Much of Indian literature is based on this great epic story of northern India. The story is centered around the dynastic struggle for the throne of the kingdom of Hastinapura, and it spans several generations of the descendants of King Kuru. Many other stories and some scriptures have come to be embedded within it. The authorship is traditionally attributed to Vyasa, also known as Krishna Dvaipayana, who is also grandfather to some of the principal characters.
A brief summary of the purpose and meaning of the work by Nhilde Davidson.
Contains an abridged but complete version of Mahabharata. Also includes a summary of the epic.
The complete text of Chakravarti Rajagopalachari's retelling of the story, as a single online PDF file.
Provides resources on the epic, including Sanskrit text, translations, studies, commentaries, and derivative works.
Download text, and information about one of the oldest commentaries on the Mahabharata.
Includes an introduction and a synopsis, a list of English translations of the epic. Also has discussions of what dharma is, and of the complex dilemmas faced by the heroes and villains of the story.
The complete text of the translation by Kisan Mohan Ganguli.
Scholarly resources. Includes a list of the principal mordern sources with commentaries on each, as well as a brief synopsis.
The site describes the Vedic calendar and then gives the dates for the important events of the Mahabharata based on that calendar, thus giving a time frame to the epic and the ages of the characters at the various events.
Complete electronic copy of the work. Based on John Smith's revision of Prof. Muneo Tokunaga's version of the text, checked at the Bhandarkar Institute, Pune. Requires registration and login.
Discusses the evidence and the possibilities for placing the basic story in the third to fifth millenia before the Christian era. By Subhash Kak.
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