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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 can Garuda eating Nishadas be justified?

I am currently reading Bibek Debroy's translation of the Mahabharata. In Volume 1, Section 5; Garuda asks his mother what he should eat, and his mother replies, The nishadas have their excellent home ...
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When did Chandra defeat the Asuras with Arjuna's chariot?

As I discuss in this answer, the Adi Parva of the Mahabharata describes how Agni the fire god once needed to consume the Khandava forest in order to get over a malady, but Indra kept using rainstorms ...
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Who are Pandavas [duplicate]

This question was asked by many political speakers in TN, just writing it here, if one could answer. None of the Kuntis sons are born for Pandu. Karna born to Sun, Yudishtra born to Dharm, and so on. ...
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How were all the arrows removed from Bhishma’s body, before the last rites (Antima Sanskara) were performed?

Bhishma was one of the greatest warriors (Kshatriyas),who fought in the Mahabharata war, at Kurukshetra. Bhishma took a decision, on the battlefield,on day 10th of the war, that he would fight his ...
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Who divided Vedas?

According to the Vishnu Purana the original Veda was divided into four parts, and further fragmented into numerous shakhas, by Vishnu in the form of Vyasa, in the Dvapara Yuga; the Vayu Purana ...
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What are scriptural reference of not getting angry at those who disrespect our religion?

So basically there are lots of power currently and also they might be present in past too, which actually tries to insult our practice and scriptures, or else they will oppose our bhakti by many ways! ...
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Why Ahalya,Tara,Mandodari,Kunti and Draupadi are called panchakanyas.

There is a poem written by Tagore on Panchakanyas. All the ladies mentioned above are called panchakanyas. Is there any significance to be called so? Why did Sita didn't make to the list.
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Was Sudarshan Chakra given by Lord Shiva to Lord Vishnu? [duplicate]

Many puranas says that Lord Shiva had given Sudarshan Chakra to Lord Vishnu. But what epics like Valmiki Ramayana & Mahabharata says about it? Does anybody had created it? Who was the creator of ...
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Is Yudhistira a Yogi?

Pandavas, along with Draupadi, at the end of the Mahabharata, traveled through Himalayas. It should be remembered that they travelled through Yoga. Consider the following excerpt Vaishampayana said: &...
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Is Shanti Parva an interpolation in the Mahabharata?

In the translation of Mahabharata by K. M. Ganguli, we see a paragraph note in the page which states: The Santi Parva is a huge interpolation in the Mahabharata, in the genre known as 'wisdom ...
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Why did (Late) Sri K. M. Ganguli consider Anushasana Parva to be an interpolation?

In the translation of Anusasana Parva in Mahabharata by (Late) Sri K. M. Ganguli, we see a paragraph note in the page which states: The Anusasana Parva, like the Santi Parva before it, is a long ...
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how did yamaraj sabha had 100 Dhritrashta , 100 Bhimas and 200 Bhishma?

from sabha parva - "a hundred kings of the name of Dhritarashtra, eighty kings of the name of Janamejaya; a hundred monarchs called Brahmadatta, and a hundred kings of the name of Iri; more than ...
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Story of Shvetaketu, Krishna's friend

In an old book on The Harivamsa Purana, I had read that Shvetaketu and Uddhava fought against each other for Shaibya. Both wanted to marry her, who then married Lord Krishna. They were Brahamana-...
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Is there a Hindu Scripture that prescribes monogamy?

Polygamy in Vedas Krishna Yajur Veda 6.5.1.4 therefore as one goes many follow; therefore one becomes superior among many; therefore one wins many wives Polygamy in Ithihas: Mahabharata Adi ...
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Are the Pandavas the sons of Gods, or Gods themselves?

I am currently reading the Mahabharata, (Adi Parva) by Bibek Debroy, and it has a Chapter called the Vaivahik Parva, which explains how the Pandavas came to be. The relevant section has been explained ...
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How to start reading Bhagavad Gita?

I always wanted to read Bhagavad Gita but didn't get time. Recently one of my friend suggested to read it. I have the following questions: Can anybody suggest me how to get started with Bhagavad ...
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Why did Vyasa seek the help of Lord Ganesha?

