Epic of the Mahabharata deals with the feud between cousins,
the Pandavas and the Kauravas. It deals with the eternal feud
between Good and Evil. All of the characters in the
Mahabharata have got symbolic value: and all the situations
depicted are true to life. It has been proclaimed centuries
ago of the Mahabharata ‘what is not in it is nowhere.”
us take the character of Draupadi. She is supposed to be
married to five brothers.
Pandavas - at the same time.)
on the one hand proves that it was acceptable during those
days for a man to take more than one wife. It was also
acceptable for a woman to marry more than one man.
the other hand, however, the above could have a symbolic
interpretation. The five husbands represent the five qualities
that every woman should possess. Hence.
stood for truth
Bhima for strength
Arjuna for fearlessness
for Gyan or knowledge
Sahadeva for Bhakti or devotion.
course, throughout the Mahabharata, we see these men
displaying the qualities attributed to them all the time.
of the lessons we learn from the Mahabharata is never to be
too complacent about our position, be it material or
was a devout women beloved of her husbands, and a true devotee
of Lord Krishna who was their contemporary. After the Pandavas
had been cheated by the
Kauravas, the later finally consented to give them a small
town which, according to the Kauravas, would be of no economic
the Pandavas, with the help of Lord Krishna prospered and
built a palace of veritable joy and pleasure. The description
of which would probably put modern mansions to shame.
Kauravas were invited to the palace where, due to an optical
illusion, Duryodhana mistook the reflection of water for a dry
carpet and stepped on it thereby getting drenched.
who was watching, could not help laughing and remarking in
bad taste “The sons of the blind are bound to be blind.”
For the above remark she was made to pay dearly. Duryodhana
swore revenge and enmity between the Pandavas and Kauravas
grew enormously again. The words uttered by Draupadi in a
moment of weakness had rankled Duryodhana to such an extant
that he tried to disrobe, her in public, and finally the
Mahabharata, the greatest of all the wars of ancient India,
Great War is also symbolic of the constant conflict that goes
on within ourselves between the benign forces and the evil