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Reference for timeline Krishna and Barbarika dialogue

In this article about Barbarika, Wikipedia says Barbarika gave his head to him in charity. This happened on the 12th day of the Shukla Paksha (bright half) of the month of Phalgun on Tuesday But I ...
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What is the war summary addendum of Mahabharata?

I remember reading a small Sanskrit work which was supposed to be an addendum of Mahabharata, which summarizes the war and gives dates according to Hindu calendar. I can't recall where I read it or it'...
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Research question: What are the mentions of seasons along with lunar months or lunar phases in Mahabharata

Research question: What are the citations of seasons along with lunar Hindu months or lunar phases in Mahabharata? This is extremely important tool for dating Mahabharata, using precession of ...
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Is Buddha or Buddhism mentioned explicitly in Mahabharata?

In the famous Mahabharata translation of Kisori Mohan Ganguli, he remarks at the start of Shanti Parva The Santi Parva is a huge interpolation in the Mahabharata, in the genre known as 'wisdom ...
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Is there any mention of Adhika Masa in Mahabharata War?

The online debate for dating Mahabharata is going strong between 3067 BCE and 5561 BCE groups on Twitter and YouTube. Both these years conjecture that there was an Adhika Masa during the year of ...
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What is Shadashiti Sankranti?

In this answer there is verse, which has word "Shadashiti Mukheshu" which has beem interpreted as Sankramana of Mithuna, Kanya, Dhanu and Meena. Is there authoritative reference which says ...
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Gandhari's curse to Shakuni after his death

I read in a recent news article that after the war, Gandhari cursed that Shakuni's kingdom ,i.e., Gandhar, will never have peace. Is this mentioned in the Mahabharat or it's just a folklore? Also this ...
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What is the Dharma of outcaste people?

Hinduism is based on principle of dharma (unlike Buddhism and Jainism which are based on principle of Karma). And all varnas have different duties(dharma) to discharge. So, what is the dharma ...
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Disobeying the parents

I think bhishma did a big mistake by not disobeying his father and taking a lifelong vow of celibacy. Had he confronted his father at the right moment this whole war could have been stopped. Was it so ...
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How did Mlechha (foreigners) people come into existence? [duplicate]

People of four castes that is found in India were born from mouth , shoulders , thighs and leg of Brahma. How mlechhas (foreginers) came into existence ? Do Vedas or any other Hindu texts specify them ...
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Who taught the Vedas and scriptures to Bhishma?

After war, Yudhisthira goes to Bhishma and Bhishma educates him further on duties of a king, Vedas, Shastras, scriptures and statecraft. Bhishma was taught the skills of warfare by Parshuram but who ...
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How did Bhishma get the name of "Bhishma"?

Bhishma's birth name was Devavrata and he was called Gangeya and Gangaputra because he was son of Ganga but why Bhishma is named as "Bhishma"? What does Bhishma mean?
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How can Ashwathama be the next Vyāsa and Saptaṛṣī despite releasing Brahmaśhirā astra on Uttara's womb killing Parikshit?

From Viṣṇu Purāṇa: Ashwathama killed foetus of Parikshit. He was not even born and was in his mother's womb when Ashwathama killed him. How can a person like him compile the vedas in the next ...
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Where did the children of Pandavas live while they were in exile for 13 years?

When Pandavas 13 year period of exile started, some of their children were already born whereas some were born in the woods (Upapandavas). The Upapandavas were born in the woods and were raised in ...
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What is the story of Babruvahan as per Vyas Mahabharat?

Babruvahan was son of Arjun and Chitrangada. But his story has different versions from different places i read. In some, Ulupi trained him to kill Arjun to later revive him. What was this story ...
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Why did Bhrigu got angry with Agni when what Agni said was True, Pauloma was his wife?

I read the story of Pauloma in Mahabharat but couldn't understand the reason of Bhrigu's anger.
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Veda vyasa mahabaratham [duplicate]

Where will I get mahabarat books written by maharishi veda vyasa in India? Also I wanted to get srimad Bhagavadam by vyasa and ramayan written by valmiki. When I search for such books I don't get the ...
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Who is the avatar of whom in between both Narayan-Krishna-Hari-Nar and Lakshmi-Rukmani-Radha.?

It's gonna be a long question so please bear with me and read this question till the end. Its kind of common (though unnecessary and absurd) to have arguments between different sects like Shaivas, ...
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Who wrote Rajyabhishek (coronation) song in Mahabharat?

I am currently watching Mahabharat on Hotstar online streaming service and I am very much loving it. I have heard this coronation song first during Bhishm’s coronation, then during Pandu’s coronation ...
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Why Maa Lakshmi says that neither Lord Brahma nor Lord Vishnu only Lord Shiva commands her to move from one place to another.?

According to Mahabharata.: “śrīruvāca na mā̃ virōcanō vēda nāyaṁ vairōcanō baliḥ. āhurmā̃ duḥsahētyēvaṁ vidhitsēti ca mā̃ viduḥ.|7 bhūtirlakṣmīti māmāhuḥ śrīrityēvaṁ ca vāsava. tvaṁ mā̃ śakra na ...
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Are there mention of Samavatsaras in Mahabharata?

Does Mahabharata mention the name of any Samvatsaras This link which describes Mahabharata timeline mentions Samvatsaras but does not give the chapter and verse number, so I couldn't verify it. Please ...
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What is the most probable date for Mahabharatha War? [duplicate]

Mahabharatha War is an event of tremendous religious and traditional significance to all Hindus and an important historical event in Indian and World history. To this day, the date of the event ...
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Are there mention of Zodiac signs in Mahabharata?

Are there mention of Zodiac signs by name, in Mahabharata? If yes please cite the verses.
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How Yudhishthira was able to answer all the Yaksha Prashna?

In Mahabharata, there is an incident when Yudhishthira had to answer all the questions asked by a Yaksha, in order to drink water? So, I was just wondering how did Yudhishthira knew all the answers? ...
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How can Yuddhistirha be son of Yamraj ji if Yamraj Ji himself incarnated as Vidura [duplicate]

I have recently learned that Vidura Ji is the incarnation of Yamraj ji because of the curse given by Rishi Mandavya. But it is known that Pandu and Kunti ask Yamraj ji for a son (Yuddhistira).So I am ...
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Which texts mention that satyabhama was incarnation of bhumi Devi?

As per Wikipedia article on Satyabhama: Satyabhama is the third consort of the God Krishna, the eighth avatar of the god Vishnu. Satyabhama is believed to be an avatar of Bhumī Devī, the Goddess of ...
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Is it common in the previous yugas for a women to have multiple husbands? Like Draupadi had [duplicate]

Draupadi had five husbands but no where in the Mahabharatam its described as out of the ordinary, as of my knowledge, or its described as a sin. Is it common in those eras to have multiple husbands ...
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Was there anyone else besides Arjuna in Mahabharata who was known as Parthas? [duplicate]

In Mahabharata, at many places the word Parthas is used. It means there were many Parthas in addition to Arjuna. Is there any clear reference of a person who was known as Partha.