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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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What is the mystery of ayOnija (अयोनिज) births?

We will come across Sita in Valmiki Ramayana, as ayOnija - अयोनिज, a non-uterine birth. Similarly, in Mahabharata, we read about Draupadi and Dhristadyumna, who are also ayOnijas, borne out of fire. ...
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English translation of Karnata Bharata Kathamanjari (Kumara Vyasa Mahabharatha)

Karnata Bharata Kathamanjari, Kannada version of Mahabharatha written by Kumara Vyasa, is said to exact version of Mahabharatha.This kannada version consists story of Aswathama. after Krishna's curse. ...
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Karna Suffering Defeats

We all know that Karna was the greatest archer. As no archer, regardless of his level of supremacy, can win all the time. Even Krishna suffered defeats. Did Karna suffer defeats during his lifetime? ...
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Help me solve the mystery of age of Yugas and Lord Vishnu's avatars

There are a few things which bother me regularly. Those are: Do the Ramayana and Mahabharata repeat every chaturyuga? If yes, then what is the need of doing this over and over again? I've read that ...
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Why was only Arjuna referred as “Partha”, but not Yudhishtira or Bheema?

As per wikipedia article, Arjuna was also called 'Partha' because he was son of Kunti (Pritha). Why could not Yudhishtira/Bheema be called by this name?
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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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References of Radha in the Itihasas?

Ok, this might be a little weird question, but are there any sort of references to Srimati Radharani INDIRECTLY in the two epics we have (viz. Ramayana and Mahabharata)? Just like Brahma extols Rama ...
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What is the Pashupatastra? Did Arjuna use it in the Kurukshetra war?

What is the Pashupatastra? Why did Lord Shiva get it in first place? Did Arjuna really use it in the Kurukshetra war? If he didn't, why did he get it from Lord Shiva? Was it the all-knowing Krishna ...
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Was Kosala under the control of Kashi in the time of Bhishma?

In the Mahabharata, Adi Parva, Chapter 105 when Satyavati coaxes her son Vyasadeva to give her grandchildren, he say this: 'If the princess of Kosala can bear my strong odour, my ugly and grim ...
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Babruvahana in Kurukshetra

As we all know about Babruvahana, the son of Arjuna from Chitrangada. I want to know why he did not took part in Mahabharata War(Kurukshetra). On researching, I just got one answer that Chitrangada ...
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Feminist's claim that the Vedas, Ramayana and Mahabharata were written by male writers

How do you go about refuting a feminist's (male or female) claim that the Vedas, epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata were authored by male persons, so no wonder some of the principles, ideologies and ...
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Yuga changes and age difference

I have kind of a stupid question, but I believe it's valid. What exactly happens when a Yuga changes from Satya Yuga -> Treta Yuga -> Dwapar Yuga -> Kali Yuga? I don't have any reference to cite, ...
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Does Anushasan Parva, chapter 88 of the Mahabharata, allow cow sacrifice?

In the following video, Dr. Zakir Naik says that Bhishma Pitamaha tells Yudhishtira that sacrificing a cow will satisfy their dead ancestors for a period of 1 year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
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What happened to the divine weapons after Mahabharatha war?

What happened to all those divine weapons after completion of Mahabharatha war? Where are those weapons now in kali Yuga? Who possess those weapons now? Were they dismantled or hidden somewhere? As ...
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Were both the MAYAs mentioned in the Ramayana and the Mahabharata one and the same (or) different?

1) A demon architect by name Maya, who was killed by Indra. This story comes in Kishkinda Kanda. मयो नाम महातेजा मायावी दानवर्षभः || ४-५१-१० तेन इदम् निर्मितम् सर्वम् मायया कांचनम् वनम् | ...
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What scriptures describe Vishnu taking the form of a giant plough?

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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Does Shakuntala's son Bharata have a role in the naming of Bharatavarsha?

As is stated in Srimad Bhagavatam, Fifth Canto, 3rd sloka, Formerly this planet was known as Ajanābha-varṣa, but since Mahārāja Bharata’s reign it has become known as Bhārata-varṣa. (Reference) ...
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The story of Sri Krishna, Yudhishtira and the bitter gourd

Is there any scriptural basis to this story of Sri Krishna, Yudhishtira and the bitter gourd? The story goes like this: After the Mahabharata war, King Yudhishtira and his brothers decide to go on a ...
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Did Kauravas admit their Adharma?

Did Kauravas admit that their path was that of Adharma? Also what determines if something is Adharma?
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What lokas did Abhimanyu and Ghatotkacha attain after their death?

As per this answer, it is said that the Pandavas, Karna and Duryodhana went to heaven or hell. What about others like Abhimanyu, Ghatotkacha? Were they reborn?
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In search of an important shloka from Anushasana Parva of Mahabharata

I am in search of an important shloka which is a part of Mahabharata (13th chapter, Anushasana Parva) after Vishnu Sahasranamam and the shloka is about praising rishis, munis, raja rishis, etc., to ...
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Bhagavad Gita by Lord Krishna [duplicate]

During the Kurukshetra war, Shri Krishna recited the holy Gita to Arjuna. My question is, why did he choose to do that only to Arjuna and not to the other Pandavas?
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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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Were Kauravas 100 brothers or only 99? [duplicate]

I get confused many times whether Dhritrashtra and Gandhari had 100 sons or just 99 sons with one daughter. The 100th son was Yuyutsu who wasn't Gandhari's son but her maid's. What's the truth? Were ...
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Why didn't Dhritarashtra abdicate when he should have?

Okay, so I understand that Bhishma was bound by his (pretty daft) vow, but why did Dhritarashtra take so long to begin his Vanaprastha Ashrama? Was it because, like in Ugrasena's case, there was no ...
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What happened to Pandavas in future lives?

