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The Stories of Mahabharata

A serialized story-telling of the epic The Mahabharata - part of the mythology of ancient India See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

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Mahabharata Episode 3: Birth of the Kuru Princes

Pandu Hunts the Deer Couple.The stories of Mahabharata continues. In this episode we learn about the birth of the Kuru princes, the Pandavas and the Kauravas. We also learn about the tragic death of King Pandu caused by a curse from the dying sage Kindama.Audio engineering and sound design by Avi Ziv. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

19mins

10 Jun 2014

Rank #1

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Mahabharata Episode 54: The Bhagabad Gita

Arjun listens to the enlightening words from Krishna.On the first day of the war, Krishna drives Arjuna's chariot to the middle of the battlefield of Kurukshetra. Watching Bhishma, Drona, Kripa and many of his relatives and friends assembled on the Kaurava side as his opponent, Arjuna is struck by an overwhelming sense of grief and despair. How could he kill the people whom he had loved, respected and grew up with? Arjun felt his strength being sapped off his body. He puts down his bow and declines to fight. Krishna then enlightens and inspires Arjuna with great words of wisdom that is now known to the world as the Bhagabad Gita.Listen to this great episode by clicking the player below. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

27mins

8 Oct 2018

Rank #2

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Mahabharata Episode 4: The Conflict Begins

Young Bheema fight with the NagasThe stories of Mahabharata continues. The conflict between the Pandava brothers and the Kaurava brothers began at an early age.  In this episode we learn of the first attempt by the Kaurava brothers, primarily Duryodhona and Duhsashana, to eliminate their arch rival Bheema. The story gives us a glimpse of the extent to which the Kauravas could go to achieve their goals. Enjoy and do not forget to give your feedback.(Note: You can also subscribe to this series (for free) as podcast on iTunes store or any other podcast aggregator. Just search for Mahabharata and Bhawmik.) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

14mins

26 Jun 2014

Rank #3

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Mahabharata Episode 6: A Show of Arms

Kunti and KarnaIn this episode of the stories from Mahabharata, Drona arranges for a grand show where his students, the Kuru princes demonstrate their prowess with arms. Arjuna dazzles the audience by his prowess with a variety of arms and weapons. But suddenly Karna enters the arena and the story takes a dranstic turn which none could have expected. Listen to this episode on the player below, or by subscribing to this podcast on iTunes. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

21mins

21 Jul 2014

Rank #4

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Mahabharata Episode 26: The Tales of Bhagiratha and Rishwasringa

Bhagirath and GangaRishi Lomapada tells Yudhistira and his entourage the tale of Bhagiratha and how he brought Ganga from the heavens to the earth and then led her to the oceans, thus forming the mighty river.He then tells them the story of Rishwasringa and how he was seduced by a clever courtesan who brought the young Rishi to the Kingdom of Anga to help bring rains to the cursed land.Listen to the episode below and don't forget to give us your feedback. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

19mins

7 Sep 2015

Rank #5

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Mahabharata Episode 5: The Guru Arrives

Drona tests his studentsIn this episode, Guru Dronacharya arrives in Hastinapura and awes the Kuru princes with his skills. Bhishma retains him as the royal arms and weapons trainer for the Pandava and Kaurava brothers. Arjuna excels in archery. Ekalavya, a tribal boy, comes to Drona to learn from him. Drona refuses to accept him as a student. But Ekalavya masters the art of archery by practicing in front of a statue of Dronacharya for which he had to pay the ultimate guru dakshina.Listen to the podcast below or subscribe in iTunes store (free.) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

16mins

10 Jul 2014

Rank #6

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Mahabharata Episode 52: The Story of Sikhandi

Sikhandi, Amba, BhismaThe war of Kurukshetra is imminent. The Kauravas and the Pandavas prepare to engage in the battlefield. The day before the war, the Kaurava generals meet to formulate their strategy. Bhisma, tells Duryodhan and his men, that although he is obliged to fight the war on behalf of the throne, he has some conditions of his own. And one of these conditions is that he'd never fight Sikhandi, the son of King Drupad. If Sikhandi ever attacked him, he'd put down his bow and accept whatever weapon SIkhandi hurls at him. Curious, Duryodhan asks why he'd impose such an odd condition. Bhishma then narrates the tale of Sikhandi and explains why he took such a vow. Click the link below and listen to the amazing tale of Sikhandi. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

19mins

1 Apr 2018

Rank #7

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Mahabharata Episode 25: The Pilgrimage

