The Mahabharata: Volume 3, Volume 3
Penguin Books India, 2012 - Epic poetry, Sanskrit - 648 pages
Though the basic plot is widely known, there is much more to the epic than the dispute between Kouravas and Pandavas that led to the battle in Kurukshetra. It has innumerable sub-plots that accommodate fascinating meanderings and digressions, and it has rarely been translated in full, given its formidable length of 80,000 shlokas or couplets. This magnificent ten-volume unabridged translation of the epic is based on the Critical Edition compiled at the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute. Volume 3 completes the Vana Parva, the account of the Pandavas' sojourn in the forest. It details the dharma obtained from, and descriptions of, places of pilgrimage. It recounts the stories of Agastya, Rishyashringa, Kartavirya, Sukanya and Chyavana, Mandhata, Jantu, Shibi, Ashtavakra, Yavakrita, Jatasura, and Markandeya. The narrative covers Arjuna's slaying of the Nivatakavacha demons; the Kouravas' defeat at the hands of the gandharvas and their subsequent release by the Pandavas; Droupadi's abduction by Jayadratha and rescue by the Pandavas; and Indra's visit to Karna to rob him of his earrings and armour.
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Agni anger Arjuna arrows ascetic asked asuras austerities bathing battle beautiful Bhima Bhimasena Bhishma body boon Brahma brahmanas brave brothers bull chariot daityas danavas deeds descendant desire destroyed destroyer of enemies Dhananjaya dharma Dharmaraja Dhritarashtra Droupadi Duryodhana earth elephants everything evil extremely famous father fire foremost forest gandharvas Ganga gods great-souled heaven hermitage horse sacrifice husband illustrious immensely strong Indra Indra among kings Karna killed Kounteya Kouravas Krishna kshatriyas Kuru Lakshmana learned in dharma live Lomasha lord Mahabharata maharshis Markandeya mighty-armed monkeys mountain oblations obtains the fruits ocean one’s Pandavas Partha performed radiant rakshasas Rama Ravana replied rishis river Rudra sacred sage Sahadeva Sarasvati Savitri serpent Shakra shlokas Chapter Skanda sons soul spoke these words Sugriva supreme among brahmanas swiftly terrible thousand three worlds tiger tirthas told trees unblemished Vaishampayana vajra valour Vedas Vishnu vows Vritra weapons wish worshipped yakshas Yudhishthira yuga