Bhima Karna Yuddha – Part 2

After the resounding defeat of Karna in the first duel between them on the 14th day of the great war, Bhima desired to proceed towards Arjuna so his older brother's wish could be satisfied. However, Karna, was unable to tolerate the humiliation of the first defeat. He alighted a new chariot and came back to... Continue Reading →

Bhima Karna Yuddha – Part 1

On the 14th day of the Mahabharata war, Bhimasena is ordered by Yudhisthira to go look for Arjuna after Satyaki fails to report Arjuna's well-being on time. Bhima immediately obeys his brother's orders and heads out. He is stopped by Drona twice and challenged to a duel. Both times, Bhima hands Drona a resounding defeat... Continue Reading →

Bharata and the Arrival of Rama

For thousands of years she had endured the pain. Covered in dust, not to be seen by anyone. Deserted by her husband, abandoned by the Gods. Indra had reason to worry. Gautama was accumulating punya way beyond his league. He had to be stopped. His excess punya had to be burnt away. So he approached... Continue Reading →

Bhima’s Lesson to Guru Dronacharya

It was the afternoon of the 14th day. The great war had taken a tragic turn with the brutal killing of Abhimanyu on the 13th. Arjuna, without consulting Sri Krishna, had vowed to kill Jayadratha before sunset. Both of them had entered deep into the Kuru army's formation and were engaged in a fierce battle... Continue Reading →

Arjuna Pratijna: A Lesson in Maha-Papas

Towards the end of the 13th day of the great war the Pandavas suffered a serious setback. Abhimanyu, the son of Arjuna and Subhadra, the nephew of Sri Krishna, a great maharathi, was brutally killed in battle. Six of the big names from the Kaurava side - Drona, Krupa, Karna, Ashwathama, Bruhadbala and Krutavarma -... Continue Reading →

Day 11: Bhima Defeats Shalya

The first half of the eleventh day of the great war was consumed, in terms of attention, by the arrival of Karna into the battlefield. He had visited Bhishma twice, after the latter's fall and resting on the bed of arrows, and sought his blessings to join war. Bhishma asked him to consider trying to... Continue Reading →

Mahabharata and the Amazing Use of Alankaras

One of the big challenges in describing an event like the great war of the Mahabharata is to continually keep the interest of the reader/listener. When the intention is to describe numerous duels and battles fought over 18 days in great detail, only resorting to a mechanical recording of what happened can impact the readability... Continue Reading →

Bhima Parakrama: Day 6 of the Great War

At the start of day 6 of the Mahabharata war, the Kauravas had suffered 4 continuous days of defeats, after their notional victory on day 1. Duryodhana was furious and was keen on Bhishma and Drona fetching him a victory. He urged them to come up with a special formation to attack the Pandavas. Bhishma... Continue Reading →

Bharata or Lakshmana? Who was born first?

In the Ramayana, it is quite clear that Lakshmana is the avatara of Sesha. While there are a few different narrations regarding Bharata and Shatrughna, Sri Madhwacharya has clarified in his Mahabharata Tatparya Nirnaya that it was Kama who took birth as Bharata and that Aniruddha was born as Shatrughna. (Note: In the Mahabharata Kama... Continue Reading →

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