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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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Why does in Mahabharata Samba Parva (chapter 42 verse 15) Krishna says Shispula didn't obtain Rukmini like a Shudra not obtain Vedas? [duplicate]

Why does in Mahabharata Samba Parva (chapter 42 verse 15) Krishna says Shispula didn't obtain Rukmini like a Shudra not obtain Vedas? Does this imply that Shudras are forbidden from the knowledge of ...
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Entry to Yudhistira's Rajasuya

While Duryodhana was explaining the presents received by Pandavas he details about how people were refused entry into the palace. In one passage he says ...who presented themselves at the gate, were ...
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Nirodhah and Asamsayam mahābhāo meanings in Dhyānayogo shl. 35 [closed]

Ch. Dhyānayogo , translated with "Il vero Yoga", = The True Yoga. Chapter number 6 for my edition. श्रीभगवानुवाच | असंशयं महाबाहो मनो दुर्निग्रहं चलम् | अभ्यासेन तु कौन्तेय वैराग्येण च ...
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How geographical birth is influenced by karma? [closed]

Thank you to the answerers to another question which I will link below. I want to point out that I do not believe in original sin but I believe in karma. What attributes of Hinduism allowed it to ...
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who arrived first in satyug?

who arrived first in satyug ? Lord Ram or lord krishna According to this Lord krishna arrived first in satyug but Valmiki written ramayan before Ved Vyas- Mahabharat So here im confused
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Yudhistira serving meat to Brahmanas

This translation says: king Yudhishthira, entered that palatial sabha having first fed ten thousand Brahmanas with preparations of milk and rice mixed with clarified butter and honey with fruits and ...
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Who is Matanga rushi?

What are the names of Matanga rushi's father and mother? Were children of Matanga rushi Brahmins? how did Matanga rushi change his caste? Was Jambavanta a Chandala?
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How is it possible for the yugas such as Dwapar and Kali to be personified in human-like form?

It is mentioned at many places that they were present in human forms, it doesn't make sense. Like in Kalki Puran, it us shown that Satyug in human form is with Lord Kalki. Also, in Dwapar Yug,Kali is ...
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It is said that Kali was present in Satyug as Gandharva and in Dwapar as dice, the biggest sinner lived through it all

Kali did many wrong things in Dwapar Yug and in Satyug and yet he is spared. The main of starting another yug to start over and eradicate all that is wrong in current yug. Its almost like he is a ...
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Help me find this verse from Mahabharata

So I am reading Hindu superiority by Sarda Har Bilas and in that Mr Sarda puts this verse Time is the root of all created beings, And uncreated. of pleasure and of pain. Time creates existence. Time ...
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If a person is born inside an Abrahmic place, can they become with time and devotion good Sanataani? [closed]

Preface: I didn't find nowhere in the Shastras which I have read, nor in other books, if a person who was born inside a Western Country and feels devotion for Sanataan Dharma conducts of life, Devas ...
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List of critical edition of Hindu texts?

I have read Critical edition of Ramayana [will start with CE of Mahabharata too]. I was wondering if anyone have the list of critical editions of other Hinduism text?
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Religious merit after wife death

In this section of Mahabharata, the wife of Brahmana in Ekachakranagara is getting to convince her husband that she should be sacrificed. She says: O revered sir, abandoning me thou mayest obtain ...
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Was Karna a pupil of Drona?

In this section of Mahabharata it lists Karna as one of pupil of Drona. Then Drona endued with great prowess taught the sons of Pandu (the use of) many weapons both celestial and human. And, O bull ...
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Why does the Vishnu Purana and Mahabharat promote Child Marriage?

