Adi Parva starts with the description of the 12 year sacrifice of sages at the forest of Naimisha. There in that assemblage of sages, Ugrasrava Sauti, a professional expert on Mahabharata epic narrates Mahabharata to the sages headed by the great sage Saunaka. He narrates Mahabharata as it was formerly narrated by Vaishampayana to king Janamejaya. Vaishampayana was the disciple of Vyasa. Janamejaya was a king in the line of Pandava Arjuna, fourth in succession from Arjuna. The history of the Nagas, their rivals viz. the Suparnas and that of the royal lineage of the Aila-Puru-Bharatha-Kuru clan also is found in this Parva. Among the history of various individuals in the lineage, the history of Santanu, Bhishma, Vichitravirya, Dhritarashtra, Pandu and Vidura were detailed. After that the history of the Pandavas and the Kauravas were narrated along with popular fables about their births that were going rounds in those days. The history of the Pandavas includes their birth, childhood days, their military education under the guidance of the preceptors viz. Kripa and Drona, their escape from murder attempt by the Kauravas, their interactions with members of the Rakshasa tribe, their marriage with Panchali and their settlement at the city of Indraprastha. The Parva ends with the incident of burning of the forest named Khandava, that lied in the territory of the Pandavas.