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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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Where can I read more about characters like Karn and meghnad?

I've been reading a lot of literatures on internet about both, most of the sources/references are vague. Is there any granth or puran or any other book that talks more about them or other characters ...
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Vyadha Gita in the original sanskrit text

Now i'm working on translating the Vyadha Gita (A Gita from Vana Parva in Mahabharat) in sanskrit text. I found the sanskrit one from All About Gita Website, and it was published by Belur Math. But ...
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What should one do if someone abuses one's Guru and Guru's family members?

Kindly quote references which deal with this subject
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Hindu Equivalent of Pascal's Wager?

There is this famous wager designed by Pascal which aims to convince humans to act as if God is real Pascal's wager is a philosophical argument advanced by Blaise Pascal (1623–1662), seventeenth-...
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Who do other Kshatriya groups like the Kambojas descend from?

Who do other Kshatriya groups like the Kambojas descend from? Do they also come from the Solar and Lunar dynasties? Or are they of some other lineage? There appear to be many Kshatriya in the ...
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Kakbhushandi's different versions of epics

How can there be multiple version, with different outcomes like, Pandavs losing etc. If that was the case, how would there be yug parivartan? Plus, doesn't it go against that time is helix?
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Where does exactly the trigunas reside or arise?

The hierarchy generally mentioned across texts includes five indriyas, manas, buddhi, and kshetranga. Buddhi is influenced by the trigunas (sattwa, rajas, and tamas), but the trigunas may not be ...
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Is it possible to realize the relationship between pancha mahabhootas and pancha tanmatras?

According to Sanatana Dharma, there is a relationship between the pancha mahabhootas (Earth, Wind, Space, Water, and Light/Fire) and the pancha tanmatras (sound, touch, form, taste, smell). There are ...
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Why Lord Krishna adorns a peacock feather?

I want scriptural references that make mention of Lord Krishna adorning a peacock feather and perhaps also, why? Please let me know.
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Do common people know about Mahābhāratam?

Was Mahabharata popular before the TV series by Mr BR Chopra? Like , did grandparents talk about the Mahābhārata?
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Why was Bhisma unable to glorify Lord Shiva as he previously glorified Sri Hari Vishnu without hesitation?

In Mahabharata, Anushasana Parva we see that when Yudhisthira asked Bhishma to say about Lord Shiva , Bhisma expressed his inability to do so but when Yudhisthira asked to glorify Vishnu ji then ...
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Did any Vedic kings(Ramayana Mahabharata Age) rule directly over mlecchas?

I know that Kings Mandhatri Yayati Bharata etc conquered entire world but did they also administer it..My question is can Aryan kings rule over land of mlecchas? Is there any scriptural example of ...
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Is there a verse in the Bori Mahabharata in which Shiva says that he was born from Vishnu?

Is there a verse in the Bori (critical edition) Mahabharata in which Shiva says that he was born from Vishnu?
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Did Lord Shiva really cut off his own phallus in the Following verses of the Mahabharata?

In the Mahabharata , Sauptika parva ch 17 KMG English translation - After the creatures had multiplied and the Grandsire had become well pleased, the first-born rose from the water and beheld the ...
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What is difference between Kshetrajna, and Atman.?

This doubt is from a shloka of Mahabharata. Is Kshetrajna same as Linga Sharira.?
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Was any verse in bori Mahabharata in which Shiva said that he was born from Vishnu or Vishnu said that Shiva born from Vishnu

Was there is any verse in bori Mahabharata in which Shiva said that he was born from Vishnu or Vishnu said that Shiva was born from him
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Was there any avatar of Nara during Ramavatar?

It is being said that Nara and Narayan together takes birth in each Yug to establish the Dharma. During Krishna avatar, Krishna is the avatar of Narayan while Arjun is the avatar of Nara. I want to ...
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Did Arjun ask Krishna to become his charioteer?

Did Arjun asked Krishna to become his charioteer ? Or Did Krishna become the saarthi (charioteer) himself ?
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Why does the Garuda Purana say that the Mahabharata has been undergoing interpolations since Satya yuga?

In the Garuda Purāna, we come across the following verse- दैत्याः सर्व विप्रकुलेषु भूत्वा कृते युगे भारते षट्सहस्र्याम् । निष्कास्य कांश्चिन्नवनिर्मितानां निवेशनं तत्र कुर्वन्ति नित्यम् ॥ ३,१.६९ ॥ In ...
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Extra terrestrial origin of Indians

Kunti called upon Indra, Vayu, Yama,to beget a child using Durvasa's Mantra. What was the mantra, and have any other mantras been used in a similar way since the times of Mahabharat? By virtue of this ...
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Bheem v/s Duryodhan Mace Battle in Mahabharata

I would like to know the following. In between the mace battle between the mighty Bheem and Duryodhan, had the battle continued for many many days further, who would have been victorious? Both Bheem ...
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If Ayodhya Ram temple is so dear to Hindus, why don't we see lord Krishna ever visiting ayodhya/talk about his last avtar ? (500 years dream of hindus [duplicate]

Heard that avatars concept is fabricated at the time of Buddhism.
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A question regarding sale of items in smritis and scriptures?

Pranam Is it necessary for seller and buyer to be present at the place of selling to take place? Is mental selling(via manasika sankalpa not verbal) valid? What happens if an object is sold but isnt ...
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Physical changes in other lifeforms in each Yuga

https://sacred-texts.com/hin/m03/m03189.htm In this section of the Mahabharata mentions how men physically change over time I am wondering if other life forms similarly change.
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What are the cases in which wife can disobey her husband?

