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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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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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What is the status of offspring born from same gotra marriage?

Same gotra marriage is censured . But if such marriage happens , what is the status of the offspring born from such a marriage ?
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Once Yudhishthira said, “When my heart approveth of it, it can never be sinful.” Is this kind of statement approved by any authoritative texts?

During Draupadi's marriage, there was a dilemma regarding whether five brothers can marry a single bride. Draupadi's father, King Drupada and her brother were all against it, quite naturally. In this ...
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Was widow re-marriage prevalent in Mahabharata?

Was widow marriage prevalent in ancient India? I was wondering about the custom of widow marriage in India. I know a couple of examples from Ramayana. Mandodari and Tara (wife of Bali) both remarried ...
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Gautama and Ahalya: she didn't turn into stone?

Popular Ramayana story describes Rama touching Ahalya, in stone form, and rescuing her. But in Mahabharata, the story is completely different. Gautama asks his son to kill his wife and goes away. His ...
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Did Arjuna marry a widow? Was Ulupi a widow?

Ulupi was the daughter of a Naga King. She had a son named Iraban. His father was Arjuna. What was the marital status of Ulupi during her marriage with Arjuna? Was she a virgin? or a widow?
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Brahmarishi Vishvamitra in Vedas and Itihasa

How is Brahmarishi Vishvamitra in the vedas different from what is mentioned about him in the itihasa?
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Who was Madhavi's mother?

Emperor Yayati had 5 sons. From Devayani two sons Yadu and Turvasu, and from Sharmishtha three sons Druhyu, Anu and Puru . But he also had a daughter by name of Madhavi. Her story was given in Udyog ...
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Indra stopping Janamejaya's Ashwamedha

While talking about Dharma changing with age (Yugas), Yudhistira says Then again, it is seen that when some wicked persons of great might cause certain portions of certain courses of righteous acts ...
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Why is Kartikeya called as Guha?

Kartikeya is addressed as Guha many times in Mahabharat. What is the meaning of Guha and why is Kartikeya called as Guha? Here is one example from Sambhava Parva: The illustrious deity Guha, who ...
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What is the real Hindu chronology?

Some people say that span of Sat Yug , Treta Yug , Dwapar Yug and Kali Yug are 17.28 Lakh , 12.96 Lakh , 8.64 Lakh and 4.32 Lakh years respectively. But recently I have gone though some books and ...
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Are things written in Hindu texts factually incorrect ? I think so [closed]

Just to make it clear the things written in Hindu texts have huge amount of knowledge in them and I have learnt a lot about life and philosophy from them. But I think the things written in Hindu texts ...
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How were Rakshas created?

Rakshas definitely don't fall under the four varna system . So, What is the story of creation of Rakshas ?
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How were women created by the Cosmic Man?

How were woman created by the Brahma or Cosmic man ? Women must have been created separately from men . What is the story of their creation ?
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Ancestry of Bharath

In Mahabharat, Menaka on deputation from Indra to attract Vishwamitra unwittingly made themselves grand parents of a later brave Bharata King through Shakuntala.. So mythologically seen, the Kuru ...
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Chandra Vamsha — Nahusha link to Budha [duplicate]

Mahabharata Adi Parva describes in detail the lunar dynasty. From Vaivaswata manu > Ila > Pururavas > Ayus to Nahusha. It was Pururavas who first brought from the region of the Gandharvas ...
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How can one say Mahabharata is history? Why are Chiranjeevis (immortals) not seen today?

If Mahabharata is history, why are Chiranjeevis (immortals) like - Parashurama, Aswatthama, Kripacharya no longer seen? In the story of Mahabharata they appear frequently and were seen by common ...
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Can a Sudra be born as a Bramhana in his next birth?

I am not asking about Guna based system. Here 1 and 2 rising in varna hierarchy is mentioned but it says a Sudra will be born as a Vasihya then a Ksatriya and then a Bramhana. Cant a Sudra's next ...
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When did Rishi Uddhalak and Rishi Shwetaketu live?

Refer to this answer In the above answer , there is section of Mahabharat quoted in which Pandu is saying to Kunti that It was Rishi Shwetketu who banned adultery . Prior to that all women were free ...
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Do people who have no sons go to hell? [duplicate]

Is it true that people who have no sons go to hell no matter how good they were in their life. Also if in someone's lineage no son is born , the ancestors also fall in hell ? There is a story in ...
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Mention of Dvija in Mahabharat?

For whom the word Dvija is used in Mahabharat ? I have heard that in Mahabharat the word Dvijottama (best of twice borns) is used and it is ascribed to Dron. What is the truth of the word "Dvija&...
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Fasting as a reason for downfall of the hundred Kauravas (sons of Gandhari)

Consider the following verse regarding prohibited vrat Gandhari fasted on a day when the tenth and eleventh phases of the moon were mixed. Her hundred sons perished. Hence such days shall be avoided ...
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How many different races (castes) were created by Brahma or God ? Where can I get hierarchical order of superior to inferior races (castes)?

