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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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How time lapses when Arjuna visits Indra? [duplicate]

As per wiki article on Muchukunda: Then Indra said to the king Muchukunda, "O king, we, the Devas are indebted to you for the help and protection which you have given us, by sacrificing your own ...
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Age differences between Lord Rama & Lakshman, Balram & Lord Krishna

What were the Age differences between Lord Rama & Lakshman according to Valmiki-Ramayana, Balram & Lord Krishna according to Vyas-Mahabharata? I mean age difference between Elder brother Lord ...
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Was Vishnu Sahasranama, a part of Anusasana Parva of Mahabharata, or a later day addition?

According to the material available in the Internet, Anushāsanaparva is not a part of original Mahabharata. If the above material is correct, then Vishnu Sahasranama, which is a part of ...
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Was first stanza 'नारायणं नमस्कृत्य' of Mahabharata a later interpolation? [duplicate]

It has been mentioned earlier that the Mahabharata was in the custody of the Brahmins of the Bhrgu race. The epic got its vast size even before the rise and development of the Gupta reign. The ...
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Which calendar was followed during Mahabharata and Ramayana?

There are so many astronomical evidences given in Ramayana and Mahabharata. It is said that there are about 500+ in Ramayana and 200+ in Mahabharata. I wonder, What calendar they followed
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Why aren't other religions detailed in Puranas and other scriptures?

Why don't Hindu texts talk much about other religions? Some people say no other religion existed at the time of Santana Dharma but as per holy books of other religions their religions existed right ...
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The road to Taxila [closed]

During a study about various neoplatonic authors like Philostratus, there are beautiful passages in his scriptures , on how the western ascetics from the pythagorean school , which for their rules and ...
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Vasishta attempting suicide unsuccessfully

We know that when Hiranyakashipu attempted to kill Prahlada, a staunch devotion towards Vishnu protected Prahlada. Vasishta tried to kill himself in several ways but didn't achieve success. We can get ...
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Why is evil so strong?

Ravana, Duryodhana, Kansa have two things in common. 1: They all are evil & 2: They are extremely powerful. Why is evil so powerful when compared to a normal person? A normal person of Ayodhya or ...
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How and from whom did Duryodhana learn the art of Jalastamba (art of staying under water)?

In the 18th day of Kurukshetra, Duryodhana hid himself inside the water using a knowledge he had about staying under water. There is no way Drona might have taught him this technique since Drona ...
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Was Kunti right to beget a child from both father(Surya) and son(Yama)?

Namaskaram. I have a humble doubt regarding the relationship between Karna and Yuddhistra and Kunti and Surya and Yama. Surya and Yama are father and son respectively. So their sons through Kunti ...
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If slavery is immoral, why did Yudhishthira donate slaves to Brahmins? [duplicate]

So, I was browsing here and found a post which supposedly said that Yudhishthira gave female slaves to a bunch of Brahmins. Slavery is obviously immoral and is even condemned in several scriptures so ...
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Were there public events for sports and recreation which were followed in Ancient India? [duplicate]

In both Ramayan and Mahabharath, there are references to marriage alliance being made through tests of skill. If so, were there public events like the Olympics or World Cups of today which were ...
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How can Garuda eating Nishadas be justified?

I am currently reading Bibek Debroy's translation of the Mahabharata. In Volume 1, Section 5; Garuda asks his mother what he should eat, and his mother replies, The nishadas have their excellent home ...
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Who are Pandavas [duplicate]

This question was asked by many political speakers in TN, just writing it here, if one could answer. None of the Kuntis sons are born for Pandu. Karna born to Sun, Yudishtra born to Dharm, and so on. ...
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What are scriptural reference of not getting angry at those who disrespect our religion?

So basically there are lots of power currently and also they might be present in past too, which actually tries to insult our practice and scriptures, or else they will oppose our bhakti by many ways! ...
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Was Sudarshan Chakra given by Lord Shiva to Lord Vishnu? [duplicate]

Many puranas says that Lord Shiva had given Sudarshan Chakra to Lord Vishnu. But what epics like Valmiki Ramayana & Mahabharata says about it? Does anybody had created it? Who was the creator of ...
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Is Yudhistira a Yogi?

