Mahaabhaarat | Stories-2
Several short stories are mentioned in MBH. They are given here just for information --
Van/14 - Story of Manakanakaa Rishi
So Mahaadev went to the Rishi and asked him - "Why are you dancing?"
Manakanakaa said - "I am the Rishi who has earned lots of Punya. Can you
see that vegetable juice is flowing from my hand? That is why I am happy and
dancing." Hearing this Mahaadev Jee said - "I do not wonder at this
at all." and he pressed his thumb with his own finger and Lo, there came
out white ash from the wound made there. Seeing this Muni got ashamed and fell
on Mahaadev's feet. Considering that nothing is greater than Rudra he started
praying him - "You are the greatest, you have created everything, and only
you destroy everything at the end of the world. Even gods cannot know you, how
can I know you? O god of gods, grant me your grace." Shiv got pleased with
his prayer and said - "Let your asceticism increase thousand times by my
grace. I will stay with you here in your Aashram, Who will take bath here in
Sapt Saaraswat Teerth, they will attain everything here and thereafter."
and Mahaadev Jee disappeared from there.
Draupadee in her previous birth was Indrasenaa, the wife of Sage Maudgalya. Due to leprosy her husband died early and in order to satisfy her desires she prayed Lord Shiv with great devotion. When Shiv appeared and asked what she wanted, she got bewildered and asked five times for a husband. Lord Shiv blessed her with five husbands in the next birth. That is why she got five husbands in her next birth as Draupadee.
Its another version is
Dhritarashtra in his previous
birth was a tyrant king, who one day saw a swan surrounded by hundred
cygnets. He ordered to poke the eyes of the swan bird and kill all the
hundred cygnets just for pleasure. Therefore, in next birth he was born
blind and all his sons were killed in the war.
The chariot that Krishn drove for
Arjun was very powerful. After the Mahaabhaarat war was over,
Krishn asked Arjun to dismount the chariot first. After Arjun, Krishn
got down from the chariot, and as soon as Krishn got off, the chariot
exploded. Arjun asked Krishn - "Krishn, What happened." Krishn
told him that the chariot was already in its broken condition, only
because of Him it was in working order. And for the same reason I asked
you to get down first."
Paandu was a learned man. His last wish was that his sons must eat his brain after his death so that his children can get all his knowledge what he might have. However, Sahadev was the only one who followed the instructions of his father. With the first bite, he became enlightened about all that had happened in the history. With the second bite, he became enlightened about all that was happening in the world. And with the third bite, he became enlightened about all that would happen in the future of the world. And that is how he became Tri-Kaalgya (knower of the three times)
Sahadeva desired Viraat to be the
General of the Paandav army, but Yudhishthir and Arjun opted for
Some believe that Abhimanyu was
actually the soul of a demon named Kaalayavan. Krishn burnt Kaalayavan
to death, captured his soul and tied him in a knot of his upper cloth.
He took the demon spirit to Dwaarakaa and stuffed him into a cupboard.
Subhadraa (Arjun’s wife) accidentally opened the cupboard and a light
entered her womb which made her unconscious. This was the main reason
why Arjun revealed only half the process of Chakra Vyooh to Abhimanyu
when he was in the womb.
Eklavya was the son of Devashrava
(brother of Vasudev) who got lost in the forest and was found by a
Nishaad Hiranyadhanu. Eklavya died protecting his father during Rukminee
Swayamvar. He was killed by Krishn. For his great sacrifice, Krishn
blessed Eklavya that he would be reincarnated to take revenge on Drone
so he took birth as Dhrishtdyumn.
Lots of short stories including
the Amrit Manthan are part of the original Mahabharata epic. Few people
may know that the entire epic was narrated as a flashback at the Sarp
Yagya performed by Janamejaya, the son of Pareekshit.
Yudhishthir learnt to play dice
form the Sage Brihadaashwa who narrated the story of Nal and Damayantee
during the exile of Paandav.
Barbareek was Bheem's mighty
grandson and Krishn’s pupil. Barbareek was invincible in war and had
three arrows given to him by the Goddess Kaamaakhyaa. Using a single
arrow, Barbareek could wipe out all enemies in his sight but Barbareek
had sworn to aid the weaker side in war. This posed a threat to the
Paandav because if Barbareek wiped out a large portion of the Kaurav
army on the first day of the war, they would be weakened and thus
Barbareek would be forced to join them due to his oath. So Krishn
asked Barbareek for his head as "Guru Dakshinaa". Barbareeck
as a disciple was obliged to obey.
Vidur was the incarnation of Yam
Raaj. Yam Raaj was cursed by Maandookya Muni to be born as a Shoodra
because Yam Raaj punished him very severely just for piercing a small
insect by a straw.
Krishn once protested to Yudhishthir that why the king of Indra Prasth did not seek his assistance while playing the Dice game. If Shakuni could have played the game of dice on behalf of Duryodhan, why not Krishn could have played on behalf of Paandav?
At another time He said - "I did
not know about this game, I was not in Mathuraa, I went to fight with
Krishn Vaasudev, otherwise I would have surely come to Hastinaapur and
this episode (Draupadee Vastra Haran) had not taken place.
When Ved Vyaas Jee was suggested
the name of Ganesh Jee as his scribe to write Mahaabhaarat, Ganesh Jee
put a condition that he would not stop in between writing his book. At
this Vyaas Jee also put his condition that he would not write any thing
which he does not understand. Both agreed on these conditions and the
writing of this epic began. Many verses composed by Ved Vyaas Jee were
Besides it is said that whe Ganesh Jee was writing Mahaabhaarat, his pen broke, so not to disturb his writing, he broke his one tooth and used it as his pen that is why he has one tooth - Ekdant.
Created by Sushma Gupta On 03/09/02
Modified on 10/05/13