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The End of the Beginning

Vaisampayana was a student of Vyasa. He was the first person deputized by Vyasa to retell the epic Mahabharata, on this occasion to King Janmejaya, grandson of Parikshit, and great grandson of Abhimanyu, hence a descendant of the Pandavas. Since Parikshit was as yet unborn during the events of the Kurukshetra, it would seem that he would have little first hand knowledge of the events, and his mother Uttara, herself just a teenager, could not have been very much wiser.  Just as Janmejaya learnt his own family's history from the...

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