Friday, 28 February 2014

Mahabharath !! Karana crowned as King of Anga !!

 
 
Jai Sriman Narayana !!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 







Rishi Vaishampayana narrates; the huge audience assembled in the pavilion was anxiously searched for the voice of the warrior, they witnessed the valorous Karna in glorious shield and ear stud, holding bow and arrow majestically walked like a colossal mountain towards the arena.  Karna was born as a personification of Lord Surya to Prutha while she was a young maiden.   Karna, the destroyer of enemies has attractive physical features, wide and beautiful eyes walked into the pavilion resembled the chief of elephants.  He has the brilliance of Lord Surya, charisma of Lord Chandra and courage of Lord Agni.

 
 

Karna who has attained immense strength and wide knowledge in the science of armaments stood gracefully before the audience.  He closely observed the pavilion and carelessly paid obeisance to Dronacharya and Kripacharya.  The entire crowd anxiously observed Karna with thousands of questions popped in their minds ‘Who is he?  Karna who is well versed in the speech raised his thunderous voice and spoke to Partha ‘ Oh ! Partha, I am well capable to perform all the war tactics in a superior way than you have performed just now, that will surprise you for a big time.”  It created huge chaos amongst the audience; they rose from their seats in a state of anxiety.  Vipatsu/Arjuna hung down his head in extreme rage, Duryodhana was most delightful.  Karna performed all the war tactics with the permission of Dronacharya which was similar to Partha’s presentation before the huge audiences.  Duryodhana with his brothers rushed towards Karna and embraced him.  Duryodhana said “ Oh ! Great warrior, you are welcome to the royal family of Kurus.  I gained you as my companion due to the good deeds in my previous life.  Enjoy your life magnificently with us and serve the Kingdom of Hasthinapur.”  Karna replied “Oh ! Prince your generous words made me extremely happy and I will treat that I have attained all the marvelous things you have pronounced; I also desired your companionship.  I eagerly wish to fight against Arjun.”  Duryodhana said ‘Oh! Destroyer of enemies! You will have all the luxuries of royal life and take pleasure in it with all of us.  Do well to your companion and destroy his enemies.”


 

Rishi Vaishampayana continued,  Arjuna felt affronted and spoke to Karna who was standing grandly amidst the Kauravas “Uninvited guests and undesirable speakers will have your way and you will be killed by my hands and transport to the same world of yours.” Karna replied “This pavilion is for the public, Oh! Phalguna it is not for you only.  The most powerful among the Kshtriyas are crowned as the rulers and Kshtriyas respects fearlessness.  Why should we argue? That’s meant for the coward. Oh! Partha today I will battle against you and chop off your head in front of our Acharya, till that you speak with your fine arrows.” 

 
 

Arjuna affectionately embraced his brothers and with the permission of Dronacharya, walked to arena to fight against Karna.  On the other side, Karna embraced Duryodhana and his brothers and prepared for the fight.  The sky packed with heavy clouds with frequent lightening.  Lord Indra meticulously observed the pavilion with lots of affection towards his son.  Lord Surya withered the clouds and watched over his son.  Phalguna was covered under the thick cloud and Karna was revealed his presence with the brilliant rays of Lord Surya.  Duryodhana and his brothers stood along with Karna and Partha/Arjun was surrounded by Dronacharya, Kripacharya and Bhismacharya.  The whole audiences were divided into two set supporting their favorites.  Kunthi, daughter of Kunthibhoja has fallen unconscious after witnessing the seriousness of the proceedings in the pavilion.  The righteous Vidur ordered female assistants to sprinkle the aromatic sandalwood water on Kunthi’s face and brought her back into conscious.  She anxiously looked upon her two sons who were clad in shield and fuming against each other, she turned out helpless with extreme distress.  Kripacharya came forward and declared in thunderous voice that Arjuna , son of Kunthi  from the Kuru race and younger to Yudhishtira & Bhima will fight against the fearless Karna, further ordered Karna to declare the details of his clan, after listening to the details of the superiority of the clan only Arjuna will fight against him.  According to Sastra, the princes of superior clan never fight against inferior or ordinary warriors.  Instantaneously, Karna’s face turned gloomy like a withered lotus after listening to the words of Kripacharya.  Duryodhana spoke ‘Oh! Respected Master, according to scriptures there are three categories of men such as warriors, Princes and men in charge of the Army can be crowned as King.  If Arjuna does not want to fight against a warrior, I will declare Karna as the King of Anga Kingdom.”
 
 
Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Adi Parvam !! Arjuna’s mesmerizing performance!!

 
 
Jai Sriman Narayana !!
 
 
 
 
 
 






Rishi Vaishampayana narrates, the encounter between the two equal forces such as Duryodhana and Bhima created a huge chaos amongst the audience, they shrieked calling out the names of their favorite princes and the pavilion looked a lot like roaring sea.   Dronacharya ordered Ashwathama to bring a halt to the battle between Bhima & Duryodhana in order to bring peace amongst the audience otherwise it may create abhorrence amongst them.  The two warriors were holding their mace and puffed like lions on each other, like whirlwind at the time of deluge.  Ashwathama intervened and controlled the two warriors; Dronacharya entered the field and ordered to stop the sounds of musical instruments, further he publicized at the top of his voice about his abundance of love towards Arjun as his son and declared the forthcoming performance of Arjun/ Partha who is well versed in the science of armaments, son of Lord Indra and equivalent to Lord Vishnu brother of Lord Indra.  Arjuna who has the brilliance of Lord Surya in golden armor, holding bow and arrow gushed to the field from the crowd.

