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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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Who has dated Mahabharata around 1800BC?

Dr. S. Balakrishna concluded a date of 2559 BCE using consecutive lunar eclipses. Prof. I.N. Iyengar concluded a date of 1478 BCE using double eclipses and Saturn+Jupiter conjunctions. Dr. B.N. Achar ...
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What is the war summary addendum of Mahabharata?

I remember reading a small Sanskrit work which was supposed to be an addendum of Mahabharata, which summarizes the war and gives dates according to Hindu calendar. I can't recall where I read it or it'...
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Why is a Buddhist (or Jain) monk mentioned in Mahabharata?

According to tradition, the Mahabharata war took place around 3000 BC. But Buddhism and Jainism flourished much later. There is a narration in Adi Parva which involves a Buddhist/Jain ascetic (...
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Research question: What are the mentions of seasons along with lunar months or lunar phases in Mahabharata

Research question: What are the citations of seasons along with lunar Hindu months or lunar phases in Mahabharata? This is extremely important tool for dating Mahabharata, using precession of ...
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Is Buddha or Buddhism mentioned explicitly in Mahabharata?

In the famous Mahabharata translation of Kisori Mohan Ganguli, he remarks at the start of Shanti Parva The Santi Parva is a huge interpolation in the Mahabharata, in the genre known as 'wisdom ...
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How did Yuyutsu die?

Yuyutsu switched from the side of Kauravas to the Pandavas and survived the 18-day war. Many years after Mahabharata war when Krishna passes away, Pandavas decide to renounce the world. Abhimanyu's ...
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Is there any mention of Adhika Masa in Mahabharata War?

The online debate for dating Mahabharata is going strong between 3067 BCE and 5561 BCE groups on Twitter and YouTube. Both these years conjecture that there was an Adhika Masa during the year of ...
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Why was Shishupala enraged at Pandavas when Krishna was honorred during the Rajasuya Yagna?

Krishna was honored at Yudhisthira's Rajasuya Yagna. This made Shishupala angry. Why was he mad and enraged which made him insult Krishna?
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Was Arjuna sad or happy when Eklavya cut out his thumb?

Dronacharya demanded from his Ekalavya after he saw that by his arrows alone, Ekalayva was able to stop the dog from barking. Some people say that he secretly wanted Arjuna to be the best archer and ...
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Are any ancient sports mentioned in our scriptures [duplicate]

I wish to know if team sports existed in the ancient times. Especially in Ramayan and Mahabharat. By sports I don’t mean swimming, archery etc. I’m looking for something like football and cricket ...
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How was Shakuni so good at playing dice?

Shakuni is considered being good at dice even though people say that he deceitfully won Indraprastha for Duryodhana. My question is, how is Shakuni so good at playing dice that whatever number he ...
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Who was the kul guru of Hastinapura before Kripacharya?

Kripacharya, the immortal rishi is the kul guru of hastinapur but who was the kul guru of hastinapur before him?
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Who possessed Pashupatastra other than Arjuna and Shiva?

Shiva gave Pashupatastra to Arjuna but who possessed it besides those two?
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Did Parasara and Satyavati do any penance so that Vyasa might be born to them?

Pandu did severe penance to Indra so that he may get a famous son who is an invincible warrior. Krishna did penance so that his one of his sons, I forgot the name but his son was born with the ...
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In which parva of mahabharat is Parikshit born?

I heard that Parikshit got killed when he was stillborn. Was he born immediately or after? When exactly as in which parva or book of mahabharat? In Sauptika Parva?
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What lokas did Arjuna attain after death?

In Swargarohana Parva, I heard that Yudhisthira see Arjuna with Krishna but later, the end of the Mahabharata characters is explained.Karna merges int o Surya, Krishna merges in to Vishnu and ...
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Is there a contradiction in the tree parentage of Māṛṣā? (whether multiple or one)

In the Viṣṇu purāṇa, Māṛṣā is described as the offspring of trees. WHILST the Pracetasas were thus absorbed in their devotions, the trees spread and overshadowed the unprotected earth, and the people ...
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What is Shadashiti Sankranti?

