Friday, November 26, 2010

Lord Swami Ayyappan Dharshan at Sabarimala - virtual tour

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The Mahabharata

The Mahabharata

of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa
translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
[published between 1883 and 1896]


The Ganguli English translation of the Mahabharata is the only complete one in the public domain. Books 1-4 were proofed at Distributed Proofing (Juliet Sutherland, Project Manager), from page images scanned at Books 5-7 and 12-15 were scanned and proofed at by John Bruno Hare. Books 8-11 and 16-18 were scanned and proofed by Mantra Caitanya.

The Mahabharata in Sanskrit
(Parallel Devanagari and Romanization)
The Ganguli English translation is also cross-linked on a book-by-book basis with the Sanskrit text


The Mahabharata, Book 1: Adi Parva   [Sanskrit]
The Mahabharata, Book 2: Sabha Parva   [Sanskrit]
The Mahabharata, Book 3: Vana Parva   [Sanskrit]
The Mahabharata, Book 4: Virata Parva   [Sanskrit]
The Mahabharata, Book 5: Udyoga Parva   [Sanskrit]
The Mahabharata, Book 6: Bhishma Parva   [Sanskrit]
The Mahabharata, Book 7: Drona Parva   [Sanskrit]
The Mahabharata, Book 8: Karna Parva   [Sanskrit]
The Mahabharata, Book 9: Shalya Parva   [Sanskrit]
The Mahabharata, Book 10: Sauptika Parva   [Sanskrit]
The Mahabharata, Book 11: Stri Parva   [Sanskrit]
The Mahabharata, Book 12: Santi Parva   [Sanskrit]
The Mahabharata, Book 13: Anusasana Parva   [Sanskrit]
The Mahabharata, Book 14: Aswamedha Parva   [Sanskrit]
The Mahabharata, Book 15: Asramavasika Parva   [Sanskrit]
The Mahabharata, Book 16: Mausala Parva   [Sanskrit]
The Mahabharata, Book 17: Mahaprasthanika Parva   [Sanskrit]
The Mahabharata, Book 18: Svargarohanika Parva   [Sanskrit]



Download the Mahabharata in text format [5 Mb (5,248,645 bytes)]. This includes all of the Mahabharata files. Updated 1/22/2005.



The following errors have been corrected or noted in the HTML version; the text version has not been altered at this time, so please note the following errata. Most of these were errors in the published edition which we used to construct the etext (the copytext).

Book 1. Section CLXXVII should be CLXXVI and vice versa. This was an error in the copytext.

Book 2. Section LXVII should be inserted at "Bhima said, 'O Yudhishthira, gamblers..." This was a transcription error.

Book 7. The copytext omitted section breaks for LIV, LV and CLXXXIX. We believe that no actual text is missing at these points, just the section breaks, since (e.g.) CLXXXIX shows up in the page header in the copytext.

Book 13. There are two sections labelled CLXVIII. The first one should be CLXIII. This was an error in the copytext.

Book 14. (HTML version only) The HTML title of LXXVII was incorrectly entered as LXVIII. This was a formatting error.

--February 26th, 2006



Denmark people receptive to Hinduism

Denmark people receptive to Hinduism

Fri, Nov 26 12:00 PM, Nevada (US), Nov 26 (ANI):

"Danes have been receptive to Hinduism", according to Danish Pluralism Project study launched by Faculty of Theology of University of Aarhus in Denmark.

"One example is yoga, which is a complex system of exercises designated as a disciplinary process of the ego, and in a wider perspective the reunion of the self and the universe. Especially, the physical exercises of yoga have won approval among the Danes...", it adds.

This Project was to document the growing religious diversity through mapping, analyzing, and interpreting the religious pluralism in Denmark. Faculty of Theology Dean is Carsten Riis, while Pluralism Project Director is Viggo Mortensen.

Welcoming the interest in Hinduism and yoga in Denmark, prominent Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, stressed the need for separation of church and state in Denmark, where currently Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark (Folkekirken) is a state church officially supported by government and headed by the Queen.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, argued that institution of state church breached the equality of religions and the fundamentals of a secular nation. Moreover, separation might bring more independence in the decision-making process of the Church also, without any day-to-day government/legislative interference.

Rajan Zed further said that Denmark, a culturally diverse society, besides various Christian denominations, had now a considerable population of Muslims, Buddhists, Jews, Hindus, Sikhs, non-believers, etc. There were reportedly about 12, 000 Hindus and five Hindu temples in Denmark.

Denmark is rated among nations with best quality of life, highest per capita income, and low unemployment. Its literacy rate is 100 percent and its hydrocarbon-rich economy is reported to be booming. (ANI)



Friday, November 5, 2010

The World Samskrit Book Fair

Please see event details after the links to some of the media reports

The World Samskrit Book Fair 


Samskritam is very much thriving. See it, Believe it, Embrace it!