 
 

The whole audiences were shrieked with enormous delight after witnessing the mesmerizing presence of Arjun.  The pavilion was flooded with the reverberating noises of conch followed by divine musical instruments.  The audiences raised awe-inspiring voices praising the fearlessness of Arjun ‘He is the righteous son of Kunthi’ ‘He is the third son of Kunthi’ ‘He is the son of valorous Lord Indra’ ‘He is the protector of Kuru race’ ‘He is the valorous amongst the warriors’ ‘He is the most intelligent and honorable’ etc..etc.. Prutha/Kunthi shed tears of joy listening to the cries of the audience.  Drutharashtra was jubilant at the rumbling noises of the crowd and enquired Vidur ‘Oh!  Kshatri, what was the reason for the sudden cries of people like the roaring of sea which is audible to the sky?  Vidur in a state of ecstasy answered that it was the appearance of Phalguna/Arjun, son Pandu &Prutha into the pavilion created such a huge welcoming cries from the people gathered.  Drutharashtra in a state of bliss admired the three sons of Pandu & Kunthi, as untainted fire; predicted that these righteous sons of Pandu & Kunthi are capable to provide him sanctity, compassion and protection.

 

 

The audience witnessed the marvelous performance of Vipatsu/Arjuna on intricate lessons in the science of armaments and it brought immense pleasure in the crowd.  He effortlessly used various weapons, Agneya Astra to create colossal fire, Varunastra to create torrential rain, Vayavya Astra to create colossal air, Parjanya Astra to create heavy clouds, Boumastra to create Earth, Parvatya Astra to create huge mountains; finally he utilized Andhardhanastra to vanish the above substances he had created.    Arjun performed the Eight supernatural powers in Yogic practices such as Anima/ Ability to reduce one’s size into an atom, Garima/ Ability to increase one’s weight, Mahima/Ability to obtain gigantic form, Laghima/Ability to make one’s body immersed in light, Prapati/Ability to acquire anything, Prakamya/ Ability to obtain whatever desired, Ishitva/The power of absolute Lordship, Vasitva/ The ultimate power to bring everything under control.  Arjuna revealed his excellence in Archery.  In this way, Arjuna mesmerized the crowd with his astonishing performances with Sword, Mace, Bow and arrow.  At last, Arjuna’s performance has come to an end; it brought extreme silence in the audience.  Suddenly, a loud applauds raised from the crowd which revealed the prowess of the person.  The people gathered were perplexed, looked around searching for the individual and whispered ‘Was that Earth shattered? Or the mountain?’  The crowd witnessed Dronacharya stood majestically amongst the five Pandavas, resembles stars in the sky and the destroyer of enemy Duryodhana and his hundred valorous brothers holding the mace stood along with Ashwathama.






Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Monday, 24 February 2014

Adi Parvam !! Unveiling the proficiency of Pandavas & Kauravas !!

 
 
Jai Sriman Narayana !!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 




Rishi Vaishampayana narrates to King Janamejaya,  the children of Pandu &Drutharashtra successfully completed their studies of Astra & Sastra and science of armaments under the guidance of Dronacharya and eventually the greatest news was brought before the King Drutharashtra of Hasthinapur and the venerable Bhishma Pitamaha son of Ganga, Maharishi Veda Vyasa,  Krupacharya, Somadatta, Vidur and Valhika.   Dronacharya appealed to King Drutharashtra to put in order for a grand ceremony to exhibit the aptitude of Pandavas and Kauravas as they have effectively completed the study of Astra & Sastra.  King Drutharashtra was extremely happy, informed Dronacharya that immense riches awaiting for him as a gift and ordered for the preparations of a vast recreational site, time and the course of action etc.   King Drutharashtra felt vulnerable realizing the fact that his blindness would cause an obstruction to witness the proficiency of his children, ordered Kshatri/Vidura to assist Dronacharya to make further arrangements for the occasion.

 

 

Dronacharya found an appropriate location for the grand celebration; all the villagers assembled on the site and an initiation ceremony was conducted to please the deities.  Skilled architects of Kings were constructed magnificent places, put aside various weapons for the show according to the rules and regulations prescribed in the scriptures.  A huge arena was marvelously arranged for the female spectators, villagers and rich people were also constructed spectator area of different sizes according to their status.

 
 

On the day of grand event, Bhishma Pitamaha, Kripacharya, dignitaries’ of Kuru Dynasty entered into the magnificent pavilion embellished with gold, diamonds and precious stones.  In a while, King Drutharahstra entered with the escorts of his ministers.   Gandhari, Kunthi, female members of the royal families in their elegant attire with their assistants assembled in the arena and took their seats.  Brahmin, Kshtriya, Vaishya and Shudras leaving their cities behind occupied their seats in the grand pergola with tremendous joy and curiosity to witness the proficiency of the princes of Hasthinapur.  In a minute, the entire crowd in the city assembled in the pavilion, reverberating noises of divine musical instruments like flute, and drums gave out the resemblance to the roar of sea.  Dronacharya attired in white clothes, wearing sacred thread across the well-built chest, white beard, crystal garlands on his neck, beautifully smeared sacred ashes on forehead and hands majestically entered into the pavilion along with his son Ashwathama.  It was the most stunning moment for the spectators to witness Dronacharya with his son Ashwathama like Moon and the planet Mars simultaneously in the clear sky.  Dronacharya instructed the scholarly Brahmins to conduct the rituals for the initiation of the ceremony.  The initial rituals were conducted with highly auspicious chants and divine music.  The numerous weapons were brought into the pavilion by the men. 

