Mahabharata : Social Norms, Systems, Traditions and Beliefs

Mahabharata : Social Norms, Systems, Traditions and Beliefs is a compilation of the contents appearing in the great epic Mahabharata on these topics. The broader topics covered are:

  • Marriage,
  • Wife,
  • Husband,
  • Children,
  • Grihastha (Family person),
  • Women,
  • Deva karya & Pitru karya,
  • Offering flower, smoke (dhoopa) and lamp,
  • Other norms & beliefs, and
  • Miscellaneous

The compilation has further sub-topics under which the passages are sorted & included. is not exhaustive in the sense that every para appearing in the great epic is not included here for the sake of limiting the size of this document. But still most of the key or representative passages have been compiled here. The contents are from Mahabharata excluding the Bhagavad Gita.

I have extracted these contents from my other comprehensive & unique work on Mahabharata called MahabharataSpectroscope. (See Whereas the material in that was included in the order in which it appears in the original epic, in this compilation I have grouped them by meaningful Topics & Sub-topics thus making it much more useful to the student/scholar of this subject.

I hope the readers will find the document of some use in their study on these topics.

You can download the PDF here: (1.62 MB; 52 Pages)

Social norms & Traditions

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