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Pictorial Mahabharata

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Item Code: NAN867
Author: Swami Raghaveshananda
Publisher: Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai
Language: English
Edition: 2020
ISBN: 9788178236698
Pages: 280 (Throughout Color Illustrations)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 11.5 inch X 9.0 inch
Weight 540 gm
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"Lord Krishna declares in Bhagavatgita- 0 Arjuna ! The Self existing in the body of all beings is never slain. So it is not right for you to grieve for any creature". This is what our Seers (Rishis) contemplated and bequeathed to us. Bhagavan Adi sankaracarya was born in 8th & 7th B.C. and propounded Advaita Siddhanta for the revival of Hinduism and thereby for the spiritual emancipation of our Mankind Hinduism is humanism everywhere and at all times. It is nothing but ritual conduct of life for the righteousness of our human beings. It is for the Universal peace and tranquillity of the life.

The understanding of the life and philosophy of Sri Adi sankaracarya is for the understanding of one's own self. Excellence is the ultimate goal of the mankind. Unity of self with Brahma or oneness with God is the essence of Advaita Philosophy. Sri Adi sankaracarya in his Bhasya on the Brahmasiitra of Upanisads has purported this concept of life. As per Sri Adisaftkaracarya oneness or non-dualism is the absolute reality of this whole creation. Brahman is devoid of three differences. (1) difference from like objects (2) difference from unlike objects (3) difference inherent in itself. Therefore, Advaita is unimpeachable doctrine that identifies the individual self with Supreme self Le. Brahma or Atma Le. individual's Soul with Paramatma i.e. God.

It is the instinct as well as tradition that any parent prays for the well being of their progeny. So also Siva Guru & Aryamba ofK.aladi in Kerala prayed Lord Siva for fortune and happiness of having a child. Lord Sadasiva, as usual, pleased by their prayers and blessed them Himself as their child to establish Sanatana Dharma in this holy land ofBharta Varsha, which was getting eroded during 8th & 7th B.C ..

Sri Adisankara which means 'doing good to others' was the name given to the child by those mortal parents. There after, Sri ' . AdiSaJikaracarya took upon the mission to spread the gospel of Hindu Dharma throughout his life's sojourn and established Matts in the four parts of the country for the spreading Advaita Philosophy subsequently also.

The qualified persons to study Vedanta are those who have purified their minds of all impurities in the form of desires towards worldly things and practice meditation & devotion constantly. Vedanta is the conclusive part of the Vedas. It is the source that establishes the non-difference of individual (Jivas) and the supreme self (Brahman).

Upanisads are valid sources on Vedic Knowledge of life and our ancient Risis. Upanisads starting from Isavasyopanisads to Muktikopanisads numbering 108 are the covenants of India's Vedic Wisdom. They explain the whole Philosophy of the very creation and I existence of the life of human beings on this planet of earth.

It is heartening to note that this is a spiritual exercise by the R.S. Vidyapeetha, Tirupati under the guidance of our beloved Vice- Chancellor Prof. Harekrishna Satapathyji of this Vidyapeetha to facilitate the eternal understanding of our whole self. It has been undertaken as an awesome task in the propagation and popularisation of Sankara's Philosophy to the humanity at large from grass root's level or common man's point of view. It is for the peoples' salvation and realization of our very own creation and existence.

The aim is to educate the common people on the different Philosophical and Sastra Concepts available in Sanskrit by adopting a simple language. This is done for introducing the basic concepts, with the help of simple definitions, pictures, diagrams etc., such that even beginners also can easily understand the philosophical, cultural concepts.



