• WordNet 3.6
    • n Mahabharata (Hinduism) a sacred epic Sanskrit poem of India dealing in many episodes with the struggle between two rival families
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The famous Indian epic "Mahabharata" contains almost three million words.
    • n Mahabharata The name of one of the two great epic poems of ancient India, the other being the Ramayana. It contains a history of the contest for supremacy between the two great regal families of northern India, the Pandavas and the Kurus or Kauravas, ending in the victory of the former and the establishment of their rule. In reality, this narrative occupies but a fourth of the poem, the other three fourths being episodical and added at various times. The Mahabharata thus became a sort of encyclopedia, embracing everything that it concerned a cultivated Hindu to know.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mahabharata ma-hä-bä′ra-tä the name of one of the two great epic poems of ancient India, the other being the Ramayana.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Sans.; prob. 'the great history of the descendants of Bharata.'


In literature:

It supplied the place to them of the Mahabharata to the Hindoo, of the story-teller to the Arab.
"The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner" by Charles Dudley Warner
Tales from the MAHABHARATA and RAMAYANA {FN1-6} were resourcefully summoned to meet the exigencies of discipline.
"Autobiography of a YOGI" by Paramhansa Yogananda
In its present shape the "Mahabharata" contains some two hundred thousand verses.
"Hindu Literature" by Epiphanius Wilson
The "Mahabharata" was written, or rather collected, in the second century before Christ.
"The Freethinker's Text Book, Part II." by Annie Besant
The remaining books of the Mahabharata recount the subsequent incidents of the war, which, in all, lasted for eighteen days.
"The Worlds Greatest Books, Volume XIII." by Various
His first Avatar is of the Fish, as related in the Mahabharata.
"Ten Great Religions" by James Freeman Clarke
And thus endeth the section called Paushya of the Adi Parva of the blessed Mahabharata.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
In the Mahabharata, however, causal forms are frequently used without causal meaning.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
The Nardak is the scene of the great struggle celebrated in the Mahabharata.
"The Panjab, North-West Frontier Province, and Kashmir" by Sir James McCrone Douie
Scenes from the Ramayan and Mahabharata adorn the great blocks of the boundary wall, sculptured in high relief.
"Through the Malay Archipelago" by Emily Richings

In news:

The latest from Chitra Divakaruni ('The Mistress of Spices') is a retelling of the Indian epic the Mahabharata.
Every culture has its defining myth: Hindus have the Mahabharata, the Greeks the Homeric Odyssey.
His epic 'Mahabharata: The Battle of Ganga and Jamuna' sold for $1.6 million in 2008.
The Indian epic poem " Mahabharata " is the subject of a daylong symposium with performances tomorrow at the Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue, at 70th Street.