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The epic by Veda Vyasa narrating the great war fought in India between the Kauravas and the Pandavas.

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Why did Parshurama curse Karna for not being a Brahmin?

Shree Krishna explained us in Bhagavad Gita that Brahmin is a quality. Bhagavad Gita 18.41: The duties of the Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas, and Shudras—are distributed according to their ...
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what all other 11 endings of ramayana, which has seen by kakbhushundi?

I have read that kakbhushundi was a crow, who had seen the 11 endings of Ramayana and 16 endings of Mahabharat. If this statement is true then what were the other endings of Ramanaya and Mahabharat?
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What are the specific qualities of Lord Shiva's trishul?

Does any epic or purana describes about Lord Shiva's trishul briefly? Specially Shiva Purana & Mahabharata, if I'm not wrong, Upamanyu had described something about Shiva's trishul to Lord Krishna ...
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Which language Kauravas and Pandavas were speaking? [duplicate]

What were the spoken languages during the time of Mahabharata?
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How Sanjay heard Bhagwad Gita?

As we all know that Bhagwad Gita was told to Arjuna by Krishna in kurushetra. At that time, many people were also present there. Many scholars/people explain that Krishna paused the time when he ...
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Where Gita is mentioned in Mahabharata?

We all know that Gita is a part of Mahabharata. But it is very difficult for me to find it in Mahabharata. Please help me. Note:- Clearly mention the parva and chapter
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How many days were counted as a year during Mahabharata period?

The following narration is from the episode of regaining of ear rings by Utanka from Mahabharata (Kisari Mohan Ganguli version). 148 तस्मिंश च तन्त्रे कृष्णाः सिताश च तन्तवः चक्रं चापश्यत ...
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Mahabharat ( Kurukshetra War ) [duplicate]

How can Acharya Dronacharya be 85 years old when Pandavas were more than 90 years of age and in particular KARNA WAS OF 107 YEARS OF AGE HOW IS IT POSSIBLE ? IS THIS A BIG ERROR IN MAHABHARAT
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Who supported Kauravas and Pandavas from south India?

Who ruled South India during Mahabharata time? Please tell me who supported Kauravas and Pandavas from south India? With reference
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Why did Takshaka appear before Utanka in the form of a naked beggar?

While giving away her ear rings, the queen of king Paushya, she warns Utanka about King of Serpants, Takshaka, who is waiting to steal those ear rings. 'These ear-rings are very much sought after ...
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Parbrahman was the real author of Bhagvad Gita and Krishna was the mere medium? [duplicate]

There's one section of Mahabharata after the war where Arjun asks Sri Krishna to recite again the knowledge the latter recited during war, and Sri Krishna rebukes him for having weak memory and says I ...
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What good deeds saved Taksaka from Sarpa Yajna?

Kadru cursed her children Sarpas/Nagas that they would be killed in Janmejaya's Sarpa Yajna. Later Lord Brahma modified the curse a bit that only evil would be killed. But Taksaka seems to be evil ...
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Who was Kāśyapa?

In beginning chapters of Mahabharata:Adi Parva it's stated that Kāśyapa (काश्यप) was going to King Parikshit on the day when Taksaka was supposed to kill him. But Taksaka met with him on the way and ...
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Does epic like Mahabharata mention about Lord Shiva's personal life events?

Does it mention about - 1. Marriage of Shiva & Parvati 2. Birth of Kartikeya & Ganesha 3. Consuming poison during churning of ocean 4. Birth of Andhaka Or some other ...
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If Sahadev was a big astrologer who knew the results of the war before hand why couldn't he save his sons? [duplicate]

If Sahadev was a big astrologer who knew the results of war before hand why couldn't he save his sons and may be his brother's son ? Please don't tell me Krishna cursed him not to reveal. He can't ...
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Hindu scriptures before Mahabharata about thinking capability of head

Consider the following excerpt from the Shalya Parva of The Mahabharata Indeed, the son of Pandu, filled with rage, struck off that head which was the root of the evil policy of the Kurus, with ...
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Is Vaisampayana describing Krita Yuga or comparing with Krita Yuga in Adiparva?

