American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A Sanskrit epic principally concerning the dynastic struggle and civil war between the Pandavas and the Kauravas in the kingdom of Kurukshetra about the 9th century B.C., and containing the text of the Bhagavad-Gita, numerous subplots, and interpolations on theology, morals, and statecraft.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The name of one of the two great epic poems of ancient India, the other being the Ramayana. It contains a history of the contest for supremacy between the two great regal families of northern India, the Pandavas and the Kurus or Kauravas, ending in the victory of the former and the establishment of their rule. In reality, this narrative occupies but a fourth of the poem, the other three fourths being episodical and added at various times. The Mahabharata thus became a sort of encyclopedia, embracing everything that it concerned a cultivated Hindu to know.
- n. Hinduism A Sanskrit epic concerning some text of Bhagavad Gita plus elaborations on theology and morality.
- n. (Hinduism) a sacred epic Sanskrit poem of India dealing in many episodes with the struggle between two rival families
- From Sanskrit महाभारत (Mahābhārata). (Wiktionary)
- Sanskrit Mahābhāratam, great (telling) of the Bharatas : mahā-, great; see meg- in Indo-European roots + Bhāratam, of the Bharatas, descendants of the legendary Indian king Bharata. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The Mahabharata is an epic tale of terrible and futile wars between the children of two brothers of the Bharata family.”
“The man who quite possibly be the greatest warrior in Mahabharata who gave everything he ever owned because of his magnanimity and had to be tricked in ordered to be defeated by Krishna and his cronies.”
“Matilal, B.K. (ed): Moral Dilemmas in Mahabharata (Motilal Banarsidass, Delhi, 1989)”
“The Mahabharata is not an arbitrary compilation of tales like the Medieval Legends.”
“Mahabharata is the most loved epic familiar to all Hindus and its characters and events steeped into their psyche from childhood.”
“But this may soon change for at least one tale called "Mahabharata" -- a poem of nearly two million words about gods and kings, power-hungry relatives, and a climactic 18 day war.”
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“By contrast, the Mahabharata is a massive one hundred thousand verses.”
“Chapter 13 1. The Mahabharata is the other Indian epic.”
“By the way, at the center of the Mahabharata is the Bhagavad Gita, the most famous philosophical explanation of the Vedas.”
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