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The Mahabharata with Arti Dhand

The Mahabharata with Arti Dhand

By Arti Dhand, University of Toronto

A Tale About Everything
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Episode 63 Lakes of Blood, Lakes of Youth
Episode 63 Lakes of Blood, Lakes of Youth
The tale of Rama Jamadagneya aka "Parasurama" concludes; the tale of another Bhargava figure, Cyavana and his wife, Sukanya www.themahabharatapodcast.com www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
23:11
November 17, 2022
Episode 62 2 Women, 2 Trees, and a Man with an Axe
Episode 62 2 Women, 2 Trees, and a Man with an Axe
We conclude the story of Rsyasrnga, and begin that of Rama Jamadagneya, aka Parasurama, or "Rama with an axe". www.themahabharatapodcast.com www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
25:45
March 04, 2022
Episode 61 Descent of Ganga, and Rsyasrnga
Episode 61 Descent of Ganga, and Rsyasrnga
King Sagara's story continues, with his great-grandson Bhagiratha's efforts to entice Ganga to earth; in part II, we meet Rsyasrnga, a boy who's grown up in the forest and never met another human being before. www.themahabharatapodcast.com www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
23:46
February 18, 2022
Episode 60 Killer Bones and Savage Sons
Episode 60 Killer Bones and Savage Sons
The Pandavas continue their tour, still hearing about Agastya; they learn of Indra's battle against the asura Vrtra, followed by the story of King Sagara and his 60,001 sons. www.themahabharatapodcast.com www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
25:08
February 07, 2022
Episode 59 The Pandava Pilgrims, and Agastya
Episode 59 The Pandava Pilgrims, and Agastya
Distressed at the absence of Arjuna, the Pandavas go on pilgrimage, where they hear many ancient stories--among them that of the famous rsi Agastya. www.themahabharatapodcast.com www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
22:02
January 22, 2022
Episode 58 Nala-Damayanti Together at Last
Episode 58 Nala-Damayanti Together at Last
Nala and Damayanti are finally united; The Pandavas think consider the future. www.themahabharatapodcast.com www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
23:53
January 10, 2022
Episode 57 Indomitable Damayanti and Gnarly Nala
Episode 57 Indomitable Damayanti and Gnarly Nala
The Nala-Damayanti story continues. Nala loses his kingdom, and the couple is forced to confront a new reality. www.themahabharatapodcast.com www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
26:16
December 06, 2021
Episode 56 Nala and Damayanti
Episode 56 Nala and Damayanti
The charming tale of Nala and Damayanti continues. www.themahabharatapodcast.com www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
22:26
November 05, 2021
Episode 55 Arjuna in Heaven, and Matchmaking Fowl
Episode 55 Arjuna in Heaven, and Matchmaking Fowl
Arjuna ascends to heaven, and begins military school. The Pandavas, meanwhile, hear a story about the unluckiest man on earth. www.themahabharatapodcast.com www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
24:05
October 24, 2021
Episode 54 Lone Ranger Arjuna
Episode 54 Lone Ranger Arjuna
Vyasa suggests Arjuna train with the gods; Arjuna travels up the Himalayas and tussles with a seemingly indomitable tribal man. www.themahabharatapodcast.com www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
23:04
October 10, 2021
Episode 53 The Jungle of Doubt
Episode 53 The Jungle of Doubt
The Pandavas move to Dvaitavana, where they wrestle painfully with their situation, and try to persuade Yudhisthira to fight. www.themahabharatapodcast.com www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
20:18
September 14, 2021
Episode 52 - Krishna v. Battlestar Saubha
Episode 52 - Krishna v. Battlestar Saubha
Krishna explains his absence from Indraprastha. The King of Saubha had attacked his city of Dvarka, which was defended valiantly by his sons. Then Krishna'd pursued Shalva to destroy him. www.themahabharatapodcast.com www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
19:09
September 06, 2021
Episode 51 Visitors' Log, Forest Year 1
Episode 51 Visitors' Log, Forest Year 1
