The Stories of Mahabharata
A serialized story-telling of the epic The Mahabharata - part of the mythology of ancient India
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Mahabharata Episode 1: Beginnings
Mahabharata Episode 1: Beginnings
Ganga, Devabrata and ShantanuThe first episode of the Stories of Mahabharata podcast series has been missing for a long time. The episode was not added because it did not have the production quality that we have been striving for. After a long break, we finally found some time to rerecord this episode and mix the vocal track with sound effects and music to make it at par with the rest of the episodes. We hope you like it.This episode tells the story of the beginnings of the great saga told by Rishi Vyasa and written by lord Ganesha. The story begins with the narrative of King Shantanu's marriage with Ganga and the birth of Devabrata. Later we learn how prince Devabrata becomes the great Bhishma because of his “Bhisham” or profound vow – a vow which kickstarts the story of the Mahabharata and the destiny of the Kuru dynasty. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mahabharata Episode 2: Amba’s Plight
Bhishma abducts Amba, Ambika and AmbalikaAfter a long hiatus, we bring to you the fully produced version of the episode 2 of the Stories of Mahabharata Series – Amba's Plight. In this episode, he learn how Bhisma abducts the three princesses of Kashi, Amba, Ambika and Ambalika by force and brings them to Hastinapur to get them married to his brother Vichitravirya. Amba declines to marry Vichitravirya. Vichitravirya marries Ambika and Ambalika but dies without leaving an heir. Satyavati then invokes the practice of Niyoga and asks Vyasa to give the Kuru dynasty an heir. Listen to this crucial and exciting episode and share your thoughts with us. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mahabharata Episode 3: Birth of the Kuru Princes
Pandu Hunts the Deer Couple.The stories of Mahabharata continues. In this episode we learn about the birth of the Kuru princes, the Pandavas and the Kauravas. We also learn about the tragic death of King Pandu caused by a curse from the dying sage Kindama.Audio engineering and sound design by Avi Ziv. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mahabharata Episode 4: The Conflict Begins
Young Bheema fight with the NagasThe stories of Mahabharata continues. The conflict between the Pandava brothers and the Kaurava brothers began at an early age. In this episode we learn of the first attempt by the Kaurava brothers, primarily Duryodhona and Duhsashana, to eliminate their arch rival Bheema. The story gives us a glimpse of the extent to which the Kauravas could go to achieve their goals. Enjoy and do not forget to give your feedback.(Note: You can also subscribe to this series (for free) as podcast on iTunes store or any other podcast aggregator. Just search for Mahabharata and Bhawmik.) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mahabharata Episode 5: The Guru Arrives
Drona tests his studentsIn this episode, Guru Dronacharya arrives in Hastinapura and awes the Kuru princes with his skills. Bhishma retains him as the royal arms and weapons trainer for the Pandava and Kaurava brothers. Arjuna excels in archery. Ekalavya, a tribal boy, comes to Drona to learn from him. Drona refuses to accept him as a student. But Ekalavya masters the art of archery by practicing in front of a statue of Dronacharya for which he had to pay the ultimate guru dakshina.Listen to the podcast below or subscribe in iTunes store (free.) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mahabharata Episode 6: A Show of Arms
Kunti and KarnaIn this episode of the stories from Mahabharata, Drona arranges for a grand show where his students, the Kuru princes demonstrate their prowess with arms. Arjuna dazzles the audience by his prowess with a variety of arms and weapons. But suddenly Karna enters the arena and the story takes a dranstic turn which none could have expected. Listen to this episode on the player below, or by subscribing to this podcast on iTunes. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mahabharata Episode 7: Drona’s Revenge
