The authorship of the core story is attributed to Krishna Dwaipayana or Vyasa, who often make several self referential appearances in the story. Mythological sources say that, he dictated the story to lord Ganesha, the elephant faced Hindu god of good will, who put it into writing. At that time it was simply called jaya. […]
A troubadour named Ugrasravas, the son of Lomaharsha, wanders into the counsel of sages in the Naimsa forest, who have gathered there to conduct a 12 year sacrifice. Upon persuaded by Saunaka the leader of the druidical conclave, Ugrasravas recites the story of Mahabharata in its modern form with all the 100,000 verses.
Ugrasravas himself had heard the story from, sage Vaisampayana, when he dictated it to King Janamajeya, when it was only 22000 verses, during the ritual of snake sacrifice conducted by the King. Vaisampayana himself was a disciple of Krishna Dwaipayana, the author of the 8000 verse core of mahabharata. Janamajeya was the direct descendant of […]