Vyasa As The Chronicler In The Mahabharata

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Q. Comment on the presence of the author as a character in the Mahabharata The story of Mahabharata – The greatest epic of all time revolves around the conflicts between the Pandavas and Kauravas. However, had it not been for Vyasa, the story would have never moved forward. He plays a crucial role and is mainly responsible for carrying the Lineage forward and without him; it is hard to believe that the Mahabharata would exist. Vyasa is said to be the Chronicler of the Mahabharata after being a part of it and playing an important role in the first place. Since Vyasa is so central to the Mahabharata, it is important to discuss his own story and how he was born. Satyavati, as a fisherwoman, met the wandering sage Parashar while ferrying the latter across a river. The sage…show more content…
They have two sons, Chitrangada and Vichitravirya. Satyavati, asks Bhisma (the son of Shantanu from his other wife Ganga) to fetch queens for her sons. Bhisma defeats all the kings and brings three princesses with him namely- Amba, Ambika and Ambalika. However, both the sons of Satyavati pass away before their wedding leaving no heir to the Kingdom. Satyavati asks Bhisma, but he refuses as he made a promise to his father Shantanu to never get married and to never become king. Having no option, Satyavati is forced to call Vyasa to father an heir to the Kingdom. But things don’t work out according to the plan. Ambika closes her eyes after seeing Vyasa and so her child Dhritarashtra is born blind. Ambalika on the other hand, turns yellow with fright and thus her son Pandu is born pale and is jaundiced. The third time, Ambika sends a maid instead of going herself. This time a normal son named Vidura is born. Thus, Vyasa is responsible for fathering three children and giving an heir to the Kuru kingdom. Later, it is the conflict between the sons of Pandu and Dhritarashtra that lead to the story of Mahabharata moving

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