YUGANTA. THE END OF AN EPOCH. IRAVATI KARVE. Preface. The idea of writing my Mahabharata studies in English occurred to me first when friends and . YUGANTA THE END OF AN EPOCH IRAVATI KARVE Preface The idea of writing my Mahabharata studies in English occurred to me first when friends and. About the Author. The author of this book, Irawati Karve, was also a well-known anthropologist and educationist from India. Apart from this book, Karve has.

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Their chariots, their clothing, their ornaments were rich and splendid. At least we would have avoided this horrible future.

As in, by the way, Vidura was a future reincarnation of Yudhisthira even though he was born before Yudhisthira; and then he merges with Yudhisthira at tne end. She did not come in as usual, animated and gay. But let a man set out to sacrifice himself and do good to others, and the normal limits vanish.

Yuganta: The End of an Epoch

I so wish there were more books in this line While her son, Duryodhana was born a crown prince, she lives long enough to see him become a villain. Kunti was like a tigress in such moments, whipping them up to stand and fight and not to waste time languishing around. But Bhishma karvs rose and tried to show how Krishna was the right choice from all points of view. As soon as she heard that her husband was blind she bandaged her eyes for life.


The horse is followed by armed warriors. And now this eldest son, followed by his obedient brothers, was about to propose a disastrous truce which would bring nothing yuganfa contempt from the contemporary Kshatriyas. Although I thought that under some circumstances, it was all right for a man to accept his brother’s widow as his bj

The essay on Draupadi is different too, because the comparison is to Sita. Fights between Bhishma and Arjuna, Drona and Dhrishtadyumna, etc. She argues the literary style of Mahabharatha ,though not flowery and unpolished ,is much more intellectually profound.

We struggle all our lives to build name and fame or in corporate lingo, to leave our mark on the sands of time.

Later there were to be many others. I found the expositions on the women really thought provoking,as well as how later literature turned tragic figures like Sita and Draupadi into unrealistic ideals. Dhritarashtra would not allow a single servant to remain.

The igawati events were narrowed down to a plausible one and Irawati Karve dissects the prominent persona of Mahabharata and justifies their behaviour to the situations they were faced with. On coming to Hastinapura the eldest girl Amba told Bhishma that she loved king Shalva and had already promised herself to him.

When a charioteer fought another charioteer it was not just two people shooting at one another. Kunti is renowned as the mother of the fabled five brothers. It is not yet close enough to feel the heat. This layer’s strengths are more spiritual and philosophical than literary. One lifelong sorrow was born of this action. Jai, you are THE go to guy for all things mahabharata.


I’ve seen this argument used by authors who obviously really like Karna but really despise Duryodhana.

Yuganta: The End of an Epoch by Irawati Karve

On the life of the king depended the security of her sons, who would have in due time succeeded their father to the throne. But the idea of “three layers” of Mahabharata yugana three different sets of writers was first developed by Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, who incidentally had a very strong influence on Aurobindo, in his seminal “Krishna Charitra”.

I karvve Karve’s compare and contrast with Greek women in mythology – if I remember correctly, she dismissed the general idea of Draupadi as a “strong” woman. An excellent if slightly repetitive read. During the first part of his life circumstances had forced him into deeper and deeper involvements with the affairs of his family.

By some misfortune Pandu received a curse from a Brahmin that he would die if he had intercourse with a woman.

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Others are mostly critical and explanatory literature which derives from this original text. Four of the brothers and the wife died on the way and Dharma alone went ahead. Of these one was Vaishampayana and the other was Jaimini.