4 festivals, 3 epics, 2 nations, 1 god

A Pongal Special!

4 festivals: Bhogi, Indra Vizha, Indra Dhwaja Maha, Indra Jatra

3 epics: Mahabharata, Silapadhigaram, Manimekalai

2 nations: India, Nepal

1 God: Indra, of course!

And 3 stories that connect the dots.

The Many Faces of Karna

Karna’s complex character has been dissected and explored by several playwrights and writers over two millennia.

This video explores what it means to be Karna as seen through the eyes of his fandom.

Check it out!

Did Draupadi secretly love Karna?

Did Draupadi secretly love Karna? That is what popular imagination would have us believe.

But was it Vyasa’s truth? Or a secret wish of the people?

Watch the video to find out more about where the video comes from!

Enter Karna…

Karna is one of the most nuanced characters created by Vyasa. He crafts the character of Karna so finely making Karna one of the greatest tragic heroes of all times.

Check out how, when and where Karna enters the epic’s story and changes its course forever….

Arjuna, the iconic hero of the Mahabharata

The Mahabharata refers to Arjuna using 14 different names. One of which is Savyasachi.

Do you know what the name means?

Watch the YouTube video for the answer and to know what makes Arjuna the iconic hero of the epic.

Vyasa’s Ramayana(?) – Rama’s story as found in the Mahabharata

The story of Rama had such universal appeal that it is even found in the Mahabharata.

But what is interesting is that Ramopakhyana, as it is called, is very different from the Valmiki version familiar to us.

How?

Listen in to find out!

Mahabharata and the Ukraine War

All wars are the same. They are seeded by the egos, jealousies and insecurities of individuals. Neither the ancient Kurukshetra war nor the ongoing Ukraine war is an exception.

Listen in to the story of how vendetta between two individuals, who were once friends, set off an uncontrollable chain of events that proved to be catastrophic to all of humanity.

Sarasvati: River or Goddess? What does the Mahabharata say?

The river Sarasvati finds wide mention in the Rig Veda. The Mahabharata is not far behind as it dedicates an entire sub-parvan to the tirthas or pilgrimages on the banks of the river.

But was the river Sarasvati a real river that flowed in the Indian sub-continent?

Or, was it a river reconstructed from a much more ancient past?

What does the Mahabharata say about the Sarasvati?

And more importantly, how did the river become the Goddess of Speech?

The questions are endless….the answers, a mere click away!

Drona’s cruelty to Ekalavya

Why did Drona refuse to teach Ekalavya?

Was it because Ekalavya was not a Kshatriya? Because Ekalavya was supposedly a low-born compared to his other students?

Why did he extract a bloody sacrifice from Ekalavya?

Check the video on one of the most debated issues from the Mahabharata!