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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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Why cannot a Shudra earn wealth as per Mahabharata?

https://hinduism.stackexchange.com/a/19101/19211 This answer says that Shudras should serve other orders as menial by "massaging" and obeying their "wishes". Another section of ...
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Should most brahmins today be considered as shudras?

Since most brahmins particularly those living in urban areas today don't follow the duties of a brahmin , should they be considered as shudras ? Many of them indulge in degenerate things like alcohal ...
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Is Vaishnava dharma parva a part of Mahabharatha?

The telugu translation of Mahabharatha is containing an extra parva names Vaishnavadharma parva. It contains 22 chapters in it. It is basically a discussion between Krishna and Yudhishthira. It ...
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Blind obedience to father in Scriptures

Shantanu agreed to Pratipa's wish, hence had to marry Ganga. Bhishma left everything for his father's wish. Rama followed the orders of his father and left for exile even when he could have easily ...
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If Lord Krishna was able to prevent the Kurukshetra War, why did he not prevent the Kurukshetra War?

It is stated in texts of Mahabharata that Lord Krishna is an avatar of Vishnu and has the ability to change the very course of the universe with its creatures. Some people say the Kurukshetra War was ...
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Was there incarnation of Satya and Treta yugas personified in Mahabharata?

We know that Kali who is the ruler of Kali yuga incarnated as Dhuryodhana and Dwapara incarnated as Shakuni. But what of the other two yugas of Sathya and Treta. Who rules these yugas? Were they ...
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Can all saptarishis be considered as a brahmarishi?

People say that Spatarshi is a post and Brahmarshi is a person who understood the true meaning of Brahman. Can only a Brahmarishi become a Saptarishi?
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How was Yudhisthira able to enter heaven alive when Krishna himself could not go to Vaikuntha in his own human body?

Krishna was incarnation of Vishnu. In Mahaprasthanika Parva, it describes Yudhisthira entered heaven alive when Krishna dies which is the reason why Pandavas and Draupadi renounce the world. How was ...
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Who cursed the snakes that they will die in Emperor Janamejaya's snake sacrifice?

Somebody cursed the snakes that the nagas will die in the sarpa satra of Janamejaya who did it in revenge for the killing of his father Parikshit by Takshaka. Who cursed those nagas that they would ...
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Why did many devas along with Vishnu incarnate on earth as major Mahabharat characters during dwapara yuga?

Why were devas born on earth as major Mahabharat characters such as Pandavas, Karna, Krishna, Balram, Bhishma, Abhimanyu, Upapandavas in the first place? Why did gods incarnate on earth?
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Was Aśhvatthāmā born immortal or did he become immortal later by Kṛiṣhṇa's curse? How did Aśhvatthāmā and Kṛipā become immortal?

From Mahābhārata Aśhvatthāmā and Kṛipācārya are Chirañjīvī , but how did they become immortal? Are they born immortal, or it's due to some boon or curse ?
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Were the 100 Kauravas, Jarasandha, Kamsa, Shakuni, Shishupala and other kings avatars or portions of demons? [duplicate]

In Adi Parva, it tells that Gods, Apsaras, Daityas, Demons, and Gandharvas took birth as men. Which asuras were born as hundred kauravas, shakuni, shishupala, jarasandha, shalya and others? In Adi ...
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Will Ashwathama get his gem back on his forehead after the term of his curse is over?

In Sauptika Parva, Krishna cursed Ashwathama to be in pain for 3,000 years with all types of diseases but after the term is over, will he get his gem back on his forehead that he gave?
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How can Ashwathama be the next Vyāsa and Saptaṛṣī despite releasing Brahmaśhirā astra on Uttara's womb killing Parikshit?

From Viṣṇu Purāṇa: Ashwathama killed foetus of Parikshit. He was not even born and was in his mother's womb when Ashwathama killed him. How can a person like him compile the vedas in the next ...
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Which is the best documentary on Mahabharata? [closed]

I wanted to watch any good documentary on Mahabharata. Please recommend.
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If Kripacharya is an immortal and one of the chiranjeevi and also the kulguru of hastinapur, where was he during the snake sacrifice of Janamejaya?

go to http://sacred-texts.com/ and read about mahabharat. Where was he when during the sarpa satra of Janamejaya, when Vaisampayana was narrating the 1st narration of Mahabharat in which Kripacharya ...
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Partition of night in to parts

Night or nighttime (also spelled night-time or night time) is the period of ambient darkness from sunset to sunrise during each 24-hour day. Consider the following statement of Vyasa from the ...
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Uttara gita bhashya of Gaudapada

Uttara Gita is a famous text containing the conversation of Lord Kesava with Arjuna. Traditional scholars claim that the Uttara-Gita has taken as its source the Asvamedha Parva of the Mahabharata. ...
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Glorifying others as a bad act

Consider the following statements of Sisupala from Mahbharatha. O king, what can be done by me when (it seemeth) thou hast not heard anything before from virtuous old men giving lessons in morality? ...
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Bhishma enumerating avatars of Krishna to Yudhisthira

Bhishma enumerated all the popular avatars of Krishna just before the killing of Sisupala by Krishna. Bhishna told it to Yudhisthira. But, it is not present in some translations. Did Bhishma ...
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Five sacrifices of domesticity

The pigeon in Sibi's story says one is especially bound to do so if one happens to lead a life of domesticity that consists of the five sacrifices. If one, while leading a life of domesticity, does ...
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Is catur vyuha mentioned in puranas?

