Wednesday Dec 06, 2023

Ep:30.Burning Of The Khandava Forest-Krishna, Arjuna Vs. Indra. (The Mahabharata)

The heroes Arjuna and Krishna are involved in the burning of the Khandava forest–a dark episode in the Mahabharata known as the Khandava Daha(burning). Thousands died-particularly the people belonging to the Naga tribe; their leader Takshaka and his son survive and they would never forget or forgive this injustice. This story from the Khandava Daha Parva or episode, tells us the story of:

-Arjuna and Krishna's deal with Agni.

-The reasons for burning the Khandava tract

-Arjuna and Krishna's fight against Indra.

-The few who escaped the fire. 

-New allies and enemies.


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Anand, S. (1990). KHĀṆḌAVADĀHA : A LESSON IN ECOLOGY. Annals of the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute71(1/4), 25–59.

Bhargava, P. L. (1982). A FRESH APPRAISAL OF THE HISTORICITY OF INDIAN EPICS. Annals of the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute63(1/4), 15–28.

The Mahabharata 1: Complete and Unabridged; translated by Bibek Debroy. (2015). Penguin Random House India. (Original work published 2010)


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