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The Stories of Mahabharata

Sudipta Bhawmik

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Mahabharata+Episode+59+%3A+The+Battle+of+Kurukshetra+%E2%80%93+Day+Nine
access_time8 months ago
On day nine of the Kurukshetra war, Bhishma unleashed his fury like never before. The Pandavas suffered severe losses and realized that if Bhishma continued his rampage in this form, nobody could prevent their defeat. Arjun, on whom the Pandavas … Continue reading →
Mahabharata+Episode+58+%3A+The+Battle+Of+Kurukshetra+%E2%80%93+Days+Seven+and+Eight
access_time1 year ago
The Kurukshetra battle continues for the seventh and eighth day. Pandavas clearly have an upper hand. Bhishma, Drona, Kripacharya all try their best but Arjun, Bheem and the other Pandava warriors seem indomitable.  Iravan, son of Arjun, fights valiantly but … Continue reading →
Mahabharata+Episode+57+%3A+The+Battle+Of+Kurukshetra+%E2%80%93+Days+Four+Five+and+Six
access_time1 year ago
As the great battle of Kurukshetra continues, both the Pandavas and the Kauravas suffer huge losses. Great warriors are killed. Thousands of soldiers lost their lives. Bhurisraba kills ten sons of Satyaki. Bhagadatta mounts his elephant and almost kills Bheem. … Continue reading →
Mahabharata+Episode+56%3A+The+Battle+of+Kurukshetra+%E2%80%93+Day+Two+and+Three
access_time2 years ago
The Kurukshetra war rages on. Bheem was unstoppable on the second day. He wrecked havoc on the Kaurava army and none of the Kaurava generals succeeded in controlling him.  On the third day, Duryodhan was almost killed by Bheem. Duryodhan’s … Continue reading →
Mahabharata+Episode+55%3A+The+Battle+of+Kurukshetra+%E2%80%93+Day+One
access_time2 years ago
After Krishna returns with Arjuna to the Panadava formation,  Yudhistir dismounts from his chariot and walks towards the Kaurava army to seek blessings from his gurus. Bhisma, Dron, Kripa, and Salya wish them victory. Then, with the blowing of the … Continue reading →
Mahabharata+Episode+54%3A+The+Bhagabad+Gita
access_time3 years ago
On the first day of the war, Krishna drives Arjuna’s chariot to the middle of the battlefield of Kurukshetra. Watching Bhishma, Drona, Kripa and many of his relatives and friends assembled on the Kaurava side as his opponent, Arjuna is … Continue reading →
Mahabharata+Episode+53%3A+The+War+Begins
access_time3 years ago
The huge armies of the Kauravas and the Pandavas assemble on the battlefield of Kurukshetra. Bhisma vows to kill 10,000 Pandava soldiers a day. Arjun assures Yudhistir of victory. The Kaurava and the Pandava generals meet and decide on the … Continue reading →
Mahabharata+Episode+52+%3A+The+Story+of+Sikhandi
access_time3 years ago
The war of Kurukshetra is imminent. The Kauravas and the Pandavas prepare to engage in the battlefield. The day before the war, the Kaurava generals meet to formulate their strategy. Bhisma, tells Duryodhan and his men, that although he is … Continue reading →
Mahabharata+Episode+51%3A+Karna+and+Kunti
access_time4 years ago
With the war looming large, Kunti is scared for her sons. Although the Pandava brothers are strong and powerful, they are not invincible. The Kauravas have great warriors like Bhishma, Dron, Kripa and Karna, and with their combined might, they … Continue reading →
Mahabharata+Episode+50%3A+Karna+and+Krishna
access_time4 years ago
After failing to negotiate a peace deal with the Kauravas, Krishna tries a different route. He knew, if by some means he could convince Karna to switch his allegiance to the Pandavas, Duryodhan would give up his ambition to win … Continue reading →
Mahabharata+Episode+49%3A+The+Diplomacy+Fails
access_time4 years ago
Krishna arrives at the Hastinapur palace with his peace proposal. However, his reconciliatory words falls into deaf ears. Duryodhan ignores Krishna’s proposal and claims he has done nothing wrong. Dhritarashtra makes a feeble attempt to convince Duryodhan, but fails. Duryodhan … Continue reading →
Mahabharata+Episode+48%3A+Krishna%2C+the+Emissary
access_time4 years ago
When Sanjay visited the Pandavas with the peace proposal from Dhritarashtra, Yudhistir  asked for only five villages for the five brothers. But Duryodhan denied. He said, he wouldn’t give the Pandavas even a spec of soil one could lift on … Continue reading →
