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Ongoing Segment: The Mahabharata (3)

Updated: Nov 21, 2020

What is The Mahabharata? Read about this tale that the Hindu religion is based around (also the Ramayana) and learn more about the origins of the beauty and vibrance you can see in India.

The Hindu religion is one of the very many cultures represented by India. Every culture has its origins, and this religion is no different. I myself, being of Indian descent, find this topic especially intriguing. I hope you will too. Now, I will begin.

Bheema Goes to the Snake Kingdom

With King Pandu dead, the Pandavas lived in the same place as the Kauravas (Hastinapura). The Pandavas were better than the Kauravas in so many way, and the Kauravas knew it and envied them for that reason. This led to many fights, and to Duryodhana's first attempt to kill Bheema, his cousin. Just so you know, Duryodhana is the Kaurava we're going to be seeing the most. Anyway, Duryodhana invited all his brothers and cousins to a feast on his water pavilion. Remember, in this story they're still just children. Moving on, Duryodhana managed to slip poison into Bheema's food, and he passed out. When nobody was looking, Duryodhana bound Bheema in ropes and tossed him into the water.

Bheema fell to the bottom of the river, reaching the kingdom of snakes. A few snakes bit him, and that actually helped as an antidote to the poison. When Bheema woke up, he pushed the ropes and snakes out of the way, and went to see Vasuki, king of the Naga (serpent) world. At the Naga court, Bheema met a snake who was the great-grandfather of Kunti. Aryaka, for that was his name, was overjoyed to see his great-great-grandson, and told the snakes to give him food.

Back in Hastinapura, everyone was worried sick about Bheema! Kunti was crying her eyes out, and no one could manage to comfort her. But eight days after his disappearance, Bheema returned once more to his regular life. He told his brothers what had happened, and they advised him to be quiet about it, so he didn't say a thing.

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