|Episode 98 - Epilogue 1: The Beginning - Lawrence Manzo|
This is the first of two episodes that take us from the death of the Pandavas down to the Snake Sacrifice, held by Arjun's great-grandson. We skimmed over this back at the beginning of the podcast, because back then we were unfamiliar with who all these people were. But now it makes sense to bring it around to the beginning again. Not much is recorded about the life of Parikshit. We only know about how he died, and the many snakes and Rishis who were involved in the process
Keywords: Astika; Jaratkaru; Parikshit; Srngn; Vasuki
|Episode 99 - Epilogue 2: The Snake Sacrifice - Lawrence Manzo|
This is the final piece that brings us around, back to the beginning. We covered some of this territory before, back in Episode 2, but at the time, it was hard to explain that Parikshit was Arjun's grandson and that Takshaka had an ancient feud with the dynasty going back to the fire at the Khandava Forest. Also, back then we were anxious to get going with the story itself, and all the digressions with angry brahmins and talking snakes only made things confusing at the time...
Keywords: Astika; Janemejaya; Parikshit; Takshaka; Ugrashravas; Vaishampayana; Vasuki