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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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How could drupada send his son drishtadyumna to learn warfare from drona inspite of their rivalry and enmity between their kingdoms as well ?

It seems difficult for me to gulp it down that inspite of enmity and getting defeated to drona how did he send his son to learn warfare . Drupada was a king himself and he should have his own warfare ...
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Was the Atharva Veda compiled at the time of King Parikshit?

The Hymn 127 of Book 20 of Atharva Veda glorifies the king Kaurama who is further mentioned with the name of Parikshit: Listen to this, ye men, a laud of glorious bounty shall be sung. ...
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Is it true that Vishnu has not only 10 avatars but 24? [closed]

Today when I was reading a magazine I got to know from it that Lord Vishnu has total 24 avatars and his 21st avatar was guru Veda Vyas who wrote Mahabharata. Is that true as well that Veda vyasa is ...
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Why did Krishna punish Yudhishthira for lying after telling him to lie?

Drona was an exceptional fighter in the Mahabharata war and was unkillable on the battlefield. So to kill him, Krishna told the Pandavas to lie that Drona's son, Ashvattama, was killed, so that Drona ...
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Clarification on Arjun's statement on Bhima's marriage?

As per Mahabharata: Adi Parva: Swayamvara Parva: Section CLXLIII, the intelligent king (Yudhishthira) told Dhananjaya, 'By thee, O Phalguna, hath Yajnaseni been won. It is proper, therefore, that ...
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Did Kunti explicitly tell Pandavas to marry Draupadi?

Consider the following excerpt from the book Mahabharata, "Vaisampayana continued, 'Hearing these words of Drupada, the virtuous king Yudhishthira replied, saying, 'O great king, I also shall have ...
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Which Mahabharata verse does Swami Vivekananda refer to show earliest humans were Brahmins and they denigrated to lower varnas as time progressed?

In the Kumbakonam lecture of 1897, Swami Vivekananda said the following: We read in the Mahâbhârata that the whole world was in the beginning peopled with Brahmins, and that as they began to ...
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Krishna Praising Karna not Arjuna [duplicate]

When Karna hit arrows on Arjuna’s chariot it went back 3 to 4 times. When Arjuna hit arrows on karna’s chariot it went back to 11 to 12 times. Krishna as a charioteer praised Karna not Arjuna. Why is ...
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What are the most accepted and authentic Hindu texts across the different traditions?

I don't understand Hinduism, so I'm looking for the most accepted and the most authentic texts to read. I've been attempting to discover what those texts are but, so far, I've only concluded that this ...
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Are there any unhealthy situations for Pandavas or Krishna in Mahabaratha?

Are there any situations in Mahabaratha where either Krishna or any Pandava is/are affected with disease or faced unhealthy situation ? If there are no such instances, are there any slokas saying ...
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Is Lord Krishna from South of India since lot of Kshatriya Yadav families were from the South?

It is quite possible that Lord Krishna later must have gone to North and thence to Dwarka. Also his color was brown which might indicate a south Indian origin .
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Reason for friendship between Indra and Takshaka

Takshaka and Indra are friends as per Mahabharata Khandava Vana burning episode. Is there any specific reason for their friendship?
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When the Sun was lost?

Mahabharata: Adi Parva: Sambhava Parva says the illustrious Atri who illumined the world of old when the Sun was lost.. Where this story can be found in detail which tells when and why the Sun ...
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In Mahabharat who were Dhitrashtra & Pandu incarnations of? [duplicate]

The Sambhava Parva of Mahabharat mentions which gods and demons incarnated on earth at the time of Mahabharat giving details about even obscure kings. Curiously enough it does not mention anything ...
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Why was Mahabharat necessary when Shri Krishna could have killed all the Kauravas and their allies with Sudarsan charkra? [duplicate]

After 13 years of exile , when Pandavas returned back to ask for Indraprastha they were denied to have it and when Krishna went to Hastinapur and asked Duryodhan to reconcile his decision then why ...
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What is the connection between Vidura from Mahabharata & Rishi Atri?

Mahabharat Sambhava Parva mentions the following about Vidura: O king, thou shouldst know that he who was known on earth as Vidura, who was the first of all virtuous men, who was the god of Justice ...
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What do these Mahabharatha shlokas mean and which part of the epic do they come from?