 
 

The princes of Kuru led by Yudhishtira majestically entered into the pavilion, the young warriors were attired in armor holding numerous weapons in hand.  Each one of them displayed their skills in various weapons.  The spectators were amazed at the proficiency of the princes of Kuru in the science of armaments and numerous weapons and it forced them to think of celestials and they highly praised Dronacharya.  They astonished at the charisma, vigor, compassion, and prowess of the Princes of Kurus. Vrukodhar Bhima appeared with his weapon mace to face his opponent Duryodhana, appeared like two mountains, two warriors augmented their vigor and rambled like two elephants in the pavilion. Vidur narrated the skills of these two warriors to Drutharashtra, Gandhari and Kunthi.
 
 
 
Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Adi Parvam !! Arjun attains Brahmastra from Dronacharya !!

 
 
Jai Sriman Narayana !!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 





Rishi Vaishampayana narrates, all the disciples withdrawn from the ordeal of Dronacharya without success.  It was Arjuna remained impassive; Dronacharya received Arjuna with a smile and advised him to be prepared to shoot an arrow on the neck of the bird.   Dronacharya commanded Arjuna to get ready with the bow and arrow aimed at the object and wait for further instructions.  Dronacharya asked Arjuna whether he could witness the bird or tree or Acharya.  Arjuna firmly replied that he could not witness anything other than the bird.  Dronacharya enquired whether he could observe the neck of the bird on the tree and explain the same.  Arjuna answered he could observe only the head on the neck and have no thought about the body of the bird.  Dronacharya was extremely happy at the dedication of Arjuna and it made his hair stand upright on his body.  Dronacharya ordered Partha/Arjuna to shoot on the bird.  Arjuna released his arrow the moment he received the order from his Master.  The arrow took to the air and hit on the object, the head of the bird cut off from its body and fell down on the Earth.  Dronacharya in state of ecstasy rushed to Phalguna/Arjuna and embraced him.  The very moment Dronacharya affirmed to himself that Drupada and his men will be trampled in the war field.

 

 

Once, Dronacharya and his disciples arrived on the banks of river Ganga and instructed them to have holy dip in the river.  Dronacharya got into the water and felt immense pressure on his thigh, immediately a huge crocodile seized his thigh,  although it was possible for Dronacharya to save himself from the mouth of death, he called out for his disciple to save him from the crocodile.  The disciple were alarmed at the sight and hesitant to move further, Vivastu/Arjuna shot six sharp arrows aiming on the crocodile and killed the carnivore instantly.  Dronacharya was extremely pleased at the valor of Arjuna and declared him as the outstanding disciple.  Shortly, Dronacharya called for Arjuna to teach him about one of the superior and divine weapon Brahmastr and Arjuna learnt the usage of the powerful divine weapon Brahmastra and its intricate knowledge about the same.  Dronacharya warned him that the powerful irrepressible weapon should not be used against humans or weak opponent, if not it would cause the destruction of entire Universe into ashes.  Further narrated the terrible nature of the divine weapon that there is no greater weapon exist other than the Brahmasthra in the three worlds and advised him to remain extremely cautious in the usage of the same, Brahmasthra is intended to kill the opponent other than human in the war field, eventually Vipatsu/Arjuna reverentially obtained the divine from Brahmasthra from his Master.  Dronacharya highly praised Arjuna that he will remain the most influential archer in the Universe and will remain unconquerable.
 

 

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Adi Parvam !! Life of Ekalavya & His devotion to Dronacharya !!



 
 
Jai Sriman Narayana !!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The great epic Mahabharath was composed by Maharishi Veda Vyasa/Krishna Dwaipayana, son of Sage Parasara and Sathyavati, a woman from fishermen clan.  Mahabharath describes the legend of Bharatha Dynasty.     It was written in 18 Parva such as Adhi Parva, Sabha Parva, Vana Parva, Virada Parva, Udhyoga Parva, Bhishma Parva, Drona Parva, Karna Parva, Shalya Parva, Soupthika Parva, Stri Parva, Shanthi Parva, Anushasana Parva, Ashwamedha Parva, Ashramavasika Parva, Musala Parva, Mahaprasthanika Parva and Swargarohana Parva and each Parva has divided into many Upaparva and has chapters in detail.    Adhi Parva depicts the life of King Dushyantha and his wife Shakunthala and their son Sarvadhamanan, who was famously known as Bharatha, a righteous ruler of Bharatha Empior.
 
 
Lord Brahma created deities, Sages and Prajapathis.  It was the beginning of the growth of human race from the sixty daughters of Daksha Prajapathi.  Pururavass,  Yayathi, Puru,  Dushyantha,  Bharatha, Shanthanu were born in the family of Dithi, one of the daughters of Daksha Prajapathi. 
 
 
King Janamejaya, son of King Pareekshit conducted a grand Yagna to please serpent Gods.  There were a huge number of Rishis & Sages were present in the magnificent Yagna, Maharishi Veda Vyasa along with his disciple Rishi Vaishampayana and Sage Ugrasrava Sauti was also amongst them.   Rishi Vaishampayana narrated the stories of Kuru Dynasty to King Janamejaya at the time of Naga Yagna.  Later, this anecdote was described to the Sages and Rishis assembled in Naimisharanya by Sage Sauti, son of Sage Romaharshana/Lomaharshana, disciple of Maharishi Veda Vyasa.
 
