Mahabharat (1988 TV series)

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For the 2008 TV series produced by Balaji Telefilms, see Kahaani Hamaaray Mahaabhaarat Ki. For the 2013 Star Plus series produced by Swastik Pictures, see Mahabharat (2013 TV series).
Genre Indian legendary poetry
Based on Mahabharata
Directed by Ravi Chopra
Narrated by Harish Bhimani
Country of origin India
Original language(s) Hindi
No. of episodes 94
Producer(s) B. R. Chopra
Running time 45 minutes (approx)
Original channel DD National
Original run 2 October 1988 – 24 June 1990
Related shows Kahaani Hamaaray Mahaabhaarat Ki
Vishnu Puran

Mahabharat is an Indian television series based on the Hindu epic Mahabharata. The 94-episode Hindi series[1] originally ran from 2 October 1988 to 24 June 1990 on DD National.[2] It was produced by B. R. Chopra and directed by his son Ravi Chopra . The music was composed by Rajkamal. Each episode was approximately 45 minutes. Costumes of the series were provided by Maganlal Dresswala.[3]

It was shown in the United Kingdom by the BBC, where it achieved audience figures of 5 million.[4][5] It was also the first programme broadcast on BBC2 after its 1991 revamp,[6] but had also been shown late at night on BBC 1 the previous year.[7] It has also been shown on FBC TV in Fiji and Star Utsav. Dubbed versions were aired in Tamil, Telugu, and Indonesian in the early 1990s.

According to production team member Kishore Malhotra, the total cost of producing the series was INR90000000 (US$1.5 million).[8] It was aired in the Sunday morning time slot.


List of episodes[edit]