Are there only only four types of races created by Brahma namely - Brahman , Kshatriya , Vaishya or Shudras ? Or Even amongst the above four races separate sub-races were created ? Like even among ...
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How do we solve the contradiction of Rukmi being alive during the war, though Balarama had killed him before?

The events of Shri Krishna’s life described the Harivamsa, take place before the Mahabharata war. The same can also be gauged from the chronology of events given in the tenth skandha of the Srimad ...
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Drona pleasing Lord Shiva

I heard this description of Drona: He that pleased Lord Shiva using a shower of arrows Is this true?Please give scriptural references.
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What is the number of people from Varnas required to form a government in the Mahabharata?

I had watched a video of Jaipur Dialogues on YouTube some time back. It is difficult for me to go through all the videos again. In that video it was mentioned that - w number of Brahmins x number of ...
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Can Hindus go to foreign countries ? Is it best to avoid going to foreign countries?

Which caste people can go to foreign countries ? Is it true that Hindus who go to foreign countries lose their caste (thus become untouchable) ? And what about untouchable Hindus ? Can they go to ...
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Did Draupdi marry only Yudhistira? [duplicate]

Today I watched a YouTube video As per this video, I am confused due to the opinions and thoughts stated by the youtuber. He says that Draupdi married only Yudhistira and not all five Pandavas. He ...
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Did Krishna actually call Draupdi as “Sakhi” ? Were Krishna and Draupdi friends?

I had watched Mahabharat on TV star plus. In the show , the Character of the Krishna used to call Draupdi "Sakhi" .And Draudpdi would call Krishna "Sakha" . Were Krishna and ...
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What is the story of Parvati closing the eyes of Shiva?

There is a story in our scriptures where Goddess Parvati closes the eyes of Lord Shiva and the entire Universe went dark due to it. Lord Shiva has been described as Tryambakam (one with three eyes) in ...
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Why is it considered as bad to become ghost after death ? Do ghosts live a very miserable life?

It is being said that people who die by suicide or suffer violent death usually become ghosts . So, why is becoming a ghost considered a bad thing ? Is there more suffering in it ? What things can a ...
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Hierarchy of entities spanning from gross body or senses to parabrahman

Across the scriptures, different hierarchies has been mentioned regarding entities related human life. For example consider the following hierarchies: #1: Hierarchy by Krishna The senses are superior ...
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Bali born as ass

Bali, son of Virochana, was pushed to underworld by Vamana. My understanding was he rules there with Vishnu serving as his door keeper. In Mahabharata, a story narrated where Bali was born as ass. ...
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How to reconcile Rama's Vishwaroopa, Upanishads and Krishna saying he is Rama only among warriors?

Lord Rama is often known as the supreme being according to Vaishnavism. This is evidenced by many scriptural refereces: Brahma in Valmiki Ramayana 6.117.31-32 calls Rama the first/primeval and ...
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Prahlada becoming a prisoner [duplicate]

Bianca narrates the discourse between Prahlada and Indra, and in that Indra says to Prahlada: Thou art now bound in cords, fallen off from thy former position, brought under the sway of thy foes, and ...
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How and When did Parvati die? Or she still alive?

Parvati was a normal human . So, death must have come to her . How and when did she die ? Or Is she still alive ?
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Are Kapoti and Unchha methods one and same?

While enumerating the lifestyles allowed to Grihastha, Vyasa told the following statement That kingdom grows in prosperity where these highly deserving persons live, viz., those that lead a life of ...
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Order of senses according to sanathan dharma

In sanathan dharma, there are atleast six sensory organs: manas, ears, skin, eye, tongue, nose. We are considering only the five physical sensory organs for our discussion, keeping manas aside. Modern ...
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Why is the Gayatri Mantra so important?Who is Gayatri Devi?What is Her relation with Lord Shiva?

I have seen this question Someone had pointed out a quote of sage Yajnavalkya saying that Gayatri (Mantra) is the mother of the Vedas. a)We know that the Vedas emerged from the four faces of Brahma. b)...
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What was that secret message Dhritarashtra sent to arjuna before the day of war?

While reading Holy Geeta by Swami Chinmayananda I come across the following passage: After their long and strenuous trials, when the Pandavas at last reached their native kingdom, their tyrant cousin,...
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Why did Pandavas killed Nishada woman and her sons while escaping the house of lac? [duplicate]

In Jatugriha Parva we see that Pandavas ended up killing Nishada woman and her five sons. Desirous of obtaining food, there came, as though impelled by fate, to that feast, in course of her ...
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Disobeying the parents

I think bhishma did a big mistake by not disobeying his father and taking a lifelong vow of celibacy. Had he confronted his father at the right moment this whole war could have been stopped. Was it so ...
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How to reconcile these incendiary acts of Devaguru Bṛhaspati, in the story of Dīrghatamas (from Mahābhārata)?

In the Book 1: Adi Parva, Sambhava Parva (Section 104) of the Mahābhārata, we encounter an appalling story of sage Dīrghatamas, as narrated by Pitāmaha Bhīṣhma to Satyavatī. I'm quoting the ...

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