Tanuj Solanki

Fate brings brothers together

In the final leg of their pilgrimage, the Pandavas approach Mount Kailasa, the abode of Nara and Narayana.

12 Feb 2018

Unheard voice of the abused and assaulted

The story series set up for the Pandavas’ pilgrimage in the Tirtha-Yatra Parva of the Mahabharata continues to deliver, with sage Lomasha narrating tales that convey the significance of each sacred sp

04 Feb 2018

A debate champion who is crooked in eight ways

The story cycle set up for the Pandavas’ pilgrimage in the Tirtha-Yatra Parva of the Mahabharata continues to deliver, with sage Lomasha narrating tales conveying the significance of each sacred spot

28 Jan 2018

One life for a hundred, and two burn in hell

The story cycle set up for the Pandavas’ pilgrimage in the Tirtha-Yatra Parva of the Mahabharata continues to deliver, with sage Lomasha narrating stories of the significance of various sacred spots t

15 Jan 2018

Should Chyavanprash be called Sukanyaprash?

The Pandavas’ pilgrimage takes them to the banks of the Narmada, where Lomash tells them about the significance of the location.

07 Jan 2018

Parshurama, a  warrior monk with shades of grey

At a point during the Pandavas’ tirtha yatra (four Pandavas sans Arjuna, and Draupadi), the storytelling role is briefly taken from sage Lomasha and passed to Akritavarna.

31 Dec 2017

When a  celibate rishi lusts after a rakshasa?

Continuing their pilgrimage, the Pandavas arrive at the river Koushiki, somewhere in the kingdom of Anga.

26 Dec 2017

Lomasha explains why river Ganga fills the oceans

It is inevitable that during their pilgrimage through the entire Indian subcontinent, the Pandavas encounter major and minor rivers.

10 Dec 2017

The many stories of Rishi Agastya 

The Pandavas begin their pilgrimage by traveling eastward. After several stops, they reach rishi Agastya’s hermitage.

03 Dec 2017

The Pandavas and their tirth yatra

After receiving a list of pilgrimage spots across the continent by Narada, the Pandavas are told of a similar list by sage Lomasha.

26 Nov 2017

Yudhistira’s spiritual anxiety and the need for a sacrifice

In their forest exile, the Pandavas are in sorrow. Yudhistira, we know, needed the comforts of literature in the form of the story of Nala and Damayanti, which was told to him by Brihadashva.

19 Nov 2017

Dice and horses become turning points in a war

Like Yudhistira, there was once a king who lost his kingdom and riches through a game of dice.

12 Nov 2017

Yudhistira’s realisation about sorrow and discord

As advised by Vyasa during the Pandava forest exile, Arjuna is sent away in the search of divine weaponry. This is Arjuna’s third odyssey in the epic.

05 Nov 2017

Arjuna’s journey to the Himalayas

From my viewpoint as a modern reader, the Mahabharata is perhaps at its weakest as a literary work whenever it abandons the epic-historical plane — its base story, so to say — for its mythological,

30 Oct 2017

Yudhistira’s inner conflict between  dharma and artha

During the Pandavas’ exile, Draupadi is not the only one who urges Yudhistira to take swift action against Duryodhana and wrest the kingdom back from the Kauravas.

24 Oct 2017