Mahabharata+Episode+47%3A+The+Diplomacy+Continues
access_time4 years ago
The Kauravas and the Pandavas prepare for war while the diplomatic efforts to avoid it takes its own course. Dhritarashtra sends his trusted emissary Sanjay to dissuade the Pandavas from a bloody war. Yudhistir asks for five small villages for … Continue reading →
Mahabharata+Episode+46%3A+The+Preparation
access_time4 years ago
After Abhimanyu and Uttara’s wedding, the Pandavas get busy planning to claim back their Kingdom. They knew, Duryodhan wouldn’t give back their due without a fight. They begin to seek alliances of powerful kings. To fight the Kauravas they need … Continue reading →
Mahabharata+Episode+45%3A+The+Pandavas+Emerge+from+Hiding
access_time5 years ago
King Virat was ecstatic to know that his son Uttar has defeated the indomitable Kauravas and won back their cattle. But Yudhistir’s lack of enthusiasm and unabashed praise for the eunuch charioteer Brihannala enraged him. However, his rage turned to … Continue reading →
Mahabharata+Episode+44%3A+The+Battle+for+the+Cattle
access_time5 years ago
Uttar takes Arjun (disguised as Brihannala) to fight the Kauravas and win back the cattle of King Virat. But witnessing the might of the Kauravas, Uttar panics. Brihannala takes Uttar to the Sami tree and fetches the Pandiva weapons hanging … Continue reading →
Mahabharata+Episode++43%3A+The+Revelation
access_time5 years ago
Emboldened by Keechak’s death the King of Trigartha, Susharma, with support from Duryodhan, attacks the Matsya Kingdom to steal Virat’s cattle. Yudhistir, Bheem, Nakul and Sahadev help Virat fight the Trigarta army. While Virat is busy fighting Susharma,  the Kaurava army … Continue reading →
Mahabharata+Episode+42%3A+Bheem+Kills+Keechak
access_time5 years ago
In the kingdom of Virat, the Panadvas have been spending their thirteenth year in exile. As per the contract, they had to live in disguise such that nobody could recognize them as the rulers of Indraprastha. Draupadi served the queen … Continue reading →
Mahabharata+Episode+41%3A+The+Pandavas+Go+Incognito
access_time5 years ago
The Pandavas complete their twelve years in exile. Now, as per the agreement, they have to go into hiding for the thirteenth year. It is quite a challenge since the entire Bharata knows the five gallant brothers and their beautiful wife … Continue reading →
Mahabharata+Episode+40%3A+Yudhistir+and+the+Crane
access_time5 years ago
The  four Pandava brothers, Bheem, Arjun, Nakul and Sahadev die while trying to fetch water from a lake. When Yudhistir finds the lake, he meets a mysterious crane who claims to have killed his brothers. The crane challenges Yudhistir to … Continue reading →
Mahabharata+Episode+39%3A+Karna%E2%80%99s+Gift
access_time5 years ago
Karna was born with an armor that made him invincible to any weapons. Indra, to help his son Arjuna, wanted to strip Karna of his natural defense. Indra exploited Karna’s magnanimity and asked for the armor as a gift. Karna … Continue reading →
Mahabharata+Episode+38%3A+The+Story+of+Savitri+and+Satyavan
access_time5 years ago
The story of Savitri and Satyavan is one of the most popular tales of the Mahabharata. Savitri, a princess, marries Satyavan knowing that her husband had a short lifespan. As per Narada’s prediction, Satyavan dies one year after their marriage. … Continue reading →
Mahabharata+Episode+37%3A+The+Abduction+of+Draupadi
access_time5 years ago
Jayadratha, the husband of Duryodhan’s sister Duhshala, sees Draupadi in the Kamyaka forest and is enamoured by her divine beauty.  Unable to control his lust, Jayadratha tries to abduct her against her will. When the Pandavas come to know of this, … Continue reading →
Mahabharata+Episode+36%3A+The+Story+of+Mudgal+and+Durvasa
access_time5 years ago
In this episode, we hear two enchanting stories from the Mahabharata. In the first story, Rishi Durvasa grants Mudgal an eternal life in heaven. But Mudgal declines the offer in search of eternal truth. The second story is more exciting. … Continue reading →
Mahabharata+Episode+35%3A+Duryodhan%E2%80%99s+Malaise+and+Recovery
access_time5 years ago
