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  1. Part One

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  2. MBK: 1.1: Birth of the Kuru Elders

    Ambikā peered curiously into the mirror as her maidservants finished adorning her in preparation for the nuptial bed. She had lost none of her beauty despite her months of mourning. Her skin was flawless and as white as milk. Curling jet-black hair ...

  3. MBK: 1.2: Pāṇḍu Cursed and Blessed

    Although possessed of all material opulences, Pāṇḍu was by nature disinterested in sensual enjoyment. Having enjoyed with his two wives for only a short while, he found his mind turning to other things. Although the Kuru dynasty had for many thousa ...

  4. MBK: 1.3: The Pāṇḍavas Come to Hastināpura

    In Hastināpura, Dhṛtarāṣṭra had performed five sacrifices with the wealth Pāṇḍu had bestowed upon him. He gave charity to hundreds of thousands of Brahmins and satisfied the gods with his offerings. The kingdom flourished and the citizens had every ...

  5. MBK: 1.4: Duryodhana Begins His Evil Schemes

    The Pāṇḍavas began to enjoy life in Hastināpura. They sported with the hundred sons of Dhṛtarāṣṭra, who became known as the Kauravas. Pandu’s sons excelled the Kauravas in all areas: in strength, knowledge and prowess with weaponry. Bhīma was espec ...

  6. MBK: 1.5: The Martial Exhibition

    Among Droṇa’s pupils, Bhīma and Duryodhana, deadly rivals, both became matchless in mace fighting. Yudhiṣṭhira was the greatest spearman and chariot fighter, Nakula and Sahadeva were the best swordsmen and Aśvatthāmā showed the greatest ability at ...

  7. MBK: 1.6: The Kauravas’ Hatred Grows

    It was now time for the princes to leave Droṇa’s school. To complete their training they had to pay their guru’s fees by offering him dakṣiṇa . Traditionally, the dakṣiṇa was determined by the guru himself. Droṇa assembled the princes and sa ...

  8. MBK: 1.7: The Pāṇḍavas Sent Away

    During the weeks that followed, Duryodhana and his brothers slowly began to win over the people. They distributed wealth and honors liberally and provided the citizens with all kinds of amenities and pleasures. At the same time, Dhṛtarāṣṭra’s minis ...

  9. MBK: 1.8: Ghaṭotkaca Born and Baka Slain

    Soon after Bhīma had killed Hiḍimba, the sun rose and the brothers could see paths through the forest. They decided to continue south. They were bound to come to a town at some point. As they walked off with Kuntī between them, Hiḍimbī followed ...

  10. MBK: 1.9: The Gandharva Aṅgaraparna

    When the sun rose the people of Ekacakra found Baka’s dead body. They were astonished to see it lying there in a twisted mess, its mouth and eyes wide open. The citizens’ hair stood on end and their mouths fell open in amazement. Thousands of peopl ...