Publisher: Harvard University Press (January 5, 2016)
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Kirātārjunīya, or Arjuna and the Hunter, is without doubt one of the nice court docket epics of the Sanskrit literary canon. Written by means of the sixth-century poet Bharavi, it's also the 1st and such a lot impressive reinterpretation of a pivotal episode within the Mahābhārata, India’s historical epic. The warrior Arjuna travels to the Himalayas to accomplish penance and win a boon from the god Shiva that would aid his brothers, the Pandavas, conquer their enemies in righteous warfare. showing within the guise of a hunter, Shiva checks Arjuna’s braveness in wrestle, eventually unearths himself, and bestows upon the hero an invincible weapon.In Bharavi’s palms, the episode is became a masterful contemplation of heroic motion, moral behavior, ascetic self-discipline, and spiritual devotion―core values in India’s classical civilization and enduring issues in Indian literature. however the poem’s reputation rests notably on its aesthetic success. With its dependent, epigrammatic verse, robust imagery, dramatic speeches, and vibrant descriptions, Arjuna and the Hunter, now made on hand for the 1st time in an entire English translation and followed through the Sanskrit unique within the Devanagari script, will dazzle and flow modern readers no much less powerfully than its first courtly connoisseurs.