Retellings of Mahabharata

The great Indian epic reimagined in over a dozen different ways.
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Mahabharata

by Kamala Subramaniam

About the book:  A free prose translation.

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Mahabharata

by Chakravarti Rajagopalachari

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The Mahabharata

by Anonymous

About the book:  The Mahabharata is some 3,500 years old and is the longest poem in any language. It is one of the founding epics of Indian culture and, with its mixture of cosmic drama and profound philosophy (one small section forms the BHAGHAVAD GITA) it holds aunique place in world literature. In this drastically shortened prose rendering, Narayan uses all his extraordinary talents to convey to a modern reader why this is such a great story. Filled with vivid characters, obsessed with the rise and fall of gods, empires and heroes, Narayan's MAHABHARATA is an enormously enjoyable experience and the perfect introduction to the otherwise bewildering Indian cosmology.

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Mahabharata

by William Buck

About the book:  William Buck has condensed the story. The old translation from which he worked covers 5800 pages of print, while his own book is less than a tenth of that length. But by and large, Buck's rendition reflects the sequence of events in the Sanskrit epic, and he uses the traditional techniques for instance, of stories within stories, flashbacks, moral lessons laid in the mouths of principal characters.

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Jaya
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Jaya

by Devdutt Pattanaik

About the book:  High above the sky stands Swarga, paradise, abode of the gods. Still above is Vaikuntha, heaven, abode of God. The doorkeepers of Vaikuntha are the twins, Jaya and Vijaya, both whose names mean 'victory'. One keeps you in Swarga; the other raises you into Vaikuntha. In Vaikuntha there is bliss forever, in Swarga there is pleasure for only as long as you deserve. What is the difference between Jaya and Vijaya? Solve this puzzle and you will solve the mystery of the Mahabharata. In this enthralling retelling of India's greatest epic, the Mahabharata, originally known as Jaya, Devdutt Pattanaik seamlessly weaves into a single narrative plots from the Sanskrit classic as well as its many folk and regional variants, including the Pandavani of Chattisgarh, Gondhal of Maharashtra, Terukkuttu of Tamil Nadu, and Yakshagana of Kamataka. Richly illustrated with over 250 line drawings by the author, the 108 chapters abound with little-known details such as the names of the hundred Kauravas, the worship of Draupadi as a goddess in Tamil Nadu, the stories of Astika, Madhavi, Jamini, Aravan and Barnareek, the Mahabharata version of the Shakuntaiam and the Ramayana, and the dating of the war based on astronomical data. With clarity and simplicity, the tales in the elegant volume reveal the eternal relevance of the Mahabharata, the complex and disturbing meditation on the human condition that has shaped Indian thought for over 3000 years.

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The Mahabharata, Volume 1
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The Mahabharata, Volume 1

by J. A. B. van Buitenen

About the book:  The Mahabharata, an ancient and vast Sanskrit poem, is a remarkable collection of epics, legends, romances, theology, and ethical and metaphysical doctrine. The core of this great work is the epic struggle between five heroic brothers, the Pandavas, and their one hundred contentious cousins for rule of the land. This is the first volume in what will ultimately become a multi volume edition encompassing all eighteen books.

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The Mahabharata

by Ramesh Menon

About the book:  The Mahabharata is the more recent of India's two great epics, and by far the longer. First composed by the Maharishi Vyasa in verse, it has come down the centuries in the timeless oral tradition of guru and sishya, profoundly influencing the history, culture, and art of not only the Indian subcontinent but most of south-east Asia. At 100,000 couplets, it is seven times as long as the Iliad and the Odyssey combined: far and away the greatest recorded epic known to man. The Mahabharata is the very Book of Life: in its variety, majesty and, also, in its violence and tragedy. It has been said that nothing exists that cannot be found within the pages of this awesome legend. The epic describes a great war of some 5000 years ago, and the events that led to it. The war on Kurukshetra sees ten million warriors slain, brings the dwapara yuga to an end, and ushers in a new and sinister age: this present kali yuga, modern times. At the heart of the Mahabharata nestles the Bhagavad Gita, the Song of God. Senayor ubhayor madhye, between two teeming armies, Krishna expounds the eternal dharma to his warrior of light, Arjuna. At one level, all the restless action of the Mahabharata is a quest for the Gita and its sacred stillness. After the carnage, it is the Gita that survives, immortal lotus floating upon the dark waters of desolation: the final secret! With its magnificent cast of characters, human, demonic, and divine, and its riveting narrative, the Mahabharata continues to enchant readers and scholars the world over. This new rendering brings the epic to the contemporary reader in sparkling modern prose. It brings alive all the excitement, magic, and grandeur of the original-for our times.

