Should I keep Mahabharata at home – or shouldn’t I?
Is is bad to keep Mahabharata at home?
Will keeping Mahabharata at home bring bad omen or luck to the family?
If your answer to any of the question is ‘Yes’ – then read ahead !
- Note: this article is a part of Debunking Common Indian Myths Series
Keeping Mahabharata at Home – Whats Wrong With People’s Perception?
A noble notion in typical Indian household says – keeping Mahabharata at home may lead to quarrel among siblings or rivalry within family.
So, should that be avoided ?
Well, libraries must be the forbidden fortes then as majority of novels and classics have both tragic and endearing plots. And if that be the assumption, I’ll stuff my shelves with books on Mathematics as merely keeping it will turn out my younger brother into a mathematical genius – that’s what I call bibliographical alchemy! With the similar logic, even Ramayana must observe a domestic outcast for it may result someone forcibly taking the wives away. And I wonder why every father in Church isn’t crucified eventually for they always keep Bible in hand. Let alone epics, why should I keep Premchand’s novel at home as I’ll end up as a sad or compromising family man in all likelihood?
The epic is moreover attributed to the restoration of dharma slaughtering all evils than bloodthirsty brothers.
If simply keeping books mean stories coming alive with you, then I should also scrap the personal copies of ‘Madhushala’ to abstain myself from alcoholic abuse, ‘Tamas’ shouldn’t find a space as it may lead to partition at home, I should shy away from ‘A Suitable Boy’ for the good marriage prospects of my yet-to-born daughter & Einstein’s biography must be kept at bay as I wouldn’t want my body part to be stored after my death.It's insane to call Mahabharata inauspicious & advising not to keep them at home Click To Tweet
I’ve 50+ Copies of This Epic At Home – Here’s Why
Mahabharata Is A Guiding Star
Epics & Scriptures have always been an integral part of Hinduism as a guiding star with philosophies and moral story drenched contents – and so is the Mahabharata. The epic is moreover attributed to the restoration of dharma slaughtering all evils than bloodthirsty brothers. No wonder that interpretations from a tunnel vision mind would always make an assertion like such which made an otherwise most revered epic its victim – a dogma. Try reading between the lines – this is what actually the epic begs.
Maharshi Vyasa Didn’t Write It With Any Ill Intention
Having said that, Maharshi Vyasa, in order to safeguard his Intellectual Property Rights didn’t cast a spell on this epic saying “he who owns Mahabharata in print will be doomed” – did he?
Bhagwad Gita – Where Did It Come From ?
And don’t we know of Bhagwad Gita, a must-keep-text at home has its umbilical cord tied with Mahabharata only? Imbibing nectar while hating the pot – isn’t it ?
Why Blame Mahabharata ?
Last but not the least, for most of the family feud & domestic violence held in India, I’d be eager to know that how many of them had Mahabharata at shelves?
Ponder you must before calling Mahabharata an inauspicious text to be kept at home. It is entirely a misconception which holds no merit.