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Arjuna is the third among five pandavas and better known as the best in Archery. Also known for acquaintance with Shri Krishna which resulted in the famous Bhagavad Gita dialogue.

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How much time did Sri Krishna take to preach Gita to Arjuna?

Just imagine you are on the battlefield, the two armies facing each other eager to strike. Everyone is agitated and in the midst of this chaos the knowledge of Geeta is being sermonized. It will ...
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Why did Arjuna forget the Bhagavad Gita?

In the Mahabharata, it's mentioned that Arjuna forgot the Bhagavad Gita which was once heard in the war field from Lord Krishna. Bhagavad Gita is one of the greatest messages or advices from Lord ...
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When did Chandra defeat the Asuras with Arjuna's chariot?

As I discuss in this answer, the Adi Parva of the Mahabharata describes how Agni the fire god once needed to consume the Khandava forest in order to get over a malady, but Indra kept using rainstorms ...
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What scriptures describe the origin of Arjuna's monkey flag?

In the Mahabharata, Arjuna is frequently described as Kadipdhvaja, or the one who has a monkey flag. In the popular imagination, this flag is associated with Hanuman. And this association does have ...
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Why did moha (disillusion) arise in Arjuna only before the Kurukshetra war in Mahabharata but not the previous battles?

Why did moha (disillusion) arise in Arjuna in the battle of Mahabharata, why didn't the same thing (disillusion) happen to him when Duryodhana & co. attacked King Virata during the agyatvasa of ...
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How strong lord krishna and Arjuna's friendship was?

We all know when Arjuna became confused as he faced his relatives on the battlefield, he turned to his friend and chariot-driver for help. Because Arjuna had such a friendly rapport with the Lord, his ...
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Various appellations of Arjuna and their significance

Arjuna has been referred to, using various names in the Mahabharata epic. Sri Krishna often used the name Partha/Kaunteya, when referring to Arjuna,as it originated from the name of Sri Krishna's ...
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Was Arjuna left-handed?

Was Arjuna left-handed in his warrior skills? What about other great warriors of the epics like Karna, Bhishma, Drona, Rama and Laxmana? Will left-handedness or right-handedness ever matter in ...
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Why couldn't or why didn't Lord Rama withdraw his Brahmastra when Arjuna could?

There are a few instances in Ramayana about Lord Rama firing Brahmastra weapons but couldn't withdraw it saying that a Brahmastra weapon never goes waste, but we see in Mahabharata that Arjuna while ...
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Did Sri Krishna really show Viswarupa Darshan to Arjuna or was it merely a projection of Arjuna's mind?

Majority of the people misunderstood the Vishwarupa Darshanam, as narrated in Srimad Bhagavad Gita. When Arjuna asked Sri Krishna to show his Divine form (द्रष्टुमिच्छामि ते रूपमैश्वरं पुरुषोत्तम), ...
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Karna pushing Arjuna's chariot by two steps

During the fight between Arjuna and Karna in the Kurukshetra war, Karna's chariot moved backwards by more than 7 steps when Arjuna's arrow hit the chariot, while Arjuna's chariot moved backwards by ...
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What is the Pashupatastra? Did Arjuna use it in the Kurukshetra war?

What is the Pashupatastra? Why did Lord Shiva get it in first place? Did Arjuna really use it in the Kurukshetra war? If he didn't, why did he get it from Lord Shiva? Was it the all-knowing Krishna ...
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Why Arjuna did not attain moksha/mukti despite the upadesha of GeetA?

GeetA is considered to be the "moksha shAstra" mainly by the vedantins and they have also conferred it the title or Gitopanishad. It also forms the core of Vedanta as it is the part of the prasthana ...
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What were the banners of famous warriors from the Mahabharata?

It is very well known that Arjuna had ape bannered chariot (Kapi dhwaja). Lord Hanuman sat on the flag post of the Arjuna in the Kurukshetra war. It has been referred in the Mahabharata many times. ...
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Why did Lord Krishna end Karna's life in such a way?

Karna was the only person who was able to defeat Arjuna. Karna was stronger and kinder than Arjuna, but still he got an undeserved death at the hands of Arjuna,on the advice of Lord Krishna. What is ...
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Did Indra know Krishna as Avatar of Lord Vishnu?

