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Questions tagged [duryodhana]

Eldest son of Dhritarashtra and Gandhari.

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Did Duryodhana plan Rajasuya to establish Dharma?

After the Rajasuya by Yudhistira, Duryodhana also tries to perform it with the help of Karna. What is the intention of Duryodhana in performing Rajasuya? Is it mentioned anywhere in Mahabharata?
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Does the Mahabharata give reasons why Duryodhana went to heaven?

http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m10/m10009.htm Ashwatthama is reporting his night-slaughter to the dying Duryodhana: Going from this world, O monarch, and meeting with those mighty car-warriors (...
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Was Duryodhana a better mace-fighter than Bhima?

Does Mahabharata say somewhere that Duryodhana was a better mace fighter than Bhima? If so, was that why Bhima used unfair tactics in their climactic fight?
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There were other kingdoms that supported Duryodhana in Kurukshetra apart from those that are popularly known?

I'm curious if apart from Avanti, Kalinga, Anga, Kamboja, Sindhu, Bahlika, Kekaya, Madra, Trigarta and Gandhara there were other kingdoms that supported Duryodhana in Kurukshetra.
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When did Duryodhana know that Karna is Kunti's son?

When did Duryodhana know that Karna is actually one of Pandava's brothers and a son of Kunti (Kuntiputra) and how did he react?
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What was the purpose of the Kurukshetra war of Mahabharata? [closed]

The Kurushethra war was to bring back Dharma by killing Duryodhana. But what was the need of it? Duryodhana would have anyways died after few years like any human, right? Is such a destructive war ...
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Why did Maharishi Maitreya curse Duryodhana?

It is known that Duryodhana was killed by Bhima during the Mahabharata war. It is heard that a Maharishi named Maitreya, had infact ,cursed Duryodhana, that he would be killed by Bhima,during the ...
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Did Sri Krishna show His universal form in Dhritarashtra's court?

Did Lord Krishna show His universal form to Duryodhana when he tried to captive Lord Krishna in Dhritarashtra's court? If yes, then how many people saw His Universal form in this episode?
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Is Duryodhana awarded as leader of Rakshashas by Lord Shiva?

I want to know if there is any reference in our puranas saying that Duryodhana is awarded as leader of Rakshashas by Lord Shiva. The reason for his birth is a boon to Rakshashas or something along ...
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Is the notion of Bhishma preferring Arjuna's bed of arrows to pillows brought in by Duryodhana authentic?

I remember that at the folklore level. Apparently after he had been pierced by arrows and he was incapacitated, his head was hanging down and it needed support.
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As Duryodhana's Senapati did Bhishma carry out treachery and/or dereliction of duty by commission and/or omission?

1. Bhishma kept Karna with his Vasavi Shakti out of the war for 10 days by his insulting ways. (If Karna had killed Arjuna, the war would have been over. Even if he wouldn't kill the Pandavas he could ...
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When and why did Duryodhan give sweet kheer mixed with poison to Bhima?

When Pandavas were children, then Bhima was offered a sweet rice kheer mixed with poison by Duryodhan. After Bhima eats all, he was thrown in to some river or somewhere. But why did Bhima eats if it ...
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What are the three mistakes made by Duryodhana in the kurukshetra war?

When Duryodhana was taking the last breath in the field of Kurukshetra, at that time he had raised his three fingers. Lord Krishna went to him and understood that Duryodhana wants to say that if he ...
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Did the term “blind support” originate from Mahabharata?

DhritarAshtra was physically blind and implicitly supported wrongdoing of his son Duryodhana. GAndhAri blindfolded her eyes to follow the distress of her husband & never objected Duryodhana. ...
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Did Draupadī ridicule Duryodhana calling him 'Blind Son of a Blind Father?'

There is one rumor that spread far and wide. That in the Maya sabhā, Draupadī ridiculed Duryodhana calling him the blind son of the blind father. One user also mentions it in his answer here: Now ...
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Kalidasa on good and bad people

Kalidasa supposedly wrote this verse in the poem Megadootam. मनस्येकं वचस्येकं कर्मण्येकं दुरात्मनाम् | मनस्येकं वचस्येकं कर्मण्येकं महात्मनाम् || manasyEkam vachasyEkam karmaNyEkam ...
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Did Karna really play dice with Duryodhana's wife, Bhanumati?

Wikipedia cites the following story to show how strong the friendship between Karna and Duryodhana was. But what's the origin of this story? Did Karna really play dice with Duryodhana's wife, ...
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Were all the Kauravas married?

Two common things among most Kshatriyas were: Marrying many women Having many children If we see most kings described in the Puranas, most of them seem to have met with these two conditions. These ...
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Interaction between Krishna and Duryodhana to stop the war

A portion of the poem Rashmirathi by Ramdhari Singh Dinkar, also known as Krishna Ki Chetavani describes the interaction between Krishna and Duryodhana. After the Pandavas return from Vanavasa, ...
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What was Duryodhana's actual name?

I have come across two opinions on this: This was his actual name His actual name was Suyodhana and he was later on known as Duryodhana. What was Duryodhana's actual name?
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Why did Karna choose not to fight on the side of the Dharma?

I have not 'read' the Mahabharata yet, but the Hindi poem Rashmirathi by Ramdhari Singh Dinkar narrates how Shri Krishna tried to convince Karna to get on the side of the Pandavas. Yet, Karna chose to ...
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Who was the rightful heir to Kuru throne? Pandavas (Yudhishthira) or Kauravas (Duryodhana)?

How is a king chosen according to Hindu dharma? Who among Duryodhana and Yudhishthira (Dharmaraja), was the ideal contender for the next king considering hereditary or inheritance rights? NOTE: ...
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Why did Bhima kill Duryodhana unfairly?

Why did Bhima kill Duryodhana unfairly by hitting him below the waist during their final battle in the Mahabharata war?
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Where did Duryodhana and the Pandavas go after their death?

Where did Duryodhana go after his death? Though he had committed many wrong deeds, I just wanted to know where he went to. Heaven or hell? Also, what about the Pandavas? Did they go to Krishna's ...
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Why did Balarama favor Duryodhana?

In the Mahabharata, Duryodhana has been depicted with a wide range of characteristics - in some versions as the pure embodiment of evil and in others as a highly virtuous person fighting for his ...