Drona takes his revenge on DrupadaThe stories of Mahabharata are not only about kings and gods and demons. It is also a tale of ethics, morality and politics. The needs and conflicts that drive each character are the same that drives us today. The great weapons teacher Drona Acharya was a Brahmin. A Brahmin was supposed to have the noblest of qualities and free of petty politics and trivialities of life. Their main purpose in life was to acquire wisdom and spread knowledge to their pupils. But Drona, had his own axe to grind. He became the royal weapons teacher of the Kuru princes with a single objective in mind. He wanted to take his revenge on Drupada, the King of Panchala, for the insult he had to tolerate in Drupada's court. We also learn how the Kaurava brothers start planning for their next step to eliminate their arch rivals, the Pandavas. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mahabharata Episode 8: The Flaming House of Varanabata
The Flaming House of VaranabataThe stories of Mahabharata continues with this eighth episode – The Flaming house of Varanabata. With the advice from Shakuni, Duryodhana comes up with a devious plan to kill the Pandavas. Dhritarashtra sends the Pandavas to Varanabata to attend a festival. But the Pandavas escape the trap set for them and flee into the forest. There Bheema encounters the demons Hidimb and Hidimbaa. Listen to this exciting episode in the podcast below.(Story told by Sudipta Bhawmik, Audio Engineering and Sound Design by Avi Ziv) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mahabharata Episode 9: Draupadi’s Swayamvara
Arjuna attempts to hit the target while Krishna, Draupadi and Drupada watch.Listen to another episode of the stories of Mahabharata. In this episode, we go to the city of Kampilya in Panchala, where the Pandavas attend the Swayavara of Draupadi, King Drupada's daughter. There, Arjuna passes the most difficult test set for an archer and wins Draupadi as his bride. Listen to the podcast below. And don't forget to join our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MahabharataPodcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mahabharata Episode 10: Draupadi’s Marriage
Draupadi's MarriageAfter passing Drupad's test, Arjuna wins Draupadi as his bride. But when the Pandavas arrive at their home, their mother Kunti asks them to do something that changes their lives for ever. Listen to this amazing episode below. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mahabharata Episode 11: Dhritarashtra’s Dilemma
Dhritarashtra and YudhistiraWhen the blind king Dritarashtra learned that the Pandavas have survived the fire in Varanavata and have gained a strong ally, King Drupada of Panchala by marrying his daughter Draupadi, he was in deep trouble. He had already declared Duryodhana to be the crown prince of Hastinapura. Now if the Pandavas come back to Hastinapura and demand the throne, what would he do? Listen to this exciting episode by clicking on the player below. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mahabharata Episode 12: The Kingdom of the Pandavas and Arjuna’s Exile
Arjuna and UlupiDhritarashtra offered Pandavas the land of Khandava, a barren and uninhabited piece of land, to set up their Kingdom. To everybody's surprise, Yudhishtira accepts the offer. In Khandava, the Pandavas setup their capital in Indraprastha, a grand city build by Lord Indra himself. Rishi Narada tells the Pandavas the story of Sunda and Upasunda and advises them to setup a rule among themselves regarding the companionship of Draupadi with her husbands. But Arjuna had to break the rule to avoid a crisis. And as his punishment Arjuna goes into exile for twelve long years where he encounters several other romantic adventures. Listen to this intriguing episode by clicking on the audio player below. The episode can also be heard on iTunes. And join our Facebook page to stay updated. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mahabharata Episode 13: Arjuna Abducts Subhadra
Arjuna Abducts SubhadraThis is the thirteenth episode of the stories of Mahabharata. We have progressed quite a bit, but we have a long way to go. In this episode we hear couple of fascinating stories. In the first story, Arjuna rescues the five Apsaras from their curse. And in the second story, Ajuna falls in love with Krishna's sister Subhadra, and at Krishna's suggestion, he forcefully abducts Subhadra and finally marries her. Listen to the episode and let us know how you like it. Visit our Facebook page (facebook.com/MahabharataPodcast) and join the discussion. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mahabharata Episode 14: The Burning of the Khandava Forest.