After Govardana Hill incident, did Indra know that Krishna was Incarnation of Lord Vishnu? If He knew Krishna as Avatar of Lord Vishnu after that incident, why did Indra fight with Krishna when ...
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Why did Vishnu want to see Krsna and Arjuna?

As discussed in this question, Krsna and Arjuna go to Svetadvipa to retrieve the Brahmana's sons. Now when they reach there, Vishnu says this (of all the beautiful words he could say): I brought ...
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How many years was Arjuna in Svarga?

According to the Indraloka Gamana Parva, Vana Parva, Mahabharata, when Arjuna goes to Svarga during his 13 years exile before the war, he lived there for five years. Now if we take this calculation in ...
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In Mahabharata does Krishna advise Arjuna to use Shikhandi as a shield against Bhishma?

Does Krishna advise Arjuna to use Shikhandi as a shield against Bhishma? If yes, in which part of Bhishmaparva? I am reading Kisari Mohan Ganguli´s version of Mahabharata. But I couldn't find the ...
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What are the boons got by Kunti from Karna?

EXPLANATION : I ask this qusetion because of confusion about kunti getting a boon from karna The boon was karna should not kill the pandavas except arjuna and karna should not use same astra twice ...
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Did Lord Krishna really consume alcohol?

In a website, I found a verse supposedly from the Mahabharata where Lord Krishna drinks alcohol along with Arjuna: उभौ मध्वासवक्षिप्तावुभौ चन्दनरूषितौ । स्रग्विनौ वरवस्त्रौ तौ दिव्याभरणभूषितौ ॥ ...
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How could Satyaki have defeated Karna so many times?

Misconception about the help of divine chariot. Since Karna fans like to cover up the facts and hide the true story about his defeats by saying that Satyaki had a special chariot given to him and a ...
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Which was the red sea that the Pandavs visited on their journey to attain Swarga?

The Book 17: Mahaprasthanika Parva Section I mentions the Pandavs visiting a red-sea. This is where Arjun returned his divine bow and arrows to the Lord of the Ocean: Setting themselves on Yoga, ...
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What was the chat between Lord Krishna and Arjuna in Kurukshetra when Yudhishthira insulted Arjuna's Gandiva?

When Yudhisthira once insulted Arjuna and his bow Gandiva, Arjuna tried to kill Yudhishthira because he had a vow that if anyone spoke badly about his Gandiva then he will kill that person. Lord ...
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What is the story of Arjuna's previous birth sage Nara fighting with the Gandiva bow?

In the Vana Parva of the Mahabharata, Shiva disguises himself as a hunter and fights with Arjuna. Finally Shiva reveals himself, and tells Arjuna about Arjuna's past birth as the sage Nara: Thou ...
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Do scriptures talk about some men not having nipples? [closed]

In his book Jaya, Devdutt Patanaik mentions the following: (From: Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata By Devdutt Pattanaik) So my questions are: Is there any scriptural references to ...
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Was the time temporarily stopped by Lord Krishna during Geeta upadesham?

The narration of Geeta took place just when Arjuna refused to fight the battle and was becoming emotionally weak. How did it happen that everyone waited until the whole Geeta of 18 chapters was ...
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Is Vishnu present in the current time?

I am very excited because yesterday I was viewing a Geeta shloka from a Mahabharata video present on YouTube. In the shloka, Krishna says to Arjuna: Partha, every time, you and me are present on ...
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Soul (Atma) of Arjuna

It is said that Nara-Narayana sages were born as Arjuna and Krishna respectively. But at the same time Arjuna is biological son of Indra. Also it is said that Draupadi is incarnation of wives of ...
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Abhimanyu's death: Was he destined to die at a young age?

It is known that Abhimanyu, son of Arjuna, was killed during the Chakra Vyuh (a.k.a Padmavyuha) in the war. Why did he die? Why couldn't Lord Krishna save him? Was he destined to die in this way?
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Who is Krishna's friend Vijaya?

In this chapter of the Ashwamedha Parva of the Mahabharata, Krishna brings Abhimanyu's son Parikshit back to life, after he is born stillborn as a result of Ashwatthama's Brahmastra (which I discuss ...
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Why was Lord Krishna named 'Krishna'?

Before the birth of Lord Krishna, was anyone else named Krishna? How did the name Krishna come into usage and why was the Lord named Krishna? EDIT: Why Arjuna was also addressed sometimes as ...
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War between Karna and Arjuna - Mahabharata

I have seen many people tell that before the Kurukshetra war in Mahabharata, no war was fought between Karna and Arjuna. But some people also tell that there had been various wars between Karna and ...
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Why was only Arjuna referred as "Partha", but not Yudhishtira or Bheema?

