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- Full Text of Mahabharata Wikified. This is the only completed Mahabharata Wiki Project available online with public access. -02 Apr 2010 04:01
- Kuru and Panchala kingdom page now contains the Google Map of the epic India kingdoms! —21 Mar 2010 05:07
- YouTube videos of 3D Digital Models of Bhima and Arjuna are now added! -20 Mar 2010 05:07
- Bond data of the most frequent nouns of Mahabharata are now added! -14 Mar 2010 05:07
- Wiki-pages for 7500 plus unique nouns of Mahabharata are now added! -07 Mar 2010 05:07
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- Refining Unique Noun Categorization - In Progress
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Welcome to Ancient Voices!
This is a place where you hear the eternal voices from the past. This place is for all those people who love to know about the ancient India, its culture and civilization. The source of information about this ancient time and space are the epics Mahabharata and Ramayana as well as the Vedas, Brahmanas, Aranyakas, Upanishads and the Puranas. These information reach us after several hundreds of years of travel through time, in the form of oral traditions, ancient manuscripts and cultural traditions as a river of 'ancient voices'.
Mahabharata, the great Indian epic is like a mighty river. Unlike an ordinary river which flows from one place to another, this mighty epic river flows in time, originating in the collective consciousness of the ancient people. Several river-lets of war-songs sung by bards in praise of their favorite individual heroes participated in the epic war of Kurukshetra reached Krishna Dwaipayana Vyasa, the great sage who was a reservoir of the ancient Vedic knowledge. (It is he who analyzed the Vedic hymns and arranged that large body of knowledge into four classifications of Rik, Yajur, Sama and Atharva as we know it today.) It is he who collected all these fragments of historical accounts, stories and myths . From this great sage, originated the grand temporal-river called Mahabharata, first in the form of 'Jaya'. Vyasa compiled the individual songs sung by bards and 'Sutas' like Sanjaya who witnessed the Kurukshetra war in person to form the great epic-song called Jaya having 8,000 versus . Several sages like Suka in the lineage of Vyasa, and several others like Visampayana, Paila, Jamini and Ugrasrava Sauti who were the disciples of Vyasa composed several other historical accounts, myths and narrations, all of which combined with Jaya like tributaries joining a river, but at various points of time, and thus enriched this epic poem called Jaya, which thus become the mighty 'Bhaarata' of 24,000 verses and the mightier 'Mahaabhaarata' of 100,0000 verses. Thus this mighty temporal-river called Mahabharata flowed several centuries after its creation in the mind of Vyasa, and grew in size centuries after centuries with contributions from Vyasa's sons, grandsons, disciples, their children and even from Vyasa's enemies.
Thus, this strange river of ancient voices, called Mahabharata, after flowing through the medium of the collective consciousness of Indian's fore-fathers that exist in a space-time continuum, continues even now, through the collective minds of the present generation of India. As it reaches us now, we find voices from the past with in it, voices of people who had opposing view-points, some in favor of the Pandavas, some in favor of the Kauravas, some in favor of Vyasa and some against him! We find in this mighty river of Mahabharata, a grand mixture of cultural heritages and traditions of the past, strange, but not separate from ours. We find in this temporal river crystallized with in it, information about the ancient geography of India, with its rivers, mountains, forests, kingdoms, cities and towns. We find fossilized with in it, the thoughts of ancient people, their political aspirations, their vision about future, their cultural traditions, their religion, their philosophy, their art, their richness, their shortcomings, their interaction with the nature and environment, their tragedies and their hopes and aspirations.
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