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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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Did Bhishma depart on Astami?

Bhishma astami is celebrated on Magha Shukla Astami as the day he departed. However Mahabharata says: O Yudhishthira, the lunar month of Magha has come. This is, again, the lighted fortnight and a ...
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Family tree of Prishadhra?

What is family tree of Prishadhra?what is name of child of Prishadhra ? Do child of prishadhra is shudra or Kshatriya?
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The inseparability of the Harivamsa from the Mahabharata and the number of verses accorded to it by traditional Sampradayas

As per the Matsya Purāṇa, Chapter 53, verse 70: अष्टादश पुराणानि कृत्वा सत्यवतीसुतः।
भारताख्यानमखिलं चक्रे तदुपबृंहितम्।
लक्षेणैकेन यत्प्रोक्तं वेदार्थपरिबृंहितम्॥७०॥ After completing the 18 Puranas, ...
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Does any of the major characters in the Mahabharata not have who they are in incarnation of declared?

Most major characters in the Mahabharata have who they are incarnations of written. Does anyone not?
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In the time of the Mahabharata, how would royal priest worship a great rishi?

The image, above, is an excerpt from Kisari Mohan Ganguli's translation of The Complete Mahabharata. It describes the scene when Satyavati calls Vyasa (by thinking of him) to ask him to father ...
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What is the height of a person who is eight ratnis in stature?

Karna is described to have 8 ratnis by Lord Krishna to Arjuna? https://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m08/m08072.htm Endued with might, he resembles a lion in the formation of his body. He is eight ratnis ...
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How many children did Parashara have besides Vyasa?

Parashara is known for being the father of Vyasa. Did he have any other children besides Vyasa?
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What is the meaning of Hrishikesha?

All I know is that Krishna or Arjuna is called Hrishikesha. What is the meaning of Hrishikesha?
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Who and what is the story of Viprachitti who incarnated as Jarasandha?

The [Sambhava Parva] mentions that Jarasandha was a rebirth of the demon Viprachitti: https://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m01/m01068.htm The first of Danavas, who was known by the name of Viprachitti, ...
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Were there any incarnations of Varuna and Agni deva?

I know Vishnu had Dashavatara, Surya, Yama, Ashvins, Vayu, Brahma and Shiva also incarnated on earth. Were there any incarnations of Varuna and Agni?
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If Parashurama is immortal, why did Narada tell Yudhisthira that he will fall prey to death?

https://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07067.htm "Narada said, 'Even the great ascetic Rama, the hero worshipped by all heroes, that son of Jamadagni, of great fame, will die, without being ...
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What happened to the wives of Pandavas except Draupadi in the end of Mahabharat?

Pandavas and Draupadi except Yudhisthira fall during their journey but in the end, what happened to the wives of other Pandavas?
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What happens if you die in Dakshinayana?

Bhishma chose to leave the world during Uttarayana. But he could have also died in Dakshina ayana. What happens if you die in Dakshina ayana?
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Which character in Mahabharata was invincible underwater and to aquatic creatures besides Krishna and Varuna?

Besides, Krishna and Varuna, were there any characters in Mahabharata invincible underwater?
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What happened to the wives of the Kauravas after Mahabharat war?

Karuavas had wives like the Pandavas. What happened to them after war? I know about Dushala but what about the wives of the Kauravas?
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Why did Indra not request Krishna to slay the Nivatakavachas?

Nivatakavachas were powerful demons and even the gods could not slay them. Indra asked Arjuna to slay them after he obtained the celestial weapons. Why did he not ask Krishna to slay them?
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How was Satyaki related to Krishna?

Satyaki and Krishna were Yadavas and Satyaki fought for Pandavas. All I know is that Satyaki is a student and friend of Arjuna and partial incarnation of Maruts. Satyaki was partial incarnation of ...
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After war, why did Bhishma preach Yudhisthira about dharma when Krishna himself could preach dharma to Yudhisthira?

Bhishma instructed Yudhisthira in statecraft. Why couldn't Krishna himsef do it?
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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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How did Yuyutsu die?

Yuyutsu switched from the side of Kauravas to the Pandavas and survived the 18-day war. Many years after Mahabharata war when Krishna passes away, Pandavas decide to renounce the world. Abhimanyu's ...
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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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Why was Shishupala enraged at Pandavas when Krishna was honorred during the Rajasuya Yagna?

Krishna was honored at Yudhisthira's Rajasuya Yagna. This made Shishupala angry. Why was he mad and enraged which made him insult Krishna?
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Was Arjuna sad or happy when Eklavya cut out his thumb?

Dronacharya demanded from his Ekalavya after he saw that by his arrows alone, Ekalayva was able to stop the dog from barking. Some people say that he secretly wanted Arjuna to be the best archer and ...
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Are any ancient sports mentioned in our scriptures [duplicate]

I wish to know if team sports existed in the ancient times. Especially in Ramayan and Mahabharat. By sports I don’t mean swimming, archery etc. I’m looking for something like football and cricket ...
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How was Shakuni so good at playing dice?

Shakuni is considered being good at dice even though people say that he deceitfully won Indraprastha for Duryodhana. My question is, how is Shakuni so good at playing dice that whatever number he ...
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Who was the kul guru of Hastinapura before Kripacharya?