Rishi Vaishampayana narrates the greatness of Dronacharya praised by Bhishma Pithamaha.   Dronacharya, son of Sage Bharadhwaja was offered with invaluable riches and settled in Hasthinapura   An enormous hermitage was constructed out of the city, with all the facilities to teach and practice the Astra & Shastra Vidya and to accommodate the grand children of Bhishma.  Dronacharya ordered the children of Pandu & Drutharashtra to prostrate before him and addressed ‘Oh! Sinless children from the clan of Kuru,  I have a long cherished desire in my heart, I wish you all should promise me and collectively work to fulfill my particular desire after attaining immense knowledge in the Astra & Sastra from me’.  The Kauravas remained silent after listening to the strange command from Dronacharya, but Arjuna enthusiastically stated that he will sincerely work for the fulfillment of the desire of his Acharya and promised to Dronacharya, it brought tears of joy and he affectionately embraced Arjuna.  Later, the children of King Pandu were immersed in the study of powerful as well as divine weapons.  In the meantime, there were many disciples from the different Kingdom and neighboring cities were assembled to learn the science of weapons from the celebrated Dronacharya. 
 
 
Dronacharya’s disciples were Vrishnis, Brahmins and princes from various neighboring countries and Karna, son of Radha from Sootha clan.    Karna was always resentful towards Arjun for his excellence in the performance of archery.  The Pandavas were often ill-treated and humiliated by the Kauravas and Karna.  Arjuna outshined everyone with his devotion and dedication to Dronacharya and thorough knowledge in the science of arms, hard work and with his powerful arms.  In a short period of time, Arjuna proved himself as the most intelligent and resourceful disciple in the science of archery, it elevated the confidence in Dronacharya and affirmed that no one in the Universe would surpass Arjuna in the art of archery.
 
 
The disciples in the hermitage of Dronacharya were allocated to fetch water from the pond.  Dronacharya purposefully handed his disciples with a narrow mouthed vessels to bring water that would consume fair time of their studies, except Ashwathama, son of Dronacharya was offered with a wide mouthed vessel that would ease his work and provide fair time to learn.    In this way, Ashwathama attained intricate knowledge in the study of armaments from his father.  Arjuna came to know about this practice, he has the knowledge of Varunastra, with this he finished his work at ease and present before Acharya along with Ashwathama.  In a short period of time,  Arjuna, the most intelligent son of Prutha was excelled in Astra & Sastra was become favorite disciple of Dronacharya and was equally capable as Ashwathama.  Seeing Arjuna’s dedication and devotion to his studies,  Dronacharya furtively ordered his assistants not to serve food to Arjuna in the darkness.   Once, Arjuna was having food in the light of earthen lamp, due to the sudden wind the lamp went off Arjuna continued, his hand naturally moved to his mouth,  from this act Arjuna learnt the power of practice and decided to perform the practice of archery in the night hours as well.  Dronacharya who was fast asleep in the hours of darkness realized the sound of bow of Arjuna, he rushed to his feet and embraced Arjuna, declared that there will be no one in the Universe to conquer Arjuna in the science of Archery.  Arjuna learnt profound knowledge in Satra Vidya settling on Chariot, Horse, and Elephant and other great techniques of war field, he learnt fighting with Sword, Maze, Spear and various weapons from Dronacharya. 
 
 
Princes from neighboring countries poured to the hermitage of Dronacharya to learn Astra & Sastra Vidya after listening to the prominence of him.  There was Ekalavya, born in the clan of hunters; son of Nishada King Hiranyadhanuss was also one amongst them.  Ekalavya had high reverence to Dronacharya and mentally worshipped him as his Acharya.  Dronacharya who had profound knowledge in Dharma Sastra alarmed at the proficiency of Ekalavya and his brilliance in the science of archery.  Dronacharya worried and thought that the intelligence of Ekalavya should not rise above the superior clan of Kurus.  Dronacharya refused to accept Ekalavya as his disciple.  Ekalavya gravely prostrated before Dronacharya and returned to woodland.  Ekalavya constructed an idol of Dronacharya with the raw sand and prostrated before him, worshipped the idol as his Acharya and started learning lessons of archery.  Thus, Ekalavya devoted all his energy and time in practicing lessons of archery before the idol of Dronacharya.  Ekalavya’s dedication and devotion towards his Master Dronacharya and determination shaped him as a brilliant archer.
 
 
 
Once, Dronacharya took Pandavas and Kauravas into woodland for a hunting expedition.  An assistant from the hermitage carried necessary items and a dog with him.  All the disciples were occupied in their search for prey, the dog wandered through the lands and reached at the place of Ekalavya  and  it started barking endlessly after witnessing  Ekalavya who was dark complexioned, attired in black and mucky clothes and a shunt in forehead.  Ekalavya was annoyed and shot seven arrows at the mouth of the dog in order to stop its howl, dog rushed to Pandavas with shriek.  All the children looked at the dog and were surprised at the performance of shot of arrow.  They felt ashamed of their knowledge in archery; they highly praised the tactics of the unknown person and his brilliance in this subject.  They all set out on the search of the talented archer.    Shortly, Pandavas reached the place of Ekalavya where he was incessantly releasing arrows from his bow.  Pandavas enquired Ekalavya about his place of existence, he graciously replied to them as the son of Nishada King Hiranyadhanuss and disciple of Dronacharya.  Pandavas and Kauravas returned to the hermitage of Dronacharya and informed to their Acharya about the enthralling archery performance of Ekalavya.  Later, Arjuna met Dronacharya in solitude and passionately enquired how Ekalavya succeeded him?  Dronacharya engrossed in various thoughts, further he took Arjuna to the woodlands the place where Eklavya lived.  They found Ekalavya in a mucky clothes, shunt on forehead and he was continuously releasing arrows.  Ekalavya respectfully approached Dronacharya and prostrated before him and introduced him as the disciple of him.  Dronacharya shot a question to him ‘Oh ! Warrior, if you are my disciple, provides my tuition fees/Dakshina right now.”  Ekalavya was extremely pleased to hear the command of Dronacharya.  Ekalavya enthusiastically moved forward and addressed Dronacharya ‘Oh ! Master of Vedas, what shall I provide you as Dakshina?’  and announced that there is nothing on Earth which is unfeasible to provide him as Dakshina.  Dronacharya declared that if Ekalavya was sincerely wished to provide Dakshina, he should cut his right hand thumb and offer it as Dakshina.  Ekalavya was least affected by the demand of Dronacharya, he sincerely followed the instructions of his Master and offered his right hand thumb as Dakshina.  Soon, Ekalavya realized the fact that he had lost all the efficiency in the archery.  Consequently Arjuna got rid of the poison of covetousness from the above incident.
 
