THE COMPLETE MAHABHARATA

THE COMPLETE MAHABHARATA
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THE COMPLETE MAHABHARATA

VOLUME 1 ADI PARVA BY RAMESH MENON

The Mahabharata of Veda Vyasa is the longest recorded epic of the world. With almost 100,000 versus, it is many times as long as the Iliad and the Odyssey combined and has deeply influenced every aspect of the Indian ethos for some 4,000 years.

The main theme is the Great War on Kurukshetra, but the epic teems with small stories, and other stories within these, all woven together with a genius that confounds comparison. As its heart, it contains Krishna’s immortal Bhagavad Gita, the Song of God.

The Mahabharata embodies the ancient and sacred Indian tradition, in all its earthy and spiritual immensity. Famously, “What is found here will not be found elsewhere.”

Many believe this most magnificient epic to be the greatest story ever told. Yet, the only full Indian translation of the Mahabharata into English is the 19th century one by Kisari Mohan Ganguli. More than a hundred years have passed since Ganguli accomplished his task, and the language he used is now sadly archaic.

This new 12 volumes series retells the great epic, line by line, in fresh, easily readable English prose. With it, we hope to bring the Mahabharata alive again, for the contemporary and future reader.

 

Ramesh Menon was born in New Delhi. He has also written modern renderings of the Mahabharata, Ramayana, Srimad Bhagavadgita, Siva Purana, Devi Purana and Bhagavata Purana.

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