So, both of these shlokas are used in the bollywood movie Vaastav. I deduced that these shlokas must have come from Mahabharatha and not the Geeta because I felt it is inconsistent with the Geeta ...
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How were the physical characteristics in the Mahabharata?

In Kaliyuga, we human have a defined set of normal physical characteristics like height and weight based on the gender male and female. Similarly, were there any mention of standard physical ...
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Why did Maharishi Maitreya curse Duryodhana?

It is known that Duryodhana was killed by Bhima during the Mahabharata war. It is heard that a Maharishi named Maitreya, had earlier cursed Duryodhana, that Bhima would kill him during the ...
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If Draupadi (of Mahabharata) was dark skinned why does Krishna call her a fair skinned woman?

"Vaisampayana continued, 'In that assembly of heroes Vasudeva then spake unto the weeping Draupadi as follows, 'O fair lady, the wives of those with whom thou art angry, shall weep even like thee, ...
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Difference between giving curse and taking revenge

There are several revenge stories in Mahabaratha such as between Drona and Drupada. Similarly there are many curse giving scenarios in Mahabaratha such as Krishna giving curse to Ashwatthama as well ...
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Was Dhrishtadyumna the rebirth of Ekalavya to take revenge on Dronacharya?

I heard in a video Ekalavya was killed by Lord Krishna and at that time Lord Krishna gave a boon. i e. rebirth as Dhrishtadyumna to take revenge on Dronacharya. Is that true?
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The 100 Kauravs were incarnations of Asuras but what about their sister?

The Sambhava Parva of Mahabharat gives the details of the who's who in Mahabharat and who were they the incarnations of. It has been covered at many places but my question is specific to Dhritrashtra'...
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What is the story of Kalanemi who was reborn as Kamsa?

The Sambhava Parva of Mahabharat mentions that Kamsa was a rebirth of the demon Kalanemi: "There was also born on earth a mighty Asura known amongst the Danavas by the name of Kalanemi, endued with ...
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Did Dhritarashtra arrest Shakuni and his family?

I read at some point Shakuni had 100 brothers and were arrested by Dhritarashtra, because of hiding first marriage of Gandhari with some tree or something and Dhritarashtra feed them with only one ...
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Did prince Yudhishthira obtain boons from Yama for successful completion of Agyatvaas?

When it was time for the Pandavas to pass the period of unrecognition(Agyatvaas) during the thirteenth year of exile(in king Virata’s kingdom), they chose their names and disguised identities, with ...
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Is there any specific story that shows Arjun became egoist after Mahabharat war? [duplicate]

I have little background of a story in which Arjun became egoist after Mahabharat war and to make him realize Krishna did some maya/leela. It would be great if anyone could light on it.
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What were the boons given by Goddess Durga to prince Yudhishthira?

It is heard that during the exile period of the Pandavas, prince Yudhishthira did meditation and invoked the blessings of Goddess Durga. Goddess Durga appeared infront of prince Yudhishthira and gave ...
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Story of a blue-eyed mongoose that came on completion of the Ashvamedha Yajna of king Yudhishthira?

King Yudhishthira performed the Ashvamedha Yajna(horse-sacrifice) under the guidance of Maharishi Vyasa. There is a wonderful story of a blue-eyed mongoose which came at the conclusion of the ...
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What are the details of Karna’s fight with king Jarasandha?

There was an occasion when Karna( king of the Angas) was about to sever king Jarasandha’s body into two parts, using his bare arms. But then, king Jarasandha offered his hand of friendship to Karna ...
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Which characters of Mahābhārata are also mentioned in the Vedas?

By characters, I mean people (kings, queens and sages) like Kṛṣṇa, Yudhiṣṭhira, Arjuna, Dhṛtarāṣṭra, Duryodhana, Draupadī, Vyāsa, etc. and not gods/mythological beings like Indra, Agni, Śiva and Viṣṇu....
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Why lying to women is not a sin? [duplicate]

Consider the following excerpt from Mahabaratha told by Krishna to Yudhishthira Meanwhile, O monarch, Govinda, knowing that Drona, that foremost of warriors, was capable of sweeping all the ...
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Did Sri Krishna show His universal form in Dhritarashtra's court?