 
Duryodhana and Bhima had constant conflict due to their envious nature towards each other.  Ashwathama outshined everyone with the complex knowledge in the Sastra Vidya.  Nakula and Sahadeva excelled in the knowledge of sword fight and Yudhishtira outclassed in chariot fight.   Arjuna established his supremacy over all the weapons with his profound knowledge, hard work, and proper utilization of available weapons, prowess and determination.  Arjuna was the most celebrated amongst warriors and his fame spread all over the world.  He selflessly served his Master Dronacharya, praised him Athiratha (who is capable to fight against 60,000 warriors at a time).  The children of Drutharashtra envied at the immense prowess of Bhima and Arjuna’s proficiency in numerous weapons.
 
 
 
One day Dronacharya called out all the disciples immediately after their practice, conducted a test in order to identify their ability in the usage of armaments.  They dutifully assembled under a tree to follow the instructions of Acharya.  Dronacharya installed a wooden idol of bird on a tree, ordered them to be ready with their bow and arrow and stand in line, each disciple will have a single chance to cut off the head of the wooden idol of bird installed on the tree.  Dronacharya, born in the clan of Maharishi Angirass, ordered Yudhishtira to come forward and cut off the head of the bird at his instruction.  Dronacharya enquired Yudhishtira what was that he witnessed; he sincerely replied that he had observed tree, himself, his brothers and the bird.   Dronacharya was annoyed at the reply of Yudhishtira and ordered him to stand away.  Dronacharya called out for Duryodhana and his brothers, Bhima, princes from neighboring countries and the question was repeated and surprisingly the answers were same like Yudhistira.
 
 
 
 
Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Adi Parvam !! Dronacharya The Preceptor of Kurus !!

 
 
Jai Sriman Narayana !!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 





The great epic Mahabharath was composed by Maharishi Veda Vyasa/Krishna Dwaipayana, son of Sage Parasara and Sathyavati, a woman from fishermen clan.  Mahabharath describes the legend of Bharatha Dynasty.     It was written in 18 Parva such as Adhi Parva, Sabha Parva, Vana Parva, Virada Parva, Udhyoga Parva, Bhishma Parva, Drona Parva, Karna Parva, Shalya Parva, Soupthika Parva, Stri Parva, Shanthi Parva, Anushasana Parva, Ashwamedha Parva, Ashramavasika Parva, Musala Parva, Mahaprasthanika Parva and Swargarohana Parva and each Parva has divided into many Upaparva and has chapters in detail.    Adhi Parva depicts the life of King Dushyantha and his wife Shakunthala and their son Sarvadhamanan, who was famously known as Bharatha, a righteous ruler of Bharatha Empior.

 



Lord Brahma created deities, Sages and Prajapathis.  It was the beginning of the growth of human race from the sixty daughters of Daksha Prajapathi.  Pururavass,  Yayathi, Puru,  Dushyantha,  Bharatha, Shanthanu were born in the family of Dithi, one of the daughters of Daksha Prajapathi. 

 
 

King Janamejaya, son of King Pareekshit conducted a grand Yagna to please serpent Gods.  There were a huge number of Rishis & Sages were present in the magnificent Yagna, Maharishi Veda Vyasa along with his disciple Rishi Vaishampayana and Sage Ugrasrava Sauti was also amongst them.   Rishi Vaishampayana narrated the stories of Kuru Dynasty to King Janamejaya at the time of Naga Yagna.  Later, this anecdote was described to the Sages and Rishis assembled in Naimisharanya by Sage Sauti, son of Sage Romaharshana/Lomaharshana, disciple of Maharishi Veda Vyasa.

