Episode # 33 – The Mahabharata begins – King Janame-Jaya performs the “SATRA-YAAGA”!!!

In the previous episode, we had given the finishing touches to the “Contents” of the Mahabharata text, wherein, we’ve seen how Yudishtra was tested even at the last moment during his “Svarga-Aarohini” (Journey towards the Svarga Lokha). Although the entire world knows how Yudishtra was the embodiment of “Dharma” himself, Yama-Dharma-Raja wanted to give his son one last test of his life. As Yudishtra passed the test successfully, Yama-Dharma-Raja appeared in front of him and he himself took Yudishtra to the “Svarga Lokha” – A place which he rightly deserved. From there, Yudishtra attained “Moksha” with the grace of Bhagawan Krishna. With this, we come to the end of the Mahabharata story, and in due course of yesterday’s episode, we had also witnessed Sage Pouranika concluding this discussion by saying that there cannot be any spiritual text in our Sanaatana Dharma literature that wouldn’t take reference to the Mahabharata text. In other words, every other text in our Sanaatana Dharma literature would talk about some instance from the Mahabharata at some point in time, and without this, no text is complete. Such is the significance of this great Mahabharata text. ]More so, Sage Pouranika explains the benefits one would get if he / she recites or reads through this Mahabharata text – Those who do so, wouldn’t need to go to the “Pushkara Theertha” or the holy River Ganga to take a holy dip. The Mahabharata text itself would give all the requisite “Punya” one would get by taking a holy bath in these places. Moreover, if a person commits a sin in the morning and if he reads any one “Adhyaaya” of the Mahabharata text in the afternoon, all his sins would be washed away immediately by the same evening itself. Similarly, if a person commits a sin at night, and if he reads any one “Adhyaaya” of the Mahabharata text the next morning, all his sins would be washed away immediately by the next afternoon itself. It is not necessary that one chants the slokas that are there in the Mahabharata text. One can read even the prose part of it and that would be more than enough. Most importantly, if one reads this “Adhyaaya” that talks about the contents of this great text (The one which we’ve been discussing for the past 3-4 episodes), he / she would ultimately be able to cross over the “Samsaara” and finally attain the highest “Moksha” with Bhagawan Krishna’s divine grace. 

Such is the importance of this particular “Adhyaaya”, and with this, we come to the end of the second “Upa-Parva” of the main “Aadhi Parva”. The first Upa-Parva” that we had seen as part of the “Aadhi Parva” was the “Anukramanika Parva”. Readers should remember this sequence very carefully here. The second one that we’ve been seeing all this while was the “Parva-Sangraha Parva”. Now we’re stepping into the third “Upa-Parva” under the main “Aadhi Parva”, which is called “Poushya Parva”. It is to be remembered that we’re still inside the “Aadhi Parva” only. Readers shouldn’t get confused between “Parvas” and “Upa-Parvas”. I’m saying this because, the “Upa-Parvas” would also end with the phrase called “Parva”, just like the main “Parvas”. Thus, now we’re into the “Aadhi Parva” and stepping into the third “Upa-Parva” called “Poushya Parva”. From now onwards, we’re going into the storyline. We’ve completed an enormous introduction to this text with the culmination of the “Parva-Sangraha Parva” and again – When we stay “storyline”, it is a huge storyline that we’re referring to! If we’re not attentive enough, our heads would start rolling here and there! 🙂 Such is the enormity of this text, as we had discussed earlier. 

Now with the beginning of the “Poushya Parva”, Sage Vyaasa explains how King Janame-Jaya had a curse. He is now going to narrate how King Janame-Jaya is going to get trapped into a huge problem because of this curse. We’re going to witness an extensive discussion in this accord. It all starts with King Janame-Jaya performing a “Satra-Yaaga”. I shall explain what is this “Satra-Yaaga” in a bit. But before that, all of us must know who this King Janame-Jaya is. As we progress further, we should conduct some “quizzes” for ourselves, to check how much we have understood. Now who is this King Janame-Jaya? He is King Parikshit’s son. Who was King Parikshit? He was Arjuna’s grandson who was saved by Bhagawan Krishna in his mother’s womb, when Ashwatthaama went on a rampage to kill the entire Paandava clan. We’ve seen all this earlier, as well as during our previous “Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana” project. King Parikshit was killed by Snake Dakshaka on the seventh day after he obtained a curse from Sage Shringi, who was the son of Sage Sameeka. Sage Shringi got extremely angry with King Parikshit because he thought that King Parikshit had insulted his father, Sage Sameeka. Thus, Sage Shringi curses King Parikshit that on the seventh day from that moment, King Parikshit would be bitten by a venomous snake and with that, he would breathe his last. We’ve seen all this in our “Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana” project. It is this King Parikshit who had a son by name Janame-Jaya. 

After the demise of King Pariksht, Janame Jaya took over the reins of the Hastinaapura Kingdom. King Janame-Jaya is now performing a “Satra-Yaaga”, and the Mahabharata storyline starts from this point. So what is going to happen in this “Satra Yaaga”? Why is it being performed? Let us wait to find out these details in the next episode! Stay tuned! 🙂 


Published by Dr. Jeayaram

Holds a PhD in Management Psychology from Universite Paris Saclay, Paris, France. Also an Asst. Professor of Human Resources management at Bharatidhasan Institute of Management (BIM) Trichy, India A professional South Indian classical musician (singer) performing concerts. Through this blog, I'm trying to bring out the richness of Indian culture & values and I request your support and feedbacks in making this humble effort a success!!

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