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Dhritarashtra expels Vidura, as he counsels to leave Duryodhana. Vidura reaches Pandavas in Kamyaka forest and later Dhritarashtra brings him back through Sanjay. Vyasa reaches Dhritarashtra and counsels the same thing. He makes him alert that Rishi Maitrayee will soon reach him. Hence, Duryodhana must react properly before him. However, Duryodhana won’t act perfectly and for that Maitrayee curses Duryodhana badly for his evil deeds and arrogant attitude.
As Pandavas, dressed in deer skin and tree barks went to the forest, they were followed by immense subjects. All the subjects of Hastinapura and Indrasena were successfully returned by the eldest son of Pandu with pleasing words in Vana parva, but the Brahmanas including Saunaka remained. Feeding them regularly made Yudhisthira worried. Dauma, the priest of Pandavas grants the Surya Mantra to Yudhisthira and on chanting that, Yudhisthira gets boon from Surya Deva in Vana Parva of Mahabharata.
Different tales of Mahabharata Book suggests that Pandavas were much more stronger and capable in war, as compared to Kauravas and all other warriors of Bharata. They were much more powerful and along with that Brahmacharya of 12 years (suggested by Vidura) will make them even more powerful. But Karna and Duryodhana were also powerful. Still why they became afraid? What were the vows, which made them so much afraid?
Draupadi has been one of the prime characters of Mahabharata story. However, she is remembered more for her different type of birth, for her five husbands and for the outstanding feat at her Swayamvar. Another incidence is also there where Draupadi is remembered by the Mahabharata story analysts and that is her role in the kurukshetra war. Most often the thing is forgotten that Draupadi remained one of the most intelligent characters of entire Mahabharata. Her intelligence is quite evident in the Dice game episode of Mahabharata story. In fact, there are four distinctive situations, in the story, where her high level of intellect is explicit. Here are those four areas:
Yudhisthira, according to Mahabharata History, throughout his life remained a person, who always acted in the righteous path, as directed by Kshatriya rules. But righteousness doesn’t necessarily mean submissiveness. The one who has been mentioned to be perfect according to righteousness rule of Kshatriya act is lord Rama. At time of punishing the wicked ones, he also showed aggressiveness. Hence, aggressiveness of a Kshatriya is not a practice which is unrighteous. So, Yudhisthira was basically soft minded and heartily person, along with righteousness, who feared confrontation at battlefield, as he showed during Udyog Parva of Mahabharata. However, if he would have been a little aggressive, he could have stopped the disaster of Pandavas during Dice Game. See How –
There is a word called - “What is not in Bharata, that is not in the entire world”. The Word is absolute truth. You will understand very well from today’s episode. As we narrate the Dice game episode of Mahabharata, you will find that Duryodhana practiced some filthy means, which are very much in use now. According to the scripts, Duryodhana was the incarnation of Kali Demon. So, this is his rule now. Hence, it is quite meaningful, if practices started by him are practiced widely now and that is happening too. The five filthy practices narrated in this episode of Mahabharata story will also narrate the entire Dice game episode of Sabha Parva. So, let us start stating the background first.
Sisupala Vadh Parva in Sabha Parva endues with different facts and figures, when supported with Rajasuyika Parva. The entire historical story of Mahabharata is a game plan of Shri Hari himself, where all Pandavas were instruments only. However, in that entire historical base of instrumentation too, there were some of the Powers, who were destined to be perished at the hands of Krishna himself. Sisupala was one of them, who in his earlier birth was Ravana and according to the curse to Jaya and Vijay, this was their last incarnation and foes to Hari. With the death of Sisupala, almost all who were destined to die in the hands of Krishna perishes, except Paundrik, thus taking the Bharata to the last editions.
Rajasuya Yagna counselling to Yudhisthira was initially provided by Narada muni in the Rajasuyarambha parva of Sabha parva. Narada Muni, who according to his wish can travel any parts of Universe, said that it was the wish of King Pandu that Yudhisthira must convey Rajasuya yagna of great fame. All the friends and allies of Yudhisthira also agreed to the fact, but Yudhisthira’s mind was not pleased unless he asked the same to Hrishikesh. Krishna on hearing the same agreed to the king about Rajasuya, but foretold a challenge the king would face. He also gave a resolution to the challenge at the end, that pleased the king.
Khandava Dahan Parva is a very important chapter of Adi Parva, where Arjuna receives Gandiva and two inexhaustible quivers, Krishna receives Sudarshan Chakra, Kapidhwaj Chariot is received by Arjuna. This is again the chapter, where from enmity of Pandavas and Takshak starts. Due to this enmity, son of Takshak, Ashvasen attacked Arjuna while in battle with Karna. For his enmity, Takshak killed Parikshit, and for this enmity, Janmejaya arranged Sarpa Nidhan Yagna. The starting of Khandava Dahan parva was when Agni, in disguise of a Brahmana reached Krishna Arjuna and sought help to burn down the forest of Khandava. Takshak, the Naga Chief resided in the forest and was a friend of Indra. So, Indra protected the forest from burning by Agni. And it was due to a curse to Agni, for which his hunger will never be pacified unless he consumes the Khandava forest. The historical episode of Khandava Dahan starts from there.
Haranaharan Parva of Adi Parva is the chapter, where three major historical events happened. The first of them is breaking of Draupadi’s Vows. Draupadi had the Vow that no other wives of Pandavas shall reside in the abode of Indraprastha. Sister of Keshav, and fourth and last wife of Arjuna, Subhadra broke the vow. The second incidence is the birth of the Hero – Abhimanyu, who bore the only lamp of Pandava dynasty for the next 2000 years. Finally, sons of Draupadi were born to all the five Pandavas. Upanayan Sangaskar of all the six kids, along with their lesson of Vedas and Weaponry from Arjuna ends the chapter of Haranaharan parva.
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