As the Pandavas set up in the Kamyaka Forest, visitors come by--Vidura, Samjaya, Rishi Maitreya, Krishna, Dhrstadyumna, and others. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Duryodhana frets about Vidura's return, and Duryodhana hatches another plan. www.themahabharatapodcast.com www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
23:07
August 29, 2021
Episode 50 Into the Wilderness
Episode 50 Into the Wilderness
The Pandavas begin their exile, and try to come to terms with the trauma of all that's befallen them. www.themahabharatapodcast.com www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
20:44
August 24, 2021
Episode 49 The Aftermath
Episode 49 The Aftermath
The Pandavas bid goodbye to folks in Hastinapura, leaving behind Kunti, their other wives and children; the Kauravas take stock.   www.themahabharatapodcast.com www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
18:55
August 15, 2021
Episode 48 Sabhaparva Debrief
Episode 48 Sabhaparva Debrief
Why did Yudhisthira gamble? Where was Krishna? What game were Yudhisthira and Sakuni playing? In this episode, we consider these questions, as the last game concludes and the Pandavas and Draupadi prepare for exile. www.themahabharatapodcast.com www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
18:41
August 09, 2021
Episode 47 Gambling 2.0
Episode 47 Gambling 2.0
Sinister omens bring a halt to the events, and Dhrtarastra offers Draupadi 3 boons. Yudhisthira, however, imperils the Pandavas' kingdom again. www.themahabharatapodcast.com www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
20:25
June 27, 2021
Episode 46 Assault of Draupadi
Episode 46 Assault of Draupadi
The infamous scene in the Kaurava assembly hall continues. Draupadi demands an answer to her question. Duryodhana's brother Vikarna offers his perspective, Vidura tries again to make the Kauravas see reason, and the assembly devolves into the outrageous sexual assault of Draupadi. www.themahabharatapodcast.com www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
19:20
June 16, 2021
Episode 45 Draupadi's Question
Episode 45 Draupadi's Question
Some of the most outrageous, iconic, and scandalous events of the epic - Yudhisthira loses himself and all of his brothers to Duryodhana, then stakes his wife, Draupadi. www.themahabharatapodcast.com www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
21:26
June 09, 2021
Episode 44 A Game for Thrones
Episode 44 A Game for Thrones
Yudhisthira and Sakuni face off in a series of high stakes gambles in which Yudhisthira experiences a catastrophic losing streak, jeopardizing everything for himself and his family. www.themahabharatapodcast.com www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
20:58
May 31, 2021
Episode 43 Sense and Sophistry
Episode 43 Sense and Sophistry
Dhrtarastra dispatches Vidura to invite the Pandavas to Hastinapura; Yudhisthira must decide whether to go, knowing it involves gambling. www.themahabharatapodcast.com www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
17:29
May 24, 2021
Episode 42: Persuasion
Episode 42: Persuasion
Duryodhana returns from Indraprastha filled with envy, and his uncle Sakuni devises a plan to wrest away the Pandavas' kingdom. www.themahabharatapodcast.com www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
19:50
May 15, 2021
Episode 41: Sisupala
Episode 41: Sisupala
Yudhisthira's rajasuya sacrifice gets underway, but runs into a hiccup when Sisupala, the King of Cedi, challenges the choice of Krishna as the Guest of Honour. www.themahabharatapodcast.com www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
20:01
May 02, 2021
Episode 40: The Rajasuya Sacrifice
Episode 40: The Rajasuya Sacrifice
Krishna, Arjuna, and Bhima challenge King Jarasamdha of Magadha, and Yudhisthira prepares to fulfill the requirements for the Rajasuya Sacrifice, which will declare him emperor of the world. www.themahabharatapodcast.com www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
21:33
April 25, 2021
Episode 39: Jarasamdha
Episode 39: Jarasamdha
Book II, the Sabhaparva begins with councils to discuss the viability of Yudhisthira's ambition to perform the rajasuya sacrifice. What's the import of this sacrifice? What does it entail? Krsna arrives for consultation, and advises that the only way forward is by eliminating the king of Magadha, the powerful Jarasamdha. www.themahabharatapodcast.com https://www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
