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The mesmerizing essence of Mahabharata in Gujarat

The Mahabharata is of great religious and philosophical significance in India. It is viewed as a component of the Hindu itihasas, in a real sense "what occurred," or holy history. Specifically, the Mahabharata is renowned for including Hinduism's most perused sacred writing today, known as the Bhagavadgita. With its tremendous philosophical profundity and sheer greatness, a quintessential encapsulation of the ethos of India as well as of Hinduism and Vedic custom, the Mahabharata's glory is best summed up by one citation from the start of its first Parva (segment): "What is viewed as here, might be found somewhere else. What isn't viewed as here, won't be found somewhere else." The Mahabharata is more than just an account of lords and sovereigns, sages and wise men, devils and divine beings; it's unbelievable creator, Vyasa, said that one of its points is clarifying the four Purusharthas (objectives of life): Kama (joy), artha (riches), dharma (obligation), and moksha (freedom). The story ends in moksha, trusted by numerous Hindus to be a definitive objective of people. Karma and dharma additionally assume a necessary part in the Mahabharata. The Mahabharata incorporates several Hindu folklore, cosmological accounts of the divine beings and goddesses, and philosophical stories focused on students of the Hindu way of thinking. Among the chief works and stories that are a significant part of the Mahabharata are the ones listed below:

  • Bhagavadgita (Krishna educates and instructs Arjuna. Anusasanaparva.)

  • Damayanti (or Nala and Damayanti, a romantic tale. Aranyaka Parva.)

  • Krishnavatara (the narrative of Krishna, the Krishna Leela, which is woven through numerous chapters of the story)

  • Rama (a condensed adaptation of the Ramayana. Aranya Parva.)

  • Rishyasringa (additionally composed as Rshyashrnga, the horned boy and rishi. Aranyaka Parva.)

  • Vishnu sahasranama (the most well-known psalm to Vishnu, which portrays His 1000 names; Anushasana Parva.)

The epic utilises the "story inside a story" structure famous in numerous Indian strict religious works. It is recounted to King Janamejaya by Vaishampayana, a pupil of Vyasa.

The main story of the work is that of a dynastic battle for the highest position of Hastinapura, the realm managed by the Kuru dynasty. The two parts of the family that partake in the battle are the Kauravas, the senior family, and the Pandavas, the more youthful branch.

The battle comes full circle prompting the Great Battle of Kurukshetra, and the Pandavas are eventually successful. The actual Mahabharata closes with the death of the great Lord Krishna, the resulting end of his line, and the ascent of the Pandava siblings to Heaven. It additionally denotes the start of the Hindu period of Kali (Kali Yuga), the fourth and last age of humankind, where the incredible qualities and honourable thoughts have disintegrated, and man is rapidly making a beeline for the total disintegration of right activity, profound quality, and goodness. The absolute most respectable and worshipped figures in the Mahabharata wind up battling on the Kaurava's side, because of struggles of their dharma, or obligation. For instance, Bhishma had promised to continuously safeguard the lord of Hastinapura, whoever he might be. In this way, he was expected to battle in favour of the malicious, realising that his Pandavas would wind up successful only with his demise.

The Saurashtra-Mahabharata link of Gujarat

Saurashtra realm was one of the realms among the numerous realms administered by Yadava rulers in western and central India. It is generally southern Gujarat including the peninsular district. The name Surat, a city of Gujarat, is derived from the name Saurashtra. The peninsular area that forms southern Gujarat is still known as Saurashtra. 


Q1. Who wrote the Mahabharata?

The epic is customarily attributed to Maha Rishi Veda Vyasa, who is one of the major dynastic characters inside the epic. The first part of the Mahabharata states that it was Lord Ganesha who, at the command of Vyasa, fixed the text in the manuscript structure.

Q2. What does the Mahabharata want to primarily teach its readers?

The fundamental theme of the Mahabharata is the possibility of sacred duty.