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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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Origin of Panchjanya sankh

According to Shreemad bhagwad the origin of Panchjanya Sankh is the sea, from Samudra Manthan and according to Mahabharat it was gained by Shree Krishna while fighting with demon's in order to save ...
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Who are the sons of Pulastya that were born as Duryodhana's brothers?

Rishi PUlastya had sons who were born as Duryodhana's brothers. Whhat are the names of the sons of Pulastya that were born as Duryodhana's brothers? https://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m01/m01068.htm ...
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Who is the spirited king Vasumitra, the reincarnation of Danayu's son Vikshara?

The eldest of the four sons of Danayu, who was known by the name of Vikshara, became known on earth the spirited monarch, Vasumitra https://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m01/m01068.htm The eldest of the ...
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Who is the A king ever engaged in good of all creatures?

In chapter LXVII of Adi Parva in Mahabharata, I knew the Eight Kalakeya reborn as A king Who was engaged in good of all creatures. The eighth of the Kaleyas known as Vrihat became on earth a virtuous ...
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Did Draupdi have the boon of turning virgin every morning or every year?

I have heard that Druapdi had the boon of turning virgin every day she took bath . Or Did she turn virgin every year ?
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Was Mahabharata war fought for honour of Draupadi or Kingdom?

Commonly, it is said that Mahabharata war happened for the sake of honour of Draupadi. Pandavas wanted to take revenge from Kauravas for insulting her and Lord Krishna helped them. But then we see ...
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Who was the oldest warrior to fight Mahabharata war?

Was it King Bahlika , Bhagadatta or someone else? Please note that I am asking about oldest who actually fought in battlefield. About Bahlika, wiki says He was the elder brother of Shantanu And ...
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How many Verison of Shiva sahasranama is there?

How many versions of shiva Sahasranama are there?
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Does this verse of Mahabharata Shanti Parva say that Vayu also alomg with Rudra consumed poison, as some Madhwas claim?

In Shanti Parva, The 16th verse in chapter 329 ब्राह्मणमाहात्म्यमग्निषोमीयात्मकम् of BORI edition अमृतोत्पादने पुरश्चरणतामुपगतस्याङ्गिरसो बृहस्पतेरुपस्पृशतो न प्रसादं गतवत्यः किलापः अथ बृहस्पतिरपां ...
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How to increase aakarshan/mohini shakti?

I want to know how to increase aakarshan shakti, any kind of mantra or yantra which doesn't need initiation or any ayurvedic medicine
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Sanskrit translation of Mahabharata Adi Parva, Section CCXXXIV

I'd like to know the praise of Agni Deva of below translation from Mahabharata, Adi Parva, Section CCXXXIV: Jaritari said, 'Thou art, O fire, the soul of air! Thou art the body of the Earth's ...
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Is there any tradition of anagogical interpretation in Hinduism?

The word “anagogical” is used by Christians to describe one of the four senses of interpreting biblical scripture, historical, allegorical, moral, and anagogical. The anagogical sense was about ...
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What is the original Sanskrit of Mahabharata Book 3, Chapter 188

I would like to see the original Sanskrit for the following verse (or verses). Governed by my ordinance, men wander within my body, their senses overwhelmed by me. They move not according to their ...
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Brahma Sutras or Upanishad quotation needed

Where in Brahma Sutras does it say Prutak Upadeshat Tad Gunasaratvad Tu Tad Vyapadesha Prajnavat Jeevo Binnaha Tatha Devaha Tathapi Jnanaroopataha Prochyate Bramha Rupena Na Tu Sarvaswaroopataha I ...
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Did Hanumanji listen to the Bhagavad Gita?Did He “require” the essence of the Bhagavad Gita as such?

It is known that Hanumanji placed himself on the flag of Arjuna’s chariot during the Kurukshetra war;if so,Did Hanumanji also listen to the Bhagavad Gita?
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How can one define which one is a "Satvik" and not "Asat" Scripture

In Bhagwat-purana's many verses , Skand-purana's some verses , Brahma-purana , even in Mahabharata there were mention of Apsara's sexual relations with the peoples who will reach the Swarga , some ...
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Did Bhishma give pain to an insect in his 101th previous birth because of which he got bed of arrows?

I saw a video in which it is shown that Bhisma got bed of arrows because he gave the pain to an insect and threw it on cactus due to which Bhishma got bed of arrows. Is this story correct?
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Why does Bhishma condemn the rakshasa vivaha?

