Jump to navigation Jump to search This article is about the Sanskrit epic. Sanskrit epics of ancient India, the other being the Rāmāyaṇa. The Mahābhārata is an epic legendary narrative of the Kurukṣetra War and the fates of the Kaurava and the Pāṇḍava princes. Traditionally, the mahabharata vol. 4-5: Virata parvaUdyoga parva PDF of the Mahābhārata is attributed to Vyāsa.
There have been many attempts to unravel its historical growth and compositional layers. The oldest preserved parts of the text are thought to be not much older than around 400 BCE, though the origins of the epic probably fall between the 8th and 9th centuries BCE. The Mahābhārata is the longest epic poem known and has been described as “the longest poem ever written”. Modern depiction of Vyasa narrating the Mahābhārata to Ganesha at the Murudeshwara temple, Karnataka. The epic is traditionally ascribed to the sage Vyāsa, who is also a major character in the epic. He also describes the Guru-shishya parampara, which traces all great teachers and their students of the Vedic times.