What is the actual meaning of the following line from Mahabhatata एवं कृतयुगे सम्यग वर्तमाने तदा नृप The translation to the above line by Kisari Mohan Ganguli is ambiguous And thus, O king, ...
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What are the clans of Shakuni, Raja Drupad, & Rani Madri in the Mahabharata?

I know that the Pāṇḍavas were from the Kuru clan (vaṃśá) and Śrī Kṛṣṇa was from the Yadu clan, but from which clans did Shakuni, Raja Drupad, & Rani Madri come?
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Why are there so few countries at present where Hinduism is alive?

If Sri Ram and Dharam Raj Yudhishthir were Chakravarti Samrats and whole world followed Sanatan Dharma, does that mean people all over earth people followed caste system? How come we have Hinduism ...
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kurukshetra War

Ramayana happened in 24th Treta Yuga whereas Mahabharata happened in 28th dwapara Yuga then how come Shri Ram's Descendant King Brihadbala fought in mahabharat war . Because there is gap of 4 chatur ...
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Did Vasudeva send Kasyapa to perform rituals to newly born Pandavas

Is it true according to Vyasa Mahabharata that Vasudeva, the father of lord Krishna, sent Kasyapa, from Dwaraka, as purohit to perform all samskaras to newly born Pandavas?
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Sanskrit shloka regarding pandavas

Consider the following excerpt from Mahabharata "O king, after all the children were born the Rishis dwelling on the mountain of a hundred peaks uttering blessings on them and affectionately ...
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How many sons and daughters did Karna have?

It is known that Karna had sons who actively participated in Kurukshetra war. They assisted his father in battle. Arjuna killed one of Karna's sons in front of Karna as a revenge of his son Abhimanyu'...
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Was Yadu right in denying/defying his father's (Yayati) request? [closed]

Srimad Bhagavatam: Canto 9, Chapter 18: Text 35: King Yayāti, who was very lusty, followed his wife, caught her and tried to appease her by speaking pleasing words and massaging her feet, but ...
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Krishna Draupadi conversation

It was the evening twilight hour before the Great War. The Sun was slowly setting. Krishna stood facing a tree in the Pandava war camp. The tree was shedding leaves. It was the Fall season. Draupadi ...
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About slokha regarding Nala from Mahabharata

In which chapter of the Mahabharata, the following slokha has been mentioned? The final benediction offered by Vedavyasa to the reader is this: Karkotakasya nagasya damayantya nalasya cha ...
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Niladri mahodaya

Hare Krishna, I want to know about Niladri Mahodaya. 1.Who wrote Niladri Mahodaya? 2.How many chapters are there in Niladri Mahodaya? ...
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Priority of sons told by Pandu

Consider the following words by Pandu to Kunti The religious institutes mention six kinds of sons that are heirs and kinsmen, and six other kinds that are not heirs but kinsmen. I shall speak ...
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What are the some parvas of Mahabharata mentions about Lord Shiva's deeds?

Does Mahabharata mentions any story or part where he (Shiva) states himself as supreme Lord? And what are the some best conversations between Shiva & Parvati from Mahabharata?
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Was there no time dilation when Arjun went to Swarg lok? [duplicate]

We have heard of King Muchukunda and Revati/Kakudumi stories explaining time dilation. We know 4.32 million years is equivalent to 1200 divine years. So 12 years (vanvaas period) is equivalent to 1.2 ...
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Were the queens present in camps during Mahabharata?

Were there any queens like Draupadi, Subhadra or any wife of Kauravs or other important warriors, present in their respective camps during the war of Mahabharata. (I mean only in the camps, not in the ...
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Why didn't Krishna kill Duryodhana?

If Krishna had killed Duryodhana, a lot of bloodshed could have been avoided, because the Kaurava army would have been demoralized. Why didn't Krishna kill Duryodhana?
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Do Vyasa Mahabharata say that Pandu has pandu disease?

Consider the following excerpt regarding birth of Pandu "Soon after Satyavati, O chastiser of foes, summoned Vyasa, after having secured the assent of her daughter-in-law. Vyasa came according ...
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Is it the Saraswati in Brahma loka or her partial incarnation married to Matinara?

The following passage says that Saraswati appeared in person before the Matinara and chose him for husband. The passage was narrated by Vaisampayana to Janamejaya And of her was born a son named ...
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What are the names of four oceans according to Hinduism scriptures?

