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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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Are Padma-Vyuha and Chakra-Vyuha the same?

The Padma Vyuha is often confused with the Chakravyuha, as many writers use these terms interchangeably. It is told in Mahabharata that Chakravyuha was used in the 13-th day and padma-Vyuha on 15-th ...
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What spot does Shiva consider most sacred? [duplicate]

What spot does Shiva consider most sacred? A temple, mount Kailasha, swarga, etc? Does any scripture talk about Shiva's most sacred spot according to him?
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How Pandavas Fathers were Devas? [closed]

Yudhishthira father was Dharmaraja Bhima father Vayu And Arjuna father was Indra But all of them vayu, yamraj and Indra are Devas (Non humans) How is this possible? And karna Father was surya. How ...
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What is the shloka in the movie “Arjun: The Warrior Prince” during the marching of the battle and also while Arjun attacks in the end?

I am including the two links for the part of movies, where the shloka is used: Marching: https://youtu.be/ifKr5Nxf0wc?t=222 Attacking: https://youtu.be/H3-D6yeGJm8?t=25
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What was the reaction of pandavas after knowing that Karna was their brother

I want to know that what is written in mahabharat about the reaction of pandavas after knowing that they killed their brother Karna.
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How the war between Lord Shiva & andhaka had taken place?

I know what happened as per puranas , but does Mahabharata also mentions the same or different? How andhaka had taken birth, did he wanted to be husband of goddess parvati? At last how the war ...
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What was the role of Karna's kundal? [duplicate]

We all know that Karna was given a Kavach and kundal by his father Lord Sun. Kavach was for his protection. But what was the role of Kundal?
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Why did Rudra/Shiva attack the sages Nara and Narayana after the Daksha yajna?

In the Shanti Parva of Mahabharata is related an incident where Rudra/Shiva attacks the sages Nara and Narayana, while the latter two were performing austerities. The incident is related here. I ...
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Where are imperishable personalities from Mahabharata?

The characters listed below are Chiranjeevi's or imperishable personalities from Dwaaparayuga that means they are immortal. So where do they exist in Kaliyug? Is there any evidence or documents ...
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Where in Mahabharat it is told that Abhimanyu learned the breaking of Chakra-Vyuha while he was in his mother's womb?

I have heard the story of Abhimanyu and the Chakra-Vyuha. But I cant find the exact location where it is told, how he learned it. Was he in his mother's womb or Arjuna taught him later physically?
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Why did Parashurama teach Bhishma but not Karna?

We know that Parashurama was the guru of Bhisma, a kshatriya. Then why did he refuse to teach Karna on the basis of being a kshatriya?
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Did karna learn the vedas from Drona?

I am looking for explicit mention in KMG Mahabharata that Karna learnt vedas from Drona (will be helpful if there are passages that show he conducted vedic rites). I don't think he learnt vedas from ...
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Sanskrit/vedic text describing relationship between male and female

I wanted to know if there is a sanskrit/vedic text that describes as to why there is these two forms of existence of life i.e. a male and a female and what their relationship is(things like why they ...
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Did Parashurama ever meet Lord Krishna?

The widely held belief is that it was Parashurama who gave sudarshana chakra to Lord Krishna. However as seen in this answer it was not the case. So my question is did the two ever meet given that ...
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Is weekday a part of Hinduism?

There are some customs like one shouldn't wash, hair, clothes, cut nails etc. on weekdays like Tuesday, Saturday, etc. I'm curious to know whether weekdays used to exist at the time of Mahabharata, ...
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What is the rationale behind the statement that all kings have to spend at least some time in hell?

In Svargarohanika Parva after Yudhishtra had experienced hell, Lord of Dharma gave the following reason Without doubt, all kings, O son, must once behold Hell. Hence hast thou for a little while ...
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How long did it take to write the whole Mahabharata?

Mahabharata is longest version consists of over 100,000 Sloka or over 200,000 individual verse lines,so such big lines of epic how much time it has taken to write ?
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Can anyone describe me about the look of Krishna, Shiva & Parvati as per Mahabharata?

I know there are many descriptions from puranas but I want to know as per Mahabharata that how Krishna, Shiva & Parvati does looks? What are their physical features & descriptions ? How was ...
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Was Pinaka bow made by Lord Shiva himself or by vishwakarma?

As per Valmiki Ramayana & Mahabharata, Lord Shiva had made a powerful bow to destroy the sacrifice of daksha. However it doesn't mention the name of that bow. So was that bow Pinaka or was it ...
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Did Gandhari ever remove her blindfold?