Pandavas, along with Draupadi, at the end of the Mahabharata, traveled through Himalayas. It should be remembered that they travelled through Yoga. Consider the following excerpt Vaishampayana said: &...
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Why did (Late) Sri K. M. Ganguli consider Anushasana Parva to be an interpolation?

In the translation of Anusasana Parva in Mahabharata by (Late) Sri K. M. Ganguli, we see a paragraph note in the page which states: The Anusasana Parva, like the Santi Parva before it, is a long ...
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Story of Shvetaketu, Krishna's friend

In an old book on The Harivamsa Purana, I had read that Shvetaketu and Uddhava fought against each other for Shaibya. Both wanted to marry her, who then married Lord Krishna. They were Brahamana-...
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how did yamaraj sabha had 100 Dhritrashta , 100 Bhimas and 200 Bhishma?

from sabha parva - "a hundred kings of the name of Dhritarashtra, eighty kings of the name of Janamejaya; a hundred monarchs called Brahmadatta, and a hundred kings of the name of Iri; more than ...
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Nature of vidya of dice possessed by Shakuni

Shakuni wins over the game of dice against Pandavas. Shakuni declares that no one can defeat him in the game of dice. Does any statement of Vyasa Mahabharata declare that Vidya possessed by Shakuni ...
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What is the source of Gita Jayanti date?

Gita Jayanti is the birthday of Bhagavad Gita, the sacred text of Hindus. It's celebrated on the Shukla Ekadashi, 11th day of waxing moon of Margashirsha month of the Hindu calendar. Where is the ...
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Did Parashurama ever object to the way his students, Bhishma, Drona and Karna were killed by the Pandavas?

I am curious to know what/if Lord Parashurama had thought about the way all his shishyas (students/disciples), Bhishma, Drona and Karna, died in the Mahabharata war. Did he object to the way they were ...
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Why did King Shantanu wait to see his seven sons die at the hands of Brahmaputri Ganga and not marry another woman?

I am watching B.R Films' series on "Mahabharat". In Episode 1 of which the union between King Shantanu of Hastinapur with Brahmaputri Ganga has been shown. She goes on to kill the sons born ...
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Are the Pandavas the sons of Gods, or Gods themselves?

I am currently reading the Mahabharata, (Adi Parva) by Bibek Debroy, and it has a Chapter called the Vaivahik Parva, which explains how the Pandavas came to be. The relevant section has been explained ...
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What is the duration for which Dwarka existed?

From the Mahabharata (Gandhari's curse), it is evident that Dwarka was submerged 36 years after the war but how many years prior to the war was it created ? I have gone through some online sources but ...
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Did eklavya blame himself for cutting the thumb?

Eklavya's abilities were far better than any other archer during his time, the story is no secret that he cut his thumb as Gurudakshina. But after that did he blame himself for trusting, Did he ever ...
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What are the original Sanskrit verses where astronomical and seasonal references are made in Mahabharata, and the internal chronology of the verses?

This is regarding the research of dating of Mahabharatha War. There are too many speculations on internet ranging from 6000 BC to 500 BC all giving their own explanations with different ...
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Was Duryodhana a good or bad person? [closed]

In Mahabharat, I noticed that Shakuni has done many adharma in support of Duryodharna but at some point were they not correct? It was Yudishter fault in dice game to put forward his wife and brothers. ...
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Did Arjuna really win against the Kauravas all alone in Virata Kingdom Battle

Lately I have grown interest in the Mahabharata and Hinduism. I haven’t read the books but I watched B R Chopra’s Mahabharata and the Star Plus Mahabharata. In the old one, it was shown that Arjuna ...
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Exactly when did Vishvamitra become Brahmarshi?

In Bala Kanda of Valmiki Ramayan, Vishvamitra's war with Vashishta is mentioned. After his defeat, he leaves for penance and becomes Rajarshi. Indra sent menaka to disturb his penance. Menaka later ...
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Is it SPECIFICALLY mentioned in the Vedas, Agamas, Itihasa or Puranas that left-handed men are inherently evil?

Scriptures say that our left hand is not to be used for eating, drinking and puja rituals like feeding idols. Some cultures say its bad to eat, drink or do auspicious things by using the left hand. ...
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Why did each Pandava fall during Svargarohani?