20:44
April 11, 2021
Episode 38: Khandava Fire Debrief, and the Pandava Palace
Episode 38: Khandava Fire Debrief, and the Pandava Palace
Why did Krishna and Arjuna enable the massacre of the Khandava Forest? Some theories, some survivors, and the building of the Pandava Palace.  www.themahabharatapodcast.com https://www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast The Mahabharata Podcast with Arti Dhand @the_dhand
20:06
April 04, 2021
Episode 37: Subhadra, and The Khandava Forest
Episode 37: Subhadra, and The Khandava Forest
Arjuna marries Subhadra with high drama, and the couple return to Hastinapura. Arjuna and Krishna participate in the burning of the Khandava Forest. www.themahabharatapodcast.com https://www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
19:38
March 17, 2021
Episode 36: Arjuna the Hermit
Episode 36: Arjuna the Hermit
The Pandavas begin work on their new capital, but there's a mishap. Arjuna must retreat into exile for a year. www.themahabharatapodcast.com https://www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
18:42
March 08, 2021
Episode 35: Indraprastha
Episode 35: Indraprastha
Upon learning of the Pandavas' survival, King Dhrtarastra considers his options, war or conciliation.  www.themahabharatapodcast.com https://www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
18:26
February 28, 2021
Episode 34: Five Weddings and Five Indras
Episode 34: Five Weddings and Five Indras
Kunti instructs Arjuna to share his alms with his brothers, prompting a crisis when the "alms" in question is the Princess Draupadi. www.themahabharatapodcast.com https://www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
19:25
February 15, 2021
Episode 33: Draupadi's Wedding
Episode 33: Draupadi's Wedding
The Pandavas arrive in Pancala, in time for the groom-choosing tournament of Draupadi. www.themahabharatapodcast.com  https://www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
19:58
February 08, 2021
Episode 32: Visvamitra v. Vasistha - Kings and Brahmins
Episode 32: Visvamitra v. Vasistha - Kings and Brahmins
Visvamitra orchestrates the murder of Vasistha's sons by using the King Kalmasapada, who becomes a cannibal.  www.themahabharatapodcast.com
20:02
February 01, 2021
Episode 31: Magic Cows, Derelict Kings, and Pacifist Brahmins: The stories of Citraratha, Tapati, and Vasistha
Episode 31: Magic Cows, Derelict Kings, and Pacifist Brahmins: The stories of Citraratha, Tapati, and Vasistha
As the Pandavas travel to King Drupada's capital in Pancala, they have an altercation with a gandharva known for his snazzy chariot as Citraratha. He tells them stories of their ancestry, which leads to tales about the ancient rsi Vasistha. www.themahabharatapodcast.com www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
18:15
January 25, 2021
Episode 30: Bhima, Bakasura, and Being Brahmins
Episode 30: Bhima, Bakasura, and Being Brahmins
After the departure of Hidimba and Ghatotkaca, the Pandavas wander the forests until they meet their grandfather Vyasa, who directs them to live disguised as brahmins in the town of Ekacakra.  www.themahabharatapodcast.com www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
21:05
January 18, 2021
Episode 29: Bhima, Hidimba, Ghatotkaca
Episode 29: Bhima, Hidimba, Ghatotkaca
While Hastinapura mourns the death of the Pandavas, the heroes escape to the woods and Bhima assumes responsibility for the protection of the family. www.themahabharatapodcast.com www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
18:34
January 10, 2021
Episode 28: Escape from Varnavata
Episode 28: Escape from Varnavata
The Pandavas arrive for the festival of Varnavata, and find themselves living in a house constructed for burning.  www.themahabharatapodcast.com www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
19:14
January 04, 2021
Episode 27: Varnavata: Road-tripping to Disneyland
Episode 27: Varnavata: Road-tripping to Disneyland
Duryodhana schemes with his father to get rid of the Pandavas. www.themahabharatapodcast.com www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
18:49
December 20, 2020
Episode 26: Drupada: Pride and Retribution
Episode 26: Drupada: Pride and Retribution
