Thursday, May 15, 2014
(4.5) Mahabharat - A great Epic
The Mahabharat is a great cpic. It was originally written in Sanskrit by the great sage Ved Vyas. It is considered as the longest epic of the world. It has one lakh Shlokas (couplets) in eighteen Parvas ( sections or chapters.)
It is an extraordinary story of a battle which was between Pandavas and Kauravas. On the appointed day, with the sunrise the armies of the Pandavas and the Kauravas assembled on the vast plains of Kurukshetra. Thousands of warriors from all the corners of Bharatvarsh were ready to cover the battle field with the dead and fill the rivers with blood.The battle which was fought at Kurukshetra lasted for eighteen days and ended with the wiping out of the Kauravas, but the Pandavas also suffered a great loss. It brought joy to no one. However, it was a battle between the good and the evil and the good ultimately overpowered the evil. Thus, the great battle established the victory of Good over Evil.
After the end of the battle Yudhishthir ruled for some years and then he abandoned the throne in favour of Parikshit. Parikshit, the son of Abhimanyu and the grand son of Arjun, was appointed as the king. Yuyutsu was appointed the guardian and Kripa as Guru. The five Pandava brothers with Draupadi left Hastinapur for the great Himalayas at the end of the story.