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Roy edition for Books Nine through Eighteen.

  1. Book 4: The Book of the Virata; Book 5: The Book of the Effort.
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Doctrines and Contexts by Angelika Malinar Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Harper and Row, Publishers, This version reproduces many of the small, symbolic details of the original and thus requires closer attention than a broader retelling, but that fact also makes it an interesting, ambitious attempt to represent the significance of the epic beyond its surface narrative.

Can this destruction be avoided? The Critical Edition of the Sanskrit Text: Bhandarkar Oriental Institute, , edited by V. A massive editorial project which recorded the readings of hundreds of manuscripts and other forms of testimony from all over the Indian sub-continent and Indonesia. Begun in at the Bhandarkar Institute in Pune, Maharashtra, this edition was fundamentally shaped and guided by Sukthankar, who laid out his editorial map in his brilliant Prolegomena to the first volume of the edition.

The project was controversial from the beginning: These scholars judge the Pune text to be an unwarranted simplification of the tradition that has produced an artificial text that never existed for anyone at any time in the past. Lost Maps of the Caliphs Yossef Rapoport.

Marketable Values Desmond Fitz-Gibbon. The Neighborhood of Gods William Elison. The Mahabharata, Volume 3 Book 4: The Book of the Virata; Book 5: The Book of the Effort Edited by J. Information on future volumes in this translation of the Mahabharata. Dhritarashtra wanted his own son Duryodhana to become king and lets his ambition get in the way of preserving justice. Shakuni, Duryodhana and Dusasana plot to get rid of the Pandavas.

Shakuni calls the architect Purochana to build a palace out of flammable materials like lac and ghee.

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He then arranges for the Pandavas and the Queen Mother Kunti to stay there, with the intention of setting it alight. However, the Pandavas are warned by their wise uncle, Vidura , who sends them a miner to dig a tunnel. They are able to escape to safety and go into hiding. During this time Bhima marries a rakshashi Hidimba and has a son Ghatotkachh. Back in Hastinapur, the Pandavas and Kunti are presumed dead.

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The Pandavas disguised as Brahmins come to witness the event. Meanwhile Krishna who has already befriended Draupadi, tells her to look out for Arjuna though now believed to be dead. The task was to string a mighty steel bow and shoot a target on the ceiling, which was the eye of a moving artificial fish, while looking at its reflection in oil below, a feat only Karna, Arjuna and Krishna himself could perform. After all the princes fail, many being unable to lift the bow Karna proceeds to the attempt but is interrupted by Draupadi refusing to marry a sut putra.

After this the swayamvara is opened to the brahmins leading Arjuna to win the contest and marry Draupadi. The Pandavas return home and inform their meditating mother that Arjuna has won a competition and to look at what they have brought back. Without looking, Kunti asks them to share whatever Arjuna has won amongst themselves. Thus, Draupadi ends up being the wife of all five brothers.

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  • After the wedding, the Pandava brothers are invited back to Hastinapura. The Kuru family elders and relatives negotiate and broker a split of the kingdom, with the Pandavas obtaining and demanding only a wild forest inhabited by Takshaka, the king of snakes and his family. Through hard work the Pandavas are able to build a new glorious capital for the territory at Indraprastha. Shortly after this, Arjuna elopes with and then marries Krishna's sister, Subhadra. Yudhisthra wishes to establish his position as king; he seeks Krishna's advice. The Pandavas have a new palace built for them, by Maya the Danava.

    Duryodhana walks round the palace, and mistakes a glossy floor for water, and will not step in. After being told of his error, he then sees a pond, and assumes it is not water and falls in. Bhima , Arjun , the twins and the servants laugh at him. In popular adaptations, this insult is wrongly attributed to Draupadi, even though in the Sanskrit epic, it was the Pandavas except Yudhisthira who had insulted Duryodhana.

    Enraged by the insult, and jealous at seeing the wealth of the Pandavas, Duryodhana decides to host a dice-game at Shakuni's suggestion. Shakuni, Duryodhana's uncle, now arranges a dice game, playing against Yudhishthira with loaded dice. Yudhishthira loses all his wealth, then his kingdom. He then even gambles his brothers, himself, and finally his wife into servitude. The jubilant Kauravas insult the Pandavas in their helpless state and even try to disrobe Draupadi in front of the entire court, but her honour is saved by Krishna who miraculously creates lengths of cloth to replace the ones being removed.

    Dhritarashtra, Bhishma, and the other elders are aghast at the situation, but Duryodhana is adamant that there is no place for two crown princes in Hastinapura. Against his wishes Dhritarashtra orders for another dice game. The Pandavas are required to go into exile for 12 years, and in the 13th year must remain hidden.

    If discovered by the Kauravas, they will be forced into exile for another 12 years. The Pandavas spend thirteen years in exile; many adventures occur during this time. They also prepare alliances for a possible future conflict. They spend their final year in disguise in the court of Virata , and are discovered just after the end of the year. At the end of their exile, they try to negotiate a return to Indraprastha with Krishna as their emissary.

