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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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Was Surya's son Karna with his Kavachakundala as strong as Krishna and Arjuna taken together?

Krishna says to Arjuna in the Critical Edition: It is through good fortune that his armour has gone. It is through good fortune that his earrings have been robbed. It is through good fortune that the ...
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How many vyuha were create in Mahabharata?

How many vyuh were create in Mahabharata? Who is the creator of vyuha and who know that how to destroy that vyuha? I heard that 40 vyuha were created in Mahabharata like: Chakravyuha Kronchvyuha ...
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did either side take prisoners of war in the Mahabharata war?

The concept was known at that time: Then Pandu’s five sons defeated Drupada in battle. Taking him and his advisers prisoners What did both sides do with enemy soldiers who surrendered?
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What style of marriage did Arjuna use to marry each of his wives?

How many wives did Arjun have? This question suggests 4 wives - but it says on Quora that KMG says he had more. Out of Brahma, Daiva, Arsha, Prajapatya, Asura, Gandharva, Rakshasa, Paishacha, which ...
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Maha Deva as Trivishtapa : The Three Paths of Swarga, Mrityu and Paatala Lokas

Maha Deva is also caled " Trivishtapa " or the Provider of the Three Paths of Swarga, Mrityu and Paatala Lokas. What are Swarga, Mrityu and Paatala Lokas?
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Did Yashoda participate in Rasa? [duplicate]

Is there any mention of Shri Yashoda participating in Rasa either in Mahabharata, Shrimadbhagavatham or Hari Vamsham or any authentic scriptures? Edit: This question is not a duplicate of this ...
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Was there an agreement not to use child-soldiers in the Mahabharata war?

Around page 2829 of the CE Sanjaya says O king! Abhimanyu was still a child and had not yet attained youth. But he was killed He was full of ecstatic praise for Abhimanyu's valor when he was killing ...
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Did Parashurama cede all his powers to end the confrontation with Rama in the Ramayana?

The two Ramas have a confrontation and at the end Parashruma says But I triumphed over matchless realms of heavens with my ascesis, oh, Rama, you may hash them up with that irreversible arrow... let ...
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Srucāvatī is Drona's sister?

In Shalya parva, Vaishampayana narrates how Balarama went to sacred thirthas. The story of Srucāvatī (Sruvavati) is narrated there. Her birth is exactly same as of Drona: pot born after Bharadwaja's ...
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Scriptures mentioning about death of stars

Consider the following line from Mahabharata I see again that the luminous bodies, large and small, which move in the firmament, fall down when their time comes. [Section 179, Mokshadharma Parva, ...
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Which Gods besides Vishnu have been declared as Supreme and/or Brahman in the Mahabharata?

Vishnu,Narayana,Vasudeva,Janardana and Krishna have been declared supreme many times in Mahabharata. Which other Gods have also been declared as supreme, the origin of everything or Brahman in the ...
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Why Dhritarastra is not called Vyasa's son?

In Vyasa Mahabharata Pandavas are repeatedly called "the son of Dharma", "the son of Shakra", "twins of Ashwinis". However, Dhritarastra is always called "son of ...
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Did Arjuna kill 10 Kauravas?

It was Bhima's vow to kill all sons of Dhritarastra. We have seen Pandavas injuring them but not killing--leaving them to Bhima to kill. However in Karna parva it says: He was then surrounded by ten ...
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Kurus alliance with fallen communities

While arguing with Shalya on who is superior, Karna says Madrakas are of worst character. He also lists others: The Prasthalas, the Madras, the Gandharas, the Arattas, those called Khasas, the ...
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Is there any mention of Lord Krishna in the Rāmāyaṇa?