Drona is now prepared to undertake the task for which he's worked so hard to train the Bharata boys: revenge upon his childhood friend Drupada for his rejection of him. www.themahabharatapodcast.com www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
19:36
December 13, 2020
Episode 25: Bows, Blades, Bats, and Boys
Episode 25: Bows, Blades, Bats, and Boys
Drona organizes a tournament to showcase his students' talents, and the great hero Karna enters the scene. www.themahabharatapodcast.com www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
22:21
December 06, 2020
Episode 24: Drona
Episode 24: Drona
Arrival on scene of one of the most important characters of our text, Drona. www.themahabharatapodcast.com
19:10
November 30, 2020
Episode 23: A Few Good Women
Episode 23: A Few Good Women
Last rites of Pandu and Madri, who becomes a sati; and childhood squabbles among the 106 boys lead Dhrtarastra to look for teachers. www.themahabharatapodcast.com www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
18:19
November 22, 2020
Episode 22: Duryodhana, and Pandu
Episode 22: Duryodhana, and Pandu
Gandhari's 100 sons are born, and one daughter; and Pandu succumbs to death, followed by Madri. www.themahabharatapodcast.com www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
19:24
November 17, 2020
Episode 21: Kunti's 5 Men - and the Pandavas
Episode 21: Kunti's 5 Men - and the Pandavas
Kunti shares her secret, enabling Pandu to have 5 children through the intercession of the gods.  www.themahabharatapodcast.com www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
18:49
November 10, 2020
Episode 20: Pandu's Problems
Episode 20: Pandu's Problems
Pandu returns triumphant from conquest, and goes on vacation - to traumatic results.  www.themahabharatapodcast.com www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
19:13
November 03, 2020
Episode 15: Bhisma, the Awesome
Episode 15: Bhisma, the Awesome
The story of Samtanu and Satyavati, concluding with Devavrata's magnificent sacrifice, which transforms him into Bhisma. www.themahabharatapodcast.com www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
18:34
October 27, 2020
Episode 19: Gandhari, in Wedding Season
Episode 19: Gandhari, in Wedding Season
Bhisma arranges the marriages of Dhrtarastra, Pandu, and Vidura; introduction to Gandhari themahabharatapodcast.com www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
18:43
October 25, 2020
Episode 18: Satyavati's Birth, King Vasu, and Ani Mandavya
Episode 18: Satyavati's Birth, King Vasu, and Ani Mandavya
We learn the mystery behind Satyavati's birth, and hear the painful story of Ani Mandavya, who curses the god Dharma to be born as Vidura.  www.themahabharatapodcast.com www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
18:58
October 19, 2020
Episode 17: Satyavati the Truthful, and Vyasa
Episode 17: Satyavati the Truthful, and Vyasa
A dynastic crisis in the House of Bharata is resolved with the assistance of Vyasa--or is it? www.themahabharatapodcast.com www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
18:55
October 11, 2020
Episode 16: Amba, Ambika, Ambalika, and a Kingdom without a King
Episode 16: Amba, Ambika, Ambalika, and a Kingdom without a King
Two weddings, a Funeral, and a Kingdom without a King: Bhisma returns to Hastinapura with the 3 Kasi princesses, and the marriage of Ambika and Ambalika to Satyavati's son, Vicitravirya. www.themahabharatapodcast.com www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
17:01
October 04, 2020
Episode 14: Ganga, and Bad Babies
Episode 14: Ganga, and Bad Babies
From Sakuntala's son Bharata to the story of Samtanu and the river goddess Ganga www.themahabharatapodcast.com www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
19:47
September 20, 2020
Episode 13: Sakuntala, Mother of the Bharatas
Episode 13: Sakuntala, Mother of the Bharatas
The charming tale of one of the most feisty women characters of the Mahabharata - Sakuntala www.themahabharatapodcast.com www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
18:12
September 13, 2020
Episode 12: Visvamitra, and Where do I go when I die
Episode 12: Visvamitra, and Where do I go when I die