A Hindu basher online presented lines from the Vishnu Puranas, that make it acceptable for child marriage to occur. In fact, this entire paragraph seems so weird. If he marry, he must select a maiden ...
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How does one start in Hinduism? [closed]

I've recently gotten really involved into religion. A couple months back, I was very close to converting to Islam, as many of my friends introduced me to the faith, but as I researched more into ...
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Pandu's dead body cremation

After Pandu's death, the rishis gathered and... The ascetics set out that very moment, taking with them those children and Kunti and the two dead bodies When they reached Hastinapura they said: ...
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Types of sons and rights

Pandu explains 12 types of sons to Kunti, and says 6 are heirs & kinsmen, other six are kinsmen only. The religious institutes mention six kinds of sons that are heirs and kinsmen, and six other ...
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Children of Viswa and Tamra

This section of Mahabharata lists the 13 of Daksha's daughters married to Kashyapa. All the daughters but Viswa's children details are there. Anywhere else I can find (in Mahabharata) the details? ...
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Timing of Mahabharata writing? Was it written after or before the war?

Mahabharata with narration of events from Snake Sacrifice and Vaishampayana's narration of Mahabharata. He heard that from Vyasa before. So, Mahabharata includes the flashback of Mahabharata. The ...
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Which English translation of Mahabharata should I read to know the true story?

Which is authentic translation of Mahabharata in English ? To know every small detail and true stories but not the Lok kathas.. I have heard about Bibek Debroy and Kisari Mohan Ganguli, two famous ...
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Heir to Bharata, son of Dhushyanta

In this passage of Mahabharata, it says Bharata's sons were slayed, and he got another son through sacrifice. Bharata begat upon his three wives nine sons in all. But none of them were like their ...
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Durvasa's curse on Shakuntala

Kalidasa details about Durvasa's curse on Shakuntala, which makes Dushyanata forget about her. But Mahabharata, in this translation, does not talk about it. Are there any other scriptures which talk ...
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I want pvarnana of Dwaraka mudra?

I want pvarnana of Dwaraka mudra? which scripture is telling about pvarnana of Dwaraka mudra ?
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I want reference of this sloka

I want reference for this slokaa "Mudrayasah Gacchantu Rajno ye Gantumipsavah Na chamudra praveshtavyo Dwarapalasya Pasyatah" This sloka belong Harivamsa Prava of Mahabharata I want chapter ...
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Emotion of Subhadra during her marriage

There are two questions on this site regarding Subhadra and Arjuna marriage: Arjun and Subhadra's marriage Arjuna and Subhadra marriage But no question or answer deals with the emotion of Subhadra ...
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Does Mahabharata say that Gokarna darshan can give moksha?

In Telugu translation of the last slokhas of this section, it has been said that the darshan of Gokarna can give moksha. But it is not present in the English translation (in the link I provided above)....
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Do Mahabharata or any other scripture says that Bhishma is a Jivan Muktha?

Bhishma is a well-known person from Mahabharata. He is a grand father of both Kauravas and Pandavas. Almost everyone respect him. Consider the following slokha from Mahabharata and its translation ...
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“Moksha” and Arms and Weapons [closed]

Is the attainment of moksha the final stage of Hinduism? after achieving the goal they again take arms and weapons in their hands?>> because working is better than remaining idle. Those who ...
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What is karma as described in the Upanishads and in Mahabharata?

To my understanding karma is what you get when you don't do dharma. I want to understand this with the example of Krishna, the very embodiment of dharma. What did he do to get such seemingly bad karma,...
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Krishna visiting Sudra's home or touching a Sudra

In Mahabharata, Pandavas used to visit Sudra's homes. It can be clarified from the following passage Vaisampayana said, 'Then all the citizens (of Varanavata) on hearing that the son of Pandu had ...
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Names of other languages which existed during Dwapara Yuga

From the following excerpt from Adi Parva, it is clear that there exist multiple languages during Mahabharata times When the city was built, there came, O king, numerous Brahmanas well-acquainted ...
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Who are children of Vidura?

