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
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
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
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.
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).
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.