Can anyone tell a good book of Mahabharata in English version?

The one I know is The Mahabharata: Complete and Unabridged (10 volumes) by Bibek Debroy (www.exoticindiaart.com)

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Are there any other versions available?

I know this is a meta question but don't have enough reputation to ask in meta.


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A good English version translation is by Kisari Mohan Ganguli. It is complete scannable and full translation.

You can download it here.


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    I wouldn't necessarily call the Ganguli translation the best; the Debroy translation is often better. But the Debroy translation is under copyright. May 22, 2016 at 12:44
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    @KeshavSrinivasan oh! you are right... there cannot be best translation...english language can't match beauty of Sanskrit verses.... the best is just to understand directly from Sanskrit... so I edited answer and write 'A good translation"
    – Tezz
    May 22, 2016 at 13:07
  • Haha I'm not saying anything that profound. Obviously some translations of a Sanskrit work will be better than other translations, so there will be a best translation. I'm just saying that arguably the Debroy translation is the best. May 22, 2016 at 13:09

Here are some book recommendations by Shatavadhani Dr. R Ganesh from his YouTube video How do I get into the world of Mahabharata? Where do I start?

  1. Mahabharata by C. Rajagopalachari
  2. Mahabharata by Kamala Subramaniam
  3. The Mahabharata by Dr. N.V.R. Krishnamacharya

A couple of free online translations:

  1. Kisari Mohan Ganguli's translation at sacred-texts.com

    • Unabridged, but this is from 1896 so uses archaic English ('thou art', 'thou hast' etc.)
  2. hinduscriptures.com

    • Unabridged, verse by verse translation. Not sure who the author or publisher is - the website ingeniously removed all those details!
  • the links are not working
    – Biju jose
    Apr 1, 2020 at 14:13
  • SE replaces amazon.com links with special referral links but this appears to be broken now. Fixed the links now. @Bijujose Apr 1, 2020 at 21:21

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