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Tales and Pictures from the Mahabharata

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Keywords: mahabharat ,mythology

Lakshagriha Dahana (Burning of Lacquer House)
Spread powder art (Rangoli) by Trimbhak Joshi
The House of Lacquers
Discovery of Duryodhana
Bheema Finds Duryodhana Immersed in Water
Bheema finds Duryodhana in Dwaipavana lake.
A scene from the Mahbharata war. Spread powder painting by Trimbhak Joshi

Bhima Finds Duryodhana Hidden in Lake
Rangoli Painting by Trimbak Joshi
Discovery of Duryodhana
Warrior Abhimanyu
Death of Abhimanyu
Spread powder art (Rangoli) by artist Ravindra More

Draupadi, the Wife of Pandava Brothers
Kavi mural from Mahalasa Narayani temple, Kumta
Queen of Pandavas
Sage Vyasa
Veda Vyasa is the author of "Mahabharata".
Maharshi Vyasa (a.ka. Krishna Dvaipayana) is both an early character as well the author of Mahabharat epic.

Shantanu Meets the Fishergirl Satyavati and Falls in Love
Thus begins the great epic of Mahabharata
King Shantanu and Satyavati

Duryodhana Hiding Under Water
Notice his holding of the breath and the fish under the water -- Gokarn Paratgali Muth Collection, Goa

Krishna Kills Bakasura
Sculpture shows an episode from Bhagawata where child Krishna tearing apart the evil crane Bakasura.
Killing of the Crane Demon
Mahabharata Yakshagana
Depiction of the Gadayudha Epic
A Yakshagana dance performance depicting duel of clubs between Bheema and Duryodhana

The Mystifying Architecture of Indraprstha
Rangoli Painting by Vijay Rane
 Magic of Indraprastha
Game of Dice
Kauravas Challenge Pandavas for a Game of Dice
Spread power art (Rangoli) by artist Vijay Rane, January 1999

Rajasuya Sacrifice of Pandavas
Detail from a 19th century painting, Karnataka Chitra Kala Parishad
Pandavas at Royal Sacrifice
The Ashwamedha Yajna
The Ashwamedha Sacrifice
The five Pandava brothers performing a yajna

Lord Shiva and Arjuna Pick a Fight
Notice how Shiva is signalling wife Uma (a bystander in the sculpture) with a foot-tap
The Kiratarjuniya Episode
Mahabharat Depicted in Stone
Divesting of Draupadi
Detail from Hoysala period sculpture

Krishna Shelters Cows and Men During a Thunderstorm
Lifting of Govardhan Mountain
Mahabharat in Indian Art
Bhishma Lies on a Bed of Arrows
Detail from a temple wall, Malleswaram, Bengaluru


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