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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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Did the Mahabharata and the Ramayana happen in the current Yuga cycle in the current Manvantara?

The Mahabharata war has been given a date of around 3300 BC by back-tracing planetary positions from scriptural references (archeo-astronomy). The Ramayana is speculated to be anywhere between a few ...
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What were the ages of Pandavas & other characters during the Mahabharata war?

I have not found any specific reference to the age of each of the Pandavas, like Arjuna and Bheema when they fought the epic Mahabharata battle. It will be also interesting to know the age of Bhishma ...
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What were the previous births of the characters of Mahabharata?

There is a very interesting story about Karna being an Asura named as Dambhodbhava. Quora: Who was Karna in his previous birth?. Arjuna-Krishna being Nara-Narayana kids, who fought with Dambhodbhava. ...
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Who were the previous Indras that incarnated as the Pandavas?

It's well-known that the Pandavas were all sons of gods: Yudhishthira was the son of Yama god of death, Bhima was the son of Vayu the wind god, Arjuna was the son of Indra king of the gods, and Nakula ...
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Why did Vyasa depict different Supreme Gods in different Puranas?

I see that many people (including me) remain confused about who is the Supreme God. The main reason for confusion is that in different Puranas, different Gods are shown as Supreme God, e.g., in Shiva ...
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How is 'Vishwa Virat Swaroop' of Lord Krishna described in Mahabharata?

I want to know how the 'Vishwa Virat Swaroop' of Lord Krishna was described in the Mahabharata. It was shown by Lord Krishna to Arjuna while he was giving the Gita Upadesha to Arjuna prior to the ...
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What is the story of Nara and Narayana's brothers Hari and Krishna?

As I discuss in this question, one of the most prominent incarnations of Vishnu in ancient times was the sage Narayana, twin brother of the sage Nara and son of Yama god of death. Nara and Narayana ...
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Which previous karma made Karna's life full of sorrow despite his benevolent nature?

Is there any story behind Karna's miserable life despite his benevolent nature? Any prior karma in a previous life to justify his current life? I read it somewhere that when Karna died, Lord Krishna ...
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Is Pandu's last wish, not to burn his body but eat it away, real?

On Wikipedia, it is given that Pandu asks his sons to eat his flesh and only Sahadeva does so because of which he gains ability to see the future but Krishna asks him not to reveal anything to anyone. ...
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Ashvatthaman's immortality?

I'm puzzled by Ashvatthaman's status as a chiranjivi. Not necessarily that he is one, but more the circumstances surrounding it. To wit, Ashvatthaman is made to wander the earth endlessly for 3000 ...
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Should Krishna be considered good or bad?

I have read the Mahabharata and it seems that unrighteous behaviour or adharma is followed by Krishna in many places, but most people do not care about Krishna's character/behaviour and righteousness, ...
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Meaning of Krishna's advice to Yudhisthira before Drona Vadh

With popular belief Krishna advices Yudhisthira to tell lie to Drona about "Killing of Ashwatthama" for the sake of saving remaining Paandava army from being annihilated. But according to ...
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Why did all the Pandavas marry Draupadi?

Why did all the Pandavas (i.e. Yudhisthira, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva) marry the same woman i.e., Draupadi? What was the circumstance under which they had to marry Draupadi?
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Why didn't Bhishma, Drona and Karna attain moksha? Why didn't they live with liberation as life's goal?

Great knowledgeable persons like Bhishma, Drona, Karna and others from Satya, Treta and Dwapara yugas didn't attain moksha; they went only to heaven. Since vedic knowledge and righteousness was ...
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Is there any mention of boon deadlock in scriptures?

Gods give boons to different people based on what they ask but what if Person A gets a boon that he will kill everyone he wars against in the next 10 years. Person B gets a boon that he cannot be ...
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What did Kashyapa do with the Earth after he received it from Parashurama?

Parashurama is a famous avatara (incarnation) of Vishnu who killed the Kshatriyas (kings) of the world twenty-one times. Since he had defeated all the rulers of the world, he obtained control of the ...
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Original Ramayana and Mahabharata [closed]

Was the name "Ramayana" given to Ramayana by sage Valmiki or is it people who just call it by that name? If not, then what was the name given by Valmiki? Is the Ramayana book written by the sage ...
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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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How could octogenarian heroes fight in Mahabharata?

According to Mahabharata, Puranas and many sources, it is assumed that Pandavas and Kauravas were more than 80 years old when Kurukshetra battle was fought. A detailed discussion on the calculation of ...
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Why did Bhishma fight with Lord Parashurama?

In the Mahabharata, there is a story where Bhishma fought with his guru (teacher) Lord Parashurama. What was the reason behind fighting with his guru? And who won the fight?
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Do scriptures indicate that Draupadi regretted not allowing Karna to participate in her svayaṁvara?

Some versions of the Mahabharata depict an incident where Draupadi gets to know that Karna is Kunti-putra and she regrets not allowing Karna to participate in her svayaṁvara. Is this event mentioned ...
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Where did Duryodhana and the Pandavas go after their death?

Where did Duryodhana go after his death? Though he had committed many wrong deeds, I just wanted to know where he went to. Heaven or hell? Also, what about the Pandavas? Did they go to Krishna's ...
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Who was Barbarika?

I think Barbarika was son of arjun and came from patal lok of ancient time, Lord Khatu-Shayam is the same Warrior who was killed by Lord Krishna. Who trained Barbarika to become so powerful, in a ...
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Why does Vishnu's thousand-armed Aniruddha form carry the equipment of a student?

