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.