Agastya drinks the oceanAfter spending few years in the Kamyaka forest, the Pandavas embark on a grand pilgrimage to visit the various holy places around the country. and learn about their glorious legends. Rishi Lomasha volunteered to be their guide. On their first stop, they visit the Ashrama of Rishi Agastya. Lomasha tells them the stories of the strange miracles performed by Agastya.Listen to this exciting episode, and don't forget to give us your feedback. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

20mins

26 Aug 2015

Rank #8

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Mahabharata Episode 40: Yudhistir and the Crane

Yudhistira and YakshaThe  four Pandava brothers, Bheem, Arjun, Nakul and Sahadev die while trying to fetch water from a lake. When Yudhistir finds the lake, he meets a mysterious crane who claims to have killed his brothers. The crane challenges Yudhistir to answer his questions. If Yudhistir can give him satisfactory answers, his brothers live. Else they all die. Was Yudhistir able to revive his brothers? Listen to this exciting new episode of the Stories of Mahabharata. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

18mins

22 Aug 2016

Rank #9

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Mahabharata Episode 7: Drona’s Revenge

Drona takes his revenge on DrupadaThe stories of Mahabharata are not only about kings and gods and demons. It is also a tale of ethics, morality and politics.  The needs and conflicts that drive each character are the same that drives us today. The great weapons teacher Drona Acharya was a Brahmin. A Brahmin was supposed to have the noblest of qualities and free of petty politics and trivialities of life. Their main purpose in life was to acquire wisdom and spread knowledge to their pupils.  But Drona, had his own axe to grind.  He became the royal weapons teacher of the Kuru princes with a single objective in mind. He wanted to take his revenge on Drupada, the King of Panchala, for the insult he had to tolerate in Drupada's court. We also learn how the Kaurava brothers start planning for their next step to eliminate their arch rivals, the Pandavas. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

21mins

6 Aug 2014

Rank #10

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Mahabharata Episode 15: The Killing of Jarasandha and The Rajasuya Sacrifice

Bhima Slays JarasandhaJarasandha, the mighty King of Magadha, was feared by everybody, including the almighty Lord Krishna. Jarasandha planned to offer one hundred Kings as human sacrifice to his Lord. He had captured eighty-six of them and was in the process of capturing fourteen more to complete his mission. Krishna takes Bheema and Arjuna with him to Magadha to kill Jarasandha and release the captive kings.After killing Jarasandha, the Pandava brothers begin their conquest of the land of Bharata to win the allegiance of the Kings.  Soon all the Pandavas eliminate all obstacles for the Rajasuya sacrifice and begin to prepare for the great ceremony.Listen to this action filled episode by clicking the player below. Also join our facebook page for the latest updates. Subscribe to our iTunes podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

20mins

11 Dec 2014

Rank #11

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Mahabharata Episode 23: Arjuna’s Quest for Divine Weapons

Kirata and Arjuna StoryYudhistira realized that to conquer the Kauravas, he needs to have powerful weapons. He sends Arjuna on a quest to acquire divine and powerful weapons from the gods. Arjuna travels far and meets Lord Shiva in a strange circumstance. The pleased lord Shiva fulfils our heroes wish.Listen to this special episode of the Vana Parva or the Forest Chapter of the Mahabharatas. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

19mins

23 Jul 2015

Rank #12

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Mahabharata Episode 43: The Revelation

Bheem punishes Susharma for attacking Virat's kingdom.Emboldened by Keechak's death the King of Trigartha, Susharma, with support from Duryodhan, attacks the Matsya Kingdom to steal Virat's cattle. Yudhistir, Bheem, Nakul and Sahadev help Virat fight the Trigarta army.While Virat is busy fighting Susharma,  the Kaurava army attack Virat's Kingdom from the other end to rob his cows. No one is left in the palace to defend the Kingdom, except the young and inexperienced prince Uttar. Sairindhri advises the prince to take Brihannala as his charioteer.  Uttar has no other option but to use the eunuch's help to fight the mighty Kaurava army led by the great warriors like Bhishma, Dron, Karna, Kripa and others.Listen to this exciting tale by clicking the player below. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

17mins

7 Dec 2016

Rank #13

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Mahabharata Episode 14: The Burning of the Khandava Forest.

