What is Mahabharata?

The Mahabharata
The Mahabharata is the history of the Pandavas and the Kauravas. It gives a description of
the great war, the Battle of Kurukshetra, which broke out between the Kauravas and the Pandavas
who were cousins and descendants of the lunar race. The Mahabharata is an encyclopaedia of
Hindu Dharma. It is rightly called the fifth Veda. There is really no theme in religion, philosophy,
mysticism and polity which this great epic does not touch and expound. It contains very noble moral
teachings, useful lessons of all kinds, many beautiful stories and episodes, discourses, sermons,
parables and dialogues which set forth the principles of morals and metaphysics. The Pandavas
obtained victory through the grace of Lord Krishna. The Mahabharata is written in one hundred
thousand verses by Sri Krishnadvaipayana Vyasa.

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