By Author / June 20, 2017
Had institutions had hearts, the Mahabharata would certainly be BORI's! A giant research project undertaken by the BORI since its inception was The Critical Edition of Mahabharata. Edited by the likes of V. S. Sukhtankar, S. K. Belvalkar, S. K. De, Prof. Dr. R. N. Dandekar, the Critical Edition enjoys the status of one of the most prestigious and appreciated editorial work of the world. This edition was prepared with painstaking efforts of scholars for about five decades consulting 1,259 manuscripts.
A comprehensive Prolegomena ( Vol. I ), written by V. S. Sukhtankar, brings out the material and methodology of the project.
The completed Critical Edition of the Mahabharata ( 18 Parvan- s; 89000+ verses in the Constituted Text, and an elaborate Critical Apparatus; 19 Volumes: No. of pages: 15000+ demi-quarto size ) was released on September 22, 1966 at the hands of Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, the then President of India.
The details of the work published and underway
1. Critical Edition of the Mahabharata
April 1919 to September 1966; 18 Parvan - s; 89000+ verses in the Constituted Text and an elaborate Critical Apparatus; 19 Volumes: No. of pages: 15000+ demi-quarto size
2. Critical Edition of the Harivamsha:
1966 to 1969; 4 Parvan - s; 2 Volumes; No. of pages 1711 demi - quarto size
3. Pratika Index ( Index of the verse quarters )
360000 verse quarters with appendices; 6 Volumes; 4805 pages; demi - quarto size
4. Critically constituted text of Mahabharata and Harivamsha
5 volumes; 3150 pages demi - quarto size
5. Cultural Index
1987 till date; published 2 volumes and fascicule 1 and 2 of the 3rd volume;
Vol. I, Fasc. 1-4: Mountains, Rivers, Serpents, etc.; 400 pages; double crown size
Vol. II, Fasc. 1-4: Countries, Peoples, Weapons, etc.; 360 pages; double crown size
Vol. III, Fasc. 1: Proper Names; 80 pages
Vol. III, Fasc. 2: Proper Names; 119 pages
6. Bibliography of the Mahabharata
6000+ entries recorded and categorized; Card Size 22 cm X 15 cm; 600 entries computerized