104-5 of my "No Contest between Memory and Invention: The Invention of the pandava
Heroes of the Mahabharata," in Epic and History, ed.
The age of Mahabharata is gone, Kauravas are gone, Pandavas
are gone but even today everyone wishes for a Pandava
victory and not Kaurava victory," he added.
Mahabharata has 100,000 verses and chronicles the feud in a warrior dynasty between the five Pandava
brothers and their 100 cousins, the Kauravas.
I focus on the Bhagavad-gita and stress elements of Hinduism which provide a framework for evaluating the mindset and actions of characters placed in situations similar to what the protagonist of the Bhagavad-gita faces: Arjuna Pandava
doubts his role in an epic battle and finds himself morally paralyzed.
Moreover, the Cycas-specific butterfly Chilades pandava
Horsfield was discovered in 2005 when it was constricted to northern Guam (Moore et al.
Arjuna, the Commander in Chief of the Pandava
army, refused to fight as he was confused, at the last moment, on the swadharma (moral duty of an individual according to his own varna and ashrama) of Kshatriya, whose professional duty is to shoulder the responsibilities of administration and to fight in a battle, when necessary.
The film narrates the story of two warring families, the Pandava
brothers who are five in number and the Kaurava brothers who number one hundred.
Born in fire, Draupadi's hand in marriage is won in an archery contest by one of the royal Pandava
Arjuna, second of the Pandava
brothers wins the hand of the beautiful princess Draupadi at an archery contest.
His mock-epic version of one such narrative from the Mahabharata, features the story of Arjuna's (one of the five princely Pandava
brothers) unknowing sin in separating with his arrow an ambrosial (and Brahman-owned) fruit from its `parent stalk'.
Balancing the incantatory free-verse "Prelude: Journey from Baroda" (which focuses on a bust of Gandhi as a kind of sphinx in the desert with a mysterious thread of truth to weave with invisible hands) is a "Postscript: Towards Bhimbetka" -- a ridge through Madhya Pradesh (middle India) called the seat of Bhima, the fabulously successful Pandava
warrior-prince in the Mahabharata, with the strength of a thousand elephants.
Through these riddles, the Yaksha, a heavenly being, tests the virtue, self-discipline, and leadership skills of his son, Yudhisthira, the Pandava
hero, and also tests his readiness to defeat the evil Kauravas.