The Mahabharata - Fourth Book

Virata Parva

by Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa | 400 BCE | 63,554 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 4, Virata Parva, discusses the 13th year of exile which the Pandavas must spend incognito to avoid another 12 years of exile in the forest. They do so in the court of Virata. They assume a variety of concealed identities. Yudhisthira assumes the identity of game entertainer to the king and calls himself Kanka, Bhima of a cook Ballava, Arjuna teaches dance and music as enuch Brihannala and dresses as a woman, Nakula tends horses as Granthika, Sahadeva herds cows as Tantipala, and Draupadi maids as Sairandhri to queen Shudeshna.

* note from wisdom library
The main storyline is between the narrator Vaishampayana and King Janamejaya.

Those names are put in bold.
* end note


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