Reading the Mahabharata by the Tungabhadra - Day 8

Mahabharata Day 8

There is some justice in reading Markandeya’s rendition of the Ramayana, recited to the Pandavas, as I sit in Hampi. A large part of the Kishkinda Kanda is supposed to have occurred here, and I remember the stories that my grandfather told me about how Hanuman was born on Anjanadri Hill.

I read of Yudhishtira’s answers to the questions posed by the Yaksha and somehow, I lost myself for the first time since I began reading the Mahabharata. Reading the story of Savitri and Sathyavan, the episode of Droupadi’s abduction and the subsequent rescue, I feel the Pandavas’ pain. It must be hard to stick to Dharma when it seems to fail you.

Reading the trauma of the Prince Uttara, I laughed out loud, for though he faced the insurmountable might of the Kauravas, he had Brihannada, the Partha Dhananjeya in disguise, by his side. Reading the battle between the disguised Arjuna and the Kaurava army, I felt my blood flow in excitement, felt myself cheering for Arjuna’s chance at exacting just revenge for all the injustice his brothers suffered at the hands of Suyodhana and his brothers. If this is what the battle is like, I can hardly wait for the war.

Today I went to read the Mahabharata by the Tungabhadra, and I did. I learnt the answers to the Yaksha’s questions, and the ways of a King’s court through the eyes of Yudhishtira as he served King Virata for a year.

  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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