The Blazing Khandava ForestAgni requests Arjuna and Krishna to help him burn down the Khandava forest for the flesh and fat of the animals in the forest would cure him of his loss of appetite. Arjuna and Krishna helps him, and a great fire rages through the forest killing all creatures who lived there. Krishna and Arjuna spared Maya Asura's life, and to express his gratitude Maya builds a magnificent assembly hall for the Pandavas. Narada visits Indraprastha and advises Yudhistira to perform the Rajasuya Fire ceremony. But Krishna warns Yudishtira that he must kill the vicious king Jarasandha if he would like to succeed in his bid to become the emperor.The image is a sculpture from Banteay Srei temple, in Cambodia. Arjuna and Krishna are seen on chariots on either side; Indra is atop his elephant Airavata in the sky; Numerous arrows in mid-air counter the downpour of rain; Different birds and animals are seen scattering; Takshaka's wife and Aswasena are seen rising in the sky. Image and description taken from the jayarama.wordpress.com blog.Listen to this exciting episode by clicking the player below. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mahabharata Episode 15: The Killing of Jarasandha and The Rajasuya Sacrifice
Bhima Slays JarasandhaJarasandha, the mighty King of Magadha, was feared by everybody, including the almighty Lord Krishna. Jarasandha planned to offer one hundred Kings as human sacrifice to his Lord. He had captured eighty-six of them and was in the process of capturing fourteen more to complete his mission. Krishna takes Bheema and Arjuna with him to Magadha to kill Jarasandha and release the captive kings.After killing Jarasandha, the Pandava brothers begin their conquest of the land of Bharata to win the allegiance of the Kings. Soon all the Pandavas eliminate all obstacles for the Rajasuya sacrifice and begin to prepare for the great ceremony.Listen to this action filled episode by clicking the player below. Also join our facebook page for the latest updates. Subscribe to our iTunes podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mahabharata Episode 16: The Death of Sishupala
The Slaying of SishupalaSishupala, the King of Chedi, was an invited guest to King Yudhistira's Rajasuya sacrifice ceremony. He had accepted Yudhistira as his emperor. But when Yudhistira decided to offer Krishna his first worship as the most revered man present in the audience, Sishupala lost his cool. He had an old animosity with Krishna, and he lashed out at him with outrageous insults. Krishna tried to stay calm, but finally he couldn't take it anymore. He summoned his Sudarshana Chakra and severed Sishupala's head from his body in front of the assembled Kings and royalties.Listen to this exciting and dramatic episode by clicking the play button below. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mahabharata Episode 17: The Game Plan
ShakuniDuryodhana's envy of the Pandavas keeps consuming him. Moreover, he is humiliated by falling for the illusions of the grand palace Maya had built for them. But scheming Shakuni has a plan to rob Yudhishthira of his kingdom. Even the righteous emperor has a blind spot. Duryodhana and Shakuni work out their game plan to shred Yudhistira to pieces.Listen to this exciting episode below: See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mahabharata Episode 18: The Game of Dice
The Game of DiceThe greatest mistake Yudhistira made in his life was to agree to play the game of dice with Duryodhana. He knew, the game wouldn't be fair, but still he couldn't refuse. His excuses were, that he couldn't say no to his uncle Dhritarashtra, and also he would never retreat when challenged. But was that the real reason? Listen to this episode and be the judge. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mahabharata Episode 19: Draupadi’s Insult
Draupadi's InsultYudhistira bets his wife Draupadi in the game of dice and loses her to the Kauravas. Dussasana drags Draupadi to the assembly hall in front of everybody. And there, the Panchal princess is subject to the cruelest humiliation while her husbands sit still with their eyes shut and heads hung low. The Kuru elders, Bhishma, Drona, Kripa and Dhritarashtra also sit and watch the inhuman behavior of their descendants without raising a single voice of protest. Listen to this exciting episode to know what happens next.You can also subscribe to the podcast in iTunes at http://www.bhawmik.com/mahabharataDon't forget to share your comments. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mahabharata Episode 20: One Last Game
The Pandavas going into exileDuryodhana was not happy when Dhritarashtra returned the Pandavas their kingdom and all the wealth they had lost in the game of dice to Shakuni. So he and Shakuni came up with another plan. They invited Yudhistira back to Hastinapura and challenged him to play one last game of dice. But this time, the wager was different. It was proposed, whoever loses the game will have to go into exile in the forests for a period of twelve long years. After the twelve years of exile, they will have to stay in hiding for one more year. And in the thirteenth year, if anyone found them, they would have to go into exile for twelve more years.But will Yudhistira accept this challenge knowing well that it was impossible to beat Shakuni in the game of dice? Or would he walk out to save himself and his brothers from this impending doom?Listen to this exciting episode by clicking the link below.You can also subscribe to the podcast on your smartphone or computer from http://bhawmik.com/mahabharata. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.