Mahabaratham

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3 Oct 2015

In the Mahabaratha war
Bhishma fought for ten days.
Drona for five days.
Kama fought for two days
Salya for half a day.


3 Oct 2015

Sauti, son of Suta explains to the rishis, the number of horse, foot, chariots and elephants, which compose an Akshauhini
One chariot, one elephant, five foot-soldiers, and three horses form - one Patti
three pattis make one Sena-mukha
three sena-mukhas forms a Gulma
three gulmas forms a Gana
three ganas forms a Vahini
three vahinis together forms a Pritana
three pritanas forms a Chamu
three chamus forms an Anikini
an anikini taken ten times forms an Akshauhini.

the number of chariots in an Akshauhini is twenty-one thousand eight hundred and seventy.
the number of elephants in an Akshauhini is twenty-one thousand eight hundred and seventy.
the number of foot-soldiers is one hundred and nine thousand three hundred and fifty
the number of horses is sixty-five thousand, six hundred and ten.


3 Oct 2015

Sage Vyaasa is siad to have rendered a total of 60 lakhs slokas.  The epic, as is available to us now consists of 18 sections (parvas) with 98 sub sections (sub parvas), 2,382 chapters with 96,635 verses.

The 18 sections have been classified under four classifications - Aadhya Panchakam (5 sections), Yudhdha Panchakam (5 sections), Shaanthi thryam (3 sections), Andhya Panchakam (5 sections).  Each of the sections such as the Aadi parvam have several sub sections within.

Aadhya Panchakam
1.  Aadi parvam (260 sub sections  ;  10,889 slokams)
2.  Sabha parvam (173 sub sections  ;  4,367 slokams)
3.  Vana parvam (315 sub sections  ;  12,476 slokams)
4.  Viraada parvam (78 sub sections  ;  3,494 slokams)
5.  Udhyoga parvam (196 sub sections  ;  6,753 slokams)

Yudhdha Panchakam
6.  Bhishma parvam (122 sub sections  ;  5,809 slokams)
7.  Drona parvam (203 sub sections  ;  10,012 slokams)
8.  Karna parvam (101 sub sections  ;  4,975 slokams)
9.  Shalya parvam (66 sub sections  ;  3,596 slokams)
10.  Sauptika parvam (17 sub sections  ;  815 slokams)

Shaanthi thryam
11.  Stree parvam (28 sub sections  ;  807 slokams)
12.  Shanti parvam (375 sub sections  ;  15,151 slokams)
13.  Anusaasana parvam (272 sub sections  ;  11,194 slokams)

Andhya Panchakam

14.  Asvamedha parvam (118 sub sections  ;  4,555 slokams)
15.  Aashramavaasika parvam (41 sub sections  ;  1,098 slokams)
16.  Mausala parvam (9 sub sections  ;  301 slokams)
17.  Mahaaprasthaanika parvam (3 sub sections  ;  111 slokams)
18.  Swargaarohana parvam (5 sub sections  ;  232 slokams)



3 Oct 2015

Sage Vyaasa, who classified the Vedas into four parts, is the author of the epic Mahabaratham. Lord Ganesha put the slokas in writing as sage Vyaasar narrated it.  Vyaasar first taught his son, sage Sukar (Suka) and several other other disciples, thus ensuring the epic tale was not lost to the future generations.

It is believed that sage Narada told the epic to the Devas, Sage Suka taught Mahabaratham to the Gandharvas, Rakshasas and Yakshaas and Vaisampaayana, a chief disciple of sage Vyaasa told the Bhaaratham to mankind.  He narrated the epic sotry during a yagna performed by king Janamejayan, son of king Pareekshit. Pareekshit was the son of Abhimanyu and Uttarai, the grandson of Arjuna and Subathra.

This Bharatham narrated by Vaisampaayanar was later told by Sudar to several rishis led by rishi Sounagar in the Naimisaaranyam forest.

Sage Vyaasa is siad to have rendered a total of 60 lakhs slokas.  The epic, as is available to us now consists of 18 sections (parvas) with 98 sub sections (sub parvas), 2,382 chapters with 96,635 verses.

The 18 sections have been classified under four classifications - Aadhya Panchakam (5 sections), Yudhdha Panchakam (5 sections), Shaanthi thryam (3 sections), Andhya Panchakam (5 sections).  Each of the sections such as the Aadi parvam have several sub sections within.






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