The Mahabharat depicts sibling rivalry, diplomatic manoeuvring and shifting of human values. It climaxes in a direct confrontation on the battlefield of Kurukshetra, between five sons of King Pandu (Pandavas) and hundred sons of King Dhritarastra (Kauravas). It is a tale of war between brothers – between sons and fathers; students and teachers.
It marks the end of Dvapar Yuga (an era of moral lifes of values and principles) and the commencement of Kal Yuga (an era of selfishness, deceit and immorality).
The Mahabharat is divided into eighteen books or chapters (called Parvas):