Reading the Mahabharata by the Tungabhadra - Day 7

Mahabharata Day 7

As I read the Mahabharata today, a British lady came up to me to ask me about Hampi. She was wondering if the heat had something to do with global warming. I assured her that it has always been this hot here. It’s why Krishnadevaraya built so many pushkarinis, and why the landscape is filled with mantapas for weary travellers to rest as they walked in the hot sun.

Indeed, even the trees seem to be growing where travellers can find shade. Even the trees want to help travellers rest.

As I sat under such a tree and looked at the place where the Monkey God Hanuman was supposed to have been born, I read of Bhima’s encounter with his half brother, and of Markandeya’s words to Dharmaraja. I read the words of Droupadi to Satyabhama, her answers regarding the duties of a wife. I also read of the reunion of Partha with his brothers, as he descended Indraloka with the weapons of the gods.

Today, I went to read the Mahabharata by the Tungabhadra, and I did. As I read, I could hear the wind blow down from the Anjanadri Parvatha, and I wonder if Vayu was listening as I read how Bhima defeated Jatasura.

  1. Day 1
  2. Day 2
  3. Day 3
  4. Day 4
  5. Day 5
  6. Day 6
  7. Day 7
  8. Day 8
  9. Day 9
  10. Day 10
  11. Day 11
  12. Day 12
  13. Day 13
  14. Day 14
  15. Day 15
  16. Day 16
  17. Day 17
  18. Day 18
  19. Day 19
  20. Day 20
  21. Letter to the Author

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indian-mythology   reading   bibek-debroy   books   hampi

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