The Penguin Companion to the Mahabharata

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The mahabharata is one of indias most revered epics - a transcendental, monumental literary and spiritual narrative with contemporary resonance one of the founding epics of indian culture, the mahabharata is transfused with ancient indian wisdom it is the foremost reference for classical indian civilization and has great influence on indian and south-east asian religion, art, literature and popular culture at its core, it tells the story of an apocalyptic eighteen-day war for territorial power which pitted brothers against brothers and sons against fathers, ended one age and began another the epics spiritual message unfolds through the many digressions and subplots of the story which presents sweeping visions of the universe and captivating glimpses of divinity the mahabharata also introduces one of hinduisms most well-loved gods, krishna, whose religio-philosophic discourse on the four human goalskama, artha, dharma and mokshais contained in the most important hindu text, the gita this companion chronologically recounts the events of the mahabharata, also providing the reader with an episode-by-episode outline of the mahabharata interesting, little-known facts about the epic an account of a journal on how the pandavas spent their twelve years in exile a compilation of mythological concepts with detailed explanations new insights into the spectrum of characters mythical place-names and their present names and locations user-friendly information valuable for students, scholars and the general reader alike

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