THE STORY OF A BLESSING BY MISTAKE After Bhishma withdrew, obeying Krishna, the divine arrows he had shot to kill Arjuna, he asked the avatara, still on his chariot, why he did not kill him. Without doubt, the fruits of virtue will be manifest in time, as will the fruits of sin. Even Bhishma is confounded: “The ways of dharma are subtle.” When even the wise Bhishma cannot resolve the question, she says, “I think time is out of joint. Later Durdasa went with the victorious Pandavas and Krishna to meet Dhritarashtra and Gandhari. Krishna then reveals his divine, universal nature to Arjuna in a magnificent vision of a multitude of gods, stretching out to infinity. His enemies are there, smiling and contented. Even though Yudhishthira forgives him, Arjuna insists on keeping the vow. Vyasa appears infrequently throughout the Mahabharata, giving advice and also fathering Pandu and Dhritarashtra. Years later, Pandu one day surrenders to his passion for Madri. The story spans over 100000 shlokas, or over 200000 verses, as each shloka is a couplet. One day while hunting in the forest, Pandu shoots a gazelle in the act of mating. In Hindu thought, neither heaven (svarga) or hell are eternal, but only intervals between rebirths. Yudhishthira responds that each caste has its own duty, and his is to be a warrior/king, not a brahmin/beggar. Bengali writer and playwright, Buddhadeva Bose wrote three plays set in Mahabharat, Anamni Angana , Pratham Partha and Kalsandhya . By reciting a secret formula, she can invoke a god at will and have a child by him. One must never refuse a brahmin anything (see the incident between Karna and Indra below). Parasurama curses him so he will forget the secret formula at the moment he wishes for the weapon, and that will be the moment of his death. Kunti, his first wife, informs him that she possesses a magic power. Draupadi cannot understand why they are suffering so, if they are the righteous ones. Odia Bhagabata, ach chapter of Bhagavad Gita is presented in a separate PDF file, Jagannath Das. Here I will post some short pieces on Sarala Mahabharata. The ancient eternal dharma is lost among the Kauravas.” Instead, they insult her, displaying her during the time of her period. As penance, Arjuna goes into exile for a year; while away he marries three other wives, one Krishna’s sister, mostly for political alliances. Karna later meets Indra (Arjuna’s divine father) in the disguise of a brahmin. Briefly it’s described as a “beautiful sight” (CN 125-6). The Pandavas mock his lowly social status and will not fight with someone who is not of royal birth, but their cousin Duryodhana sees the chance to make an ally. The Danavas (a family of demons) need him as their champion (he was born at their request) and appear before him. Read the reviews and download the free PDF e-books.. Use the search function above to find our free PDF ebooks or use the category list to browse books. Their rivalry echoes the mythic conflict between their divine fathers Indra and Surya. As the Pandavas paid their obeisance to them, Gandhari could not control herself and charged them of killing innumerable people for the sake of kingdom. SHARES. Sarala Dasa (Odia:ସାରଳା ଦାସ) was a 15th-century Poet and scholar of Odia literature. So Satyavati, the king’s second wife, asks her first-born son, Vyasa the poet, to give children to the two princesses. "Mahabharata" is a story that communicates Vedic Ideas such as dharma and karma. He will keep his word: he resolves to follow his dharma. Yudhishthira (who presents himself as a poor brahmin), his brothers and Draupadi (who pass for wandering servants) all find refuge at the court of King Virata. Yudhishthira agrees to a final game, but once again, he loses. Bhagabata is one of the oriya ebooks published by www.odia.org. Arjuna asks, “How can I accept this? … Do not doubt virtue because you do not see its results. Where was your virtue, O Karna, when Draupadi was brought weeping in the Kuru assembly? Drona continues to challenge the Pandava armies, slaying thousands. A great scholar both in Sanskrit and Oriya Bhagabata Odia eBook. So that was the end of Durdasa. Yudhishthira accepts his offer in the hope of averting a war. Stung by Durdasa’s decision and Krishna’s celebration of the same, Duryodhana ordered his army to attack both Durdasa and Yudhisthira, who was still in the enemy’s part of the battlefield. He goes to them, but the princesses dislike him, for as an ascetic who has taken a vow of poverty, he is filthy and smells. The events, if real, may have taken place 3000 years ago in the Gangetic plains. Bhishma allows her to leave, but her betrothed does not want her any more. Now abandoned, she returns to Bhishma and demands that he marry her. After nine days of fighting, the Pandavas visit Bhishma by night; they tell him that, unless he is killed in the war, the carnage will carry on until the end of the world. The secret is detachment: do your duty without concern for the personal consequences. The blind son