Kripacharya, the immortal rishi is the kul guru of hastinapur but who was the kul guru of hastinapur before him?
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Who possessed Pashupatastra other than Arjuna and Shiva?

Shiva gave Pashupatastra to Arjuna but who possessed it besides those two?
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Did Parasara and Satyavati do any penance so that Vyasa might be born to them?

Pandu did severe penance to Indra so that he may get a famous son who is an invincible warrior. Krishna did penance so that his one of his sons, I forgot the name but his son was born with the ...
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What Lokas did Arjuna attain after death?

In Svargārohaṇa parva, I heard that Yudhiṣṭhira sees Arjuna with Kṛṣṇa but later, the end of the Mahābhārata characters is explained. Karṇa merges into Sūrya, Kṛṣṇa merges in to Viṣṇu and Yudhiṣṭhira ...
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Is there a contradiction in the tree parentage of Māṛṣā? (whether multiple or one)

In the Viṣṇu purāṇa, Māṛṣā is described as the offspring of trees. WHILST the Pracetasas were thus absorbed in their devotions, the trees spread and overshadowed the unprotected earth, and the people ...
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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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How is Yajnavalkya an enlightened soul in Ramayana, but still a student in Mahabharata?

The conversation between Yajnavalkya and Janaka is very famous. Yajnavalkya instructs Janaka, which seems to imply he is already learnt and not a student anymore. But Vyasa's disciple is Vaishampayana ...
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Did Shukracharya recite a mantra or did a ritual to ensure Yayati didn't incur the sin of begeting child from pratiloma marriage?

King Yayati was hesitant to marry Devayani as it would be a Pratiloma marriage. From Sambhava Parva Yayati, thereupon, replied, 'Beautiful one, I do not deserve thee. Thou art the daughter of Sukra ...
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Lord Krishna using the Sudarshan chakra

Lord Krishna used the Sudarshan chakra against Shishupal. Are there any other instances in the Life of Lord Krishna i.e. birth till death when he used the Sudarshan chakra?
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How do Gaudiya Vaishnavas justify Krishna's role in Khandava Dahana?

Gaudiya Vaishnavas go to an extreme length to justify non-violence. Their preachers say you can not even kill mosquitoes or cockroaches in your house. I was wondering how they justify the horrific ...
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Is Krishna's life story mentioned in Mahabharata ? Is his life at Vrindavan or Gokul mentioned in the Mahabharata?

Is Krishna's life story mentioned in Mahabharata ? Is his life at Vrindavan or Gokul mentioned in the Mahabharata ? In how much details his life story is mentioned in Mahabharata ?
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If everyone in the world suffers because of his/her past karma, then why should someone raise hands against injustice? [duplicate]

According to the theory of karma, all our suffering and happiness is because of our past karma. If that is so, then why should someone, according to Bhagwan Krishna, raise hands against injustice and ...
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Why did Mahadeva help Ashwatthama in his heinous endeavour? [duplicate]

Ashwatthama entered the Pandava camp in the dead of the night and massacred the mighty warriors when they were asleep. However, initially, he was stopped at the gate and could not enter the camp. He ...
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Was Ashwatthama punished for his heinous crime? [duplicate]

Ashwatthama assassinated members of the Pandava camp in the dead of the night when they were sleeping. It is a heinous crime. One should not cast weapons against kine, brahmanas, kings, women, ...
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Need reference of shloka from video?

In this video pravachana guru is tell sloka I want this sloka and reference Please seek 10:38 mins
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Is it compulsory to chant Krishna's name with Radha?

I am Krishna's devotee. And whenever I chant name of Krishna , I took only the name of "Krishna" . I chant "Jai Shri Krishna " or " Hare Krishna Hare Krishna ". The ...
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Was Subhadra daughter of Vasudeva or was she daughter of Nanda?

In the Star Plus TV show, it has been shown that Krishna was exchanged with the daughter of Nanda. That girl child transformed into Yogamaya (a form of goddess similar to Durga having multiple hands) ...
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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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Ramayana and Mahabharata Epics characters language interaction [duplicate]

I would like to know in both the Holy Epics Ramayana and Mahabharata, the characters interaction were in which language/s? I mean Lord Rama interacting with Lakshmana. I mean Lord Krishna interacting ...
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Why are finer details of stories related to Vaivasvata Manu are different in different conpositions/scriptures?

In Matsya Purana, Vaivasvata Manu manu is the king of Dravida Desha. He renounced the world and starts doing penance on top of Malaya mountain. Bhagavata Purana gives a similar story. In Chapter 12....
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Which scripture mentions Yuga length?

I am aware that the yuga lengths have the ratio 4:3:2:1 and have seen in various posts that a Kali Yuga is 432,000 years. What religious texts (Puranas, Mahabharat, Ramayan, etc) mention these Yuga ...
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Why did Arjuna marry his cousin sister Subhadra going against the Smriti?

Arjuna married Subhadra. Even Dharmaraja Yudhisthira did not oppose the cousin marriage. Krishna actively supported it. However, Dharmashastras do not support cousin marriage for North Indians Cross-...

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