This is what Bhishma says in the Mahabharata: Other forms of marriage are seen, practised by men, such as marrying girls after abducting them by force from amidst their kinsmen. Those persons who ...
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Where does the Mahabharata mention Draupadi entering the Agni for a new body every year?

It is said, especially on this site, that Draupadi used to enter the fire every year for a new body before she slept with her other husbands. So I want to know where IN THE MAHABHARATA this is ...
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Esoteric meaning of an extract from the meeting of Arjuna and Shiva

There is a story in the Mahabharata of Shiva meeting Arjuna as a kirāta when he awards him his divine arrow. Kunchan Nambiar of Kerala has interpreted the story in the form of an ōṭṭantuḷḷal, a kind ...
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Prahalada vs Abhimanyu story misunderstanding

I have heard two stories and one seem to be in conflict with another. Please correct my misunderstanding. In the story of Prahalada, Prahalada was educated by Narada (while Prahalada was inside his ...
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What is meant by 'scarifying whole earth for oneself'?

It is always rational to sacrifice a smaller group for the sake of a larger group if both groups are irreconcilable. The same idea is present in the scriptures. For the sake of a family a member may ...
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What was the caste of Vidur's wife?

What was the caste of Vidur's wife? To which caste does Vidur's wife belong?
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Story of Suvarchala asking for a blind husband who can able to see

I read a story of Suvarchala from Mahabharata in the Telugu language. But I cannot able to find the same in this English translation. The following is the storyline There was a viprarshi named Devala....
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How to understand the 'unmanifested karma' before the creation?

Consider the following verses regarding the Mula prakruthi अव्यक्तकर्मजा बुद्धिर अहंकारं परसूयते आकाशं चाप्य अहंकाराद वायुर आकाशसंभवः वायॊस तेजस ततश चापस तव अद्भ्यॊ हि वसुधॊद्गता मूलप्रकृतयॊ ऽसतौ ता ...
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What are the writings of 'devarshi charitha' by Gargeya?

In a conversation between Yudhistrira and Bhishma, I encountered the following statements, which occur in a conversation between a guru and disciple At the end of every (celestial) yuga (when ...
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Can a non-dvija recite the Vishnu Sahasranama stotram?

I am not a dvija yet. I am wondering whether I can recite the Vishnu Sahasranama stotram of the Anushasana Parva. If so, can one say the Pranava when it is found in the Stotram? For example in the ...
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What is the story of Indra attacking Lord Shiva using wolves?

In this chapter of Harivamsha Parva of Mahabharata, Rishi Kashyap composes a stotra praising Lord Shiva. The stotra describes various attributes and deeds of Lord Shiva. The stotra in one place ...
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What are the incidents from old scriptures in which Kshatriyas honored the Brahmins?

In Sanathan dharma, there are four varnas: Brahmin, Kshetriya, Vaishya, and Shudra. It is well known that, in general, Kshatriyas and other orders pay respect, and give honor to Brahmins due to their ...
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Dronacharya fighting for Kauravas in Mahabharata?

Dronacharya Arjuna - Best Archer Why Dronacharya designed Chakrayuh? Dronacharya awards yudhishthir kunjarova Dronacharya unable to capture Yudhisthira The fall of Drona I would like to know why ...
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Who is Lord Jagannatha's maternal aunt?

During Ratha Yatra, Lord Jagganath goes to his maternal aunt's house. Lord Jagannath is Krishna. He is with his brother Balarama and Sister Subhadra (according to Gaudiya Vaishnavism). Now, they are ...
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Is Manu Smriti mentioned in the Ramayana and the Mahabharata?

It is popular traditional belief that Manu Smriti was there before Ramayana and Mahabharata. So does Manu Smriti find any mention in the Ramayana and the Mahabharata? Are any passages quoted in the ...
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Is there any communication between families of Kamsa and the Pandavas or they ever talk about each-other?

The following is the first paragraph about Krishna in THE RIDDLE OF RAMA AND KRISHNA by Babasaheb Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Now about Krishna. He is the hero of the Mahabharata. Really speaking the ...
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Can Sati leads to moksha if husband attains moksha?

