Non-poetical Sanskrit in Mahabharata

Yesterday, I completed the third chapter of first part of epic Mahabharata. It was a long one and contained a story of some disciples and their devotion to the Guru (master) and how they sort of proved their worthiness towards their Guru.

The main thing that I noticed in this chapter was that it was non-poetical…I mean to say there were no meters in the Shlokas. They were sort of lines written in prose, which actually confused me a bit in the beginning. I never expected that I will find some prose in Mahabharata.

Not to mention that some of the words were pretty difficult to read and pronounce and it took me a long time to go through the chapter.

It often surprises us how some epics starts from the end and then take us to the journey of past events that had took place to bring us to the point where we are starting. Flashback is perhaps the words that are used to describe such stories. The third chapter of Mahabharata also gave some glimpses as to how the story is going to proceed. The story is starting to take place shape where the most recent and living king of Kuru dynasty is active and I hope they will take us to the past of their forefathers.

I will keep you updated as I move along with future chapters of Mahabharata.

4 thoughts on “Non-poetical Sanskrit in Mahabharata”

  1. Hiii,

    i am brwosing net from morning to find Mahabharat in punjabi, but all efforts in vain. i have seen Mahabharat in Punjbi in office of punjabi Bhasha Vibhag, but not all parts. officer there told me not topurchasebook, reason u beter know….but now i m very eager to read this book…but no fruit yet..good 2know meaning 4m u…….

  2. Hi, Gurpreet,

    I am very happy to know that you are interested in reading it. I am sure it won’t be available in Punjabi because there are not many readers of Mahabharata in Punjabi. It takes years to compile such a text in any language.

    If you are deeply interested and like to read in Hindi, your problem can be solved because it is available in Hindi. Thanks once again!

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