8 Artworks that depict the characters of Mahabharata

  • Statue of Lord Krishna and Arjuna, RishikeshRemember watching the television series, Mahabharat? Well, interesting characters and stories of this mythological program kept us glued to the screen. It depicted the political structure of the society which led to the battle between the Pandavas and Kauravas in Kurukshetra for the throne of Hastinapura. It also enlightened us with the concept of the ‘liberation of soul’ through the conversation between Lord Krishna and Arjuna. Other significant characters of this epic were Karna, Draupadi, Bhima, Yudhishthira, Shakuni, Bhishma, Abhimanyu, Ashwatthama and Duryodhana. Narrated by Ved Vyasa and written by Lord Ganesha, the ancient epic of Mahabharata is now inspiring filmmakers as well. We will soon see it on the big screen.

    1. The monument of Bhima Ratha at Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu

    Bhima ratha2. Statue of Arjuna in the Botanic Garden, Bali

    Statue of Arjuna, Bali3. The Pancha Rathas displaying rock-cut architecture, Mahabalipuram

    Panch rathas4. Statue of Lord Krishna and Arjuna at Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

    Statue of Lord Krishna and Arjuna, Rishikesh5. Bas-relief depicting a scene of Mahabharata, Tamil Nadu

    Bas relief, Mahabalipuram6. The Arjuna Ratha in the Pancha Rathas complex at Mahabalipuram

    Arjuna ratha7. Carvings of the Kurukshetra battle in Cambodia

    Carving of the Kurukshetra battle, Cambodia8. Krishna and Arjuna statues in Mahabharata monument of Jakarta, Indonesia

    Krishna and Arjuna statues, Indonesia