In the Canto CXIX.: Glory To Vishnu of the Yuddha Kāṇḍa of the Valmikí Rāmāyaṇa, after Rāvaṇa has been defeated, all deities appear in the sky and eulogize Shri Rāma, as Lord Vishnu himself ...
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What is the connection between Soma (Vasu) and Soma (Chandra)? [duplicate]

As per Vishnu Purana: Part1: Chapter 15, in Vaivasvata manwantara, Brahma's son Daksha incarnated as Prachetas' son. As Daksha's mother Márishá was daughter of Soma (Chandra, the Moon god) and ...
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What is the Jiva Atma? What is the Paramatma? Are they Different? Is the Jiva-Atma the Mind, Or Are They Different? [duplicate]

Basically, the title are my questions. I have heard the jiva atma and the paramatma used interchangeably, but then they are separated in, for instance, Vaishnavism. Is it the case that when we are in ...
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Who is Writing This? Who am I? [duplicate]

When I write this, is it the mind that is making me write this, or the Self? Is the mind always consciously achieved? Is the self never perceived consciously? Was the true Arjun (the Self) listening ...
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Union of heaven, earth and nether regions

While reading Mahabharata, I came across following verse over here That part where Bhagirathi-Ganga flows in a northward direction is known as the union of heaven, earth, and the nether regions. ...
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What is the meaning of “bhīma-karmā vṛkodaraḥ” in Gita 1.15?

In Gita 1.15 Bhīma is called "bhīma-karmā vṛkodaraḥ", or something along the lines of "tremendous-deeds wolf-bellied". Are there any particular stories about Bhima's tremendous ...
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Is there any references about Vyasa's approx. birth century?

There are a lot of references for Mahabharata war timeline, but I couldn't find much about Vyasa's birth century. Is there any reference(s) for the same?
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What do we know about Chekitana?

Was he considered the equal of Arjuna in warfare? What are some of his great deeds in the war? How was Duryodhana able to kill him?
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How old is the Mahabharata manuscript? [closed]

Many people say that the Mahabharata is from 5000 B.C How old is the Mahabharata? Is there any proof that Mahabharata is as old as 5000 B.C? Is the Mahabharata manuscript written by Ganapati available ...
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Does the scriptures or eminent hindu acharyas, give any reasons as to why didn't Kunti invite the Trimurtis for begetting sons via Niyoga?

Since Kuntī got a boon from the legendary, Ṛṣi Durvāsa himself, I guess, noone would disrespect his boon thus would have descended down to beget Kuntī a son, as per her choice. So, why did Panḍu ...
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What leisure activities found in Mahābhārata, Rāmāyaṇa & Purāṇa-s?

The modern world has got sports, degenerated cinema, etc. for leisure activities. I wonder what all our ancestors did as pastime?
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What is the meaning of “abhyahanyanta” in Gita 1.13?

Here's sloka 1.13 of the Gita: tatah sankhas ca bheryas ca panavanaka-gomukhah sahasaivabhyahanyanta sa sabdas tumulo 'bhavat Gita as it is translates it thus: After that, the conchshells, bugles, ...
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Did Sanjaya take part in Mahabharata war

In Drona Parva/Jayadhrata vadha parva, Sanjaya says: I myself, with my own troops, cased in mail and equipped with weapons, and supported by four hundred foremost of bowmen, resisted Chekitana. ...
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Mandavya Rishi, the King and Yamaraja Curse

As per the Adi Parva of Mahabharata, Chapter 106 & 107, the story of Mandavya Rishi is narrated. In short, he was given a punishment by the soldiers of a (KING ?) , and thus made to sit on a ...
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What is the scriptural description of Shri Krshn's physical appearance?

How did He look like during His infancy, childhood, boyhood, youth and adulthood? Is there any mention of Him having an Ashtaratni body?
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Teachings of Shakuni

In some translation of Mahabharat, I read a conversation between Duryodhana and Shakuni, but I can't find it today on Google. It goes something like this: Duryodhana asks Shakuni some question. In ...
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Does the Bhagavad Gita actually have 745 shlokas?

Does the Bhagavad Gita really have 745 shlokas? Even Chapter 43, shloka 4 of the Bhishma Parva of the Mahabharata says that the Gita has 745 slokas: षट्शतानि सविंशानि क्ष्लोकानां प्राह केशवः । ...
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Shikandini married uncle's daughter?

