Questions tagged [itihasa]

This tag can be used for questions regarding the stories of itihasas i.e.,Ramayana and Mahabharata. These two are classified as Itihasas.

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Are Itihasas and Puranas the only classes of scripture in which celestial weapons are used?

Ramayana, Mahabharata and many Puranas relate conflicts in which Divyastras like Brahmastra get used. Do these weapons occur in earlier scriptures like Vedas and Brahmanas or any scriptures written ...
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Do scriptures mention anyone who is Pratiloma or Shudra born having successfully read and recited Vedas?

To be clear, please don't conflate reading and reciting the Vedas to having understood the Vedas. I didn't come across anywhere in KMG Mahabharata where Karna is said to have read/recited vedas. At ...
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Level of collateral damage acceptable in Hinduism

What level of collateral damage is acceptable in Hinduism in order to uphold dharma. If so, how does one calculate it? On one hand you have to stop the perpetrator because left unpunished adharmic ...
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Were there conflicts between Gods before the Itihasas and Puranas?

In the Rig Veda the conflicts are mostly between Gods and anti-Gods like Vritra. But the Rig Veda does hint at conflict between Indra and Vishnu. https://sanskritdocuments.org/doc_veda/r06.html?lang=...
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How Kurus in mahabharata were considered Kshatriyas when they were descendants of rishi vedvyas (a Brahmin)?

With due respect, On what account were the Kuru lineage after Dhritrashtra and Pandu considered Kshatriya varna in Mahabharata when Dhritrashtra and Pandu themselves were born from a brahmin sage ...
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Are there other instances of agni-pariksha in vedic scriptures?

We all know the famous agni-pariksha of Srimati Sita Devi from Sri Valmiki Ramayana, so I was wondering are there any other instances of Agni-pariksha described in vedas, puranas or itihasas?
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Do Vedas mention that Vedas ALONE are to be followed and Itihasa/Purana should be discarded?

We recently hear a lot of neo-vedantists claiming that 'Vedas ALONE are truth', while simultaneously: not knowing what all the Vedas are not knowing all the mantras in Vedas not understanding what ...
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Is Bhagavad-Gita an Upanishad according to the scriptures? [duplicate]

Bhagavad-Gita is simultaneously words of God, mentioned as an Upanishad, the 'Smriti-prasthana' and a part of the 'Itihasa-purana'. The scriptures mention a hierarchy as Vedas and Upanishads > ...
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Do demons (Asuras, Rakshasas, Pisachas, Nagas, etc) reveal false religions to humans according to Hindu scriptures?

According to the Puranas, Vishnu as Buddha revealed a false religion, which we know today as Buddhism, to deceive the Daityas who were using the Vedas to acquire power. Similarly, do Hindu scriptures ...
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Are mythologies real (historical) or merely allegorical?

Are all mythologies real or are they stories or symbolic things meant to teach us something higher? I know that we (individuals) too are not so real as far as Vedanta is concerned. All is one. But ...
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What is the Birth date of Gautama Buddha according to PuRAnas and ItihAsas?

I have found a book The age of Shankara by T. S. NArAyaNa wherein in the introduction the author writes how Christian orientalists deliberately have been shifting birth dates of the great Indian ...
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Are there instances in Hinduism where Dharma is cited to both support and oppose an act?

For example - the killing of Duryodhana is condemned by Baladeva and celestial beings showered flowers on the fatally wounded Duryodhana when he chastised Krishna for his acts of treachery throughout ...
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Do Itihāsas other than Bhagawat Geetā talk about the three Gunas?

Bhagavad Gitā does talk about the Gunas - are there any other instances in the itihāsas there is the mention of three Gunas?
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Did Vyasa himself name the chapters and Skandas of puranas/itihasas?

Each and every purana and itihasa has some number of parvas /skandas. Further there are many chapters inside every skanda. Did Vyasa himself name each Skanda and each chapter or it is done by later ...
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Why does the Apsara Menaka keep abandoning her children?

It is well known that Menaka had a daughter with Vishvamitra by the name of Shakuntala, whom she abandoned during infancy because she didn't intend to have the child. This daughter was later adopted ...
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How many wives did Ravana have?

