Caste in the Mahabharata

The stories of discrimination that characters like Karna and Ekalavya faced in the Mahabahrata are well known.

But equally well known are the birth stories of Vyasa and Vidura who were born to mothers from a lower social strata of the society, but were nevertheless revered and respected for their ability.

So, what was the epic’s stance on the questions of ability vs. birth and purity of birth?

Do watch the video to find out!

Why Duryodhana Hated Bhima & Other Stories

Duryodhana hated the Pandavas, especially Bhima for his brute strength and bullying nature.

Over time, the hostility of the Kauravas towards the Pandavas reached a point of no return. The rest, as they say, is history.

This video tells the story about how every attempt of Duryodhana to kill Bhima not only backfired but actually turned counter-productive.

The Mystery behind Madri’s Death…

The Mahabharata tells us that on Pandu’s death, his wife Madri entered his funeral pyre and left for the nether world with him.

Or, does it?

Why did Madri actually choose to end her life?

Or, did she?

Click the link to explore some interesting possibilities!

Intriguing Patterns in the Mahabharata

Pandu, the father of the Pandavas dies as a result of a curse on his head. On closer observation, one finds that Pandu’s life, bears some similarities with Bhishma’s life.

Both of them are forced to give up the throne or their claim to sovereignty when young.  While Bhishma is forced to abdicate his kingship to fulfil his father Shantanu’s desire to marry Satyavati, Pandu is forced to relinquish his throne because the deer’s curse would never allow him to become a father and bear a successor for the throne.

Again, both Pandu and Bhishma are forced to give up their sex life. Bhishma after he swears to a strict vow of celibacy as part of his promise to Satyavati’s father, and Pandu, because of the dying deer’s curse. Both men are thus forced to lose their social status as well as their manhood and the right to have their basic human needs satisfied.

This is just one of the many recurring patterns in the epic. Explore what they are, and why events tend to repeat in the greatest story ever told.

The Cult of Goddess Draupadi Amman

Vyasa’s Draupadi, despite being bold and beautiful, is often a victim of her circumstances.

But for a few people living deep down the south of India, Draupadi is the supreme goddess, untouched by any ugly episodes in her life.

For them, she is both a war goddess who blesses her devotees with victory in war and a guardian deity who bestows on them a peaceful domestic life.

Watch the video for a complete story on the worship of Goddess Draupadi Amman!

Yuyutsu: The Son Who Didn’t Belong

Yuyutsu was the second son of Dhritarashtra. Yet, he was rarely acknowledged as one of the Kaurava siblings by his own family.

The epic says he was a Maharatha, capable of single-handedly taking on10,000 warriors. Yet, like Karna, Yuyutsu chose to fight his own brothers in the Kurukshetra war.

Why?

Watch the video to find out the story of Yuyutsu from his initial years of oblivion to his final moment of glory at the end of the epic.

Duryodhana’s cruel destiny | Gandhari’s Children

Did you know that Duryodhana almost became the rightful heir to the Kuru throne but missed the chance by a cruel twist of fate?

Duryodhana was conceived first, before Yudhishtra. Yet he was born after his cousin.

What went wrong?

Click to find the story of the birth of the Kauravas from where the story of discord between the two cousins begins!

Krishna: Five lesser-known facts from the Mahabharata

The story of Krishna is narrated in several texts including the Hari Vamsa and the Bhagawata Purana. In these texts, he is God – omnipresent and omnipotent.

But in the Mahabharata, he comes across as a complex character in varying shades of white, black, grey and blue. Here, he is not always god, but often a thinker-philosopher and war strategist.

Presenting five lesser-known aspects of Krishna from the Mahabharata.

Books, Movies and the Mahabharata

The Mahabharata has inspired several artists & creators and spawned several great literary works and cinema.

Watch the video to know about how some film makers and writers have explored the ideas of Niyoga and parthenogenisis in their works!

Miraculous Births in the Mahabharata

The Mahabharata is the largest treasure house of stories in the world, particularly of miraculous or super-natural births.Drona is born in a cup.

Two women come together to produce a child and a King gives birth to his son from his right thigh. These are only some of the several amazing stories in the epic.

But what was the idea behind telling these stories?

Were they merely fantasies of a fertile mind or was there was some meaning to these fantastic tales?

As always, Kulture Katha gets behind the why of the stories!

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