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ADI PARVA

ADI PARVA

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THE
MAHABHARATA
OF
KRISHNA-DWAIPAYANA
VYASA
Translated
into
English
prose
from
the
original
Sanskrit
Text.
BY
PRATAP
CHANDRA
ROY,
C.
I.
E.
VOL
I
ADI
PARVA
ORIENTAL
PUBLISHING
CO.
11D,
SURENDRALAL
PYNE
LANE
CALCUTTA-12
 
THE
MAHABHARATA
ADI
PARVA
 
PREFACE
TOTHE
NEW
EDITION
This
publication
of
the
new
edition
of
the
English
version
of
the
"Mahabharata"
is
now
taken
in
hand.
The
first
edition
of
this
work
was
brought
out
long,
long
ago
by
late
Mr.
Pratap
Chandra
Roy,
C.I.E.
His
was
the
object
inspired
by
noble
patriotism,
in
as
much
as
all
the
copies
of
his
edition
were
intended
for
free
distribution.
But,
unfortu-
nately,
this
noble
object
failedof
its
purpose
and
that
to
the
nauseating
vileness
of
many
of
the
recipients
of
his
charity,
who
took
advantage
of
Pratap
Babu'snoble
simplicity,
they
having
sold
out
their
copies
fora
money
value.
It
is
highly
regrettable
that
many
a
golden
undertaking
had
this
way
beensmothered
out
of
existence.
The
result
was,the
work
was
priced
atRs.
50/-
per
copy.
People
who
thirsted
after
the
knowledge
ofthis
mighty
Mahabharata
had
no
opportunity
of
going
through
it
at
all,
for
the
first
edition
consisted
of
a
very
few
copies
only.
The
mantle
of
Mr.
Roy
then
fell
upon
late
Mr.
Manmatha
Nath
Datta,
M.A.,
who,
too,
made
an
earnest
attempt
at
the
publication
of
an
English
Mahabharata
but
alas
!
he
was
called
away
before
the
completion
of
his
huge
literary
venture.
Now-a-days
Englishhas
become
the
world
language
a
language
spoken
and
understood
by
almost
all.
The
culture
of
Sanskrit
in
which
the
original
Mahabharata
is
clothed
is
now
confined
within
the
coterie
of
a
few
Brahmin
Pandits
in
India.
Again,
the
Westerners
are
quitestrangers
to
Sanskrit
language,
though
theyshould
be
enabled
to
have
at
least
a
peep
into
this
vast
store
of
world's
knowledge.
These
are
the
considerations
whichhave
prompted
us
into
bringing
out
piece-
meal
this
new
edition
of
Mr.
Roy's
Mahabharata.
In
order
to
bring
the
work
within
the
easy
reach
of
every
one,
the
price
of
the
present
edition
has
been
made
as
low
as
possible.
In
view
of
the
prohibitive
price
of
paper
it
is
a
venturesome
attempt
to
bring
out
now
a
huge
work
like
this.
But
many
a
little
makes
a
mickle.
It
is
our
confident
belief
that
the
unstinted
support
of
thereading
public
is
sure
to
carry
us
successfully
through
this
onerous
task.
Why,
is
there
any
other
country
which
can
boast
of
a
work
such
as
this
our
Mahabharata,
the
stupendous
ocean
of
all-embracing
knowledge
?
Even
the
most
renowned
classical
works
of
the
West
pale
into
insignificance,
when
weighed
against
this
wonderful
production
which
shows
the
high
water-
mark
of
Indian
civilisation.
To
be
patriotic
is
to
be
proud
of
the
past
glories
of
one's
own
country.
It
is
therefore
hoped
that
no
Indian
with
a
spark
of
patriotism
in
him
will
tighten
his
purse-strings
against
this
laudable
object
of
taking
to
the
doors
of
the
West
this
glorious
fruit
of
the
brilliant
civilisationof
that
pre-historic
age.
D.
N.
Bose
Publisher

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