The conclusion to the Yayati saga, which includes a discourse on core principles of Hindu philosophy; the beginning of the Bharata lineage, with the charming tale of Sakuntala themahabharatapodcast.com www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
17:08
September 06, 2020
Episode 11: Yayati in the Season of Love
Episode 11: Yayati in the Season of Love
The continuing story of the Bharata clan's remote forefather, Yayati. Yayati's marriage to Devayani and ill-advised relationship with  erstwhile princess, Sarmistha; Sukra's curse and Puru's sacrifice. themahabharatapodcast.com www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
17:15
August 30, 2020
Episode 10: Devouring Disciples and Raising the Dead: Yayati in Three Seasons
Episode 10: Devouring Disciples and Raising the Dead: Yayati in Three Seasons
The Bharata saga begins, with the colourful story of their ancestor King Yayati. The gods send Kaca to learn the secret of restoring life from Sukra, the asura priest; Sukra's daughter Devayani has a quarrel with Princess Sarmistha; Yayati enters to save the day. www.themahabharatapodcast.com www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
16:11
August 23, 2020
Episode 9: "The War Party of the Gods"
Episode 9: "The War Party of the Gods"
Janamejaya asks about the devas and the asuras; we learn of Kasyapa and his 13 wives; the dual identities of the major characters, and the great proxy war of the gods. themahabharatapodcast.com www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
16:46
August 16, 2020
Episode 8: A Gambling Granny, Garuda, and Astika, part III
Episode 8: A Gambling Granny, Garuda, and Astika, part III
Continuing the story of the ill-advised wager between Kadru, mother of snakes, and Vinata, mother of birds, with the birth of Garuda. This episode completes the tale of Astika, with the dramatic conclusion of Janamejaya's snake sacrifice. themahabharatapodcast.com www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
15:15
August 09, 2020
Episode 7: How did the World Come to Be? The Churning of the Ocean
Episode 7: How did the World Come to Be? The Churning of the Ocean
The most famous Hindu myth: The Churning of the Ocean. In part II of the story of Astika, we zoom out to take in the big picture, to include the story of the gods. www.themahabharatapodcast.com www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
19:06
August 05, 2020
Episode 6: A Virgin in Alms
Episode 6: A Virgin in Alms
The brahmin Ruru is told to "Be like Astika." Who is Astika? The journey takes us through the strange story of the ascetic Jaratkaru, who insists he can only accept a wife donated to him in alms.  themahabharatapodcast.com www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
16:06
July 30, 2020
Episode 5: Rsis, Raksasas, and Lecturing Lizards
Episode 5: Rsis, Raksasas, and Lecturing Lizards
The story of Bhrgu and his pregnant wife Puloma begins the Bhargava cycle of stories, which brings us to the snake-murdering career of the brahmin Ruru themahabharatapodcast.com www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
18:59
July 27, 2020
Episode 4: Pariksit, Bambi, and the Pillar of Death
Episode 4: Pariksit, Bambi, and the Pillar of Death
The story of the death of King Pariksit - Krishna's great-nephew, Abhimanyu's son, Arjuna's grandson. themahabharatapodcast.com www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
16:34
July 23, 2020
Episode 3: Masters, Students, a Disciple's Quest, and a little Bull Shit
Episode 3: Masters, Students, a Disciple's Quest, and a little Bull Shit
Some stories about masters and disciples, and the quirky story of Utanka. themahabharatapodcast.com www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
17:09
July 19, 2020
Episode 2: Snakes are Burning
Episode 2: Snakes are Burning
In the opening scenes of the Mahabharata, we learn some of the basic structure of the text: who composed the story, who's narrating it, to  whom, on what occasion, where. We discover that the Great Epic is encircled by snakes and frightful events which anticipate and reflect situations to follow. themahabharatapodcast.com www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
14:53
July 16, 2020
Episode 1: Before the Beginning
Episode 1: Before the Beginning
Introduction to the Great Epic-a Story about Everything! www.themahabharatapodcast.com www.facebook.com/themahabharatapodcast
15:49
July 14, 2020