  1. Introduction of Kuru Family, Raja Bharat and Raja Shantanu
  2. Ganga kills her sons
  3. Bhishma is grown-up
  4. Bhisma Pratigya/Iccha Mrityu Vardaan
  5. Amba, Ambika and Ambalika's Introduction
  6. Birth of Pandu, Dhritarashtra and Vidhur
  7. Karna's birth-story, Dhritarashtra and Gandhari get married and Pandu and Kunti get married
  8. Madri is gifted to Pandu, Pandu is resting and Sage Kindama's curse on Pandu
  9. Dhritarashtra is king his sanyas and Kansa is king and Akashwani about Krishna
  10. Birth of Balarama and Five Pandavas
  11. Krishna Janma
  12. Pootna's death
  13. Krishna brahmand darshan and Krishna gets caught while stealing makhan
  14. Maiya Mori Mai nahi makhan khayo and Kaliya Nag Tandav
  15. Radha and Gopikas, protest against Mathura, Devakasur and Trulambasur Vadh
  16. Kansa invites Krishna to Mathura
  17. Kansa vadh
  18. Pandu's death
  19. Satyavati, Ambika, Ambalika take sanyas with Rishi Vyas
  20. Duryodhan poisons Bhim and Bhim gets strength of 1000 elephants
  21. Sudama's chivda and Dron arrives to Hastinapur
  22. Shastra Pooja, Drona insults Karna and Arjun's Test
  23. Ekalavya, Karna's Education, Arjun's test of Bird's eye
  24. All grown up, prince is to be nominated and everyone exhibit their skills in Rangbhoomi, Karna challenges Arjun and Duryodhan gives Anga desh to Karna
  25. Drona's guru dakshina to capture Dhrupad
  26. Krishna gets Sudarshan chakra from Parshuram, defeats Jarasandh and orders building Dwarika
  27. Yudhishthir is crowned as prince. Rukmini is being forced to marry Shishupal
  28. Krishna kidnaps Rukmini
  29. Lakshagraha is built in Varnavar by Purochan
  30. Tunneling in Varnavat begins
  31. Escape from Lakshagraha
  32. Hidimb Vadh and Bhima's marriage.
  33. Bakasur Vadh
  34. Dristadyumna & Draupadi Birth and Draupadi Swayamvar
  35. Arjun wins Draupadi and later she became the wives of 5 Pandavas
  36. Pandav leave from Panchal to Hastinapur
  37. Pandavas arrives at Hastinapur and kingdom is divided
  38. Pandav get Khandavprastha
  39. Coronation of Yudhirsthir, Khandavprastha becomes Indraprastha
  40. Arjun runs away with Subhadra
  41. Arjun weds Subhadra. Arjun gets Devdatta conch and Gandiv and Bhim gets his Gada
  42. Jarasandh Vadh, Rajsuya Yagnya begins, Shishupals Story
  43. Rajsuya Yagya, Shishupal Vadh
  44. Vyas predicts war, Draupadi laughs at Duryodhan
  45. Pandavas go to Hastinapur to Gamble
  46. Yudhirshthir loses everything
  47. Vastraharan of Draupadi
  48. Pandavas Get Back Everything
  49. Re-match of Dyut
  50. Vanvas Begins
  51. Gandharvas Catch Duryodhan
  52. Arjun worships Lord Indra and Lord Shiva for Divyastra and gets Pashupatastra
  53. Krishna's story of one grain of rice, Bhim meets Ghatotkach and Hanuman, Arjun learns dance from Chitrasen
  54. Arjun gets curse of impotency from Urvashi, Abhimanyus as a kid, Jayadraths head is shaved
  55. Story of poisoned water and Yaksha, Abhimanyu is grown-up
  56. Agyatvas in Matsya desh
  57. Karna's curse, Draupadi as Maid Sairandhri rejects Keechak
  58. Keechak Vadh by Bheema
  59. Kaurav attack Matsya desh
  60. Viraat yudh and clothes for Uttaras dolls
  61. Abhimanyu's marriage and Pandavs decide to send a doot to Hastinapur
  62. Dhritarashtra does not agree and sends Sanjay
  63. Duryodhan gets Narayani Sena from Krishna
  64. Krishna goes to hastinapur as shanti doot
  65. Krishna tooks Virat Avtar and Indra takes Karna's kawach kundala
  66. Karna's Identity is disclosed
  67. Vidur resigns as a prime minister, Kunti meets Karna
  68. Sanjay gets divya drishti, Ulluk goes to Pandavs
  69. Shalya becomes Karna's Sarathi
  70. Shikhandi's Story
  71. Arjun worships Goddess Durga, rules of war laid
  72. Kurukshetra war begins and Arjun drops his weapons, Geeta saar begins
  73. Geeta Saar continues
  74. Geeta Saar continues and Krishna shows his Maha-Avtaar
  75. Yudhishthir gets blessings, Yuyutsu changes side and war begins, Abhimanyu faces Bhishma
  76. Uttar dies, Arjun faces Bhishma and day 2 begins
  77. Arjun is unstoppable, 3rd is over, 4th day begins, Bhim is surrounded, 10 Kauravs are killed, Krishna takes out his sudarshan
  78. 9th day is over and 16 kauravs are dead, Bhisma tells Arjun how to take him out of the war
  79. Bhishma lies on the Bed of Arrows, Karna meets Bhisma
  80. Day 11, Dron tries to capture Yudhishthir but is unsuccessful, Shantanu comes to Bhishma
  81. Chakra Vyuh planned, Duryodhan promises Susharma
  82. Abhimanyu Vadh
  83. Arjun vows to kill Jayadrath and Story about Jayadraths Curse
  84. Arjun breaks Kamal Vyuh to get to Jayadrath
  85. Jayadrath Vadh
  86. Ghatotkach dies
  87. Drona dies
  88. Dushasana dies and Karna fights with Arjun, Krishna puts the rath in the land so that Arjun is saved
  89. Karna's curse, Karna Dies
  90. Shakuni dies, Yudhishthir curses all woman kind and Duryodhan becomes iron bodied
  91. Balaram arrives, Bhim-Duryodhan Gada Yudh
  92. Duryodhan Dies, Ashwathama, Krip and Kritvarma remain, Parikshit's story
  93. Dhritarashtra tries to kill Bhim
  94. Yudhisthir becomes King of Hastinapur, Bhishma dies


  1. ^ "B.R. Chopra (Indian filmmaker) – Britannica Online Encyclopedia". Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  2. ^ McLain, Karline (2009). India's immortal comic books: gods, kings, and other heroes. Indiana University Press. p. 46. ISBN 978-0-253-22052-3. 
  3. ^ "Behind the scenes: Dress designers to actors & deities". The Tribune. April 20, 2003. Retrieved June 2, 2013. 
  4. ^ Epic Hindi Language Series Mahabharat Launches Exclusively on Rogers OMNI Television Channels In Ontario and British Columbia
  5. ^ The Returned: how British TV viewers came to lose their fear of subtitles
  6. ^ "The TV Room". The TV Room. 16 February 1991. Retrieved 2010-09-01. 
  7. ^ "The TV Room". The TV Room. Retrieved 2010-09-01. 
  8. ^ Mahabharat Ki Mahabharat: The Making of B.R. Chopra's "Mahabharat"

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