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Date:29th NOvember to 17th December

Timings:Monday to Friday, 9 PM EST (6 PM PST) to 10.30 PM EST (7.30 PM PST).

Course Fee:USD 125 all-inclusive

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Introduction to 18 Parvans


Mahabharata is often deemed the fifth Veda, meaning it is equally venerable as the four Vedas. The critical edition calls it "an inexhaustible mine for the investigation of religion, mythology, philosophy, law, customs, political and social institutions of the ancient India". The story of Mahabharata is told through 18 "Parvans", which are: 1. Adi-Parvan, 2. Sabha-Parvan, 3. Aranyaka-Parvan, 4 Virata-Parvan, 5. Udyoga-Parvan, 6. Bhishma-Parvan, 7. Drona-Parvan, 8. Karna-Parvan, 9. Shalya-Parvan, 10. Sauptika-Parvan, 11. Stri-Parvan, 12. Shanti-Parvan, 13. Anushasana-Parvan, 14. Ashvamedhika-Parvan, 15. Ashramavasika-Parvan, 16. Mausala-Parvan, 17. Mahaprasthanika-Parvan, 18. Svargarohana-Parvan Secondly, the popular narrative of Mahabharata often strays from the original text, which has been methodically captured in the Critical Edition. Hence, the purpose of the course is to acquaint participants with the textual reality, and with how the major episodes actually unfold. The structure of 18 Parvans provide a logical framework, so that the course narrates the sequential flow of the story. It also helps to showcase the inter-connections between events, and the gradual evolution of major characters and their motivations. The lectures also involve interpretations of each scholar. and the course is bookended by an introductory session and a concluding address to further enhance the understanding. The course will adhere to the academic tradition of the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, and its objective integrity.

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In the last 18 months, we have undertaken several online initiatives, such as online courses, YouTube channel, and the Digital library ( The Indian diaspora in North America has supported us immensely in this journey, and sometimes despite the difficult time-zone differences.  This precious support has inspired us to launch an active outreach program for the Americas.  In the next 4 months, we aim to reach out to and interact with, well-wishers from all walks of life. Our goal is to build a diverse community that studies and celebrates the heritage of India. We are already building a robust digital ecosystem that can facilitate the learning and interaction of such a community across the globe. The Americas-centric batch of the course on Mahabharata is our first step in this direction. We have two objectives here: 1) interact with the numerous participants to understand how we best serve the learning needs and curiosity. 2) generate funds for further efforts. 


This is a digital event and will be streamed online on Zoom. AUDIO OR VIDEO RECORDING OF THE LECTURE IS NOT PERMITTED. You must not make, create, store, record or transmit any kind of sound or video recording, or store, record or transmit any information or other data with relation to the event. You may face interruptions during the course of the live stream due to internet connectivity issues . This course is purely academic in nature, and does not propagate or advocate any ideology or philosophy. The lectures in this course will be in some cases extempore and in some cases it will be read-out. The enrollment, once confirmed, is non-refundable. In case of cancellation of a session, the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute reserves the right to reschedule the session and welcomes participants to attend the rescheduled event.

Admission Process

1)Registration link:Registration link 2)You will get confirmation mail after Registration is completed 3)Lecture link will be shared on day before the Lecture.

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