Magical ‘Mahabharat’ to be re-telecast on DD Bharati from 12 noon today, more iconic shows promised!

Coronavirus Lockdown has become reason to bring the magic of iconic shows back on Doordarshan. The nostalgia of the 80s can now be relived with another iconic mythological TV show, BR Chopra’s Mahabharat. Doordarshan is reviving the old favorites from its Pandora’s box.

After Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan telecast on Doordarshan today, it is the turn of Mahabharat to be re-telecast on DD Bharati from today. The same was informed by Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar.

“Please tune in to @DDNational at 9 am & 9 pm to watch ‘Ramayan’ and @DDBharati at 12 noon and 7 pm to watch ‘Mahabharat’ today and everyday,” tweeted Mr Javadekar


The iconic TV serial was aired on the Doordarshan National during 1988-1990 and now it will be telecast on DD Bharati.

Yesterday with the announcement of the airing of ‘Ramayan,’ amid the countrywide 21-day lockdown, requests had started pouring in for a rerun of 80s’ DD shows like ‘Mahabharat’, ‘ByomkeshBakshi’, ‘Shaktiman,’ ‘Circus’ to name a few. In fact, they were trending on Twitter the entire week.

Prasar Bharati CEO Shashi Shekhar Vempati had also confirmed that they were “working on it” and one can expect “more iconic content” in the coming days.

“Stay tuned for more iconic content to come back on Doordarshan over the next few days as you relive the nostalgia while we observe the lockdown, staying home to save lives,” he tweeted.

Prasar Bharati CEO Shashi Shekhar Vempati

The eponymous epic ‘Mahabharat’ is composed of 94 episodes and will be telecast every day on DD Bharati. Two episodes will be telecasted every day starting from today at 12 noon and 7 pm.

Whereas Ramayan will be telecasted on Doordarshan every day in the morning at 9 am and another in evening at 9 pm.

Catch the DD Bharti channel numbers on different platforms as below

DD Bharati Channel Number on Dish TVChannel No.: 197
DD Bharati Channel Number on Airtel Digital TVChannel No.: 151
DD Bharati Channel Number on Tata SkyChannel No.: 1194
DD Bharati Channel Number on GTPLChannel No.: 404
DD Bharati Channel Number on Videocon D2HChannel No.: 480
DD Bharati Channel Number on Sun Direct DTHChannel No.: 326
DD Bharati Channel Number on Free DishChannel No.: 060
DD Bharati Channel Number on

Channel No.: 522
Channel No.: 281

If you plan to watch Mahabharat on smartphones, you will have to download Newsonair App from the link.

BR Chopra’s Mahabharat featured Nitish Bhardwaj as Krishna and Roopa Ganguly as Draupadi, with Gajendra Chauhan, Praveen Kumar, Arjun, Sameer Chitre and Sanjeev Chitre as the Pandavas, and Punit Issar playing Duryodhana. The show ran for almost 94 weeks starting from 2 October 1988 and ended on 24 June 1990.

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