Did Lord Krishna show His universal form to Duryodhana when he tried to captive Lord Krishna in Dhritarashtra's court? If yes, then how many people saw His Universal form in this episode?
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How was Pandava deceit sanctioned?

Throughout the Mahabharata the Pandavas are praised for their devotion to religion. But, on more than one occasion they remain safe because they dress as, and pretend to be, Brahmins. They did this ...
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Why Bhishma wrote Vishnu Sahasranama stotram?

I have read Vishnu Sahasranama Stotram. I have found its author which is Bhishma But I haven't found why he wrote Vishnu sahasranama stotram.
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Was there any fight between Bheeshma and Lord Hanuman being mentioned anywhere in Mahabharata?

I recently talked to one of my friends who was telling me the story from Mahabharata(that he has read from an old book) where there was a fight between Lord Hanuman and Bheeshma in the Kurukshetra ...
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Did people in Mahabharat era worshipped Lord Ram? [duplicate]

Were there any references of Lord Ram, Lakshman and how he won over Ravan in Mahabharat to take as a learning in the time of Mahabharat? I am asking this question due to a hidden question which goes ...
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What is the story of Kichak and Draupadi?

I have little knowledge about Kichak. He was a cruel minded person. I think he appeared during the Agyatvasa of the Pandvas and had some interaction with Draupadi in the Mahabharata. Please tell me ...
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What is the story of Saindhava trying to Kidnap Draupadi Matha?

I want to know the full story behind the kidnapping attempt of Saindhava or Jayadrada on Draupadi Matha and the outcome of it. I heard he tried to bend Dharma shashtras to get his way but I could not ...
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What is the story of Satyaki?

Who is satyaki and why he fought on the side of the Pandavas in Kurukshetra war? Satyaki spared Karna's life in Kurukshetra war for Arjuna's vow, is it true? I think not even arjuna defeated Karna in ...
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Karna in Kurukshetra war with Arjuna

Did Karna ever spare Arjuna's life in Kurushetra? Or he only spared other four pandavas' lives but never Arjun?
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What was the chat between Lord Krishna and Arjuna in Kurukshetra when Yudhishthira insulted Arjuna's Gandiva?

When Yudhisthira once insulted Arjuna and his bow Gandiva, Arjuna tried to kill Yudhishthira because he had a vow that if anyone spoke badly about his Gandiva then he will kill that person. Lord ...
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Why did Shri Krishna vow not to take weapons in hand during the Mahabharata war?

Lord Krishna was a representative of Dharma during Mahabharata. He said that the war between Pandavas and Kauravas was dharmayudhdha. He also said that everyone must participate in dharmayudhdha. He ...
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Where was Yudhisthira's Rajasuya?

Where is the sacred place near Indraprastha upon which Yudhisthira's Rajasuya-yajna occured?
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What chapters of Mahabharata deal with Dharma?

What chapters specifically of Mahabharata best explains Dharma?
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Is Duryodhana awarded as leader of Rakshashas by Lord Shiva?

I want to know if there is any reference in our puranas saying that Duryodhana is awarded as leader of Rakshashas by Lord Shiva. The reason for his birth is a boon to Rakshashas or something along ...
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What led Bhishma Pitamah to arrow bed in Mahabharat battle? [duplicate]

I want to know that What kind of past deeds led Bhishma Pitamah to suffer on Bed of Arrows in Mahabharat battle. Is there any karma theory relate Bhishma Pitamah to be in the bed of arrows? or any ...
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Why did Bhishma go to bring Amba, Ambika and Ambalika from Kashi without the invitation of Hastinapura in swayamvar?

Why did not Invitation to Hastinapur for Swayamvar, and why did Bhishma go there without Invitation?
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Sahadeva knew future events in Mahabharata. How many times did he use this knowledge in Mahabharata?

I am not sure about it. I have just read folk story about this. Is Pandu's last wish, not to burn his body but eat it away, real? Is there any valid scripture available for this story? If yes, ...
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Why did Ganga kill seven sons immediately after birth? What is the reason behind this?

Shantanu, the King of Hastinapur, fell in love with Ganga- the river Goddess. Ganga agreed to be his wife on one condition-that he does not question her for her acts. Shantanu agreed. Ganga gave ...