Did the Pandavas eventually take rebirth? If they did, who were they and what happened to them?
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What happened to Yashoda after Krishna ji left Gokul? [duplicate]

What happened to Yashodha ji and Nand baba after Krishna ji left Gokul?
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Do those who worship at Agastya's lake become devotees of Kartikeya?

In this chapter of the Vana Parva of the Mahabharata, the sage Pulastya, mind-born son of Brahma and the grandfather of Ravana, tells Bhishma about a variety of Tirthas or sacred places. In ...
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What is the etymology behind the name Vichitravirya? [duplicate]

In Mahabharatha, mostly all names have a reason/etymology behind them. One that I couldnt find was "Vichitravirya"- Son of Shantanu and father of Dhritrashtra & Pandu. Name clearly transliterates ...
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Did Indra know Krishna as Avatar of Lord Vishnu?

After Govardana Hill incident, did Indra know that Krishna was Incarnation of Lord Vishnu? If He knew Krishna as Avatar of Lord Vishnu after that incident, why did Indra fight with Krishna when ...
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Soul (Atma) of Arjuna

It is said that Nara-Narayana sages were born as Arjuna and Krishna respectively. But at the same time Arjuna is biological son of Indra. Also it is said that Draupadi is incarnation of wives of ...
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Why Krishna took life of Barbarika before Mahabharata

I am wondering why Krishna took life of Barbarika as guru-dakshina from Barbarika as he was assumed to be the most strong contender in the Mahabharata about whom everyone was worried with his ...
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Abhimanyu's death: Was he destined to die at a young age?

It is known that Abhimanyu, son of Arjuna, was killed during the Chakra Vyuh (a.k.a Padmavyuha) in the war. Why did he die? Why couldn't Lord Krishna save him? Was he destined to die in this way?
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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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Why Parashurama taught art of warfare to Kshatriya(s)?

Guru Drona's guru Parashurama was against teaching to Kshatriyas. However he still taught to Bhishma. In the similar way, Drupad and Drona were considered Guru-Bhai; probably that means Parashurama ...
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Why only Geeta has “Shree Bhagwan uvachah”?

In all the scriptures of Hindus there is no direct words from Bhagwan except Geeta. Only Geeta contains "Shree Bhagwan Uvachah" means "God said : " is it mean that other scriptures are human made ...
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Why Bhishma did not say anything in Draupadi's Cheerharan?

Bhishma Pitamaha was considered a very religious and righteous person in Mahabharata. Then why he did not stop Duryodhana? Instead he kept silent in Draupadi's Cheerharan.
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Was Arjuna left-handed?

Was Arjuna left-handed in his warrior skills? What about other great warriors of the epics like Karna, Bhishma, Drona, Rama and Laxmana? Will left-handedness or right-handedness ever matter in ...
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Krishna Prompting Bhima to Say Lie

In the Kurukshetra war of the Mahabharata, Krishna prompted Bhima to falsely say that Ashwatthama was killed, when Drona was found to be superior to all warriors. Krishna prompted so knowing very well ...
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Who was the rightful heir to Kuru throne? Pandavas (Yudhishthira) or Kauravas (Duryodhana)?

How is a king chosen according to Hindu dharma? Who among Duryodhana and Yudhishthira (Dharmaraja), was the ideal contender for the next king considering hereditary or inheritance rights? NOTE: ...
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Who was the sage who witnessed Mahabharata and Ramayana multiple times?

I recently heard about time travel and am curious to know about the sage who had seen Mahabharat and Ramayan multiple times.
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Which is first among Ramayana and Mahabharatha?

Recently, we as a group stumbled upon a question, "Historically, which event happened first - the Ramayana or the Mahabharata"?
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Did Pradyumna, son of Lord Krishna, participate in the Mahabharata war?

Pradyumna had knowledge of how to enter and exit the Chakravyuha. I want to know: If Pradyumna did not participate in Mahabharata war, then why didn't he participate? If Pradyumna did participate in ...
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How many from the battle were alive after the war in Mahabharata?

The 18 days war of Kurukshetra did played havoc and many lost their lives. Sure there are few who would have survived and lived past it. Out of those who other prominent personalities lived past that ...
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Why did Karna flee from battle with Chitrasena (Gandharvas)?

First of all, I am a great admirer of Karna and can prove that he is the only person in Mahabharata epic to follow dharma in his entire life but the only question I have is why did he ran from the ...
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What is Ganga Devi's marital status?

Was Ganga Devi married to someone? Is she a wife of Lord Shiva, because he adorns Ganga Devi on his head which could mean that she is Shiva's wife? I've also heard that Bhishma Pitamaha from ...
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How did Vichitravirya die?

In the Wikipedia, it is mentioned that Vichitravirya died of tuberculosis. But how did he even get diagnosed in that early era? I know Wikipedia can't be trusted but I am interested to know what is ...
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In which parva of Mahabharata was Ganga's curse to Amba is mentioned?

I got to know about a tale, of Ganga's curse to Amba to become a river without water or something similar to that because of her attempt to kill Bhishma. What was that exact curse and in which parva ...
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Why wasn't Parashurama supposed to act like a Kshatriya anymore?

In this answer, I got to know that during the fight between Parashurama and Bhishma, the spirits of Parashurama's ancestors told him to stop fighting, because he wasn't supposed to act like a ...
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Was Ekalavya the cousin of Krishna?

Today I read that Ekalavya (student of Dronacharya who practiced in front of Dronacharya's statue) is the cousin of Lord Krishna and Krishna killed him. How are they cousins?

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