In this answer there is verse, which has word "Shadashiti Mukheshu" which has beem interpreted as Sankramana of Mithuna, Kanya, Dhanu and Meena. Is there authoritative reference which says ...
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How is Yajnavalkya an enlightened soul in Ramayana, but still a student in Mahabharata?

The conversation between Yajnavalkya and Janaka is very famous. Yajnavalkya instructs Janaka, which seems to imply he is already learnt and not a student anymore. But Vyasa's disciple is Vaishampayana ...
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Did Shukracharya recite a mantra or did a ritual to ensure Yayati didn't incur the sin of begeting child from pratiloma marriage?

King Yayati was hesitant to marry Devayani as it would be a Pratiloma marriage. From Sambhava Parva Yayati, thereupon, replied, 'Beautiful one, I do not deserve thee. Thou art the daughter of Sukra ...
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Lord Krishna using the Sudarshan chakra

Lord Krishna used the Sudarshan chakra against Shishupal. Are there any other instances in the Life of Lord Krishna i.e. birth till death when he used the Sudarshan chakra?
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How do Gaudiya Vaishnavas justify Krishna's role in Khandava Dahana?

Gaudiya Vaishnavas go to an extreme length to justify non-violence. Their preachers say you can not even kill mosquitoes or cockroaches in your house. I was wondering how they justify the horrific ...
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Is Krishna's life story mentioned in Mahabharata ? Is his life at Vrindavan or Gokul mentioned in the Mahabharata?

Is Krishna's life story mentioned in Mahabharata ? Is his life at Vrindavan or Gokul mentioned in the Mahabharata ? In how much details his life story is mentioned in Mahabharata ?
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If everyone in the world suffers because of his/her past karma, then why should someone raise hands against injustice? [duplicate]

According to the theory of karma, all our suffering and happiness is because of our past karma. If that is so, then why should someone, according to Bhagwan Krishna, raise hands against injustice and ...
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Why did Mahadeva help Ashwatthama in his heinous endeavour? [duplicate]

Ashwatthama entered the Pandava camp in the dead of the night and massacred the mighty warriors when they were asleep. However, initially, he was stopped at the gate and could not enter the camp. He ...
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Was Ashwatthama punished for his heinous crime? [duplicate]

Ashwatthama assassinated members of the Pandava camp in the dead of the night when they were sleeping. It is a heinous crime. One should not cast weapons against kine, brahmanas, kings, women, ...
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Need reference of shloka from video?

In this video pravachana guru is tell sloka I want this sloka and reference Please seek 10:38 mins
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Is it compulsory to chant Krishna's name with Radha?

I am Krishna's devotee. And whenever I chant name of Krishna , I took only the name of "Krishna" . I chant "Jai Shri Krishna " or " Hare Krishna Hare Krishna ". The ...
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Was Subhadra daughter of Vasudeva or was she daughter of Nanda?

In the Star Plus TV show, it has been shown that Krishna was exchanged with the daughter of Nanda. That girl child transformed into Yogamaya (a form of goddess similar to Durga having multiple hands) ...
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Gandhari's curse to Shakuni after his death

I read in a recent news article that after the war, Gandhari cursed that Shakuni's kingdom ,i.e., Gandhar, will never have peace. Is this mentioned in the Mahabharat or it's just a folklore? Also this ...
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Ramayana and Mahabharata Epics characters language interaction [duplicate]

I would like to know in both the Holy Epics Ramayana and Mahabharata, the characters interaction were in which language/s? I mean Lord Rama interacting with Lakshmana. I mean Lord Krishna interacting ...
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Why are finer details of stories related to Vaivasvata Manu are different in different conpositions/scriptures?

In Matsya Purana, Vaivasvata Manu manu is the king of Dravida Desha. He renounced the world and starts doing penance on top of Malaya mountain. Bhagavata Purana gives a similar story. In Chapter 12....
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Which scripture mentions Yuga length?

