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Mahabharata
Author : C.Raja Gopala Chari Kulapati's Preface
Preface Ganapati, the Scribe
Devavrata Bhishma's Vow
Amba And Bhishma Devayani And Kacha
The Marriage Of Devayani Yayati
Vidura Kunti Devi
Death Of Pandu Bhima
Karna Drona
The Wax Palace The Escape Of The Pandavas
The Slaying Of Bakasura Draupadi's Swayamvaram
Indraprastha The Saranga Birds
Jarasandha The Slaying OF Jarasandha
The First Honour Sakuni Comes In
The Invitation The Wager
Draupadi's Grief Dhritarashtra's Anxiety
Krishna's Vow Pasupata
Affliction is Nothing New Agastya
Rishyasringa Fruitless Penance
Yavakrida's End Mere Learning Is Not Enough
Ashtavakra Bhima And Hanuman
I am No Crane The Wicked Are Never Satisfied
Duryodhana Disgraced Sri Krishna's Hunger
The Enchanted Pool Domestic Service
Virtue Vindicated Matsya Defended
Prince Uttara Promise Fulfilled
Virata's Delusion Taking Counsel
Arjuna's Charioteer Salya Against His Nephews
Vritra Nahusha
Sanjaya's Mission Not a Needle-Point Of Territory
Krishna's Mission Attachment and Duty
The Pandava Generalissimo Balarama
Rukmini Non-Co-Operation
Krishna Teaches Yudhishthira Seeks Benediction
The First Day's Battle The Second Day
The Third Day's Battle The Fourth Day
The Fifth Day The Sixth Day
The Seventh Day The Eighth Day
The Ninth Day The Passing Of Bhishma
Karna and the Grandsire Drona in Command
To Seize Yudhishthira Alive The Twelfth Day
Brave Bhagadatta Abhimanyu
The Death Of Abhimanyu A Father's Grief
The Sindhu King Borrowed Armour
Yudhishthira's Misgivings Yudhishthira's Fond Hope
Karna And Bhima Pledge Respected
Somadatta's End Jayadratha Slain
Drona Passes Away The Death Of Karna
Duryodhana The Pandavas Reproached
Aswatthama Avenged
Who Can Give Solace? Yudhishthira's Anguish
Yudhishthira Comforted Envy
Utanga A Pound Of Flour
Yudhishthira Rules Dhritarashtra
The Passing Away Of The Three Krishna Passes Away
Yudhishthira's Final Trial Glossary
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GANAPATI, THE SCRIBE

BHAGAVAN VYASA, the celebrated compiler of the Vedas, was the son of the great sage Parasara. It was he who gave to the world the divine epic of the Mahabharata.

Having conceived the Mahabharata he thought of the means of giving the sacred story to the world. He meditated on Brahma, the Creator, who manifested himself before him. Vyasa saluted him with bowed head and folded hands and prayed:

"Lord, I have conceived an excellent work, but cannot think of one who can take it down to my dictation."

Brahma extolled Vyasa and said: "O sage, invoke Ganapati and beg him to be your amanuensis." Having said these words he disappeared. The sage Vyasa meditated on Ganapati who appeared before him. Vyasa received him with due respect and sought his aid.

"Lord Ganapati, I shall dictate the story of the Mahabharata and I pray you to be graciously pleased to write it down."

Ganapati replied: "Very well. I shall do as you wish. But my pen must not stop while I am writing. So you must dictate without pause or hesitation. I can only write on this condition?'

Vyasa agreed, guarding himself, however, with a counter stipulation: "Be it so, but you must first grasp the meaning of what I dictate before you write it down."

Ganapati smiled and agreed to the condition. Then the sage began to sing the story of the Mahabharata. He would occasionally compose some complex stanzas which would make Ganapati pause a while to get at the meaning and Vyasa would avail himself of this interval to compose many stanzas in his mind. 'Thus the Mahabharata came to be written by Ganapati to the dictation of Vyasa. 

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