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Mahabharata The Mahabharata is the largest epic of the world as it has about 100000 verses The original author was Vyasa who tried to depict the Great War between the Pandavas and the Kauravas Even in the English adaptation by William Buck it is nearly two hundred and fifty pages long and jam-packed with action and important events With that in mind I went to write my book report and suddenly had several pages of a report instead of one However I feel that this is the best way to describe this amazing Hindu epic and that one page simply does not do justice to the epic scale and Hindu cosmology contained therein The innermost narrative kernel of the Mahabharata tells the story of two sets of paternal first cousins--the five sons of the deceased king Pandu the five Pandavas and the one hundred sons of blind King Dhritarashtra the 100 hundred Dhartarashtras--who became bitter rivals and opposed each other in war for possession of the ancestral Bharata kingdom with its capital in the City of the Elephant Hastinapura on the Ganga river in north central India What is dramatically interesting within this simple opposition is the large number of individual agendas the many characters pursue and the numerous personal conflicts ethical puzzles subplots and plot twists that give the story a strikingly powerful development The five sons of Pandu were actually fathered by five Gods sex was mortally dangerous for Pandu because of a curse and these heroes were assisted throughout the story by various Gods seers and brahmins including the seer Krishna Dvaipayana Vyasa who later became the author of the epic poem telling the whole of this story who was also their actual grandfather he had engendered Pandu and the blind Dhrtarastra upon their nominal fathers widows in order to preserve the lineage The one hundred Dhartarashtras on the other hand
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