Pranam, Please provide scriptural references.. Thanks
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Can wife disobey husband's illegal/adharmic orders?

Pranam Suppose a perverted or a mentally unsound husband orders a wife to go someone else(to be with him(have sexual relation with him)) then I think it is adharmic.. My question is can wife disobey? ...
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Good and clear photos of original Sanskrit Manuscript of Mahabharata in full

Are there any good photos ie easy to read and good lighting of the whole Mahabharata and Ramayana including the accused "interpolated" options? Please include a Manuscript with headers for ...
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When there is conflict between 2 scriptures which one wins?

When there is conflict between 2 scriptures which one wins? Put followings in order of authority: Vedas, Upanishads, Smritis, Ramayan, Mahabharat and Puranas
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Which is correct - Shantanu or Shaantanu?

In the Mahabharata book by Gorakhpur press, the name is given as Shaantanu (शान्तनुः), but I've also heard his name as Shantanu (शन्तनुः). Is there a correct version? For the name शन्तनुः, the ...
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What is the meaning of the word Hastinapur?

The city Hastinapur from the Mahabharata is where the Kauravas reside. What is the meaning for this word? Is there any source for it?
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Is there any text detailing Kunti's life?

I'm trying to find more information on Kunti's life. Specifically, these are the questions I'm trying to find answers for: What was she skilled in? What were the kinds of things she was exceptional ...
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How to search for Mahabharat Book, Chapter, Verse?

As in, which site do I use to search Book-wise, Chapter-wise or Verse-wise? For example, some book I'm reading on Google Books quotes Shanti Parv (which is Book 12) but mentions Verse 6930. How do I ...
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Itihasa and Dharmashastra, Nitishastra and Dharmasutra

What were the rules used by the famous kingdoms during the events of Ramayana and Mahabharata? If none is provided would it be fair to assume that the Dharmasutras were the sacred law? Also if not ...
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Does nirukta of yaksa has any direct/indirect reference to mahabharat?

Does nirukta of yaksa has any direct/indirect reference to mahabharat ?
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Dharmashastras used in Valmiki Ramayana & Mahabharta

Dharma/Niti shastras were used in Ram Rajyam and other popular kingdoms in Mahabharata and Ramayana.
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Are all purusarths equally important?

There are four purusarths of life - Dharma, Artha , Kaam and Moksha. Are all of them equally important ? Dharma is the path. Moksha is the end goal. Artha and Kaam are also goals. Is there any such ...
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Eternal Hell in regards to Mahabharta

According to this verse in Mahabharta, there is an eternal hell "Yudhishthira answered,--'He that summoneth a poor Brahmana promising to make him a gift and then tells him that he hath nothing to ...
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Did Barbarik see that in both sides only Krishna was present and all people fighting were Krishna only?

Is it true that when Barbarik was asked what he saw in the Mahabharat war, he replied that in both sides every person was Krishna himself and the only person who was fighting was Krishna. Is such a ...
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Did Arjun and Subhadra do fire rituals for their marriage?

Arjun married Subhadra in the manner of Rakshas Vivah. As he abducted her (though with her consent). I want to know if there happened any fire rituals for this marriage. Or Arjun just abducted ...
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Shukra Neeti in Mahabharta and Ramayana?

Is Shukra Niti a real text if so, was it used to govern Ram Rajyam or kingdoms in Mahabharata? If not is it mentioned if so how. Is this a good substitute for Dharmashastras? I am confused. Are their ...
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Searching for source for a quote I came across on Hinduism stackexchange

I came across the following quote in this answer: https://hinduism.stackexchange.com/a/37413/32655 Any knowledge gained by lie or deciet is fruitless and will definitely fail to deliver when one need ...
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Why was Nakul named after a mongoose?

The word Nakul means mongoose in Sanskrit. Is there any story behind Nakul being named after a mongoose?
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Where can I find a searchable text of Mahabharata online?

I want to be able to search across the entire Mahabharata for certain words or phrases. I have seen pages where you have to click to different pages to navigate through. But I want to be able to ...
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What is the etymology of the name Vidura?

What is the etymology of the name Vidura? Is there a verse that in the Mahabharata that indicates the meaning of his name and how it arose?
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Different variants of Mahabharta

We know Ramayana has many different versions ie the Ramcharitmanas and the most authentic Valmiki Ramayana. What about the Mahabharta are there any other retellings over Vysa how long are these?
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What is the best Malayalam Mahabharata story book?

What is the best book for reading the story of Mahabharata in Malayalam.
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dharmraj yudhistir's dharm

There was a huge gathering, and you were betting on Draupadi. ​​Tell Yudhishthir, how can you be called Dharamraj? this is a part of a poem and i know that it was a sin of yudhistir, can anyone ...
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Regarding Mixed Castes in Mahabharta

So the Tirtha Yantra Parva of the Mahabharata says mixed castes are considered better than the original when purification rites are performed. (https://www.wisdomlib.org/hinduism/book/the-mahabharata-...
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Need explanation on few statement of yaksha prashn

Who causes the sun to set? Dharma 1.See I am not taking it literally but light/sunlight is symbol of pure knowledge in most scriptures which kills ignorance, so how does dharma end(sets) this ...
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Why Krishna allowed Bhima to kill Dushashan in brutal manner?

Bhima killed Dushashan mercilessly. Bhima drank his blood. Why Krishna allowed such act ? Is this episode of Bhima drinking blood of Dushashan correct written in Mahabharat ? Why Krishna allowed such ...
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