is called Dhritarashtra, the pale one is Pandu. Bhima slays an elephant, also called Ashvatthama, then deceitfully tells Drona of the death of his son. Assuming the form of a beautiful woman, she falls madly in love with Bhima, who fights and kills her venomous brother. In spite of his bravery, he is killed. The name Mahabharata means “great [story of the] Bharatas.” Bharata was an early ancestor of both the Pandavas and Kauravas who fight each other in a great war, but the word is also used generically for the Indian race, so the Mahabharata sometimes is referred to as “the great story of India.” A gatekeeper tells him to abandon the dog if he wants to enter paradise. Over the eighteen-day war, Duryodhana has seen his generals and their armies fall to the Pandavas, but to the very end he refuses to surrender. Krishna’s action leaves one thoroughly bewildered and morally defeated. As Duryodhana lies dying, Ashvatthama, Drona’s son, tells him how he sneaked into the camp of the victorious Pandavas at night to perpetrate a hideous massacre, killing the remaining warriors and all the children while asleep, leaving the Pandavas without any heirs. Why did Durdasa have to die? He meets the god Shiva who gives him powerful weapons. Download the Bible, The Holy Quran, The Mahabharata, and thousands of free pdf ebooks on Buddhism, meditation, etc. Fearing for his life, Madri tries to push him away but her struggles only inflame his desire more. 2 01-02 Mahabharat Adi & Sabha Parvas - SD Satwalekar 1930.pdf. Since his brother is blind and thus unfit for the throne, Pandu becomes the new king of Hastinapura. Ignoring counsel of his brothers, he had gone there alone and weaponless. He receives this name, which means “of terrible resolve,” after vowing never to marry or have children. He keeps it in reserve for Arjuna. He will fight alongside the Kauravas, even though he can already foresee their defeat and his own death. Despite protecting Yudhisthira when he was most vulnerable and most unprotected, and despite his not having said or done anything that would invite even a shade of suspicion that he was hostile to the interests of the Pandavas, he ultimately remained the outsider, the other in their midst. Santanu, king of Hastinapura, was married to the beautiful Ganga, who was the river goddess in disguise. Meanwhile, Dhritarashtra has become king, despite his blindness. Yudhishthira has a vision of the age to come: “I see the coming of another age, where barbaric kings rule over a vicious, broken world; where puny, fearful, hard men live tiny lives, white hair at sixteen, copulating with animals, their women perfect whores, making love with greedy mouths. He asks each one in turn, “O prince, tell me what you see.” One by one they respond, “I see my teacher, my brothers, the tree and the bird.” Drona tells them, “Then you will not hit the mark.” Arjuna, however, says he sees only the bird, and in fact, only the eye of the bird. The soul merely casts off old bodies and enters new ones, just as a person changes garments. Portions of the following summary have been adapted from David Williams, Peter Brook and the Mahabharata: Critical Perspectives, 1991. She agreed to marry him as long as he never questioned her actions. Abhimanyu succeeds, but when Bhima and Yudhishthira try to follow him into the opening, they are stopped by Jayadratha, a brother-in-law to the Kauravas, and the breach closes behind the young Abhimanyu. Books 5-10 of the Mahabharata recount the 18-day war between the Pandavas and the Kauravas. His silence was his acquiescence in the act, and thus he had necessarily become part of it - the very embodiment of dharma had abandoned dharma. Surdamuni Sarala Das was the first composer of Odia Mahabharata during the 15th Century. To dispose of this lance, Krishna calls upon Ghatotkatcha, son of Bhima and the rakshasa. Dhritarashtra worries about what all this means. She wanted them to take the cover off her eyes. Mahabharata Characters The story of Duryodhana In the Hindu epic the Mahābhārata, Duryodhana (दुर्योधन) is the eldest son of the blind king Dhritarashtra by Queen Gandhari, the eldest of the one hundred Kaurava brothers, and the chief antagonist of the Pandavas. Resolved now to perform his duty to his lord, Arjuna leads his troops into battle. Draupadi and Bhima reproach Yudhishthira for his inaction and resigned passivity. Mahabharata with Hindi Translation - SD Satwalekar Item Preview 1 01 Mahabharat Adi Parva - SD Satwalekar 1968.pdf. Durdasa had taken shelter under him, and he had granted him his protection. The man who prizes gold and dirt equally is happiest. It is the original Odia Bhagabata written by Atibadi Jagannath Das. In paradise, further surprises await him. Source :- www.odia.org. Why? “How can any good come from killing one’s own relatives? However Yudhishthira brings his brothers back to life by correctly answering the questions which Dharma, disguised as a crane, puts to him. He tries to win Krishna’s support, as does