It is widely known that Mahabharata was written by Lord Ganesha under the dictation of Sage Vyasa. Quoting from Wikipedia: The first section of the Mahabharata states that it was Ganesha who ...
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Nature of vidya of dice possessed by Shakuni

Shakuni wins over the game of dice against Pandavas. Shakuni declares that no one can defeat him in the game of dice. Does any statement of Vyasa Mahabharata declare that Vidya possessed by Shakuni ...
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Sahadev's method of prediction

It is said that Sahadev used a specific chart for his prediction. May I have a glimpse of same please if available. Also, please share any instruction on how it works
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Clarification about Kunti's statement on harlot

This answer says that "Swairini (heanton)" means "Unbound" & Harlot means "prostitute". As per Adi Parva: Sambhava Parva of Mahabharata: The celebrated Pandu, ...
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What Parsurama said when their students Karna, Drona, Bhisma died in Mahabharata when they had no weapons in their hands

I am curious to know that what Lord Parsurama said when his all his shisyas died in Mahabharata when they had no weapons in their hands?
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Can one study during morning twilight for acquiring any branch of knowledge

Consider the following statements by Bhishma in Anusasana Parva of Mahabharata: 1) One should wake up from sleep at the hour known as the Brahma Muhurta and then think of both religion and profit....
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What is the source of Gita Jayanti date?

Gita Jayanti is the birthday of Bhagavad Gita, the sacred text of Hindus. It's celebrated on the Shukla Ekadashi, 11th day of waxing moon of Margashirsha month of the Hindu calendar. Where is the ...
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Hanuman and Krishna ever met with each other

We know that Hanuman is a great devotee and follower of Lord Rama in Treta Yuga. But my doubt is, did he meet Krishna? Is it explicitly mentioned anywhere in Vyasa's Mahabharat or some other Hindu ...
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Was Duryodhana a good or bad person? [closed]

In Mahabharat, I noticed that Shakuni has done many adharma in support of Duryodharna but at some point were they not correct? It was Yudishter fault in dice game to put forward his wife and brothers. ...
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Who all have the authority to blow the conchshell?

Bg 1.12 — Then Bhīṣma, the great valiant grandsire of the Kuru dynasty, the grandfather of the fighters, blew his conchshell very loudly, making a sound like the roar of a lion, giving Duryodhana joy. ...
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How is nature able to know of upcoming dangers?

I have read in the Mahabharata that at birth, Duryodhana’s nature was shown by some warnings and 'ashubh suchana' (bad omens) like the sound of crying donkeys. So my question is, how is nature able to ...
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Was there a battle between lord Krishna and Arjun in Mahabharat?

Krishna battles Arjuna here is the story about the battle between lord Krishna and Arjun in Mahabharat. But i am not sure whether this is right or wrong information. So i like to know whether any ...
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Why did King Shantanu wait to see his seven sons die at the hands of Brahmaputri Ganga and not marry another woman?

I am watching B.R Films' series on "Mahabharat". In Episode 1 of which the union between King Shantanu of Hastinapur with Brahmaputri Ganga has been shown. She goes on to kill the sons born ...
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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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What is the story of Alambusha, demon son of sage Rishyasringa?

Alambusha, AKA Shalakantaka, was a Rakshasa (demon) who fought on the Kaurava side in the Mahabharata war. As described in the Bhishma Parva of the Mahabharata, he was the one who killed Arjuna's son ...
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What are the original Sanskrit verses where astronomical and seasonal references are made in Mahabharata, and the internal chronology of the verses?

This is regarding the research of dating of Mahabharatha War. There are too many speculations on internet ranging from 6000 BC to 500 BC all giving their own explanations with different ...
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Did eklavya blame himself for cutting the thumb?

Eklavya's abilities were far better than any other archer during his time, the story is no secret that he cut his thumb as Gurudakshina. But after that did he blame himself for trusting, Did he ever ...
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What is the duration for which Dwarka existed?