As I discuss in this question, one of the early movements that was important to the development of Vaishnavism was the ancient Pancharatra movement, whose sacred texts consisted of detailed procedures ...
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Did the first four Alwars meet Krishna or any other Mahabharata characters?

The Alwars (also spelled Azhwars) are a group of 12 ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu and are famous for their poetry in praise of Vishnu. The collection of their 4000 poems, known as ...
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Krishna's role in game of dice

Why didn't Krishna help or save Pandavas when they played the game of dice with Kauravas and Shakuni?
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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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How were all 100 Kauravas born together?

Gandhari had a boon from Lord Shiva to have 100 sons. Now, it is impossible for a woman to give birth to 100 sons in a single lifetime. So how were all 100 Kauravas born together?
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War between Karna and Arjuna - Mahabharata

I have seen many people tell that before the Kurukshetra war in Mahabharata, no war was fought between Karna and Arjuna. But some people also tell that there had been various wars between Karna and ...
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What scriptures describe the story of Krishna killing Ekalavya?

Most people only know about how Ekalavya, the Nishada prince, was rejected by the Pandavas' teacher Dronacharya and then willingly cut off his own thumb at Dronacharya's request. What's not as well-...
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ISR says birthdate of Lord Rama is 10th January 5114 BC. What about Kalki avatar?

As per ISR scientific study and research, Lord Rama's birth date is calculated as 10th january 5114 BCE. They used a software named Planetorium, simulated arrangement of planets as per Valmiki ...
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Which Purana talks about Sahasrakavacha, the past life of Karna?

Which Purana talks about Sahasrakavacha (one who has a thousand armors) - the purva janmam (past life) of Karna?
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Is Draupadi a goddess?

There are many myths that say Draupadi is a goddess. Many people, including myself, have prayed to her. There are many legends of her being a goddess. Some legends are given below: It is said that ...
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How does the names and events reoccur in different manvantara or Kalpa or different universes?

In Mahabharata Bhishm narrates the Vishnu Sahasranamam to Yudhishthir. Later he inquires about Lord Shiva; but Bhishm being incapable sends him to Lord Krishna. Bhishma in prolog to the Shiva ...
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Is any other religion or civilization mentioned in Mahabharata, Ramayana or other Hindu holy books?

Recently, I had a discussion with my friend regarding which civilization of the world is the most ancient. We've been through some Wiki links according to which more or less Sindhu Civilization is one ...
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Why was Shakuni unhappy with his sister Gandhari's marriage to Dhritarashtra?

It is also said that he was more angry with either Bheeshma, Pandu, Shantanu's ancestors or the whole Kurus line because of the way the Kurus had destroyed his line years before. There is also a ...
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Why did moha (disillusion) arise in Arjuna only before the Kurukshetra war in Mahabharata but not the previous battles?

Why did moha (disillusion) arise in Arjuna in the battle of Mahabharata, why didn't the same thing (disillusion) happen to him when Duryodhana & co. attacked King Virata during the agyatvasa of ...
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Gandhari's curse to Shri Krishna

Post the Mahabharat war, Gandhari cursed Krishna that he and his kin will be destroyed 36 years from then. What is so specific about that count 36?
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What is the story of Krishna rescuing kings abducted by Shakuni's uncle Nagnajit?

In this chapter of the Udyoga Parva of the Mahabharata, Arjuna delivers a message to Duryodhana, urging him to reach a peaceful resolution to avert the impending war. Arjuna says that if they go to ...
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Which recension of Mahābhārata did K M Ganguli use for his translation?

A lot of answers and questions on this site use the translation of Mahābhārata that's freely available at sacred-texts.com. This translation was done by Kisari Mohan Ganguli (a.k.a K M Ganguli) over ...
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What does it mean to say that Vishnu worships those who worship him?

In this chapter of the Anushasana Parva of the Mahabharata, Shiva extols the great qualities of Vishnu. In particular, he says this: The illustrious Hari, the puissant Narayana, is verily, the ...
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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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What language did people at the time of Ramayana and Mahabharata use to communicate? Sanskrit?

What was the mode of communication among the people at the time of Ramayana and Mahabharata? Was it Sanskrit? Did Krishna, Pandavas and Kauravas (who I think had origins near the state of Bihar, ...
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Were Kauravas and Pandavas the biological decendants of Vyasa?

This confusion came into my mind after watching Ekta Kapoor's 'Kahani Mahabharat Ki..' TV serial. I saw this story that Rishi Vyasa was the biological father of Dhitarashtra and Pandu, or something ...
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Upapandavas: Why were they killed?

Why were all the Upapandavas killed the same day? Why was no one, including Lord Krishna, able to save them? Why was only Parikshit saved by Krishna from Uttara's womb? Was there any story behind ...
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Who is Narayana among the Sadhyas?

Most people only know about the Vishnu Sahasranamam, the famous hymn of the thousand names of Vishnu. But the Anushasana Parva of the Mahabharata, the same Parva which contains the Vishnu ...
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Untouchability during Ramayana or Mahabharata period

Are there any references to untouchability or the presence of untouchables during the time of Ramayana or Mahabharata? Or did the practice start afterwards?
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How many people participated and how many died In the Mahabharata War?

Do we know approximately or absolutely how many people participated in the Mahabharata war from Pandava & Kaurava sides respectively? Do we know approximately or absolutely how many people died in ...
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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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Can the Devi Bhagavatam and Srimad Bhagavatam co-exist?

As we all know, Srimad Bhagavatam is regarded as the best of the Mahapuranas. It is also the most famous and widely commented upon scripture. But we also have the Devi Bhagavata, which calls itself a ...

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