Vaisampayana in his conversation with Janamejaya told that there are four oceans on earth "Vaisampayana said, 'Asked by thee, I shall tell thee all about the heroic-kings in Puru's line, all ...
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Miracles performed by Krishna in Mahabharat [duplicate]

In Mahabharat, was Krishna regarded as a deity and incarnation of Vishnu from the very beginning, or was he deified in subsequent editions of the epic? Did anyone ask Krishna to prove his divinity? ...
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Age swapping between humans

Yayati got a boon from Sukra that he can swap his old age with anyone "Vaisampayana continued, 'Yayati, the son of Nahusha, thus cursed by the angry Usanas, was then divested of his youth and ...
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Geography of Malini river

A river named Malini is mentioned in the Adi parva of Mahabharata. And they then passed a long time there in each other's company. And sporting with each other, just as they pleased, for a long ...
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Is there any such shloka present in adi parva of Mahabharata?

भवान् वा विधिवत् पाणिं गृह्णातु दुहितुर्मम। यस्य वा मन्यसे वार तस्य कृष्णामुपादिश।। I got this shloka from an online website where it's mentioned that it's 50th shloka from 32nd adhyay of Adi parva. ...
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Is there any written evidence in Mahabharata why Krishna supported Pandavas in war? [duplicate]

In serials, discussions about duet sabha results also showed that both Pandavas and Kauravas did adharm that day. I guess similar discussions would be part of Mahabharata. But still Krishna supported ...
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Udyoga Parva - Mahabharata BORI edition with the footnotes

I am looking for the BORI critical edition of the Mahabharata in Sanskrit, with footnotes, so that I can see the different variations available for a text. I saw archive.org has a few of those pdfs. I ...
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Why did Ekalavya become Lord Krishna's arch rival? Was he punished because he was a Shudra?

While debating on Quora on how the Bhagavad Gita does not advocate the present day birth-based casteism, a user pointed out that, From Vishnu Parva, Chapter 84, it seems that Krishna with his ...
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Would justice, punishment accomplishment and dharma establishment take place irrespective of which side Krishna fought for and which side won? [closed]

If you see some of my old questions, you might find that I just can't admit why Krishna should support Pandavas in Mahabharata. It's a very big dilemma for me, for last 1 month. So to clarify it, I ...
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Did Arjuna, Drona, Bhishma and Ashvatthama kill any foot soldiers during the Mahabharata war thereby breaking one of the rules?

In both BR Chopra's and Star Plus' Mahabharat TV shows, before the main Mahabharata war, both sides agree on some rules on how the war should be fought. This answer lists all those rules and I'm ...
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Why Bheeshma being an Avatara of Ashtavasu and pious with his karma had to die in a tragic way? [duplicate]

Bheeshma being an Avatara died in a tragic way. He had to sleep on an arrow bed till death. Why this happened? What karma succumbed him to death in such a horrific way? Is there any reason provided ...
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Were Krishna and Vyasa able to see (not imagine) future?

According to some scenes in Star Plus Mahabharata and BR Chopra's Mahabharata (a TV series), it looks like both of them (Krishna and Vyasa) could see future. Did it actually happen in Vyasa Mahbharat?
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How did Satyavati die and how old was she at the time?

I read somewhere on this site that Bhishma's age was around 140 years when he died. But Satyavati was his mother, so, she must have been ~160 years old if she was alive when Bhishma died (I could be ...
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Are there any dedicated Scriptures, that explain these various weapons, vyuhs and war tactics in details?

As I am reading through the Mahabharata (currently on the Drona Parva), I am truly amazed by the amount of details of war that are mentioned. The types and varieties of weapons are mind-blowing, ...
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Did Nakula and Sahadeva really treat Karna after donating his armour?

Star Plus Mahabharat (S20 E7) shows that when Karna is in a lot of pain after cutting off his armour and ear-rings and donating them to Indra, Nakula and Sahadeva cure him of his wounds. Karna then ...
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Who was mother of Subhadra? Rohini or Yashoda?

In Star Plus serial, it is shown that Krishna is exchanged with daughter of Nand and Yashoda. When Kans tried to kill the exchanged daughter, she transforms into some other character and disappears. ...