The Kuru Dynasty in the Mahabharata

My 12 year-old daughter and I are reading the Mahabharata together. I made this diagram to help us remember the characters. Click on the image to enlarge.  Please let me know if I have made any mistakes and I will correct them.

See my other posts on the Mahabharata here.


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11 responses to “The Kuru Dynasty in the Mahabharata

  1. Excellent idea.

    Peter Brooks did an excellent teleplay of the Mahabharata. If i remember correctly its well over 4, or maybe even 5 hours.

  2. What translation are you using with your daughter?

  3. Wow! Your really good at this kind of stuff.
    I am a big fan of J.R.R.Tolkien’s Middle Earth history with all its characters, don’t suppose you want to make a diagram of all those characters, huh? 🙂

    I’ll be honest I have no clue about Mahabharata, but you have, indeed, kindled my curiosity.

  4. @ john zande,
    Yeah, I just posted my bibliography — you’ll see it there – thanx, I’ve heard it is good. I want my daughter use to the plot, the ideas and the damn sanskrit names before she sees it! 🙂

    @ console,
    Bhoothalingam, Mathuram. Sons of Pandu. Dolton Publications, 1966. (Amazon, 122 pg). See my bibliography I just reposted.

    I am starting with Bhoothalingam’s short, illustrated version and then I have goals of some other interesting versions in the future for my daughter (and me) including: Pattanaik, Devdutt. Jaya: an illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata and Amar Chitra Katha’s comic series (just bought them).

    Personally, I’ve only read Buck’s retelling before this, though living in India, I heard and saw pieces of it all the time.

    Why do you ask. Do share — what are your exposures?

  5. @ Called,
    Thanx! It is fun. Yeah, Tolkien apparently needs the same. If you search google images for “Tolkien chart” or “Tolkien character” you may find what you like. I’ve not read or watched Tolkien yet — tried when I was younger but it was too much for me then. They say Dostoyevsky’s “The Brothers Karamazov” can be the same.

    Maybe when someone makes a religion from those stories, I’ll read them. 😉

  6. I have read a majority of both Tolkien and Dostoyevsky.

    I am a pretty avid fan of Tolkien’s books, so much so, I may just take you up on your idea, and make a religion out of it yet. 🙂
    Tolkienanity: followers of Tolkien; the creator and messiah. May Tolkien bless you all or send you to Mordor. 😉

  7. Sabio… definitely finish the text first. Fortunately, the actors are fantastic and the mystic nature of their performances shouldn’t ruin what impressions she forms from reading the hymns first.

  8. @Sabio

    I haven’t read any Asian literature. My intentions when I have the money and time is to read the great literary, religious, and philosophical works of China, India, Japan, and Middle Eastern Literature.

  9. @ consoled,
    Well, I can recommend Buck’s version of the Mahabharata but I will be reading two more versions in the future. So ask me again when you want to get one.
    The Mahabharata is essentially a story about a war. But over thousands of years, it had hundreds of other subplots, sermons and morals glued in its pages so that the story became a vehicle for other folk info — THAT is the very best part of the Mahabharata to me.

  10. Very interesting site, and I hope your year of reading this great epic to your daughter has been rewarding. Couldn’t help noticing that you have Kripa and Kripi as Drona’s children on your genealogy; I believe Asvatthama was his son by the sage Kripacharya’s sister, Kripi.

  11. Bvk

    Kripa kripi are not children of drona. Kripi is wife of drona and kripa is Brother of kripi

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