15 Facts About Mahabharata


Mahabharata is the longest epic poem known and has been described as "the longest poem ever written".

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Mahabharata describes the Guru–shishya tradition, which traces all great teachers and their students of the Vedic times.

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Research on the Mahabharata has put an enormous effort into recognizing and dating layers within the text.

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Mahabharata started as an orally-transmitted tale of the charioteer bards.

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Vishnu Sukthankar, editor of the first great critical edition of the Mahabharata, commented: "It is useless to think of reconstructing a fluid text in an original shape, based on an archetype and a stemma codicum.

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At least three redactions of the text are commonly recognized: Jaya with 8, 800 verses attributed to Vyasa, Bharata with 24, 000 verses as recited by Vaisampayana, and finally the Mahabharata as recited by Ugrasrava Sauti with over 100, 000 verses.

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Several stories within the Mahabharata took on separate identities of their own in Classical Sanskrit literature.

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Mahabharata begins with the following hymn and in fact this praise has been made at the beginning of every Parva:.

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Mahabharata itself ends with the death of Krishna, and the subsequent end of his dynasty and ascent of the Pandava brothers to heaven.

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Mahabharata is born healthy and grows up to be one of the wisest characters in the Mahabharata.

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Mahabharata serves as Prime Minister to King Pandu and King Dhritarashtra.

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Mahabharata's gives birth to three sons, Yudhishthira, Bhima, and Arjuna, through these gods.

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Mahabharata then arranges for the Pandavas and the Queen Mother Kunti to stay there, intending to set it alight.

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Persian translation of Mahabharata, titled Razmnameh, was produced at Akbar's orders, by Faizi and ?Abd al-Qadir Badayuni in the 18th century.

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Jain versions of Mahabharata can be found in the various Jain texts like Harivamsapurana Trisastisalakapurusa Caritra (Hagiography of 63 Illustrious persons), Pandavacharitra (lives of Pandavas) and Pandavapurana (stories of Pandavas).

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