Telugu Mahābhārata. Udyōga Parva

Vīrarāghavakavi, Kōṭikalapūḍi, 1663-1712

This work was written on a palm-leaf manuscript (dried palm leaves were used as a medium for writing in South Asia). There is a total of 143 palm leaves in the manuscript. Each leaf is roughly 35mm x 430mm and is inscribed on both sides. There are also two holes in each leaf and the leaves are bound together with a cord running through the two holes and the whole manuscript is encased with wooden ends. Rounded scripts (such as Telugu) were used on palm-leaf manuscripts because angular letters split the leaves.
This manuscript contains the Udyōga parva (The book of Effort), the fifth parva of the Mahābhārata. The Udyōga parva covers the efforts to engender peace among the warring brothers: the Kauravas and the Pandavas.

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