The Mahabharata - First Book

Adi Parva

by Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa | 400 BCE | 233,931 words | ISBN-10: 8121505933

Summary: The Mahabharata is a large text describing ancient India. In it are records of the adventures of mythological beings, wars among the gods and stories of ancient humans. Also, it documents the fate of the Kauravas and the Pandavas family. Another part of the large contents, deal with many philosophical dialogues such as the goals of life.

Book 1, Adi Parva (The Book of the Beginning), is about how the Mahabharata came to be narrated by Sauti to the assembled rishis at Naimisharanya after having been recited at the Sarpasatra of Janamejaya by Vaishampayana at Takṣaśilā. The history of the Bharata race is told in detail and the parvan also traces history of the Bhrigu race. The birth and early life of the Kuru princes.

* Note from Wisdom library:
The storyteller vs listener are put in Bold.

The first part it is a conversation between Sauti and Saunaka.

In section LX there is a switch of storyteller vs listener: Vaisampayana vs Janamejaya.
* end note


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