Bhishma on the bed of arrows (Bhishma-Yudhishthir Samvad of 6 days) – Part 4 of 7

56th Day before Bhishma Nirvana (36+X+1 day after Fall of Bhishma) Yudhishthir and his brothers along with Krishna, Satyaki, Kripacharya, Yuyutsu and Sanjay spent this day in the company of Bhishma. Soon, Sun could be seen on the western horizon and assembled sages took leave of Krishna, Bhishma and Yudhishthir. Yudhishthir and his brothers, Krishna,…

In search of my able Editor

A seeker wrote… Hello Nileshji I read both of your earlier books (MBH and Rama). As you are getting ready to publish the next book and there is still time, I would like you to get some good editing support. The final effect should be more polished. It was an eye-opener for me to read…

The Timing of Mahabharata: Ashwini, Upamanyu & Ayoda-Dhaumya

While reading the Mahabharata text, I ran into the story of sage Dhaymya (specifically Ayoda-Dhaumya) and his three disciples – Aruni, Upamanyu and Veda. (Mahabharata, Adi Parva, Adhyaya 3) They all were contemporary of King Janmejaya, some ~60 years after the Mahabharata War (5561 BCE) and thus contemporary of Mahabharata. Readers may be aware that…

Did Pandavas truly complete 13 years of exile?

Another seeker asked… ———– My arguement in the last part of Virata parva is this. If Bhisma calculated using the concept of adhikamaasa that the Pandavas had the exile period five months earlier than the Uttara Go grahana, then Kichaka vadh/Draupadi’s harrassment 15 days before that was not needed. Also why didnt Bhisma say this…