Indian Epic

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The Mahabharata (composed between 300 BC and 300 AD) has the honor of being the longest epic in world literature, 100,000 2-line stanzas (although the most recent critical edition edits this down to about 88,000), making it eight times as long as Homer's Iliad and Odyssey together, and over 3 times as long as the Bible (Chaitanya vii). According to the Narasimhan version, only about 4000 lines relate to the main story; the rest contain additional myths and teachings. In other words, theMahabharata resembles a long journey with many side roads and detours. It is said that “Whatever is here is found elsewhere. But whatever is not here is nowhere else.”
The name means “great [story of the] Bharatas.” Bharata was an early ancestor of both the
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when drona was younger he was close to drupada( a king) after a few years drona went to see drupada who is now a king but Drupada did not accept him as a friend because according to him "only equals can be friends"in exchange for training drona asks the pandavas to avenge him. they conquer drupada's kingdom and gave it to drona, drona then gives half of the kingdom to drupada saying now were equals. drona recognizes arjuna's skill in archery thus he favors him and gives his special training, drona then prepares a tournament to display the skills of the 5 pandava brothers in but a stranger appears and equals arjuna in archery. this is karna, little did he pandavas know that karna is the son of their mother kunti to the sun god before he married pandu, when karna was a baby she put him in a basket and put him in the river. but kunti did not know this and the pandavas mocked him and they said they would not fight with someone who isnt of royal birth. but their cousin Duryodhana from the kauravas seeing a potential ally in kunti, ignored the strict rules of the caste system and said that "Birth is obscure and men are like rivers whose origins are often unknown" duryodhana gives karna a small kingdom and karna swears eternal friendship to the kauravas.
The Pandavas narrowly escape a plot by Duryodhana to burn them in a house made of highly flammable materials. For months
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