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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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Was Krishna having second thoughts about the war and the instructions he gave?

Even in the Gita some on instructions and questions he specifically states are only his opinion. After the war Krishna finds time to contemplate on dharma and takes a nap his body sheers in pain, ...
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Why didn't Dronacharya kill Ghatotkacha with his divine weapons?

Karna had to waste his shakti weapon on Ghatotkacha but at the same time Dronacharya was the leader of the army and he was well versed in almost all the divine weapons. Why didn't Dronacharya kill ...
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Why Lord Krishna justified the abducting of a women forcefully?

Why Lord Krishna justified abducting a women? "Vasudeva answered, 'O bull amongst men, self-choice hath been ordained for the marriage of Kshatriyas. But that is doubtful (in its consequences), O ...
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Why didn't Satyaki fight from Kaurava's Side? [duplicate]

Although Sri Krishna promised to Duryodhan that all his army would fight for him except Krishna himself however Satyaki chose to fight from Pandava's side. I think as he was also Yadav, he should have ...
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What is Vaikuntha? How far from earth is this another planet? [duplicate]

Vaikuntha is another planet? If yes then how that time our gods travel between them
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When did 13 years pass in 13 days?

In Mahabharata there is mention that it is written in shastras that there are some special occasions in which 13 years pass in 13 days. When the high-souled Partha went to Indra's region for ...
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Is it true that Duryodhana's birth name was Suyodhana? [duplicate]

I have read somewhere that Duryodhana's real name was Suyodhana and later he was named Duryodhana after his deeds. Their logic was su= good and dur=bad( though I am skeptic about this). Regardless, ...
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What is the origin of bhagavad gita?

Who exactly wrote down the gita, and who exactly was the author of it. Are there any historical records about when it first appeared, was it narrated at first, if so was the whole epic of mahabarata ...
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What happened to Ashwatthama's mani?

I know that the gem or 'mani' on Ashwatthama's forehead was taken away by Krishna, but what happened to the gem after that? Was it destroyed?
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Did the Society during the time of Mahabharata consider a common wife “polyandry” or “fraternal polyandry” condemned act?

During the time of Mahabharata, did the society consider polyandry or fraternal polyandry a condemned or shameful act?
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Lord Indra ( Life expectancy) [closed]

Rahul Arya, a notable Arya Samaj preacher in his YouTube channel has told Lord Indra lived for 500 years and then he died. He tells that God has made our body in such a manner that a human structure ...
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How to download English translation of BORI CE Mahabharat?

Bori's Critical Edition of Mahabharat is available in Sanskrit only. I want it in English. Where I can download the English translation of BORI Mahabharat?
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Is the Bhagavad Gita a distinct chapter of Mahabarata?

Is Bhagavad Gita specifically named as such in the Mahabarata, or is it just a special name for the part of the Mahabarata given outside the Mahabarata? And if so by whom?
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Was Vishnu Sahasranama, not a part of Anusasana Parva of Mahabharata, but a later day addition? [closed]

The Spitzer Manuscript is the oldest surviving philosophical manuscript in Sanskrit, contains one of the earliest dateable table of content sequentially listing the parva (books) of the Mahabharata, ...
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How Arjuna fought against Bhishma, Drona without Gita Gyan? [duplicate]

We all know that Arjuna dropped weapons in Kurukshetra war because he couldn't fight against Bhishma and Drona and needed Gita gyan. Bhagwad Gita 1:34-35:-Teachers, fathers, sons, grandfathers, ...
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When did Arjuna know that Karna was his brother

There are different stories of when Arjuna is aware that Karna is his brother. Some say it happened after the death of Karna when Krishna reveals it to the Pandavas. But some say it happens during the ...
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Which scripture mentions the yuga in which Ramayana and Mahabharata took place? [duplicate]

As far as I know, they themselves don't mention this. Which scripture actually has this reference?
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Why Vrishketu not ascended the throne of Hastinapur

Karna was elder brother of Pandavas. As per the ancient Indian monarchial system, eldest son has a right over throne of his father. Vrishketu was the only son of Karna survived after Mahabharat war ...
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Are Itihasa and puranas superior than Vedas?

Manusmriti 12:95 “All those traditions (smriti) and those despicable systems of philosophy, which are not based on the Veda, produce no reward after death; for they are declared to be founded on ...
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What was Karna's Nagastra?

In the Mahabharat there is an incident between the final encounter of Arjuna and Karna where Karna used his Nagastra against Arjuna. The Suta's son then fixed on his bow-string that foe-killing, ...
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Were there two Vijaya bows belonging to Indra at time of Mahabharata?

As seen in the answer here , Karna had Vijaya bow. Karna had obtained it from Parashurama, who in turn had obtained it from Indra. But it seems that Rukmi (brother of Rukmini) too had Vijaya bow that ...
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What are the duties of a wife towards her husband? [duplicate]

What are the duties of a wife towards her husband? What is her vedic roles and responsibilities?
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Were both Valmiki Ramamyana and Vyasa's Mahabharata contemporaneous accounts?

I think Valmiki appears in Ramayana and Vyasa in Mahabharata. Is it true that they recorded what they saw directly and were not retelling what they had heard?
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Was the function of Ghatotkacha only to make Karna waste his Vasavi Shakti?

As far as I recall, he didn't fight during Bhishma's stewardship of the Kaurava army. Arjuna of course was safe as long as Karna stayed out, since Bhishma and Drona would never exert their full ...
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Is the discovered city of Dwarka related to Lord Krishna [closed]

Many Hindu Blogs and videos claim that the Dwarka which is discovered by National Institute of Oceanography scientist S.R Rao is related to Lord Krishna. Many people are giving fake information on ...
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Are Padma-Vyuha and Chakra-Vyuha the same?