Is Mandodari the only wife of Ravana? Or did he have other wives too? If he had more than one wife, then why is only Mandodari famous? In which scripture(s) are others mentioned? What are the names ...
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Did Bhishma (or any other characters in Itihasas) know he was born on earth due to a curse?

The Ashta-Vasus were cursed by Vashishta to be born as humans because they stole cow Kamadhenu. 7 of them were spared by a quick death after birth, but Prabhasa alone would have to live a long, ...
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Which is the Shaiva Itihasa that Linga Purana is talking about?

By Itihasa we usually only mean the epics Ramayana and Mahabharata. But have a look at the following passage/verses from Linga Purana (Tr-J.LShastry-Part1, Ch-26): For the propitiation of the ...
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Are the upanishads later to the Vedas?

This question is in connection with my previous question related to Puranas and upanishads. It is also a follow up to my another question. Chhāndogya Upanishad verses 7.1.2 and 7.1.4 mention the ...
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Divide & Conquer in scriptures?

In Mahabharata, when Duryodhan is captured by Gandharvas in forest, Yudhishtir tells Bhim to go save him. Bhim refuses. Yudhishtir then advises Bhim that if there is an internal family feud, it is 100 ...
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What are the bows of the warriors of the Mahabharata? [closed]

I want to know what were the names of the bows of the warriors of the Mahabharata, their abilities and how they got them
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Is there any mention of the previous or next Sri Brahma (the creator) in the Puranas or Ithihasas?

A lot of Puranas talk about the creation of the universe after Sri Brahma is created (which is again different based upon different puranas). The puranas also talk about the life span of a Brahma ...
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Are there any signs (or lakshnas) that determine the ItihAsha scriptures?

We know that the PurAnas have 5 signs or lakshnas. If a scripture does not have those 5 signs then it can not be called a PurAna. These 5 signs are shared by all PurAnas i.e by the 18 major (mahA) ...
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Examples of human sacrifice in Hindu scripture

Are there any incidents of human sacrifice in Hindu scripture? If there are none, are there any examples where a human being was initially prepared to be sacrificed but later avoided due to some or ...
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Where did the Brahmastra, which Bhagwan Rama launched to dry up the sea, eventually fall?

At the time when Lord Rama was on his way to Lanka, he asked the sea god (sagara) for help and to make way for his journey , but the sea god didn't offer any help. Then Shree Rama activated brahmastra....
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Do scriptures describe the effects of Brahmastra?

Brahmastra is debated to be similar in nature to Atom/Nuclear bomb. But my question is, do scriptures describe the effects of Brahmastra?
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Sources validating Rāvaṇa’s plan to build a staircase to heaven

There are several pages out there claiming a legend of Rāvaṇa planning to build a staircase in order to get to heaven (or, the region of the moon) without performing Vedic rituals. All of the sources ...
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What are the canonical texts in Hinduism for morality and ethics?

There are several texts in Hinduism which flirts with the idea of morality and ethics. Itihiasa texts like Mahabharata and Ramayana gives a subjective aura around the subject of morality, notably the ...
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Is there a systematic theory to the symbolism in Hindu itihasas and puranas?

I have noticed for some time that certain themes occur in different forms in the itihasas and puranas. The characters and the settings may change in the stories or depictions, but there is an ...
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Why are only Ramayana and Mahabharata classified as Itihasa?

What does Itihasa mean? Also, why no other text is classified under Itihasa except these two?
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Asuras/Rakshasas who became good?

There were some Rakshasas like Vibhishana who were noble. Were there any Asuras/Rakshasas who were initially evil but eventually became good i.e moved to the side of Dharma?
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Why did Vyasa seek the help of Lord Ganesha?

It is widely known that Mahabharata was written by Lord Ganesha under the dictation of Sage Vyasa. Quoting from Wikipedia: The first section of the Mahabharata states that it was Ganesha who ...
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What is the story of Alambusha, demon son of sage Rishyasringa?

Alambusha, AKA Shalakantaka, was a Rakshasa (demon) who fought on the Kaurava side in the Mahabharata war. As described in the Bhishma Parva of the Mahabharata, he was the one who killed Arjuna's son ...