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Elements of Poetry in the Mahabharata by Ram Karan Sharma (image of book cover)

Elements of Poetry in the Mahābhārata (Second Edition) by Ram Karan Sharma is a systematic analysis of similies, metaphors, and figures of speech in Sanskrit epic poetry.

This project is an extensive revision of Ram Karan Sharma's prior research on similies, metaphors, and figures of speech in the context of Sanskrit oral poetry. Dr. Sharma's earlier book Elements of Poetry in the Mahābhārata (Second Edition) covers selected books of the Mahābhārata. The current project, which began in 2005, is to create a complete concordance of images in the two great epics of India, the Rāmāyaṇa and the Mahābhārata.

The vast size of the combined epics makes computer analysis essential. The keyword files used for the grammatical analysis and lexical parsing of the Sanskrit texts can be downloaded by other researchers for use in their own work. The same keyword strategies can be used to find similar references in any Sanskrit corpus encoded in Unicode transliteration. It is our hope that these keyword files will be of use to the field.

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I.
Gods

1. The Gods (Deva) in general > Keywords | Lines (586 as of v. 4)
2. Indra > Keywords | Lines (907 as of v. 19)
3. Śiva > Keywords | Lines (61 as of v. 6)
4. Viṣṇu > Keywords | Lines (54 as of v. 3)
5. Brahmā > Keywords | Lines (55 as of v. 2)
6. The Aśvins > Keywords | Lines(26 lines as of v. 3)
7. Savitṛ > Keywords | Lines (8 as of v. 1)
8. Mitrāvaruṇā > Keywords | Lines (1 as of v. 1)
9. Kubera > Keywords | Lines (38 as of v. 1)
10, Kārtikeya > Keywords | Lines (20 as of v. 2)
11. Kāma > Keywords | Lines (18 as of v. 2)
12. Yama > Keywords | Lines (348 as of v. 2)

II.
Goddesses

1. Aditi > Keywords | Lines (5 as of v. 1)
2. Umā (see section I.3 on Śiva's family)
3. Śrī > Keywords | Lines (53 as of v. 1)
4. Ratī > Keywords | Lines (2 as of v. 1)
3. Kiṁnarī and Apsaras > Keywords | Lines (13 as of v. 1)

Topics

III. Sacrificial Objects (Yajña) > Keywords | Lines (53 as of v. 1)
IV. Fire (Agni) > Keywords | Lines (803 as of v. 6)
V. Sun (Sūrya) > Keywords | Lines (643 as of v. 7)
VI. Moon (Candra) > Keywords | Lines (276 as of v. 3)
VII. Planets (Graha) > Keywords | Lines (38 as of v. 2)
VIII. Comet (Dhūmaketu) > Keywords | Lines (6 as of v. 1)
IX.1. Constellations (Nakṣatra) > Keywords | Lines (26 as of v. 2)
IX.2. Stars (Tārā) > Keywords | Lines (6 as of v. 1)
X. The Earth (Pṛthivī) > Keywords | Lines (18 as of v. 1)