Vidura is a well-known character in Hinduism. He is the brother of Pandu, Dhritarashtra. He is an expert in analyzing dharma. Dhritarashtra has 101 children and Pandu has five children. Does Vidura ...
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Are there any comments in the mahabarata or the upanishades on whether Krishna fulfilled the prophecy that he would restore dharma?

EDIT :I i only accept answers based purely on mahabharata or uphanishades. This is in no way opinion based, I am looking for an unbiased answer. Does Krishna himself comment on how he feels about this?...
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Which Purana describes Jatila and her seven husbands

In this answer, its quoted that: I have heard in the Purana that a lady of name Jatila, the foremost of all virtuous women belonging to the race of Gotama had married seven Rishis. Question is, ...
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Did Krishna fail in his quest to restore dharma to the world? [closed]

Kali yuga was on the door anyway, and even the time before wasn't marked by righteouusness with the catastrophe of the war and the destruction of yandavas just to name a few.
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Did Krishna say Karna was the stronger than him and Arjuna?

I heard a story about Barbareek, a warrior from the south that could kill both sides of the Kurukshetra war with 2 arrows. In the story Krishna realising he is too great of a warrior tricks him into ...
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Where can I find Mahabharata stories about Krishna?

Stories about his training, the wrestling, the mental training, how he went and killed his maternal uncle Kamsa, the Kurkurestra war, etc.
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What are other incidents where Rishis created Dharma?

I have found two incidents in the Mahabharata where Rishis have apparently created some rules of Dharma. The first incident is Ushanas' banning of liquor consumption among Brahmanas: The learned ...
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Significance of Hanuman in Mahabharata?

I would like to know what is the significance of Hanuman in Mahabharata?
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Why Pandavas did not kill Shakuni in the first day [closed]

Why did the Pandavas delay killing of Shakuni? Specifically, I think if Shakuni was killed in the first day itself ( which I think was easy), the Mahabharata war would have greatly reduced in ...
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Does Mahabharata contain Siddhasana?

In a Mahabharata text of Telugu language, a verse is saying that Siva sat in Siddhasana and playing a game of dice. It occurs in Adi Parva. But, when I read English translation, it is as follows &...
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Were Puranas extant during Mahabharata

Did the Mahabharata warriors know about the Puranas (except Bhagavata) during the time of war or before it? I doubt it, as if they knew the content of puranas, then they would have known that Krishna ...
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Did Jayadratha attend Draupadi swayamvar?

Jayadratha has a key role at two different timings in Mahabharata: the abduction of Draupadi, death of Abhimanyu. Did he attend Draupadi swayamvar? If yes, then did he participate in the competition?
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Parents of Dhaumya

A Gandharva suggests Arjuna to appoint Dhaumya as (purohit)priest "The Gandharva replied, 'There is in these woods a shrine of the name of Utkochaka. Dhaumya, the younger brother of Devala is ...
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Vijayadashami - Reference of Arjun's victory

Vijayadashami is observed for different reasons and celebrated differently in various parts of the Indian subcontinent.In the southern, eastern, northeastern, and some northern states of India, ...
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Who taught archery and other weapons skills to Lord Rama?

Vashishtha is considered as the family priest of the Raghu dynasty and teacher of Lord Rama and his brothers. This is what Wikipedia says about him In the Ramayana, he was the family priest of the ...
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Names of the kings and their kingdoms who participated in Mahabharata war

I want to know the names of the kings and their kingdoms who participated in Mahabharata war either from Kaurava side or Pandava side.
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Is Kuvera Rākṣasendra? Where is Rākṣasendra mentioned in the Mahābhārata? What is the source [Ann.111]?

Source: https://www.wisdomlib.org/definition/rakshasendra. It says it means Rāvaṇa (I find this unlikely), or Kuvera (which would bring about more questions, but will also answer a few). Where in the ...
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Is there any mention of practice of writings during Ramayana or Mahabharata?

Did people use to write down things in Sanskrit or Prakrit during Ramayana or Mahabharata period? Had the concept of written language been invented?

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