The story goes Gandhari removed her blindfold the night before Duryodhana's decisive encounter with Bhima. She poured all her power into her son's body in one glance, rendering Duryodhana's entire ...
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Question on lineage of Karna's foster parents

We know Karna's foster father Adhiratha, a charioteer. He was a Suta which is defined to be descendant of Kshatriya father and Brahmana mother (as per Manusmriti). But do we have any information on ...
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Why do we not have the technology used by Ravana, or others in EPICs? [closed]

My questions are about all the supernatural weapons and things used. If everything was oral tradition, I agree and respect that as well. Why isn't that available like Vedas and other things? You can ...
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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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Why did Drupada tell Drona non-kings cannot be friends with kings?

As seen in this section of Adi Parva , Drupada's words when Drona came to him were Then the son of Bharadwaja, endued with great prowess went to king Drupada, and approaching that monarch, that ...
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Who is wife of Vidhura?

Vidhura is an important character in mahabharatam. Is he married? If yes, who is the wife of Vidhura?
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Ramayana ( Genealogy of Shri Ram ) [duplicate]

Vedas tell that human can live upto 100 years with a maximum of 400 years . So if we still assume that Ramayana happened again in current chaturyuga ( 28 th treta yuga ) Dwapara Yuga which is of 8,...
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Why Shivling was worshipped as per Mahabharata?

I know that as per puranas like Shiva puran & Linga puran that , Lord Shiva had emerged as a fire pillar. Later on which became shivling. But are there any reasons as per Mahabharata that why it ...
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Are there any statements in Mahabharata that confirm that the shape of earth is not flat?

It is well known that several scriptures in Hinduism declare that the shape of earth is not flat. So Hindu scriptures refute the idea of a flat earth. Are there any statements explicitly from ...
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How Lord Shiva can be defeated by someone?

I have read that as per Mahabharata (Anushashana parva) where upamanyu says that - there was no deity like Shiva , there was no refuge like Shiva. There is no one who can give so many boons like him &...
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Puranas (Life of Shri Krishna) [duplicate]

An Arya Samaj Influencer Rahul Arya claims that All fake stories have been planted in Srimad Bhagavatam, Skanda Puran & Brahma Vaivarta Puran about Krishna that he is playing with girls, Krishna ...
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On what tithi was bhishma pitamah born?

Bhishma Pitamah died on Bhishma Ashtami in Kurukshetra War. But at what tithi was bhishma pitamah born? Please provide answer with reference
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HELP - The book that illuminates the learnings/ideas/message that Mahabharata and Ramayana seek to portray through their stories and characters

I want to read Mahabharata and Ramayana but I also want to know the underlying messages or learning that they seek to illustrate so Is there any book which illuminates the learnings and ideas of ...
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Where can i find this verse chanted before honoring Mahaprasad

In Gaudiya vaisnava temples i have heard the following prayer before honoring (eating) Mahaprasada: mahā-prasāde govinde nāma-brahmaṇi vaiṣṇave svalpa-puṇyavatāḿ rājan viśvāso naiva ...
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Difference in life of Shri Krishna in Puranas and Mahabharata [closed]

An Arya Samaj Influencer Rahul Arya claims that All fake stories have been planted in Srimad Bhagavatam, Skanda Puran and Brahma Vaivarta Puran about Krishna that he is playing with girls, Krishna ...
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Why does nobody recognize Karna to be a Kshatriya warrior despite his having divine Kavach and Kundala?

Karna was born with divine Kavach and Kundala which is said to be brilliant and unique among all the astra shastras. So, how come throughout all stages of his life, nobody inquired/acknowledged that ...
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What was the symbolism of Ashwatthama's story?

It is well known that Mahabharata can be seen as an allegory for human life.  The characters of Yuddhishthira, Bheema, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva are frequently discussed in this context. Even ...
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Why did Ashwatthama fight for Kauravas?

Ashwatthama is considered as an avatar of Lord Shiva. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashwatthama Inspite of being Rudramsha, why did he side with adharmis like Kauravas?
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Why is the bow regarded as the foremost of weapons?

In this section of the Mahabharata, Nakula says: The bow, O grandsire, is regarded as the foremost of weapons in this world. My question is, what reason does the Mahabharata give for the bow being ...
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During Krishna's period did people know he was God? [duplicate]

During krishna's period did people know he was God and avatar of lord Vishnu? If they knew, why did people fight against him in Mahabharata war? As he was God if people knew it why would anyone go ...
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What is the exact story of Lord Shiva & five Indras? [duplicate]

What was the exact story behind Lord Shiva & five previous Indras as per Mahabharata ? What was happened to them? What happened to the current Indra? How Lord Shiva had punished them?
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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 are the different endings of Ramayana and Mahabharata as seen by the sage-crow Kakabhushundi?

I have read that Kakabhushundi was a crow that had seen 11 different endings of Ramayana and 16 of Mahabharata. If this is true, what are the other endings of Ramayana and Mahabharata?
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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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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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