 
 

Rishi Vaishampayana narrates, Dronacharya, son of Sage Bharadhwaja lived a secluded life after returning from the Kingdom of Panchala, he was tormented with extreme grief caused by the maltreatment of his childhood friend King Drupada, and he was quietly settled in the hermitage of Sage Gautama.   One day, the mighty sons of King Drutharashtra and Pandu arrived in the woodlands and engaged in various sports.  Suddenly, the ball with which they have been playing fell into a well and all the children assembled near the well to retrieve the same.  The Princes were tried all their efforts to regain the ball, but nothing worked right and it stirred great anxiety in them.  There appeared a Brahmin with great personality and excellent physique before the Princes of Hasthinapur that was none other than Dronacharya.   The Kurus were mesmerized at the charismatic features of Dronacharya that was gained through the meticulous performance of Agnihotra and severe penance.  The Kurus after a few unsuccessful trials to pick the ball from the well were fascinated at the appearance of Dronacharya and surrounded him with great anguish.  Dronacharya was pompously stared at the mighty Princes of Bharatha race around him; conscious of his mightiness and willpower derisively addressed the Princes of Kurus about their skill in arms and stated as an appalling performance in their effort to regain the ball.  Dronacharya flamboyantly announced that he could recover the ball from the well by means of the sacred grass as arrows; furthermore he removed the ring from his hand and tossed it to the well and affirmed that he could recover the ring as well.  Dronacharya explained his exceptional knowledge in Sastra to Yudhishtira, utilizing the rows of sacred grass as arrows to pick the ball from well.  Dronacharya effortlessly recovered the ball and the ring pouring arrows made up of sacred grass on it.    The Princes of Kurus were mesmerized at the marvelous performance of Dronacharya.  The Princes of Kurus desired to know more about the fabulous Brahmin, but he refused to mention anything about him, instead he advised the Princes to converse about the skill and likeness of him to Bhishma Pithamaha that would help Bhishma Pithamaha to recognize him.  The Princes of Kurus returned to Hasthinapur and dutifully described the incident took place in the woodland.  Instantly, Bhishma Pithamaha understood that the illustrious Brahma was none other than Dronacharya, instantly thought that he would make an ideal preceptor for the Princes of Kurus.  Shortly, Bhishma Pithamaha met Dronacharya and brought to him the Palace of Hasthinapur.  Dronacharya was received with utmost reverence; Bhishma Pithamaha enquired the reason for his stay in Hasthinapur.  Dronacharya narrated the entire incidents took place between him and the King Drupad of Panchala, the childhood days spent with the Prince of Panchala, learning Agneya Astra from Sage Agnivesa, demise of Sage Bharadhwaja and encounter with the childhood friend King Yajyasena & King Drupada of Panchala, impertinence of Drupada, marriage to Kripi and the birth of Ashwathama.  It was the crucial moment of poverty in the family, Ashwathama much preferred to drink milk seeing the other children around him happily consuming the same.  In a moment Dronacharya stopped thinking about the knowledge he had acquired and wandered to have a possession of a cow to fulfill the desire of his dearest child, but Dronacharya’s all the efforts to obtain a cow went on vain. Ashwathama was forced to accept the water mixed with powdered rice in place of milk from his friends that was gracefully consumed and joyfully walked around, and this incident ripped Dronacharya’s heart out caused insurmountable pain.  He had to receive sheer criticisms from the people for his inability to earn wealth and provide the minimum needs to his child.  Bhishma Pithamaha advised Dronacharya to remain the preceptor of Kurus and shape them as accomplished warriors in the use of armaments, in return promised to provide all the comforts in the city of Hasthinapur and live a blissful life.

 



Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Adi Parvam !! The resentment between Dronacharya & King Drupada !!


Jai Sriman Narayana !!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 




The great epic Mahabharath was composed by Maharishi Veda Vyasa/Krishna Dwaipayana, son of Sage Parasara and Sathyavati, a woman from fishermen clan.  Mahabharath describes the legend of Bharatha Dynasty.     It was written in 18 Parva such as Adhi Parva, Sabha Parva, Vana Parva, Virada Parva, Udhyoga Parva, Bhishma Parva, Drona Parva, Karna Parva, Shalya Parva, Soupthika Parva, Stri Parva, Shanthi Parva, Anushasana Parva, Ashwamedha Parva, Ashramavasika Parva, Musala Parva, Mahaprasthanika Parva and Swargarohana Parva and each Parva has divided into many Upaparva and has chapters in detail.    Adhi Parva depicts the life of King Dushyantha and his wife Shakunthala and their son Sarvadhamanan, who was famously known as Bharatha, a righteous ruler of Bharatha Empior.

 



Lord Brahma created deities, Sages and Prajapathis.  It was the beginning of the growth of human race from the sixty daughters of Daksha Prajapathi.  Pururavass,  Yayathi, Puru,  Dushyantha,  Bharatha, Shanthanu were born in the family of Dithi, one of the daughters of Daksha Prajapathi. 

 
 

King Janamejaya, son of King Pareekshit conducted a grand Yagna to please serpent Gods.  There were a huge number of Rishis & Sages were present in the magnificent Yagna, Maharishi Veda Vyasa along with his disciple Rishi Vaishampayana and Sage Ugrasrava Sauti was also amongst them.   Rishi Vaishampayana narrated the stories of Kuru Dynasty to King Janamejaya at the time of Naga Yagna.  Later, this anecdote was described to the Sages and Rishis assembled in Naimisharanya by Sage Sauti, son of Sage Romaharshana/Lomaharshana, disciple of Maharishi Veda Vyasa.

 
 

Vaishampayana narrates the resentment between Dronacharya son of Sage Bharadhwaja and King Drupada.   Once, Dronacharya visited the palace of King of Panchala.  The purpose of Dronacharya’s visit to Panchala was to seek help from his dearest childhood friend King Drupada in order to get rid of his poverty.  Dronacharya approached King Drupada with a joyous heart and addressed him as his friend.  King Drupada who was completely under the wrath of pride and arrogance publicly insulted Dronacharya with sheer criticism.  King Drupada retorted that a Brahmin of high intelligence never address a King as his friend, moreover a great King cannot be a companion of unfortunate and impoverished Brahmin, it was true that there was a friendship existed between them at the time of living in a particular set of conditions, but the time has changed and the friendship as well.  In this world friendship never lingers forever in any heart.  King Drupada affirmed that the friendship between them had occurred in a certain conditions was for the accomplishment a certain purposes and it does not exists any longer.  He insulted Dronacharya with contemptuous words, a friendship can never exists between a poor and a rich or a hero and a coward, there may be friendship with the people of equal might and rich.  King Drupada openly criticized Drona, an indigent and affluent can neither be friends nor have conversation with each other.  King Drupada continued to pour harsh words on Drona treated him as impure by birth has no right to be friend with him anymore.