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Mahabharata For Children
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Mahabharata For Children

by Neela Subramaniam

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The Mahabharata

by Bibek Debroy

About the book:  Though the basic plot is widely known, there is much more to the epic than the dispute between Kouravas and Pandavas that led to the battle in Kurukshetra. It has innumerable sub-plots that accommodate fascinating meanderings and digressions, and it has rarely been translated in full, given its formidable length of 80,000 shlokas or couplets. This magnificent ten-volume unabridged translation of the epic is based on the Critical Edition compiled at the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute. Volume 3 completes the Vana Parva, the account of the Pandavas' sojourn in the forest. It details the dharma obtained from, and descriptions of, places of pilgrimage. It recounts the stories of Agastya, Rishyashringa, Kartavirya, Sukanya and Chyavana, Mandhata, Jantu, Shibi, Ashtavakra, Yavakrita, Jatasura, and Markandeya. The narrative covers Arjuna's slaying of the Nivatakavacha demons; the Kouravas' defeat at the hands of the gandharvas and their subsequent release by the Pandavas; Droupadi's abduction by Jayadratha and rescue by the Pandavas; and Indra's visit to Karna to rob him of his earrings and armour.

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Mahabharata

by Carole Satyamurti

About the book:  Astonishing. . . . [Satyamurti s Mahabharata] brings [the] past alive . . . as though it were a novel in finely crafted verse. Vinay Dharwadker"

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The Mahabharata. Translated from the Sanskrit of Vyasa by P. Lal
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The Mahabharata. Translated from the Sanskrit of Vyasa by P. Lal

by Vyasa (also called Krishna Dvaipayana or Vedavyasa)

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Mahabharata

by Annie Besant

About the book:  It is the story of the Aryan race in India some 5,000 years ago and includes an account of the epic war between the Pandavas and Kauravas, two groups descended from King Bharata, from whom India takes its name, Bharata.

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Maha-Bharata, Epic of the Bharatas. [Translated by Romesh Dutt.]
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Maha-Bharata, Epic of the Bharatas. [Translated by Romesh Dutt.]

by Romesh Chunder Dutt

About the book:  This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps (as most of these works have been housed in our most important libraries around the world), and other notations in the work. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work.As a reproduction of a historical artifact, this work may contain missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.

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Le Mahabharata
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Le Mahabharata

by Madeleine Biardeau

About the book:  Immense poème épique au creuset duquel se sont forgés l'imaginaire et la culture de l'Inde, le Mahabharata est à la démesure du sous-continent. Pour nombre d'Occidentaux, il s'agit d'une oeuvre inassimilable car trop complexe, trop foisonnante, trop étrange. C'est pourquoi la pièce montée par Peter Brook pour le festival d'Avignon de 1985 fut immédiatement perçue comme un événement majeur dans l'histoire contemporaine du théâtre.Le succès phénoménal que connut cette création devait beaucoup au texte de Jean-Claude Carrière. Avec une limpidité exemplaire, il nous fait revivre la lutte cosmique que se livrèrent les Kauravas et les Pandavas, impliquant les mondes des démons et des dieux, et nous fait pénétrer au coeur de la mythologie indienne. Depuis longtemps épuisé, ce classique contemporain de la scène est enfin rendu à son public.

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