The great Mahabharata War is supposed to have taken place in the year 3139 BC at Kurukshetra, India, according to one set of research sholars. Another set placed it between 950 BC and 1500 BC. It is the biggest classic ever composed by humanity, several times more than the Illiad and the Odyssey of the Poet Homer.

    The Sage Veda Vyasa wrote the original version in the Sanskrit language. It was written in 18 volumes, containing more than 1 lakhs verses of four lines each.
It is one of the great epic stories that stood the test of the time over centuries like another great epic Ramayana.

Mahabharata tells about the two royal families, Pandavas and Kauravas, and the bitter war fought by them for eighteen days. It speaks volume about the truth and non-violence, justice and fair play, good and evil and also of the evil effects of gambling. It is more descriptive on the life style of men and women of those ancient days.


    The Kauravas, one hundred sons of King Dhritarashtra were jealous of the Pandavas, five sons of King Pandu. The senior most head of the family, Bhisma tried his best to bring a permanent peace between these two families.
Pandavas, who were cheated in a foul gambling dice game by Kauravas, had to go in exile to the forest for 13 years, having lost all their possessions in the gambling.

    After completion of 13 years, they claimed their kingdom back, but it was refused by Duryodhana, the eldest among the hundered sons of the King Dhiritarashtra. A war broke out that was fought for 18 days at Kurukshetra, India. Finally, Pandavas won with the help of Lord Krishna and Kauravas miserably perished.

    I have brought this ancient Indian story in 120 episodes for the reading pleasure of the Poetry Lovers. It was not an easy task for me to write this in a condensed poetry form, but still I did it as a trial to see its effect in form of English verses.

    I am grateful to all those well wishers, who helped me in making this work possible.

    Readers are requested to go through the original version that will give a full picture of the story and to know more about the Indian civilization far back 5000 years.

Rajaram Ramachandran,
Dated: 22-8-2005


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Krishna Leela

    Encouraged by the successful launching of the book Ramayana, I took up writing the next book Krishna Leela in easily readable English verses. It briefly tells the story of Lord Krishna and His Leela, based on the book Krishna written by Srila Sri Prabhupada, the Founder Acharya of Hare Krishna movement in the International Society of Krishna Conscience (ISKCON).


A Bouquet Of Oriental Poems

    It was in the year 1965, my poetry career started. I was travelling in a rainy season of that year, as a lone passenger, in I Class compartment (Old type) from New Delhi to Vijayawada. The moving panorama outside in the ghat section and plains attracted my attention. I wrote the first poem, “A Song of the World” in that running train, which got published in the Souvenir released by the South Indian Cultural Association, Vijayawada.


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