- Ugrasrava Sauti
"Reference: Mahabharata 1.1"
Ugrasrava Sauti was the narrator of the epic
Mahābhārata. Ugrasrava Sauti, like sage Vaisampayana, was the disciple of Krishna Dwaipayana Vyasa, the author of Mahābhārata. Ugrasrava Sauti was the son of Lomaharshana. He belonged to the Sutacaste. The entire Mahābhārata epic was structured as a dialog between Ugrasrava Sauti (the narrator) and sage Saunaka (the listener). The narration ("Bharata") of the history of Bharata kings by sage Vaisampayanato Kuru king Janamejayawas embedded within this narration of Ugrasrava Sauti. Vaisampayana's narration ("Jaya") in turn contains the narration of Kurukshetra Warby Sanjaya, to Kuru king Dhritarashtra. Thus Mahābhāratahas as a Story within a storystructure.
Mbh (1:1):- Ugrasrava, the son of Lomaharshana, surnamed Sauti, well-versed in the
Puranas, bending with humility, one day approached the great sages of rigid vows, sitting at their ease, who had attended the twelve year sacrifice of Saunaka, surnamed Kulapati, in the forest of Naimisha. Those ascetics wanted him to narrate some story. He narrates Mahābhāratacreated by Krishna Dwaipayana Vyasa, which was formerly recited in full by Vaisampayanaat the sacrifice of the high-souled royal sage Janamejaya.
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