As per wikipedia article, Arjuna was also called 'Partha' because he was son of Kunti (Pritha). Why could not Yudhishtira/Bheema be called by this name?
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Why Urvashi has given Arjuna the curse of being impotent?

Why Urvashi has given Arjuna the curse of being impotent? is it true? If yes then what is the reason behind the curse?
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Was there a battle between lord Krishna and Arjun in Mahabharat?

Krishna battles Arjuna here is the story about the battle between lord Krishna and Arjun in Mahabharat. But i am not sure whether this is right or wrong information. So i like to know whether any ...
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Why did Arjuna marry his cousin sister Subhadra going against the Smriti?

Arjuna married Subhadra. Even Dharmaraja Yudhisthira did not oppose the cousin marriage. Krishna actively supported it. However, Dharmashastras do not support cousin marriage for North Indians Cross-...
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Did arjuna violate the celibacy clause in his 12 year exile?

I read the following thing in the accepted answer to Where was Arjuna for 12 years when he was exiled?. So the five brothers made a rule that they would spend time with Draupadi in turn and no one ...
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When and how did Arjuna's Chariot bursts into flames?

When and how did Arjuna's Chariot bursts into flames? Who had burnt out Arjuna's Chariot? What happened to Hanuman who was sitting on the flag of this Chariot?
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What sort of questions perplexed Prince Arjuna before the start of the Mahabharata War

Prince Arjuna was one of the greatest Kshatriyas(warrior) of the Mahabharata epic. The prelude to the Mahabharata War, was a a dynastic succession tangle, between two groups of cousins(the Kauravas ...
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How and when did Arjuna conquer sleep?

Arjuna is also known as Gudakesha meaning The one who has conquered sleep and who is not affected by sleep. From B.G. 10.20 अहं आत्मा गुडाकेश सर्व भूतस्य स्थितः अहं अदिश्च् मध्यंच ...
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Karna in Kurukshetra war with Arjuna

Did Karna ever spare Arjuna's life in Kurushetra? Or he only spared other four pandavas' lives but never Arjun?
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Does the word "Indrajāla" (Indra's net) have any connection to the god Indra?

Does the Sanskrit word Indrajāla (Indra's net) have any connection to Indra or Arjuna? Has this word been used in any Hindu scripture? If so in what context? This Sanskrit dictionary suggests the ...
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Did Arjuna really win against the Kauravas all alone in Virata Kingdom Battle

Lately I have grown interest in the Mahabharata and Hinduism. I haven’t read the books but I watched B R Chopra’s Mahabharata and the Star Plus Mahabharata. In the old one, it was shown that Arjuna ...
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Is the current form of Gita is authentic as what Krishna actually said or interpolated?

Only Arjuna and Sanjaya could hear the Gita messages, that were said by Krishna in Kurukshetra. After that, Arjuna was involved in the war of Mahabharata. Anywhere I have never heard that Arjuna ...
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Did Vivekananda consider varṇasaṃkara (intermixture of castes) problematic or instead welcome it?

Arjuna in Bhagavad-gītā thought varṇasaṃkara would wreak havoc on the society: adharmābhibhavāt kṛṣṇa praduṣyanti kulastriyaḥ strīṣu duṣṭāsu vārṣṇeya jāyate varṇasaṃkaraḥ saṃkaro narakāyaiva ...
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When did Krishna and Arjuna meet for the first time?

I want to know when Shree Krishna and Arjuna met for the first time. (if the answer is in childhood, please mention when they first met as youth too.)
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Why did Arjuna kill Takshak's wife?

Takshaka was king of Nagas and at the time of Mahabharata was fighting against Pandava, but why and how did Arjuna killed the innocent wife of Takshaka. How is it righteous to kill a woman according ...
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Hanuman's Role in Kurukshetra

Hanuman had sat on the flag of Arjuna's chariot during the Kurukshetra war. But, what was it for? There was not even a single instance in which Hanuman played any role.
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What is the story of Satyaki?

Who is satyaki and why he fought on the side of the Pandavas in Kurukshetra war? Satyaki spared Karna's life in Kurukshetra war for Arjuna's vow, is it true? I think not even arjuna defeated Karna in ...
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