The Annual World Samskrit Book Fair is a collective effort  by all the major Samskrit-related institutions in India and around the world to popularize and stimulate innovation enabled by Samskrit and its rich knowledge base.Through organizing a book fair, we intend to achieve multiple objectives:

  • Give a fillip to modern Samskrit research and literature,
  • Encourage Samskrit scholars to innovate and publish,
  • Create a 'market' for Samskrit publications,
  • Instill confidence into Samskrit students about the future of Samskrit as a career path, and
  • Popularize Samskrit and mobilize public support for its promotion.

The event is open to the general public of all ages and backgrounds with or without knowledge of the Samskrit language. Though the entire event will be conducted in a totally immersive samskrit environment where all the volunteers interact in Simple Samskrit, people of all ages and backgrounds can easily understand and enjoy.


Sponsors Co-sponsors Organizer
  • Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan
  • Government of Karnataka
  • All Samskrit Universities and Academies
  • Oriental Research Institutes
  • Samskrit Post-graduate Departments
  • National Manuscript Mission
  • Samskrit Promotion Foundation
  • International Association for Sanskrit Studies, Paris
Samskrita Bharati


The venue for the 2011 Samskrit Book Fair has been fixed as the National High School grounds, Bangalore, Karnataka, INDIA.

Participation Statistics

  • About 1 lakh (100,000) participants (with diverse levels of Samskrit knowledge) are expected from various parts of India and abroad.
  • 10000 Samskrit scholars will be coming as delegates to a conference to be colocated with the fair.
  • Delegates from 24 institutions outside India are expected to attend the fair.
  • 1008 Samskrit Sambhashana Shibirams will be conducted in Bangalore alone, during November and December, creating at least 30000 new initiates into spoken Samskrit. They will be visiting the fair along with their friends and relatives.

Events at a Glance

Event Highlights
Book Fair
  • More than 500 new publications to be released formally.
  • Old Book Donation: Donate your old Samskrit books and collect others' books for free.
  • Lots of free book giveaways every day of the event
  • Knowledge Heritage of India
  • A bird's eye view of the status of Samskrit today
  • Introduction to Manuscript Wealth
  • Vedic Instruments and Charts
  • Demos of Models of Science and Technology
  • Demo of 'संस्कृत विपणिः ', a complete Sanskrit Shop
  • Introductory Posters of Samskrit Universities
  • Inspirational Posters
  • Demo of Traditional Indian way of student evaluation, the shalaakaa pariikShaa
  • Pandita Parishad: Panel Discussions by Scholars
  • Workshops on Translations, New Vocabulary and Role of Samskrit
  • Management and Leadership Principles in Indian Literature
  • naaTakotsavaH: Samskrit Dramas
  • 1008 Spoken Samskrit Classes in Bengaluru
  • Samskrita Griha Sammelanam
  • Samskrit Bala Sammelanam
  • संस्कृत क्रीडाः Games in Sanskrit
  • Display of Indian Intellectual Games: Avadhaanam
  • संस्कृत-गान-सभाः Evening concerts by Stalwart artists singing Samskrit songs exclusively, during the first three days of the fair.


Audience Attractions
For Youth and Children
  • Competitions in schools leading to the Fair
  • Talk in Samskrit, Take a Gift
  • Inauguration of new Sanskrit story books and multimedia
  • Fun-filled game sessions conducted in Samskrit
  • संस्कृतप्रवासः Excursions from local schools to the Venue
For General Public
  • See first-hand how easy and fun Samskrit is to learn and speak
  • See what it is like to go shopping in Samskrit and live in a Samskrit-filled home
  • Appreciate the wealth of knowledge lying unexplored in manuscripts
  • Learn about the various avenues for serious pursuit of Samskrit studies
For Scholars and Students
  • Discover new collaboration opportunities
  • Excite others about own research
  • Educational Tour Destination
  • Create ways to kindle interest among youngsters in samskrit as an innovative career
For Institutions
  • Showcase innovation and improve visibility
  • Find publishers for institutional output
  • Attract new students and faculty
For Publishers Unique Sales Opportunity

  • Single largest congregation of Samskrit scholars, students and connoiseurs
  • A massive line-up of events under way to promote spoken samskrit learning and to generate public enthusiasm for the event
  • Government encouragement promised for book purchases made by institutions within the book fair.

New Partnerships

  • Interact with larger, smaller and individual publishers
  • Influence book prescriptions in the educational curriculum.

Promotional Campaigns

  • Sponsorship of events at the book fair: exhibitions, demos, cultural programs, workshops
  • Author and book promotion events
  • General Visibility in the event (posters, advertisements …)
  • Media coverage before, during and after the event.