63(A). Uparichara (alias) Vasu

“Vaishampaayana said, ‘There was a king of the name of Uparichara. That monarch was devoted to Dharma. He was very…

62. Reading Mahabharata equals reading Vedas

“Janamejaya said, ‘O excellent Dwija (Dwija means twice-born, while the first birth is natural, the second birth occurs upon the…

61. History of Paandavaas

“Vaishampaayana said, ‘Bowing down in the first place to my Guru (Rishi Vyaasa) with the eight parts of my body…

60. Beginning of Mahabharata

  “Son of Soota (Sauti) said, ‘Hearing that Janamejaya was installed in the Sarpa Satra (snake-sacrifice), the learned Rishi Krishna-Dwaipaayana…

59. The Great History

“(Rishi) Shaunaka said, ‘O Sauti (Son of Soota), you have narrated to me this extensive and great history starting from…

58. Whom would snakes not bite?

“Son of Soota said, ‘Listen now to another very wonderful incident in connection with Aastika. When king Janamejaya was about…

57. Snakes that were burnt

“(Rishi) Shaunaka said, ‘O son of a Soota, I desire to hear the names of all those snakes that fell…

56. Lord Indra revokes protection to Takshaka

“Janamejaya said, ‘Though this one is a boy, but he speaks yet like a wise old man. He is not…

55. Aastika praises Janamejaya

“Aastika said, ‘Soma, Varuna and Praajapati performed yagna in ancient time in Prayaaga (present-day Allahabad in Allahabad district, Uttar Pradesh,…

54. The word of Aastika

“Son of Soota said, ‘Then the snake-woman Jaratkaaru, calling her own son (Aastika), told him the following words according to…
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