I am aware that the yuga lengths have the ratio 4:3:2:1 and have seen in various posts that a Kali Yuga is 432,000 years. What religious texts (Puranas, Mahabharat, Ramayan, etc) mention these Yuga ...
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Why did Arjuna marry his cousin sister Subhadra going against the Smriti?

Arjuna married Subhadra. Even Dharmaraja Yudhisthira did not oppose the cousin marriage. Krishna actively supported it. However, Dharmashastras do not support cousin marriage for North Indians Cross-...
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Shankaracharya entering another's body [duplicate]

As discussed in this question, Shankaracharya entered body of the king to gain knowledge. A similar instance is described in Mahabharata, where a Brahmin Sanyasin enters body of king Dharmadhyaja, of ...
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Why does Yudhisthira deserve to go to heaven when he gamble his kingdom, his brother away and Draupadi being dishonor before a bunch of men?

And not only they suffer as a result of his gambling, but Draupadi and four Pandavas—Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva perish on their way to go to heaven for various reason. I feel like it give a ...
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Is Manipura, mentioned in Mahabharata, the same place as the current Indian state of Manipura?

Arjuna married Chitragnda - the princess of the Manipura. Is this the same place as the current Indian state of Manipura?
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What if Draupadi incident had not happened, whether Duryodhana was a great emperor? [closed]

Ramayana and Mahabharatha both happened for the reason of a female. What if that situation not araised, What could have been happened? Is this the game plan of Lord Sri Krishna and such things are ...
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What were the heights of Rama and Krishna?

What was the height of Lord Rama and that of Lord Krishna according to Ramayana and Mahabharata? Please answer along with the scripture quotations.
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Are there any evidences of Kurukshetra war happening? [closed]

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurukshetra&ved=2ahUKEwihoMfwuZ_yAhUP8WEKHSzUCp8QFnoECDoQAg&usg=AOvVaw2HR992m0UGNSbhG-F-aaBo ...
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How many brothers does Vasudeva have?

And also what are their names? I only know 2 by the name Devashrava and Devabhaga, but can't seem to find his other brother's name.
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Which Hindu scriptures explicity mention that we take only one birth?

Many people say that Hinduism believes that we take only one birth and after that way go to heaven or hell. As example - In Vedas , there is no mention that we take multiple births. Vedas indicate ...
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Where is this second definition of dwija written in Hindu scriptures?

There are two definitions of the word "dwija" that I know. Men of Brahmin , Kshatriya and Vaishya caste are dwija. Men who become alive again after dying once are called dwija. This is the ...
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What happened to the family tree of Duhshala?

Duhshala (Sanskrit: दुःशला), also spelled as Dushala or Dussala, was the only daughter of king Dhritarashtra and Queen Gandhari and sister to Kauravas in the Hindu epic Mahabharata. What happened to ...
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When did the Jagannath sampradaya start?

In Mahabharata, Adi Parva, Arjuna Vanavasa Parva (Section 217), a list of places visited by Arjuna was given. He first went towards the north and visited Bhrigu Tunga (modern-day Tunganath) and few ...
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Is entering into funeral pyre (chita pravesh) a dharmic way of suicide?

Agni's another name is pavak (i.e which purifies everything) So, Is burning oneself alive by entering into funeral pyre (chita pravesh) a dharmic way of committing suicide ? Arjun took a vow of ...
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Was it possible to reject a girl if she approached a man in ancient Hindu India?

I read many places that there was a custom in ancient India. A man can not reject a girl who approaches him (Swayamagata Kanya). This was true for marriage; this was true for sex. Is this rule is ...
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Is Killing a woman by a man sin ? Is even hitting a woman sin?

Is killing a woman or hitting on a woman (by a man ) sin ? What does various scriptures say about this ? I know killing in general is sin but there are various situation where killing is not sin. ...
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Do the introductory verses by Suta/Sauti and asker’s verses form part of the verse count of the core scripture itself?

The Puranas and Itihāsas generally begin with a few introductory and concluding verses, mostly included in one or more separate chapters. In the introductory verses, a setting is created where the ...
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How many slokas are there in Mahabharata?

How many slokas are there in Gita press Mahabharata ? Gita press Mahabharata is Authentic ?

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