In final Mahabharata Mahaprasthanika Parva, during Svargarohani (ascent to heaven), 5 Pandavas and Draupadi take the long trek beyond Badrinath in Uttarakhand beyond Mana village (Satopanth marg ...
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How come demon Mayasura appear in both Ramayana and Mahabharata? [duplicate]

As per Vayu Purana, Ramayan happened in 24th Tretayuga and Mahabharat happened in 28th Dwaparayuga. Mayasura is mentioned as the father of Mandadari in Ramayan. In Mahabharata, he comes out of snake ...
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Why did Arjuna allow Draupadi to marry all 5 Pandava brothers? Why did he not disobey his mother? [duplicate]

I understand that there are many versions of this story in the Mahabharata, but in one of them, it is said that Arjuna had brought Draupadi home after winning her Swayamvaram. Arjuna had told his ...
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Do Hindu Gods commit sin and go to hell? If yes please quote the scripture

because Krishna said that Gods are also trapped in the system of creation Krishna said He is the one who does all- both good and evil by incarnating himself. Does it mean that when a bad guy is ...
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Who exactly are nishadas?

Nala was a king of Nishadas Vrihadaswa said, "There was a king named Nala, the son of Virasena. And he was strong, and handsome, and well-versed in (the knowledge of) horses, and possessed of ...
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who wrote Bhagavad Gita/Mahabharata?

If we google this question we get Sage Vyasa as answer and that what I have learned growing up. But Shri Krishna gave this knowledge to Arjuna only, and there so on one else there who was writing that ...
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Who was the warrior in Mahabharata who had his eyelids taped to prevent sleeping?

I remember reading about a very aged warrior in Mahabharata who had his eyelids taped open to prevent him from sleeping . He was killed by Arjuna in the Kurukshetra war. Arjuna who was unable to ...
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Did Parashurama really curse Arjuna?

I found a story on Wikipedia the name Arjuna is cursed by the sage Parashurama. After the defeating the mighty and evil king Kartavirya Arjuna aka Sahasra Arjuna, Sage Parashurama cursed that ...
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Who was the greatest warrior in the Mahabharata? [closed]

The Mahabharata (books and TV series) always introduces any warrior as an "unmatched warrior". For example, Jarasandha is introduced as an unmatched warrior, Kichaka is introduced as an unmatched ...
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King who sacrificed for pre-war Kurukshetra

Before the Mahabharata war, a Kshatriya with a flawless body had to be sacrificed. In the Pandavas camp, only Krishna and Arjuna had flawless bodies but they couldn't be sacrificed. So Aravan came ...
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What happened to Dushala, Kauravas’ sister, after the Mahabharata?

Duhsala was the only daughter in the long lineage of offsprings of king Dhritrashtra and queen Gandhari. Her childhood was fruitful as she was loved and cared for by the auspicious king and his 100 ...
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When Arjuna defeated all the Kuru warriors in the Virat war, then why did he kill them through deceit in the Kurukshetra war?

In Virat war all Kuru warriors including Bhisma Drona and Karna were vanquished by Arjuna. Go Haran Parva 62 Now, the same Arjuna in Kurukshetra war even with Lord Krishna with him, could not face ...
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Why lieing is allowed for saving ourself?

In Hindu scritures we are allowed to tell lie in some cases. In a situation of peril to life and in marriage, falsehood becomes utterable. In a situation involving the loss of one’s entire property, ...
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Why was the punishment of Jayadratha’s sins given to his father?

Krishna ordered Arjuna to kill Jayadratha and make his head fall in the lap of Jayadratha's father, Vridakshatra. When Vridakshatra put Jayadratha’s head on the Earth, Vridakshatra's head burst into ...
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What was the age of Lord Ganesha when he wrote Mahabharata?

In which year was load Ganesha was born? What was the age of Lord Ganesha when he wrote Mahabharata?
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Does Lord Parashurama have link to Ikshvaku dynasty?

As per Mahabharata Vana Parva , Parashurama's maternal grandfater was King Prasenajit. As per Valmiki Ramayana Ayodhya Kanda Sarga 110 verse 13, one of Lord Rama's ancestor was Prasenajit Are they ...
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What were the different endings of Ramayana and Mahabharata witnessed by KakaBhusudi? [duplicate]

Back Story :- I posted this on a subreddit Hinduism about a month ago. And my question is from a response that I got The Story (you should give it a read): Title :- I found something fascinating in ...

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