The Complete Mahabharata (Volume 8) | Santi Parva: Rajadharmanusasana Parva | Apaddharmanusasana Parva

by Manjulika Dubey, Ramesh Menon, S.B. Pillay

  1. ISBN: 978-81-291-3751-7
  2. Pages: 594 pages
  3. Date: June 2016


The Mahabharata of Veda Vyasa is the longest known epic of the world. With almost 100,000 verses, it is much longer than the Iliad and the Odyssey combined, and has deeply influenced every aspect of the Indian ethos for some 4,000 years.

The main theme of the epic is the Great War in Kurukshetra, but it teems with smaller stories, and other stories within these, all woven together with a genius that defies comparison. At its heart, it contains Krishna’s immortal Bhagavad Gita, the Song of God.

The Mahabharata embodies the ancient and sacred Indian tradition in all its earthy and spiritual immensity. Famously, ‘What is found here may not be found elsewhere. What is not found here will not be found elsewhere.’

Many believe this most magnificent epic to be the greatest story ever told. Yet, the only full Indian translation of the Mahabharata into English is the one penned in the 19th century by Kisari Mohan Ganguli. More than a hundred years have passed since Ganguli accomplished his task, and the language he used is now, sadly, archaic.

This new twelve-volume series retells the great epic, in fresh, easily readable English prose. It brings the Mahabharata alive again for the contemporary as well as the future reader.


Manjulika Dubey has a Master’s degree in English literature from Delhi University. She has written articles and book reviews, and served as a professional editor of magazines and books.

S.B. Pillay (1951-2014) was a retired Indian Audit and Accounts Service officer. Also a principal of the NAAA in Shimla, he was an avid reader and is the author of several comics and satirical pieces.

Ramesh Menon has written modern renderings of the Mahabharata, Ramayana, Siva Purana, Devi Purana and Bhagavata Purana.

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