Questions tagged [arjuna]

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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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What sort of questions perplexed Arjuna before the start of the Mahabharata war

Arjuna was one of the greatest warriors{Kshatriya} of the Mahabharata epic.He was a warrior, who remained undefeated in every war{a similar example, being that of the illustrious Bhishma}. The ...
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Arjuna seeks blessings of Goddess Durga

The 10th day of the Mahabharata war, was very crucial for the Pandavas. The war strategy made on completion of the 9th day of the war, was aimed at attacking Grandsire Bhishma, paving the way, for ...
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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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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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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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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 didn't Arjuna use any divya astras in Kurukshetra war?

In the Mahabharata, Arjuna spent five long years during his exile to go to heaven and acquire all the divya astras. But, why didn't he use any of those major divya astras in the Kurukshetra war? For ...
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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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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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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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How did Arjuna die in Mahabharata?

I read different stories in articles about Arjuna death (Killed by Yama, Killed by Babruvahana during Ashwamedha Yagya and Arjuna finally died during his journey to Swargaloka) According to Wiki ...
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Was Sri Krishna's vishwaroopam seen by anyone before the Gita Upadesha?

In the 11th chapter of Gita; it is said that this vishwaroopam was never seen or heard by anyone before and arjuna needed special divya drsti to witness it. Which i believe is correct. BG 11.6: ...
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Why Lord Krishna saved Arjuna from Vaishnava Astra?

In mahabhartha arjuna was told to be saved from Vaishnava astra by Lord Krishna. A warrior named Bhagadatta used this astra against Arjuna, as Lord krishna stood up and the astra turned into a garland ...
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Why did Shiva granted a boon to Jayadrath?

It is interesting to know the reason behind Shiva's boon to Jayadrath that he will be able to hold back all Pandavas except Arjuna for one day. Jayadrath obtained the boon after failed attempt of ...
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Did Lord Krishna take away Arjuna's dhanur vidya (archery abilities)?

Did Lord Krishna take away Arjuna's dhanur vidya (archery abilities) before leaving the Earth (Prithvi Lok)? If yes, why from Arjuna only and why not from other Pandavas?
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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 shoot so many arrows when Bheeshma had already surrendered due to the presence of Shikhandi?

Arjuna is one of the protagonists of the ancient Indian epic Mahabharata. Why did Arjuna shoot so many arrows when Bheeshma had already surrendered due to the presence of Shikhandi?
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Why was lord Krishna driving Arjuna's chariot in Mahabharat war?

What is the significance and why lord Krishna driving Arjuna's chariot in Mahabharat war?
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Why did Sri Krishna advice Arjuna to do service to other Saints, for gaining knowledge?

Sri Krishna said: तद्विद्धि प्रणिपातेन परिप्रश्नेन सेवया। उपदेक्ष्यन्ति ते ज्ञानं ज्ञानिनस्तत्त्वदर्शिनः।।4.34।। "Know that through prostration, iniry and service. The wise ones who have ...
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Did Karna's dāna really save his life?

Background: I saw in a Karna movie and also read a Mahabharata book, where, towards the end, Karna was injured in his chest by Arjuna's arrow and the last arrow to kill him actually turned in to a ...