Sunday, October 30, 2011

Mahabharata - 07 - Multi-stage development theory

1. Some scholars believe that Mahabharata has passed through three stages of development:
a. 8,800 verses - As per 1.2.131
b. 24,000 verses - As per 1.1.102
c. 100,000 verses - As per 1.1.101
2. Some believe that it was written by different people at different times and may have three beginnings
3. Some believe that it was Vyasa himself who was the composer but that he had revised it four times

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