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Read also Ashwamedh Parv-Variations;
It is said that Vyaas taught the theme of the Mahaabhaarat to his five students. They were Vaishampaayan, Pail, Sumantu, Shuk Dev and Jaimini. They all promulgated the Mahaabhaarat in their own separate ways. The Mahaabhaarat that we are familiar with, is the work of Vaishampaayan. No other version of the text remains with us today. However, in a footnote by Bruce M. Sullivan in his work "The Seer of the Fifth Ved, p 7", we do find a possibility of, not a complete version, but, of only one Parv (the Ashwamedh Parv by Jaimini) at the least being available.
The footnote provided by Sullivan suggests a comparative work on both the Parv (by Vaishampayana and by Jaimini) by RD Karmakar to be there. In that work Karmakar observed that, "as the Paandav were shown in an unfavorable light, it was never published; only the Ashwamedh portion of it has survived". However, no more bibliographic details can be found about the work in the same footnote.
Where are these Jaimini's Ashwamedh Parv or the work by RD Karmakar?
Petteri Koskikallio of the University of Helsinki has been working on
Jaimini in this connection. He gave a paper at the "12th World
Sanskrit Conference" on 'Jaimini as an epic figure'. I believe
some of his work on the topic is published in a recent or forthcoming
issue of the journal Indologica Taurinensia, but I haven't seen that yet.
His WSC paper may be in the published Epic Panels from that WSC, which
are forthcoming from Motilal Banarsidass. [May 2006]
An English summary of Jaimini's Asvamedha is available on the Mahabharata
Resources Page on the Variations section, as the first item:
An English translation of the entire Jaimini Ashwamedh based on the Gita Press Edition has been completed recently by Shri Sekhar Sen of Kolkata (Calcutta). Hopefully Shri Pradip Bhattacharya will be able to tell us more about the current status (regarding the publication) of this work. [Harindranath, May 2006]
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