 
 

Dronacharya was in a state extreme humiliation after listening to the utter disapproval of King Drupada, he angrily left the Palace of King Panchala.  Dronacharya was already made up his mind about the next course of action against the impertinence of King Drupada.  Consequently, Dronacharya left the Kingdom of Panchala and moved to the Kingdom of Kurus.

 
 

In the meantime, Bhishma Pithamaha was desirous of giving supreme education in the science of weapons to his grandchildren was on the search of an illustrious preceptor.  Finally, Bhishma Pithamaha found the godlike mighty Dronacharya who has possessed great intelligence in Astra, Sastra and ultimate wisdom in Veda.  Dronacharya was pleased with the hospitality of Bhishma Pithamaha and accepted Kauravas and Pandavas as his disciples.   In a short span of time, the princes of Kurus endued with immeasurable prowess became proficient in the science of armaments under the guidance of illustrious Dronacharya. 

 


Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Friday, 14 February 2014

Mahabharath !! Birth of Dronacharya !!

 
Jai Sriman Narayana !!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 





The great epic Mahabharath was composed by Maharishi Veda Vyasa/Krishna Dwaipayana, son of Sage Parasara and Sathyavati, a woman from fishermen clan.  Mahabharath describes the legend of Bharatha Dynasty.     It was written in 18 Parva such as Adhi Parva, Sabha Parva, Vana Parva, Virada Parva, Udhyoga Parva, Bhishma Parva, Drona Parva, Karna Parva, Shalya Parva, Soupthika Parva, Stri Parva, Shanthi Parva, Anushasana Parva, Ashwamedha Parva, Ashramavasika Parva, Musala Parva, Mahaprasthanika Parva and Swargarohana Parva and each Parva has divided into many Upaparva and has chapters in detail.    Adhi Parva depicts the life of King Dushyantha and his wife Shakunthala and their son Sarvadhamanan, who was famously known as Bharatha, a righteous ruler of Bharatha Empior.

 
 

Lord Brahma created deities, Sages and Prajapathis.  It was the beginning of the growth of human race from the sixty daughters of Daksha Prajapathi.  Pururavass,  Yayathi, Puru,  Dushyantha,  Bharatha, Shanthanu were born in the family of Dithi, one of the daughters of Daksha Prajapathi. 

 
 

King Janamejaya, son of King Pareekshit conducted a grand Yagna to please serpent Gods.  There were a huge number of Rishis & Sages were present in the magnificent Yagna, Maharishi Veda Vyasa along with his disciple Rishi Vaishampayana and Sage Ugrasrava Sauti was also amongst them.   Rishi Vaishampayana narrated the stories of Kuru Dynasty to King Janamejaya at the time of Naga Yagna.  Later, this anecdote was described to the Sages and Rishis assembled in Naimisharanya by Sage Sauti, son of Sage Romaharshana/Lomaharshana, disciple of Maharishi Veda Vyasa.

 

Rishi Vaishampayana narrates the birth of Dronacharya to King Janamejaya.  There was a great Sage Bharadhwaja lived on the banks of river Ganga, he underwent severe austerities and pleased Lord.  One day Sage Bharadhwaja and a group of Rishis went for ablutions in river Ganga before commencing the Agnihotra.  Sage Bharadhwaja observed a celestial Apsara Ghritachi with enthralling beauty and captivating physical features was gently emerged from the streaming water, she has the expression of pride and sensual appearance, she gently moved out of the water and beautifully treading on the river bank, suddenly her clothes were slipped away revealing her spectacular physical features.  Sage Bharadhwaja wrapped up in the unrivaled beauty of Ghritachi, he was besotted with burning desire for her caused to release vital fluid and it was instantly deposited in a vessel called Drona/Pitcher.   A marvelous child sprang out of the pitcher and he was named Drona.  The young and studious Drona attained profound knowledge in Veda and Vedanga, the limbs of Vedas.  Sage Bharadhwaja who has great prowess and prime knowledge in weapons communicated to the illustrious Rishi Agnivesa, the foremost of Bharatha race sprung from the fire and passed the supreme knowledge about Agneya Astra to Drona.

 
 

The ruler of Panchala, King Prishata was a great companion of Sage Bharadhwaja.  The King Prishata had a son Drupada, a bull among the Kshatriyas spends abundance of time in the company of Drona, engaged in studies and childhood pranks in the hermitage of Sage Bharadhwaja.  After the demise of King Prishata, the legal heir to the throne Drupada was crowned as the King of Panchala.  In the meantime Sage Bharadhwaja was also ascended to heaven.  Drona resided in the hermitage of his father, devoted himself into severe austerities.  Drona had the desire to have an offspring to contribute the wisdom and intelligence he had attained from his father.  Drona married to Kripi, the daughter of Sharadwat (Son of Sage Gautama) and sister of Kripacharya.  Kripi was a chaste woman underwent severe austerities, engrossed in virtuous acts and Agnihotras, eventually the couple obtained a son Ashwathama.  As soon as the child born, it neighed like Ucchaisravass (celestial horse obtained while churning the milky ocean).  A mysterious voice instructed that the child would be famously known as Ashwathama.  The couple was delighted at the birth of their lovely child; they continued to stay in the hermitage of Sage Bharadhwaja and Dronacharya devoted his time entirely for the study of science of arms.