The Blazing Khandava ForestAgni requests Arjuna and Krishna to help him burn down the Khandava forest for the flesh and fat of the animals in the forest would cure him of his loss of appetite. Arjuna and Krishna helps him, and a great fire rages through the forest killing all creatures who lived there. Krishna and Arjuna spared Maya Asura's life, and to express his gratitude Maya builds a magnificent assembly hall for the Pandavas. Narada visits Indraprastha and advises Yudhistira to perform the Rajasuya Fire ceremony. But Krishna warns Yudishtira that he must kill the vicious king Jarasandha if he would like to succeed in his bid to become the emperor.The image is a sculpture from Banteay Srei temple, in Cambodia. Arjuna and Krishna are seen on chariots on either side; Indra is atop his elephant Airavata in the sky; Numerous arrows in mid-air counter the downpour of rain; Different birds and animals are seen scattering; Takshaka's wife and Aswasena are seen rising in the sky. Image and description taken from the jayarama.wordpress.com blog.Listen to this exciting episode by clicking the player below. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

22mins

18 Nov 2014

Rank #14

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Mahabharata Episode 27: The Story of Parashurama

Parashurama kills KartaviryaAccording to the Hindu scriptures, Lord Vishnu appeared on earth nine times to purge the earth of evil (his 10th appearance is yet to happen). Parashurama was the sixth incarnation. In this episode, Rishi Lomasha tells the Pandavas the story of Parashurama and how he passed his father Rishi Jamadagni's cruel test and later killed the evil King KartyaVirya who had a thousand arms. Parashurama later went on to cleanse the earth of the evil Kshatriyas for twenty-one times before retiring to his hermitage in the Mahendra Mountains.Listen to this chilling podcast episode using the player below. You may also subscribe to the episodes on your smartphone or laptop from iTunes. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

18mins

22 Sep 2015

Rank #15

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Mahabharata Episode 42: Bheem Kills Keechak

Bhim Killing KeechakIn the kingdom of Virat, the Panadvas have been spending their thirteenth year in exile. As per the contract, they had to live in disguise such that nobody could recognize them as the rulers of Indraprastha. Draupadi served the queen of Virat, Sudeshna, as her personal maid Sairindhri. But she couldn't keep her beauty hidden from the lustful eyes of men in the palace. When Keechak, the arrogant and powerful brother of queen Sudeshna and the general of King Virat's army, laid his eyes on Sairindhri, he couldn't control himself.  He made an indecent proposal to Draupadi and when refused he reacted in the most brutal manner. Insulted and humiliated, Draupadi complained to Bheem, and Keechak had to pay for his insolent behavior with his life. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

20mins

30 Oct 2016

Rank #16

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Mahabharata Episode 22: Draupadi’s Argument

Krishna fights Salwa and his Vimana (airship) SauvanagarThe Pandavas are now in exile in the forest. One day Krishna visits the Pandavas in the forest to express his solidarity.  He apologizes for not being able to attend the game of dice and stop this misfortune from befalling on the Pandavas. He then tells the Pandavs the story of how he destroyed King Salwa and his airship (Vimana) called Sauvanagar.  Later, Draupadi rebukes Yudhistira for his pacifism and challenges him to fight the Kauravas and win back their Kingdom.  Yudhistira tries to defend his stand, but he feels that time has come to change his course of action. Listen to this exciting episode below. Subscribe to our iTunes podcast for a seamless listening experience. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

22mins

7 Jun 2015

Rank #17

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Mahabharata Episode 41: The Pandavas Go Incognito

Pandavas in Virat KingdomThe Pandavas complete their twelve years in exile. Now, as per the agreement, they have to go into hiding for the thirteenth year. It is quite a challenge since the entire Bharata knows the five gallant brothers and their beautiful wife Draupadi.  So they decide to disguise and take refuge in Matsya, the Kingdom of Virat. But how would they keep their identity a secret? Listen to this fascinating episode by clicking the player below. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

19mins

20 Sep 2016

Rank #18

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Mahabharata Episode 24: Arjuna and Urvasi

Urvashi curses ArjunaArjuna visits the heavens to acquire more weapons from his father Indra. Apart from acquiring the skills in using the divine weapons, Arjuna also begins taking lessons in music and dance from the Gandharva Guru Chitrasena.  There he meets the beautiful Apsara, Urvasi and Arjuna's resolve gets tested once again.Listen to this episode below and don't forget to provide your feedback. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

18mins

6 Aug 2015

Rank #19

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Mahabharata Episode 51: Karna and Kunti

Karna and KuntiWith the war looming large, Kunti is scared for her sons. Although the Pandava brothers are strong and powerful, they are not invincible. The Kauravas have great warriors like Bhishma, Dron, Kripa and Karna, and with their combined might, they have the capability of destroying the Pandavas. And of all the Kaurava warriors, Karna is the most dangerous. With his superiors skills and a wide range of powerful weapons at his disposal, Karna alone can destroy hers sons, thought Kunti. Besides, Karna has made it his mission to kill Arjun. Kunti thought, the only way to stop Karna might be to reveal his true identity. Kunti decides to pay Karna a visit. To know the outcome of this meeting, listen to the episode by clicking the link below. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

18mins

16 Jan 2018

Rank #20