The Padma Vyuha is often confused with the Chakravyuha, as many writers use these terms interchangeably. It is told in Mahabharata that Chakravyuha was used in the 13-th day and padma-Vyuha on 15-th ...
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What spot does Shiva consider most sacred? [duplicate]

What spot does Shiva consider most sacred? A temple, mount Kailasha, swarga, etc? Does any scripture talk about Shiva's most sacred spot according to him?
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How Pandavas Fathers were Devas? [closed]

Yudhishthira father was Dharmaraja Bhima father Vayu And Arjuna father was Indra But all of them vayu, yamraj and Indra are Devas (Non humans) How is this possible? And karna Father was surya. How ...
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What is the shloka in the movie “Arjun: The Warrior Prince” during the marching of the battle and also while Arjun attacks in the end?

I am including the two links for the part of movies, where the shloka is used: Marching: https://youtu.be/ifKr5Nxf0wc?t=222 Attacking: https://youtu.be/H3-D6yeGJm8?t=25
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What was the reaction of pandavas after knowing that Karna was their brother

I want to know that what is written in mahabharat about the reaction of pandavas after knowing that they killed their brother Karna.
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How the war between Lord Shiva & andhaka had taken place?

I know what happened as per puranas , but does Mahabharata also mentions the same or different? How andhaka had taken birth, did he wanted to be husband of goddess parvati? At last how the war ...
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What was the role of Karna's kundal? [duplicate]

We all know that Karna was given a Kavach and kundal by his father Lord Sun. Kavach was for his protection. But what was the role of Kundal?
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Why did Rudra/Shiva attack the sages Nara and Narayana after the Daksha yajna?

In the Shanti Parva of Mahabharata is related an incident where Rudra/Shiva attacks the sages Nara and Narayana, while the latter two were performing austerities. The incident is related here. I ...
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Where are imperishable personalities from Mahabharata?

The characters listed below are Chiranjeevi's or imperishable personalities from Dwaaparayuga that means they are immortal. So where do they exist in Kaliyug? Is there any evidence or documents ...
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Where in Mahabharat it is told that Abhimanyu learned the breaking of Chakra-Vyuha while he was in his mother's womb?

I have heard the story of Abhimanyu and the Chakra-Vyuha. But I cant find the exact location where it is told, how he learned it. Was he in his mother's womb or Arjuna taught him later physically?
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Why did Parashurama teach Bhishma but not Karna?

We know that Parashurama was the guru of Bhisma, a kshatriya. Then why did he refuse to teach Karna on the basis of being a kshatriya?
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Did karna learn the vedas from Drona?

I am looking for explicit mention in KMG Mahabharata that Karna learnt vedas from Drona (will be helpful if there are passages that show he conducted vedic rites). I don't think he learnt vedas from ...
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Sanskrit/vedic text describing relationship between male and female

I wanted to know if there is a sanskrit/vedic text that describes as to why there is these two forms of existence of life i.e. a male and a female and what their relationship is(things like why they ...
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Did Parashurama ever meet Lord Krishna?

The widely held belief is that it was Parashurama who gave sudarshana chakra to Lord Krishna. However as seen in this answer it was not the case. So my question is did the two ever meet given that ...
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Is weekday a part of Hinduism?

There are some customs like one shouldn't wash, hair, clothes, cut nails etc. on weekdays like Tuesday, Saturday, etc. I'm curious to know whether weekdays used to exist at the time of Mahabharata, ...
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What is the rationale behind the statement that all kings have to spend at least some time in hell?

In Svargarohanika Parva after Yudhishtra had experienced hell, Lord of Dharma gave the following reason Without doubt, all kings, O son, must once behold Hell. Hence hast thou for a little while ...
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How long did it take to write the whole Mahabharata?

Mahabharata is longest version consists of over 100,000 Sloka or over 200,000 individual verse lines,so such big lines of epic how much time it has taken to write ?
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Can anyone describe me about the look of Krishna, Shiva & Parvati as per Mahabharata?

I know there are many descriptions from puranas but I want to know as per Mahabharata that how Krishna, Shiva & Parvati does looks? What are their physical features & descriptions ? How was ...
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Was Pinaka bow made by Lord Shiva himself or by vishwakarma?

As per Valmiki Ramayana & Mahabharata, Lord Shiva had made a powerful bow to destroy the sacrifice of daksha. However it doesn't mention the name of that bow. So was that bow Pinaka or was it ...
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Did Gandhari ever remove her blindfold?

The story goes Gandhari removed her blindfold the night before Duryodhana's decisive encounter with Bhima. She poured all her power into her son's body in one glance, rendering Duryodhana's entire ...
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Question on lineage of Karna's foster parents

We know Karna's foster father Adhiratha, a charioteer. He was a Suta which is defined to be descendant of Kshatriya father and Brahmana mother (as per Manusmriti). But do we have any information on ...
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Why do we not have the technology used by Ravana, or others in EPICs? [closed]

My questions are about all the supernatural weapons and things used. If everything was oral tradition, I agree and respect that as well. Why isn't that available like Vedas and other things? You can ...
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How Kurus in mahabharata were considered Kshatriyas when they were descendants of rishi vedvyas (a Brahmin)?

With due respect, On what account were the Kuru lineage after Dhritrashtra and Pandu considered Kshatriya varna in Mahabharata when Dhritrashtra and Pandu themselves were born from a brahmin sage ...
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Why did Drupada tell Drona non-kings cannot be friends with kings?

As seen in this section of Adi Parva , Drupada's words when Drona came to him were Then the son of Bharadwaja, endued with great prowess went to king Drupada, and approaching that monarch, that tiger ...
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Who is wife of Vidhura?

Vidhura is an important character in mahabharatam. Is he married? If yes, who is the wife of Vidhura?

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