Category: Mahabharata

Was Draupadi Vastraharan in Mahabharata ‘enough’ for Kurukshetra war?

I have often heard a casual comment regarding Draupadi Vastraharan in Mahabharata, that ‘Kurukshetra war happened only for a woman’. Firstly, it would have...

Mother’s Love: Yashodha and Krishna

Yaksha to Yudhisthira:’Who is more nurturing than Earth?’ Yudhisthira:’Mother’ Once Balarama came running to Yashodha and said, ‘Mother,...

Importance of scriptures like Bhagavad Gita: story of a Leaky bucket

A cool breeze off the Ganga river caressed Pandit Gangadhar Tripathi’s face. His grandson was sitting opposite to him hearing Bhagavad Gita, for the third time,...

Virat Parva: lesson from Mahabharata in COVID-19 lockdown

Owing to the COVID-19 lockdown, the Indian government decided to telecast the Ramayana and Mahabharata. Hence, the Ramayana on the National channel has shattered records...

The dangerous fallacies of Mrityunjaya

‘I think Draupadi is to blame for her Vastraharana’ declared one of my esteemed friends. Obviously, he was a Karna fan (or I would say a devotee). ‘Had...

Mahaprasthanika Parva: a mountaineering lesson from Mahabharata

In mountaineering circles, it is a very famous practise to sleep lower than the altitude you climb to, especially at higher altitudes. To elaborate, your body...

Dusshasana speaks

The so-called shameless act Honestly, I don’t regret what I did. Why should I? I ascended to heaven after leaving the mortal frame. All my brothers attained the...

Where was Krishna during Draupadi Vastraharan?

Draupadi’s lament “Neither the grandfather Bheeshma nor the Dhritarashtra intervened in my disrobing. My husbands deserted me and even you were not there to...

The importance of Ram Naama

In the Anushasana Parva of Mahabharata, Yudhisthira asks Bheeshma about the supreme soul and the best mantras. In reply to this, Bheeshma handed over Vishnu Sahasranama...

In conversation with Yaksha: Yudhishthira’s wisdom

Prologue It so happened that at the end of the twelfth year of the exile of Pandavas, the five brothers went chasing a deer, which had stolen the kindling and churning...