Questions tagged [kurukshetra]

It's a Place It is also known as Dharmakshetra, According to the Puranas, Kurukshetra is a region named after King Kuru, the ancestor of Kauravas and Pandavas, as depicted in epic Mahabharata.

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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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How many akshouhinis were killed by Arjuna?

This is something that confuses me, since according to Duryodhana, Arjuna killed 7 akshouhinis: Duryodhana said, 'O preceptor! Behold the great destruction of those whose heads have been sprinkled. ...
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Inconsistency in the number of people died in Kurukshera war

From this answer, we can get the following information: Total number of persons participated in war is almost 4,723,920. Total number of persons died in war is 1,660,020,000. Both figures have a ...
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Conversation between the Krishna and Karna

Krishna had given many offers to Karna for coming to Pandava's side. Like... If Karna would come into the Pandava's side then Krishna would make him king of Hastinapura after winning the battle of ...
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Is it true that in the battle of Mahabharata, the Son of Lord Krishna fought from the Kaurava side? [duplicate]

I had a discussion with a teacher of mine and he told me that back in his college days, while they were watching Mahabharata, a friend of him said that The son of Lord Krishna also fought in the ...
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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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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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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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Why did Shri Krishna vow not to take weapons in hand during the Mahabharata war?

Lord Krishna was a representative of Dharma during Mahabharata. He said that the war between Pandavas and Kauravas was dharmayudhdha. He also said that everyone must participate in dharmayudhdha. He ...
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Why did Lord Balarama not took a participation at any side of in the Kurukshetra Battle in Mahabharata?

Lord Krishna fought on the behalf of Pandavas and his army fought on behalf of Kauravas. But why Lord Balarama did not fight on behalf of any side?
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How many years did Pandavas rule the Hastinapur after winning the battle of Kurukshetra?

When Pandavas won the battle of Kurukshetra at that time Dhritarashtra was the ruler of Hastinapur. After that, he went to exile with Gandhari and Kunti. Then Pandavas ruled in the Hastinapur and ...
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Why did all Uppandavas (Abhimanyu, Ghatotkach and all other children of Pandavas) die in the Kurukshetra war? [duplicate]

Was there any specific reason as to why all of pandavas sons die in the kurukshetra war? Some reason associated with their karma of their previous births?
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What is role of Lord Hanuman in Mahabaratha? [duplicate]

Could someone know about Lord Hanuman helped/role in the Kurukshetra. And who requested himself to resides in the Arjuna's chariot flag either Beema or Lord Krishna.
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What are some famous military formations and strategies used in Mahabharata war at Kurukshetra?

What are some military formations and strategies used in Mahabharata war at Kurukshetra? I heard Padma Vyuha was a famous one, From wikipedia Padmavyūha, is a multi-tier defensive formation that ...
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Why did Arjuna not have any issues fighting with the Kurus in VirAta battle? [duplicate]

In the virAta parva of MahAbhArata. There was a great battle of Virata where Arjuna defeated the whole of Kuru army single handedly. If he did not have any guilt, fear, sorrow in fighting with his ...
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How Dronacharya (Royal Guru) died in Kurukshetra? [duplicate]

In Mahabharatha, I heard two different stories on Dronacharya's Death: One which says that Arjuna with a heavy heart shoots an arrow at Dronacharya and kills him. Another one is Yudhishtira ...
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Why Mahabharata battle is also called as Dharma Yuddha

Several times I got to hear that Mahabharata battle fought in Kurukshetra is also famously known as Dharma-Yuddha. This battle was fought between Pandavas and Kauravas who were cousins then why it ...
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Astronomical explanation of twice setting of sun in Jayadratha episode [closed]

In the Kurukshetra war, sun appears to set so that Jayadratha comes out of his hiding place; Sun appears again and Arjuna is able to kill Jayadratha before sunset as per his vow. Is there any ...
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Did Krishna play flute ever post Gokul days?