Duryodhan’s attempt to humiliate the Pandavas went haywire. He got into a fight with the Gandharavas and was defeated and captured. The Pandava brothers fought the Gandharvas to rescue Duryodhan and his entourage. However, instead of being grateful, Duryodhan felt … Continue reading →
Mahabharata+Episode+34+%3A+The+Rescue+of+Duryodhan
access_time6 years ago
Duryodhan plans to visit the Pandavas during their exile and humiliate them. But he gets embroiled in a battle with the Gandharvas and is captured by the Gandharva King Chitrasena. At the request of their brother Yudhistir, Arjuna and Bheem … Continue reading →
Mahabharata+Episode+33%3A+The+Virtuous+Butcher+And+Draupadi%E2%80%99s+Advice
access_time6 years ago
When asked to talk about the virtues of a woman, Rishi Markandeya tells Yudhistira how a housewife advised Rishi Kaushik about the ways of life and led Kaushik to meet the butcher of Mithila to learn about Dharma. We also … Continue reading →
Mahabharata+Episode+32%3A+Markandeya%E2%80%99s+Visit
access_time6 years ago
Rishi Markandeya visits the Pandavas and tells them several stories from his vast experience. He narrates the story of the Matsya, Manu and the great deluge. He tells them about the celestial cycles of creation and destruction, and how the … Continue reading →
Mahabharata+Episode+31%3A+Arjuna+Returns+and+Nahusha%E2%80%99s+Curse
access_time6 years ago
Arjuna returns from Indra’s palace in the heavens back to his brothers and his wife Draupadi in the Gandhamadan mountains. He tells them the stories of his conquests against the Nibata Kabacha demons and the demonesses Paulam and Kalaka’s army. … Continue reading →
Mahabharata+Episode+30%3A+The+Story+of+Bheema+and+Hanuman
access_time6 years ago
Draupadi asks Bheema to fetch her the divine lotus.  Bheema, eager to please his wife, embarks on a journey to find the precious gift. On his way, he meets an old and frail little monkey. Little did he know, it … Continue reading →
Mahabharata+Episode+29%3A+The+Story+of+Ashtavakra
access_time6 years ago
The young Rishi Ashtavakra was born crooked at eight parts of his body. The deformity was caused because of his father’s curse. But later Ashtavakra saves his father from his ill fortune. Listen to this story and the stories of … Continue reading →
Mahabharata+Episode+28%3A+The+Tales+of+Rishi+Chyavan+and+King+Ushinara
access_time6 years ago
In this episode of the Stories of Mahabharata, Rishi Lomasha tells the Pandavas two exciting stories. In the first story, he tells the story of Rishi Chyavan who regained his youth with the help of the celestial physicians the Ashwini … Continue reading →
Mahabharata+Episode+27%3A+The+Story+of+Parashurama
access_time6 years ago
According to the Hindu scriptures, Lord Vishnu appeared on earth nine times to purge the earth of evil (his 10th appearance is yet to happen). Parashurama was the sixth incarnation. In this episode, Rishi Lomasha tells the Pandavas the story … Continue reading →
Mahabharata+Episode+26%3A+The+Tales+of+Bhagiratha+and+Rishwasringa
access_time6 years ago
Rishi Lomapada tells Yudhistira and his entourage the tale of Bhagiratha and how he brought Ganga from the heavens to the earth and then led her to the oceans, thus forming the mighty river. He then tells them the story … Continue reading →
Mahabharata+Episode+25%3A+The+Pilgrimage
access_time6 years ago
After spending few years in the Kamyaka forest, the Pandavas embark on a grand pilgrimage to visit the various holy places around the country. and learn about their glorious legends. Rishi Lomasha volunteered to be their guide. On their first … Continue reading →
Mahabharata+Episode+24%3A+Arjuna+and+Urvasi
access_time6 years ago
Arjuna visits the heavens to acquire more weapons from his father Indra. Apart from acquiring the skills in using the divine weapons, Arjuna also begins taking lessons in music and dance from the Gandharva Guru Chitrasena.  There he meets the … Continue reading →
Mahabharata+Episode+23%3A+Arjuna%E2%80%99s+Quest+for+Divine+Weapons
access_time6 years ago
Yudhistira realized that to conquer the Kauravas, he needs to have powerful weapons. He sends Arjuna on a quest to acquire divine and powerful weapons from the gods. Arjuna travels far and meets Lord Shiva in a strange circumstance. The … Continue reading →
Mahabharata+Episode+22%3A+Draupadi%E2%80%99s+Argument