Arjuna. Entertainment Gurujii gives YouTube viewers Mahabharat Story In Odia Language. I refuse greed.” (CN 55). This section of teaching is the spiritual heart of the Mahabharata. Ignoring the strict rules of caste, he says, “Birth is obscure and men are like rivers whose origins are often unknown” (play). Odia / ə ˈ d iː ə / (ଓଡ଼ିଆ, ISO: Oṛiā, pronounced (); formerly spelled as Oriya) is an Indo-Aryan language spoken in the Indian state of Odisha. Bhima kills most of the 100 Kauravas, who were demons incarnate. Books 11-18 of the Mahabharata contain events following the war and teachings by Bhishma. Yuyutsu chose to fight on the side of the Pandavas, deciding to follow dharma rather than loyalty to his family. Such a sinful trader of virtue will never reap the results. The appearance of Krishna introduces a major theme in the Mahabharata: dharma (cosmic order) menaced by chaos, so Krishna must step in, indicating that this is not just a family rivalry, but a conflict with universal consequences. But Karna feels abandoned by his mother in his very first hours of life; furthermore he senses the end of this world. It was his birth as a Kaurava that determined his identity, not his action. Everyone must first spend some time in hell (or a hell, as there are many) to pay for the sins of the most recent life. Draupadi, who seeks war with the Kauravas at all costs, points out Arjuna as the world’s best charioteer, despite the fact that he has disguised himself as a eunuch. As an originator of Odia literature, his work has formed an enduring source of information for succeeding generations. Kunti tells the narrator Vyasa (in play): “You find too much beauty in men’s death. Now fight your hardest with me” (KD 581). His father wanted to marry again (Satyavati, mother of Vyasa), but the conditions of the marriage were that the second wife would be the mother of a king someday. He wants to consume a nearby forest which is protected by Indra’s rain. The gods give them an inexhaustible plate of food to feed all of them. When asked how he can be defeated, he advises them to place Sikhandi in the front line, from where he will be able to fire freely at Bhishma. Dhritarashtra shudders when he hears of Krishna’s theophany, fearing that nothing can stop the Pandavas with such a powerful being on their side. In a contest of skill, he tells each of the Pandavas to strike a target, the eye of a wooden bird in a tree. Yudhishthira reports the death toll at six million. As an originator of Odia literature, his work has formed an enduring source of information for succeeding generations Devarata is better known by his later name Bhishma. With his lance now expended, Karna is vulnerable and Arjuna can kill him. All his brothers had been killed, as had been Sakuni, his mighty generals and other celebrated warriors and his beloved son, Lakshmana Kumara. The grief-stricken couple was persuaded by Bidura to meet them. Both sides agree to abide by certain rules of war: no fighting humans with celestial weapons, no fighting at night, do not strike someone who’s retreating or unarmed, or on the back or legs. But nothing really absolves him of his silence. When Karna shoots at Arjuna, his charioteer warns him that his aim is too high, but he refuses to listen, and hits Arjuna’s coronet only. Vyasa’s mother is Satyavati, whose name means truth, so he is the “son of truth.” In telling his story to a descendant of the Pandavas, Vyasa says, “If you listen carefully, at the end you’ll be someone else” (play). This doctrine distinguishes Hindu thought from religions such as Judeo-Christianity and Islam which teach universal or absolute moral codes. They fight constantly, and even try to kill each other. Yudhishthira wants to regain his kingdom so that he can provide for 10,000 brahmins. Duryodhana seeks to entice her by uncovering his thigh (obscene in that culture). Sarala Das is known as the "aadikavi" (the first poet) of Oriya Literature. But he takes some comfort in knowing that Krishna cannot accomplish everything he wants, as he failed to arrange a peaceful solution to the conflict. Like us on Facebook. His brothers and Draupadi, on the other hand, seem to be in a place of suffering and torment. Yudhishthira accepts. (see notes on Shiva and the other gods). Honor bids him swear to repay Arjuna one day. As punishment, Ashvatthama is cursed to wander the earth in exile for 3000 years. Mahabharata VOL 1 – The Adi Parva, 540 pages, 35 MB. Karna prophesies that his side will lose, that this is nothing but “a great sacrifice of arms” with Krishna as high priest. This too was a test, the “final illusion.” They are all permitted to enter paradise. Amba practiced asceticism, standing on one toe in the snow for 12 years to learn the secret of Bhishma’s death. Jayadratha’s father had pronounced a curse on anyone who killed his son, saying that whoever caused his son’s head to fall to the ground would die. The episodes in Sarala's Mahabharat are significantly different from those in Vyasa's (Sanskrit) Mahabharat. Carried away by the intoxication of the game, Yudhishthira wagers and loses all that he possesses: his lands, his kingdom, his brothers, even himself, and eventually Draupadi, who is dragged before the company by her hair, a special insult since a married woman’s hair was sacred. This story is told by the sage Vyasa, whose name came to mean the “compiler.” (Actually, the author of the epic is unknown, probably many authors over centuries.) The fruits of true virtue are eternal and indestructible” (KD 245-6). Sarala Das was one of the great scholars of Odia literature whose work formed a perennial source of information for succeeding generations.He is also Known as “Adikabi” and “Sudramuni”. Later during the war Duryodhana suggests capturing Yudhishthira and playing another game, which Drona calls stupid. Download. He asked her to cover her eyes again. He sees that life itself is painful, as men are always searching for more material wealth and power, never satisfied. “There must be no residue of enemies”, said Krishna to Sahadeva, and he went to Durdasa and asked him to take off the cover from his mother’s eyes. Yudhishthira corrects her: “None should ever perform virtue with a desire to gain its fruits. Yudhisthira had gone to the Kaurava’s side to seek the elders’ blessings for victory in the war. His uncle gave him the idea for the arson and the dice game. I am pleased with you for this wonderful feat. Arjuna fears that acting out his own dharma as warrior will conflict with universal dharma: how can killing family members be good, and not disrupt the social order? Yudhishthira speaks a half-lie, “Ashvatthama – (and muttering under his breath) the elephant – is dead.” Before his lie, Yudhishthira’s chariot rode four inches off the ground, but now it sinks back to earth. Dhritarashtra has one son by another wife who survives the war. Originally published online 2000. Drona stages a tournament to display all the Pandavas’ skills, but a stranger appears who challenges Arjuna and equals him in archery. Duryodhana asks Karna to avenge his brother Duhsasana, and he finally meets Arjuna in the decisive confrontation. As he did so, Gandhari’s fiery look reduced him to ashes instantly. Books > Regional Languages > Gujarati > Mahabharata > મહાભારત ની કથા: Mahabharata (Gujarati) Pages from the book. Remember the codes of war.” But Krishna taunts him: “Men in distress always call on virtue, forgetting their own evil deeds. Thus all those on both sides die in the war, except the five Pandavas. What value is victory if all our friends and loved ones are killed? Here is a synopsis and summary of the Mahabharat story. On returning home, he learns that one of the sisters, Amba, had already chosen a suitor. There will be a great war, a war without mercy. “Artwork courtesy and copyright © The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust International, Inc. www.Krishna.com“. His charioteer Krishna addresses him as they pause in the no-man’s land between the two armies. Ashvatthama deflects his into the wombs of the remaining Pandava women, making them sterile, but Krishna promises that Arjuna will nonetheless have descendants. Duryodhana will not listen to warnings. Frightened, Dhritarashtra apologizes to her and gives her husbands’ back everything they lost, but Draupadi asks nothing for herself, saying, “Greed devours all beings and is dharma’s [righteousness] ruin. The mention of war after the Kurukshetra battlefields had become quiet need not surprise one; didn’t Krishna characterize Durdasa as the last residue of the enemy? Yudhishthira agrees to reign. The gazelle was actually a brahmin priest in disguise, who curses him saying that should Pandu make love to either of his two wives (Kunti and Madri), he will die instantly. Drona lays down his arms. What then can I do? Eighteen days of such comprehensive destruction had not hardened her against killing, and had also not made her realize that anger and hatred yielded no solution and that an act of revenge of the most destructive nature did not put the lid on anything. Against the rules of war, the Pandavas strike the unarmed warrior with thousands of arrows. His brothers and Draupadi, who left the earth with him, have fallen from the mountains into the abyss along the way. After the war, when Krishna exits the chariot, it bursts into flames; only his presence kept the celestial weapons from destroying it earlier. It is the official language in Odisha (formerly known as Orissa) where native speakers make up 82% of the population, also spoken in parts of West Bengal, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, and Andhra Pradesh. It is said he may be an incarnation of the god Vishnu, the preserver, come down to save the earth from chaos. He speaks to Duryodhana who does not listen to him, but orders his guards to seize him. On the ground that deception, and similar others, could be accepted as the weapon of the weak and the helpless against the mighty, one might feel