The Mahabharat for Children Part-I

Physical description

A forty-one page colour story book titled 'THE MAHABHARAT FOR CHILDREN PART - I'. Published by B. R. Anada with the first edition in 1984 and a reprint in 1992. Retold by R. S. Nayak with the English version by P. K. Trivedi and art done by Chandra Trivedi and Rajnee Vyas. The work is about the story of King Shantanu of the Moon clan marrying the King of the Mountain's daughter, Ganga, on the condition that if he interfered with her actions their marriage would end. Ganga drowns her children (because they had the misfortune to be born on earth where they do not belong) until Shantanu pleads with her to spare their eight child, the son, Devavrata. Ganga grants his request as she goes to live in the heavens with Devavrata. Later, Shantanu wishes to marry the daughter of the King of Fisherman who will only allow it if her children inherit his throne. Devavrata abdicates his right to the throne. The lineage between the Pandavas (the five Pandavas: able-bodied Bhima, righteous and truthful Yudhishthira, master marksman Arjuna, horse-master Nakula, and master astrologer Sahadeva) and the Kauravas is told. The Pandavas are trained by Drona. Bhima kills the giant Baka to save the Brahmin family's son from being eaten. Draupadi (King Drupada of Panchala's daughter) is born, also known as Krishna because of her dark skin), and Arjuna wins the contest of shooting a fish while balancing on two scales and looking at its reflection in the water so that the Pandavas brothers can marry Draupadi. Bhima defeats Jarasandha by Bhima, and the Coronation Sacrifice is done by Yudhishthira. Dharmaputra gambles away Draupadi in an effort not to lose everything to the Kauravas. However, Draupadi resistsg Duryodhana and Duhshasana so that she is granted freedom with the Pandavas to return to Indraprastha by Dhritarashtra. A gambling challenge between Dhritarashtra and Yudhishthira results in a thirteen year exile for the losers with the last year of them having to be undiscovered or else another twelve years would be imposed.