Epic Battle of Mahabharata :

Mahabharata is one of the most important Hindu epics of India. It was originally composed in Sanskrit and is one of the two chief


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Sanskrit epics. It narrates the great Kurukshetra War which took place between the Pandavas and Kauravas. It comprises of devotional and philosophical material and gives account of dharma (right action), artha (purpose), kama (pleasure) and moksha (liberation). Vyasa is believed to be the original author of Mahabharata. The longest version of Mahabharata consists of more than 100,000 shloka with about 1.8 million words.

Mahabharata narrates the story of Pandavas and Kauravas who were parental first cousins. Pandavas (five brothers) were the sons of King Pandu and Kauravas (hundred brothers) were the sons of blind King Dhritarashtra. They fought war with each other for the control of Bharata kingdom with Hastinapura being its capital.

The Pandavas were five brothers who were fathered by five gods. They were Yudhishthira, Arjuna, Bhima, Nakula and Sahdev. Duryodhana was the eldest amongst Kaurava brothers and used to hate Pandavas since the very childhood. The Pandavas stood to their path of righteousness and virtue whereas the Kauravas chose the path of evil and treachery.

The Pandavas were tricked by the Kauravas in a game of dice and were drove into wilderness for twelve years of exile. All these years the Pandavas lived in disguise.

The Kurukshetra War was a fierce and gruesome war in which the Pandavas emerged victorious. Almost all the Kaurava brothers including Duryodhana and his army were killed in the war. Lord Krishna played a major role in this war by helping Arjuna. After the

war, the Pandavas regained their lost kingdom. In their final years the Pandaves embarked upon a great journey in which they moved towards the polar mountain. It was a journey towards the heavenly worlds. One by one the Pandava brothers and Draupadi died in the way, but Yudhisthira managed to survive and finally reached the gates of heaven.

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