hesitant to judge her too harshly for the low cunning she was employing to destroy the Pandavas. Draupadi and Bhima laugh at him. Rejoicing, they lay down their arms, leaving Jayadratha vulnerable to Arjuna’s arrow. Bad omens appear prior to battle as thousands of carrion birds gather “crying in glee” (KD 539). Krishna tells Yudhishthira: “Under such circumstances, falsehood is preferable to truth. Kicaka, a general in Virata’s court becomes infatuated with Draupadi. He lived and wrote in the 15th Century. According to the conditions of the game of dice, the thirteenth year which the Pandavas are to spend in disguise has now arrived. Mahabharata: A Modern Translation is an updated translation and reinterpretation of the Sanskrit epic of ancient Indian literature. Vidura tells him that his first son brings hate and destruction into the world. Thanks to his two wives, Pandu now has five sons directly descended from the gods, the Pandavas, the heroes of the Mahabharata. Being in prayer, he doesn’t realize what’s happened; he stands up and the head falls, thus he dies from his own curse. However, he is unable to overcome Bhishma. Amba threw herself into the fire and was reborn from flames as Drupada’s second daughter, later changing sex with a demon to become a man. He just went out of. All pleasures and enjoyments depend on women.”. Please grant us your permission and give us your blessing.” For this sign of respect, both men pray for the Pandavas’ victory, even though they must out of loyalty fight on the side of the Kauravas. “There is no duty higher than Truth,” but five falsehoods are not sinful: lying in jest, lying to a woman, lying at a wedding, lying to save a teacher, lying to save one’s life. Arjuna cannot refuse to fight and is decisively victorious, one man against countless armies. Bhishma compares the invincible Arjuna to “the Destroyer himself at the end of the Yuga” (CN 126). He lived and wrote in the 15th Century. In desperation, Karna tries to invoke his ultimate weapon, but the magic words escape him. Earlier during the time of exile, Jayadratha had tried to kidnap Draupadi, thus another reason for the Pandavas to hate him. Vyasa [Vee-YA-sha]: narrator of the story and father of Pandu and Dhritarashtra, BHISH-ma: half-uncle by marriage of Pandu and Dhritarashtra, Dhri-ta-RASH-tra: blind king, father of Duryodhana and the Kauravas, KUN-ti: wife of Pandu and mother to the five Pandavas and Karna, Yu-DHISH-thira: leader of the Pandavas, rightful heir to the throne, BHI-ma: strongest of the Pandava brothers, KRISH-na: supporter of the Pandavas and avatar of Vishnu, DRO-na: teacher of the Pandavas and Kauravas, KAR-na: warrior, secret son of Kunti, ally of the Kauravas. Later in the war, Drona and Bhishma will fight on the side of the Kauravas not so much out of loyalty but because their mortal enemies (Dhrishtadyumna and Sikhandi) fight with the Pandavas. He promptly gives his former friend half his kingdom back, saying “now we are equals.”. Here I will post some short pieces on Sarala Mahabharata. Dharma (variously translated as social duty, righteousness, or universal order) is the moral obligation which each human being should recognize and follow. Best known for three Odia books — Mahabharata, Vilanka Ramayana and Chandi Purana — he was the first scholar to write in Odia. A new Odia film "Prema Pain Mahabharat" soon will release in ollywood cinema. Dhritarashtra is a weak ruler. He has carried out his promise and requited the debt he owed his enemy. Whether dharmic, virtuous life is possible in the living human condition, otherwise riddled with existential crises, whether dharma is an eternal illusion, the unattainability of which, provides human existence a strange pathetic predicament! Some of these posts have been translated into French, German and Hindi. Meanwhile, Arjuna and Krishna agree to assist a hungry brahmin, who reveals himself to be Agni, god of fire. Madri, Pandu’s second wife, makes use of this power too. There is no space on his body thicker than two fingers that is not pierced. Shantanu, the king of Hastinapur, was married to Ganga (personification of the Ganges) with whom he had a son called Devavrat. PART ONE: THE GAME OF DICE. But the Pandavas know his weakness: the love of his only son Ashvatthama. ... Also Mahabharata is never a story to portray anyone’s good image.. it was end of dwapar youga and beginning of Kaliyuga and things are shown how dharma is suppose to get more and more maligned in the coming times. Drona positions the armies in a formation known only to him, the iron disc of war, which nobody knows how to break open, apart from Arjuna. Durdasa of Sarala’s Mahabharata, the first retelling of the classical story in Oriya in the fifteenth century, strongly reminds one of Yuyutsu of Vyasa’s Mahabharata. Wait until I can extract my wheel. The king entrusts his troops to his young son who needs a chariot driver. At this point Arjuna returns to the camp. 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