access_time6 years ago
The Pandavas are now in exile in the forest. One day Krishna visits the Pandavas in the forest to express his solidarity.  He apologizes for not being able to attend the game of dice and stop this misfortune from befalling on … Continue reading →
Behind+The+Scenes+of+The+Mahabharata+Podcast
access_time6 years ago
The other day, Avi and I sat together to chat about what goes on behind the scenes of “The Stories of Mahabharata”  podcast. We talked about how Avi goes about designing the sound for the podcast. And I spoke about … Continue reading →
Mahabharata+Episode+21%3A+The+Exile
access_time6 years ago
The Pandavas go into exile as per the conditions of the game.  The Sun god gifts Yudhistira with the magic bowl to feed his followers. Upset by Vidura’s harsh comments Dhritarashtra banishes him. But he couldn’t live without him either. … Continue reading →
Mahabharata+Episode+20%3A+One+Last+Game
access_time7 years ago
Duryodhana was not happy when Dhritarashtra returned the Pandavas their kingdom and all the wealth they had lost in the game of dice to Shakuni. So he and Shakuni came up with another plan. They invited Yudhistira back to Hastinapura … Continue reading →
Mahabharata+Episode+19%3A+Draupadi%E2%80%99s+Insult
access_time7 years ago
Yudhistira bets his wife Draupadi in the game of dice and loses her to the Kauravas. Dussasana drags Draupadi to the assembly hall in front of everybody. And there, the Panchal princess is subject to the cruelest humiliation while her … Continue reading →
Mahabharata+Episode+18%3A+The+Game+of+Dice
access_time7 years ago
The greatest mistake Yudhistira made in his life was to agree to play the game of dice with Duryodhana. He knew, the game wouldn’t be fair, but still he couldn’t refuse. His excuses were, that he couldn’t say no to … Continue reading →
Mahabharata+Episode+17%3A+The+Game+Plan
access_time7 years ago
Duryodhana’s envy of the Pandavas keeps consuming him. Moreover, he is humiliated by falling for the illusions of the grand palace Maya had built for them. But scheming Shakuni has a plan to rob Yudhishthira of his kingdom. Even the righteous emperor … Continue reading →
Mahabharata+Episode+16%3A+The+Death+of+Sishupala
access_time7 years ago
Sishupala, the King of Chedi, was an invited guest to King Yudhistira’s Rajasuya sacrifice ceremony. He had accepted Yudhistira as his emperor. But when Yudhistira decided to offer Krishna his first worship as the most revered man present in the … Continue reading →
Mahabharata+Episode+15%3A+The+Killing+of+Jarasandha+and+The+Rajasuya+Sacrifice
access_time7 years ago
Jarasandha, the mighty King of Magadha, was feared by everybody, including the almighty Lord Krishna. Jarasandha planned to offer one hundred Kings as human sacrifice to his Lord. He had captured eighty-six of them and was in the process of … Continue reading →
Mahabharata+Episode+14%3A+The+Burning+of+the+Khandava+Forest.
access_time7 years ago
Agni requests Arjuna and Krishna to help him burn down the Khandava forest for the flesh and fat of the animals in the forest would cure him of his loss of appetite. Arjuna and Krishna helps him, and a great … Continue reading →
Mahabharata+Episode+13%3A+Arjuna+Abducts+Subhadra
access_time7 years ago
This is the thirteenth episode of the stories of Mahabharata. We have progressed quite a bit, but we have a long way to go. In this episode we hear couple of fascinating stories. In the first story, Arjuna rescues the … Continue reading →
Mahabharata+Episode+12%3A+The+Kingdom+of+the+Pandavas+and+Arjuna%E2%80%99s+Exile
access_time7 years ago
Dhritarashtra offered Pandavas the land of Khandava, a barren and uninhabited piece of land, to set up their Kingdom. To everybody’s surprise, Yudhishtira accepts the offer. In Khandava, the Pandavas setup their capital in Indraprastha, a grand city build by … Continue reading →
Mahabharata+Episode+11%3A+Dhritarashtra%E2%80%99s+Dilemma
access_time7 years ago
When the blind king Dritarashtra learned that the Pandavas have survived the fire in Varanavata and have gained a strong ally, King Drupada of Panchala by marrying his daughter Draupadi, he was in deep trouble. He had already declared Duryodhana … Continue reading →
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