It is said that Lord Krishna did not play flute after he had left Gokul. But most of the pictures of Lord Krishna ( adult) is shown with the flute. Did he play flute in later period?
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What is the reason behind Lord Krishna joining Pandavs instead of the Kauravs [duplicate]

I am aware that Shakuni advised his nephew to get Lord Krishna's alliance at haste because although he did not like him; he understood that there is no one that holds more power. Arjuna too ...
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Krishna's role in game of dice

Why didn't Krishna help or save Pandavas when they played the game of dice with Kauravas and Shakuni?
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How did Karna lose all the battle against Arjuna? [duplicate]

I've heard that Arjuna & Karna had various wars before the main war of Maharabharata and Arjuna won all the times. How did it happen? Because Karna was better warrior than Arjuna which was ...
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What scriptures describe Indra defeating Asuras using Dadhichi's old horse head?

As you can see in the Rig Veda Anukramani in my answer here, Rig Veda Book 1 Hymn 84 was heard by the sage Gautama and it's addressed to Indra. In any case, here are two of the verses of the hymn: ...
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Why Kurukshetra war took place?

We all know that greatest war was fought on the land of Kurukshetra in Mahabharata. But I want to ask is why Kurukshetra war took place? Was Draupadi's insult the only and main reason for it?
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Who killed most number of warriors in Mahabharata?

In Wikipedia it is mentioned that Arjuna killed most warriors, followed by Karna, followed by Ashwatthama. Below is the relevant quote. After Arjuna and Karna, Ashwatthama killed most number of ...
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Rules of the Kurukshetra war in Mahabharata?

Anyone knows all the rules of the main Kurukshetra war of Mahabharata? And who had broken any particular rule? I want to know all rules and the names of character that broke any particular rule.
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How did Sanjaya get the super power to see the Kurukshetra Battle?

As we all know, Sanjaya was narrating the Kurukshetra war to Dritarashtra. How exactly was he seeing the war and how he got that power?
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How famous/popular is Krishna at his times in other countries?

Kurukshetra war is like a transition from dwapara yuga to kaliyuga. During the war, does the people in other countries are aware of war? Does people in other countries know about Krishna? In other ...
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Babruvahana in Kurukshetra

As we all know about Babruvahana, the son of Arjuna from Chitrangada. I want to know why he did not took part in Mahabharata War(Kurukshetra). On researching, I just got one answer that Chitrangada ...
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Why Mahabharata battle was fought in Kurukshetra?

Why was the Mahabharata battle fought in Kurukshetra and not at any other place? Was there any reason behind that?
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Upapandavas: Why were they killed?

Why were all the Upapandavas killed the same day? Why was no one, including Lord Krishna, able to save them? Why was only Parikshit saved by Krishna from Uttara's womb? Was there any story behind ...
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What was the significance of blowing (sounding of) the transcendental conch-shells in the Kurukshetra war?

Tasya sanjanayan harsham kuruvriddhah pitaamahah; Simhanaadam vinadyocchaih shankham dadhmau prataapavaan. 12. His glorious grandsire (Bhishma), the eldest of the Kauravas, in order to cheer ...
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Why did Duryodhana mention specific warrior names in the Bhagwat Gita, Chapter-1?

Bhagwat gita Chapter 1, verses. 3 to 9. Pashyaitaam paanduputraanaam aachaarya mahateem chamoom; Vyoodhaam drupadaputrena tava shishyena dheemataa.3. “Behold, O Teacher, this mighty army of ...
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Mahabharat eyewitness

In the Mahabharat there was a character Barbrik. Can anyone share more details on this? I understand that he had the powers to end the Mahabharat with 3 arrows.
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Why did Lord Krishna attack Bhishma?

Why did Lord Krishna attack Bhishma (Bhishma Pitamaha), in spite of vowing that he would not pick up a weapon in the Kurukshetra war?