Mahabharata, in this translation, says Hiranyavarman gave his daughter to Drupada's son Shikandini (Drupada said she is his son when she was a girl). Hiranyavarman was about to attack Drupada and all ...
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Drupada asking for son kill Bhishma

In this translation of Mahabharata, it says Drupada wanted distruction of Bhishma and hence asked for son from Shiva. king Drupada, O monarch, paid his adoration to the god Sankara for the sake of ...
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How did earth sustain itself after Rishi agastya drank all the water from the oceans?

Rishi Agastya drank the oceans so the Devtas can iradicate the asura's hiding in the depth of Oceans,but he digested all the water and it was not filled back. Then after many 1000s of years later ...
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Karna and Krishna's conversation about Karna's birth

Krishna discussed Karna's birth with him when leaving Hastinapura; all the followers were asked to go back to the city and only Karna continued on Krishna's chariot. Interestingly this conversation ...
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Deceit in dice game

Mahabharata repeatedly talks about "deceit" in a dice game where Yudhistira lost. The Ganguly translation quotes Yudhistira saying "Thou hast won this stake of me by unfair means" (...
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Did Duryodhana ever insult Draupadi by his words?

Karna insulted Draupadi by his words several times. One of the intensive insults happen during Draupadi vastrapaharanam. I will give. O son of the Kuru race, the gods have ordained only one husband ...
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Reason behind Draupadi collecting blood of Yudhishthira in water

In Mahabharata, king Virata, out of anger, strikes Yudhishthira's face. Then Draupadi collects the blood due to that act by Virata. "Vaisampayana continued, 'Saying this, the king inflamed with ...
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What is the meaning of this statement by Bhishma?

I found this in an answer from the question: Does Science contradict Hinduism? How to deal with scientific discoveries that don't line up with Vedas? *Bhishma said in Mahabharata Shanti Parva Section ...
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When did Lord Vishnu perform Vaishnava Yajna?

From Mahabharata's Vana Prava The name of that sacrifice worthy of virtuous persons, is Vaishnava. No person save the ancient Vishnu hath performed it before. This mighty sacrifice vies with that ...
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5 Incarnations of MahaDeva

In the Mahabarata are referred five different incarnations (Vamadevascha ) of Mahadeva: Sadyojata of White Colour ; Vama Deva of Red Complexion; Agoresha of blue complexion; Tatpurusha of Yellow ...
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Did lord Krishna tell Arjuna that all the names (such as Rudra, Indra) refer to Krishna only?

I have found many people saying that all the names found in vedas and upanishads ( like Agni, Aditya, Rudra, Indra, etc.) refer to Krishna only; and Lord Krishna himself told this to Arjuna in the ...
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Story of river Samanga which cured Ashtavakra

As per wisdomlib : In the Vana Parva of the Mahābhārata, the legend of Aṣṭāvakra is described in greater detail. On losing the game of dice with the Kauravas, the five Pāṇḍava princes and Draupadi ...
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Why is Mahabharata called Mahabharata?

Mahabharata was initially called Jaya which means victory. But then it was called Bharata. Why is Mahabharata called Mahabharata?
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Are there mention of Samavatsaras in Mahabharata?

Does Mahabharata mention the name of any Samvatsaras This link which describes Mahabharata timeline mentions Samvatsaras but does not give the chapter and verse number, so I couldn't verify it. Please ...
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What is the most probable date for Mahabharatha War? [duplicate]

Mahabharatha War is an event of tremendous religious and traditional significance to all Hindus and an important historical event in Indian and World history. To this day, the date of the event ...
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Are there mention of Zodiac signs in Mahabharata?

Are there mention of Zodiac signs in Mahabharata? If yes please cite the verses.
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Skanda slokas missing in Sanskrit

I am looking for Sanskrit shlokas for the below sections in English. Starting from: Vaisampayana continued, "Thus addressed by the Pandava in that assembly of Rishis, the worshipful Markandeya ...
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Why did Dhritarashtra give Draupadi boons?

I understand that there were some bad omens that led dhritarashtra to give draupadi the boons. But why did this happen and what were the omens? It seems more logical to keep the wealth and kill the ...

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