    However, this fails, as Duryodhana objects that they were discovered while in hiding, and that no return of their kingdom was agreed. The two sides summon vast armies to their help and line up at Kurukshetra for a war. Before war being declared, Balarama had expressed his unhappiness at the developing conflict and leaves to go on pilgrimage ; thus he does not take part in the battle itself. Krishna takes part in a non-combatant role, as charioteer for Arjuna.

    Before the battle, Arjuna noticing that the opposing army includes his own kith and kin, including his great grandfather Bhishma and his teacher Drona , has grave doubts about the fight and falls into despair. At this time,Krishna reminds him of duty as a Kshatriya to fight for his just cause in the famous Bhagavad Gita section of the epic.

    Though initially sticking to chivalrous notions of warfare, both sides soon adopt dishonourable tactics. After "seeing" the carnage, Gandhari , who had lost all her sons, curses Krishna to be a witness to a similar annihilation of his family, for though divine and capable of stopping the war, he had not done so. Krishna accepts the curse, which bears fruit 36 years later. The Pandavas, who had ruled their kingdom meanwhile, decide to renounce everything.

    Clad in skins and rags they retire to the Himalaya and climb towards heaven in their bodily form. A stray dog travels with them. One by one the brothers and Draupadi fall on their way. As each one stumbles, Yudhishthira gives the rest the reason for their fall Draupadi was partial to Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva were vain and proud of their looks, and Bhima and Arjuna were proud of their strength and archery skills, respectively.

    Only the virtuous Yudhishthira, who had tried everything to prevent the carnage, and the dog remain. The dog reveals himself to be the god Yama also known as Yama Dharmaraja , and then takes him to the underworld where he sees his siblings and wife. After explaining the nature of the test, Yama takes Yudhishthira back to heaven and explains that it was necessary to expose him to the underworld because Rajyante narakam dhruvam any ruler has to visit the underworld at least once. Yama then assures him that his siblings and wife would join him in heaven after they had been exposed to the underworld for measures of time according to their vices.

    Arjuna's grandson Parikshit rules after them and dies bitten by a snake. His furious son, Janamejaya, decides to perform a snake sacrifice sarpasattra in order to destroy the snakes. It is at this sacrifice that the tale of his ancestors is narrated to him. In the story, one of five brothers asks if the suffering caused by war can ever be justified.

    A long discussion ensues between the siblings, establishing criteria like proportionality chariots cannot attack cavalry, only other chariots; no attacking people in distress , just means no poisoned or barbed arrows , just cause no attacking out of rage , and fair treatment of captives and the wounded.

    Between and , scholars at the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute , Pune , compared the various manuscripts of the epic from India and abroad and produced the Critical Edition of the Mahabharata , on 13, pages in 19 volumes, followed by the Harivamsha in another two volumes and six index volumes. Many regional versions of the work developed over time, mostly differing only in minor details, or with verses or subsidiary stories being added. These include the Tamil street theatre, terukkuttu and kattaikkuttu , the plays of which use themes from the Tamil language versions of Mahabharata , focusing on Draupadi.

    It has become the fertile source for Javanese literature, dance drama wayang wong , and wayang shadow puppet performances. For example, Draupadi is only wed to Yudhishthira , not to all the Pandava brothers; this might demonstrate ancient Javanese opposition to polyandry. Another difference is that Shikhandini does not change her sex and remains a woman, to be wed to Arjuna , and takes the role of a warrior princess during the war.

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    These characters include Semar , Petruk , Gareng and Bagong, who are much-loved by Indonesian audiences. A Kawi version of the Mahabharata , of which eight of the eighteen parvas survive, is found on the Indonesian island of Bali. It has been translated into English by Dr. The first complete English translation was the Victorian prose version by Kisari Mohan Ganguli , [58] published between and Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers and by M.

    Dutt Motilal Banarsidass Publishers. Most critics consider the translation by Ganguli to be faithful to the original text. The complete text of Ganguli's translation is in the public domain and is available online.

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    Another English prose translation of the full epic, based on the Critical Edition , is in progress, published by University Of Chicago Press. It was initiated by Indologist J. Gitomer of DePaul University book 6 , J. Lal , is complete, and in began being published by Writers Workshop , Calcutta. Lal translation is a non-rhyming verse-by-verse rendering, and is the only edition in any language to include all slokas in all recensions of the work not just those in the Critical Edition.

    The completion of the publishing project is scheduled for A project to translate the full epic into English prose, translated by various hands, began to appear in from the Clay Sanskrit Library , published by New York University Press. Currently available are 15 volumes of the projected volume edition. Indian economist Bibek Debroy has also begun an unabridged English translation in ten volumes. Adi Parva was published in March Many condensed versions, abridgements and novelistic prose retellings of the complete epic have been published in English, including works by Ramesh Menon , William Buck , R.

    Munshi , Krishna Dharma , Romesh C. Dutt , Bharadvaja Sarma, John D.

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    • Smith and Sharon Maas. The first important play of 20th century was Andha Yug The Blind Epoch , by Dharamvir Bharati , which came in , found in Mahabharat , both an ideal source and expression of modern predicaments and discontent. Starting with Ebrahim Alkazi it was staged by numerous directors. A Novel in