8 Artworks that depict the characters of Mahabharata

April 12, 2017
“Whatever actions are performed by a man under whatever circumstances, he gets the fruits of those actions under whatever circumstances they may be performed."

Remember 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 the 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 Ratha at Mahabalipuram

2. Statue of Arjuna in the Botanic Garden, Bali

Botanic Garden, Bali

3. The Pancha Rathas displaying rock-cut architecture, Mahabalipuram

Pancha Rathas

4. Statue of Lord Krishna and Arjuna at Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

Lord Krishna and Arjuna at Rishikesh

5. Bas-relief depicting a scene of Mahabharata, Tamil Nadu

Bas-relief depicting a scene of Mahabharata

6. The Arjuna Ratha in the Pancha Rathas complex at Mahabalipuram

Arjuna Ratha in the Pancha Rathas

7. Carvings of the Kurukshetra battle in Cambodia

Kurukshetra battle in Cambodia

8. Krishna and Arjuna statues in Mahabharata monument of Jakarta, Indonesia

Krishna and Arjuna statues in Mahabharata monument of Jakarta