 


Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Mahabharath !! Birth of Kripacharya !!

 
 
Jai Sriman Narayana !!
 
 
 
 
 
 






The great epic Mahabharath was composed by Maharishi Veda Vyasa/Krishna Dwaipayana, son of Sage Parasara and Sathyavati, a woman from fishermen clan.  Mahabharath describes the legend of Bharatha Dynasty.     It was written in 18 Parva such as Adhi Parva, Sabha Parva, Vana Parva, Virada Parva, Udhyoga Parva, Bhishma Parva, Drona Parva, Karna Parva, Shalya Parva, Soupthika Parva, Stri Parva, Shanthi Parva, Anushasana Parva, Ashwamedha Parva, Ashramavasika Parva, Musala Parva, Mahaprasthanika Parva and Swargarohana Parva and each Parva has divided into many Upaparva and has chapters in detail.    Adhi Parva depicts the life of King Dushyantha and his wife Shakunthala and their son Sarvadhamanan, who was famously known as Bharatha, a righteous ruler of Bharatha Empior.

 
 
 
Lord Brahma created deities, Sages and Prajapathis.  It was the beginning of the growth of human race from the sixty daughters of Daksha Prajapathi.  Pururavass,  Yayathi, Puru,  Dushyantha,  Bharatha, Shanthanu were born in the family of Dithi, one of the daughters of Daksha Prajapathi. 

 

 

King Janamejaya, son of King Pareekshit conducted a grand Yagna to please serpent Gods.  There were a huge number of Rishis & Sages were present in the magnificent Yagna, Maharishi Veda Vyasa along with his disciple Rishi Vaishampayana and Sage Ugrasrava Sauti was also amongst them.   Rishi Vaishampayana narrated the stories of Kuru Dynasty to King Janamejaya at the time of Naga Yagna.  Later, this anecdote was described to the Sages and Rishis assembled in Naimisharanya by Sage Sauti, son of Sage Romaharshana/Lomaharshana, disciple of Maharishi Veda Vyasa.

 
 

Sage Vaishampayan described about the birth of Kripacharya to King Janamejaya.   Sage Gautama* had profound knowledge in Vedas, Scriptures, Astra Sastra and in the science of weapons.  He underwent severe austerities and attained perceptive knowledge in the Astra Sastra which annoyed Lord Indra.  Sage Gautama had a son Sharadwat, who was born with arrows.  In early years of childhood Sharadwat attained insightful knowledge in Veda, Astra and Sastra from his father Sage Gautama.  Lord Indra was jealous at the proficiency of Sage Gautama, he sent a celestial Apsara to create impediments on his austerities.  The celestial Apsara Janapadi arrived at the hermitage of Sage Gautama, there she met young and attractive Sharadwat with bow and arrow and she provoked him to have physical relationship with her.   Sharadwat overwhelmed at the exceptional beauty of Janapadi dressed in an enchanting transparent cloth, eventually his bow and arrow slipped out of his hands, he lost control over senses and wrapped in a rapid emotion but the ascetic traits and the meticulous practice of control over the senses brought serenity in him.  Due to the mental agitation Sharadwat unconsciously released vital fluid and vanished in the sky.   This vital fluid has fallen on the clump of heath was divided into two pieces and two children sprang out of this cluster.  These stunning twins were found by the attendant of King Shanthanu and brought to the notice of the King who was on a hunting expedition to woodland. The attendant informed the King about the bow and arrow, deer-skin as a sign that the children must be born to a Brahmin proficient in Astra Sastra.  King Shanthanu was deeply moved at the plight of the newly born.   King Shanthanu brought the striking twin babies to the palace and decided to bring them up as his own children.  King Shanthau, son of Pratipa performed the prescribed rites and the naming ceremony of the stunning girl and boy child of Sage Gautama (grandchildren) to accept them as his own children, eventually the twins were addressed as Kripa and Kripi.  In the meantime, Sage Gautama left his former hermitage and engaged in rigorous practice of Astra Sastra.  Sage Gautama with the austerities attained and his spiritual insight realized that his grandchildren are growing in the palace of King Shanthanu.  Sage Gautama arrived at Hasthinapur, he met King Shanthanu and narrated about his lineage.  King Shanthanu was pleased at the persona of Sage Gautama and appointed him as the preceptor of Kripa.  Kripa attained intense knowledge in Veda, the four branches of the science of arms, Astra and Sastra and studied various branches of knowledge and their complex and inscrutability.  In a short period of time Kripa became an excellent master in the science of armaments.  Later, Kauravas the hundred sons of Drutharashtra, Pandavas the five sons of King Pandu, Yadavas, Vrishnis and Princes from various kingdoms were learned lessons from Kripacharya.

 

 

Lord Brahma’s Manasaputra Angirass had a son Uchathya.  Uchathya’s son Dheergathamass.  Dheergathamass had a son Sage Gautama.  Sharadwan was the son of Sage Gautama.  Kripa and Kripi were the children of Sharadwan and grandchildren of Sage Gautama.  Kripacharya was the aspect of Rudra.   Later, Dronacharya, son of Sage Bharadwaja and the preceptor of Kauravas and Pandavas married to Kripi.
 
 
 
Jai Sriman Narayana !!