Consider the following paragraph related to the funeral rites of Vasudeva, the father of Krishna Thus addressed by Pritha’s son of pure deeds, all of them hastened their preparations with eagerness ...
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What is the frequency and impact of Amavasya on Chaturdasi day?

Consider the following excerpt from the Mahabharatha, which discuss possible implications of the astrological phenomenon "Beholding these signs that indicated the perverse course of Time, and ...
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Do attendants of yama mistakenly kill wrong people due to the confusion in names?

When I read Mahabharatha in Telugu, I came across a conversation between Uma and Siva. In the conversation, Siva says that sometimes the attendants of Yama take the wrong jiva to hell mistakenly. It ...
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Is it true that trees shouldn't present inside home?

Consider the following statement of Dhaumya from Mahabharatha Under the roots of a tree scorpions and snakes undoubtedly find shelter. Hence, one should never plant a tree within one's abode. [...
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Krishna's time with gopis and Bhagavad Gita verses 3.21-23

Even though I am a great devotee of Sri Krishna,It has always been troublesome for me to understand Rasa Lila and Sri Krishna's relation with Gopikas. Some were even married. Sukhadeva's explaination ...
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In which chapter of Mahabharatha, the narrator did not enumerate all names due to complexity?

In many scriptures, if there is a large list of names, the authors or narrators generally do not take the burden of enumerating all the names due to the complexity i.e., the size of the list. While ...
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Which other scriptures say that inter-caste marriages can give better children?

In a discussion between Yudhishthira and Yaksha, Yudhishthira says that children from inter-caste couples can be treated better compared to the same caste couple if the inter-caste couple undergoes ...
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Is Indra's vehicle Airavata a Naga?

According to Astika Parva section XXXV, Airavata is the third son of Kadru and Kashyap Sesha was born first, and then Vasuki. (Then were born) Airavata, Takshaka, Karkotaka, Dhananjaya, Kalakeya, the ...
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Conch use in Mahabharata and Ramayana

Conch Shankha Can you provide all references in Mahabharata and Ramayana where Conch was used? I feel during the start of Mahabharata war, every day and last day the couch was used. Was the Conch used ...
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Does the universe get recreated at the end of every Yuga?

I read in Mahabharata that at the end of every Yuga , the universe gets destroyed and new universe is created again. But it was not very much explicit. Adi Parva And what is seen in the universe, ...
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Source of saying: नित्यं एकमनस्कौ तौ (Nithyam Ekamanaskou tou)

In this video, a Swamiji belonging to Shri Madhwacharya order of Sannyasis, say that Lord Krishna and Bhima had the same mindset and same opinons. He says in Sanskrit, नित्यं एकमनस्कौ तौ They both ...
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When did Kamsa defeat the Devas?

I was going through the Vishnu Puran and came across the following description in Book V, Chapter IV: KANSA, much troubled in mind, summoned all his principal Asuras, Pralamba, Keśin, and the rest, ...
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Yama took birth as Vidura, then who was performing the work of Yama as god of death? [duplicate]

Since Yama had taken birth as Vidura, then while he was alive on earth as Vidura , who was performing the work of him as god of death ? My second question is related to first, can Devtas like - ...
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How does Veda Vyasa reconcile the praise of Indra as Brahman with this citation from Aitareya Brahmana?

Who was the earliest Vedic scholar to claim that only Indra and no other Deva is Brahman? In answer to the above question, Mahabharata is cited: BhagavAn veda vyAsa considers Indra as the supreme ...
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Is there a guna-based classification of Puranas in the Mahabharata?

https://ramanuja.org/sri/BhaktiListArchives/Article?p=sep96%2F0054.html One must watch out which purana is being quoted : The puranic evidence has to be from satvic puranas (as per classification in ...
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Do the tridevi (Saraswati,Lakshmi,Parvati) play any role in the Mahabharata?

Sita as Lakshmi's avatara, plays a primary role in Ramayana. The three Moola female deities don't seem to participate actively as their spouses do in the epic and there are conflicting theories as to ...
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Drupada’s Rite for Dhṛṣṭadyumna

yājas tu havanasyānte devīm āhvāpayat tadā ǀ praihi māṃ rājñi pṛṣati mithunaṃ tvām upasthitam ǁ devy uvāca ǀ avaliptaṃ me mukhaṃ brahman puṇyān gandhān bibharmi ca ǀ sutārthenoparuddhāsmi tiṣṭha ...

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