silent because he was under a curse that if he revealed anything to anybody he would die.

Sahadeva Mahabharata

3.Arjuna

Arjuna’s ‘pilgrimage’ for breaking his marital laws with Draupadi earned him three more wives. They were: Chitrangada (Manipura), Ulupi (Naga) and Subhadra.

arjuna-dronacharya

 

4.Abhimanyu

Abhimanyu was actually the soul of a daitya named Kalyavana. Krishna after burning Kalyavana to death had captured his soul (tied him in a knot of his upper cloth) and taken him to Dwaraka only to stuff him into a cupboard. Ghatotkacha(who had been sent by Hidimba to take care of Subhadra in Dwarka as Pandavas were in the forest.) saw Krishna and got a scolding from him. He went and reported the matter to Subhadra who went downstairs to check. She opened the cupboard and a light entered her womb which caused her to fall unconscious. This was the main reason why Krishna divulged only half the secret of Chakravyuha to Abhimanyu when he was in the womb.

Abhimanyu-and-the-Chakravyuha-Padmavyuha-Mahabharta-5

5.Eklavya

Ekalavya was actually Krishna’s cousin. He was the son of Devashrava (brother of Vasudeva) who got lost in the forest and was found by a Nishada Hiranyadhanu. Ekalavya died protecting his father during Rukmini Swayamvar. He was killed by Krishna. For his great sacrifice of Gurudakshina Krishna blessed Ekalavya that he would be soon reincarnated and take revenge on Drona. This person was Dhristadyumna.

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6.Shakuni

Shakuni Had No Animosity Against Pandavas, His Real Enemy Was Bhishma. He was not happy to see his sister Gandhari marrying a blind man and so his immediate enemy was Bhishma who brought the proposal of a blind man for his sister. In addition, there is another legendary story which highlights the fact that the ancestors of Hastinapur destroyed the entire clan of Gandhara. This is one of the reasons why Shakuni vowed that he would end the entire Kuru line .

Shakuni in Mahabharata

7. Duryodhana

Duryodhana had gone to Dwaita forest to humiliate the Pandavas with all the servants from Indraprastha. There the Gandharava Chitrasena and his apasaras were enjoying in the pond. Duryodhana asked Chitrasena to abandon the pool but as he refused, a heated argument broke out between them. Chitrasena attacked Duryodhana. The Pandavas who were nearby asked Chitrasena to let Duryodhana alone. Chitrasena who was a friend of Arjuna spared Duryodhana but not before tying him with vines and setting him on his horse. Duryodhana though humiliated, thanked Arjuna and asked him what he wanted for the turn he had done to him. Arjuna said that he would ask from Duryodhana some other time.

Duryodhana in Mahabharata

8.Draupadi

Draupadi was asked 3 times by Duryodhana to come to the court after her husbands lost her in dicing. Draupadi kept denying and asked Duryodhana to question Yudhistira whether he staked himself first or her first. Duryodhana asked Draupadi to question her husband in court directly. Yet Draupadi refused to come and sent the attendant back. Duryodhana lost his temper and ordered Dusshasana to bring her there at any cost.

Draupadi in Mahabharata

9.Yudhistira

Yudhistira learnt to play dice form the Sage Vrihadaswa who narrated the story of Nala and Damayanti in their exile.

Yudhistira-and-Yaksha

10.Bhima

Bhima had one surviving son named Sarvaga by Balandhara who was not given the throne despite being much elder to Parikshit. He became the ruler of Kashi(his mother’s land) instead.

Bheema in Mahabharata

 

So friends that’s all about this post. I have taken care while taking the information from other sources. If by mistakenly there is any ambiguity in the facts please tell me in the comments below and I will try to rectify it.

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