From the Mahabharata (Gandhari's curse), it is evident that Dwarka was submerged 36 years after the war but how many years prior to the war was it created ? I have gone through some online sources but ...
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When did Dvivida the ape try to kidnap Krishna?

As I discuss in this question, the Udyoga Parva of the Mahabharata describes how Krishna goes to Duryodhana on behalf of the Pandavas in order to try to negotiate peace and avert the Mahabharata war. ...
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if Ghatotkacha had survived the war would he have been an heir to the throne?

Krishna used Ghatotkacha to have Karna waste his Vasavi shakti. But he also said that he would have killed Ghatotkacha if he survived the war. Did Krishna wanted Arjuna's descendant to inherit the ...
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Do any other scriptures mention Brahma Tirtha, bathing where non-Brahmins become Brahmins?

Mahabharat, Vana parva, tirtha-yatra parva https://www.wisdomlib.org/hinduism/book/the-mahabharata-third-book/d/doc7362.html. Says: One should next proceed to the excellent tirtha of Brahma. ...
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Who killed Sudama (son of Karna)?

How many son did Karna have? Is Sudama one of his sons not present in Mahabharat war? Did he die before the war? If so who killed him and why?
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Did Arjuna really win against the Kauravas all alone in Virata Kingdom Battle

Lately I have grown interest in the Mahabharata and Hinduism. I haven’t read the books but I watched B R Chopra’s Mahabharata and the Star Plus Mahabharata. In the old one, it was shown that Arjuna ...
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Why there was so much hatred towards Karna on the part of Bheeshma and Dronacharya?

During the time of war also, they did not let Karna do war. They always insulted every given chance against Karna. Is it just because Karma is a Sut Putru? Or they just hate him that Karma was a ...
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Dhritarashtra's role and the way he died in the Mahabharata?

How did Dhritarashtra die in the Mahabharata? I couldn't get the answer in Wikipedia unfortunately.
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Who was the first to die in the battle of the Mahabharata?

I have heard somebody mention a sacrifice that was made before the Mahabharata battle began. Please share any information available.
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Why did Shri Krishna forgive the 100 mistakes done by Sisupala?

Was there any reason behind Shri Krishna being quiet until Sisupala made a hundred mistakes? Why did Shri Krishna let him make a hundred mistakes?
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Examples of Varna migration in Hindu mythology?

Is migration between Varna really allowed in Hinduism? If yes, please give examples along with reference.
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Exactly when did Vishvamitra become Brahmarshi?

In Bala Kanda of Valmiki Ramayan, Vishvamitra's war with Vashishta is mentioned. After his defeat, he leaves for penance and becomes Rajarshi. Indra sent menaka to disturb his penance. Menaka later ...
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Where do the Vedas mention sacrificing vegetable seeds rather than goats?

As I discuss in this question, one of the early movements that was important in the development of Vaishnavism was the ancient Pancharatra movement, whose sacred texts consisted of detailed procedures ...
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Is it SPECIFICALLY mentioned in the Vedas, Agamas, Itihasa or Puranas that left-handed men are inherently evil?

Scriptures say that our left hand is not to be used for eating, drinking and puja rituals like feeding idols. Some cultures say its bad to eat, drink or do auspicious things by using the left hand. ...
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Why did each Pandava fall during Svargarohani?

In final Mahabharata Mahaprasthanika Parva, during Svargarohani (ascent to heaven), 5 Pandavas and Draupadi take the long trek beyond Badrinath in Uttarakhand beyond Mana village (Satopanth marg ...
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Why did Arjuna allow Draupadi to marry all 5 Pandava brothers? Why did he not disobey his mother? [duplicate]

I understand that there are many versions of this story in the Mahabharata, but in one of them, it is said that Arjuna had brought Draupadi home after winning her Swayamvaram. Arjuna had told his ...
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How come demon Mayasura appear in both Ramayana and Mahabharata? [duplicate]

As per Vayu Purana, Ramayan happened in 24th Tretayuga and Mahabharat happened in 28th Dwaparayuga. Mayasura is mentioned as the father of Mandadari in Ramayan. In Mahabharata, he comes out of snake ...

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