The Epic Begins 1
Ganesha, The Scribe 2
Shantanu Weds Ganga 4
The Vasus and Vastshta's Curse 6
Bhishma - The Pillar of Mahabharata 7
Sons of Satyavati 11
The Predicament 14
The Three Brothers 15
The Marriage of the Princes 15
Sons of Gandhari 18
Pandu is Cursed 18
Birth of the Pandavas 18
Pandavas Enter Hastinapura 20
Jealousy Sprouts in Duryodhana's Mind 22
Drona Enters 25
Ekalavya, The Great Archer 29
Arjuna's Supremacy 30
Drona's Revenge 31
The Son of the Sun 31
The Lac Palace 33
Birth of Ghatotkacha 35
Life at Ekachakra 37
The Heroine of Mahabharata 39
The Pandavas' Return to Hastinapura 43
The New Kingdom of the Pandavas 44
Arjuna's Voluntary Exile 45
The Marriage of Subhadra 47
Burning of the Khandava Forest 49
Maya Offers Service 53
Narada Advises Yudhishthira to Perform Rajasuya 54
Krishna Counsels Yudhishthira 57
Killing of Jarasandha 57
Rajasuya Sacrifice 61
Krishna Kills Sishupala 62
Duryodhana's Jealousy 64
Vidura Goes as an Emissary 66
Duryodhana Digs His Own Grave 67
The Grace of Sri Krishna 69
Yudhishthira Gambles Again 71
The Inexhaustible Vessel 73
Vidura Visits the Pandavas 74
The Curse of Maitreya 75
Krishna Pledges 77
Arjuna's Fight with Lord Shiva' 79
Arjuna at Indra's Palace 82
Arjuna's Absence Saddens Yudhishthira 83
The Pandavas at Gandhamadhana Mountain 85
Bhima Meets Hanuman 87
Draupadi Gets Flowers 90
Arjuna Returns 94
A Python Attacks Bhima 96
Krishna Visits Again 98
Duryodhana's Plot 99
Goodheartedness of Yudhishthira 100
Inconsolable Duryodhana 102
Duryodhana Performs Sacrifice 104
Krishna Protects His Devotees 105
Jayadratha Punished 109
Gift of Kavacha and Kundala III 111
Death of Nakula and Others 113
Yaksha Prasna 115
The Pandavas in Council 117
Pandavas Enter Matsya's Kingdom 119
The Evil Eyes of Keechaka Fall on Draupadi 121
Draupadi Takes Shelter in Bhima 124
Death of Keechaka 124
Cows Stolen 126
Uttara - The Boaster 129
Arjuna Fills Uttara with Courage 130
Cows Recovered 132
Arjuna Humiliates Duryodhana 134
Pandavas Reveal Their Identity 136
Arjuna and Duryodhana at Dwaraka 139
Peace Efforts 143
Sanjaya as Peace Messenger 144
Duryodhana is Adamant on War 145
War or Peace? 149
'With My Return, The War Will Begin' 151
Reception to Lord Krishna 153
Krishna Gladdens Vidura 154
Krishna at Assembly Hall 156
Duryodhana Defends Himself 159
The Grand Form of Sri Krishna 161
'Kunti is Your Mother' 163
'You Will Have Five Sons Living' 166
War Preparations 168
Uluka as a Messenger 170
The Only Enemy of Bhishma 172
On the Kurukshetra Field 177
Noble Act of Yudhishthira 180
The Bhagavad Gita 181
The Battle Begins 187
The Second Day 189
Bhishma in Terrible Form 192
Bhagadatta's Prowess 196
Duryodhana Grieves 199
Fight Between Bhima and Duryodhana 200
The Invincible Bhishma 202
Bhishma Gives His Word to Duryodhana 205
Bhishma - The Forest Fire 209
Pandavas at Bhishma's Camp 211
Darkness Clouds the Kaurava Army 213
At the Feet of Bhishma 216
Karna Enters the Battlefield 218
Drona Tries to Capture Yudhishthira 221
Death of Abhimanyu 224
The Miraculous Sunset 224
Ghatotkacha Dies for Arjuna to Survive 232
Drona Killed by a Lie 234
Narayanastra 235
Karna as the Commander-in-chief 237
Karna Attacks Yudhishthira 238
Bhima Takes Revenge on Dusshasana 240
End of Karna 241
The Death of Shalya and Shakuni 245
Bhima Slays Duryodhana 247
Ashwatthama Visits Duryodhana 249
Ashwatthama's Vengeance 250
Krishna Curses Ashwatthama 250
Krishna Saves Bhirna 253
Yudhishthira's Remorse 255
The Coronation of Yudhishthira 256
Bhishma Instructs Yudhishthira 258
Exit Bhishma 259
Krishna Gives Life to a Dead Child 261
Dhritarashtra Goes to the Forest 262
End of Vidura 265
The Fallen Heroes Reappear 266
Dhritarashtra Passes Away 266
Krishna Returns to Vaikuntha 267
The Pandavas Ascend to Heaven 269
Yudhishthira in Heaven 271


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