Is catur vyuha of Vishnu mentioned in puranas and Mahabharata?
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What are the purification rites for mixed castes mentioned by Manu?

Consider the following question and answer from the Mahabharata "The serpent said, 'O king, if thou recognise him as a Brahmana by characteristics, then, O long-lived one, the distinction of ...
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Is niyoga the same as surrogacy?

Does niyoga mean surrogacy? In the Mahabharata vyasa did tubectomy like that only. In case of Vichitravirya's wives did vyasa do surrogacy? Does AyurVeda tell about this niyoga?
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What is the story of Babruvahan as per Vyas Mahabharat?

Babruvahan was son of Arjun and Chitrangada. But his story has different versions from different places i read. In some, Ulupi trained him to kill Arjun to later revive him. What was this story ...
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Does Mahabharata say anywhere that sun is parabrahman

Valmiki Ramayana contains Aditya Hridayam which (at-least indirectly) says that sun is parabrahman ? He is Brahma the creator, Vishnu the protector of the Universe, Lord Shiva the god of destruction, ...
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Are there sources other than this Mahabharata verse where Shri Veda Vyas is told to be reincarnation of Sage Apantaratamas?

In Brahma Sutra Bhashya of Shri Shankaracharya, while writing Bhashya for 3.3.32 Acharya says apAntaratamo nAma muniH kali-dvApara-sandhau vyAsatvena sambabhUva A sage named 'apAntaratamas' ...
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Ritwijas and Purohitas becoming Kshatriya

While describing the duties of the Brahmanas, Bhishma says They amongst them that become Ritwikas, Purohitas, counsellors, envoys, and messengers, become, O king, equal to Kshatriyas. Ganguly's ...
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What type of torch is used during Mahabharata times?

There are several statements in Mahabharata that mentions the usage of torch, which provides light, mostly at night times. Consider the following instances mentioning the usage of torch Dhananjaya, ...
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What did the Pandavas have to do before reaching heaven?

Popular TV shows describe Yudhishthira's journey to heaven after each of the other Pandavas fell (or fail). He was accompanied by Yama Raj in the disguise of a dog. He had to undergo a series of tests ...
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Why did Bhrigu got angry with Agni when what Agni said was True, Pauloma was his wife?

I read the story of Pauloma in Mahabharat but couldn't understand the reason of Bhrigu's anger.
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What are the names of kulas mentioned in Mahabharata

Mahabharata is the important Itihasa. Since it is itihasa related to Dvapara yuga, it contains Ramayana also. Mahabharata may contains the names of many kulas like suta. I am not asking about varna, ...
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Reason for offering young unmarried women

Consider the following statement from Mahabharata king Yudhishthira the just gave unto each of those Brahmanas thousands of kine and beds and gold coins and damsels. [Section 32, Rajasuyika Parva, ...
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Why Krishna Yajur Veda 7.1.1.5 is contrdicting RV 10:53:4?

Krishna Yajur Veda 7.1.1.5 prohibit a shudra to perform sacrifice. was created, the Vairaja Saman, of men the Çudra, of cattle the horse. Therefore the two, the horse and the Çudra, are dependent on ...
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What is the significance of smearing of Kumkuma on the chest by women in the scriptures?

Srimad Bhagavatam, while describing the consorts of Lord Krishna, such as Srimati Rukmini and others, and the close associates of Lord Krishna such as the gopikas and the women in Mathura, frequently ...
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Did the theft of Syamantaka happen before of after the Mahabharata war?

I am trying to ascertain the timeline of the stealing and recovery of Syamantaka and whether it happened before or after the Mahabharata war. Is this mentioned in any of the scriptures ?
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Was Surya's son Karna with his Kavachakundala as strong as Krishna and Arjuna taken together?

Was Surya so powerful in the Mahabharata even Nara (Arjuna) and Narayana (Krishna) together could not defeat his son when he had all his power?
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How many Vyuhas were created in Mahabharata?

How many Vyuhas were created in Mahabharata? Who were the creators of the Vyuhas and who all knew how to destroy those Vyuhas? I heard that 40 Vyuhas were created in Mahabharata like: Chakravyuha ...
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did either side take prisoners of war in the Mahabharata war?

The concept was known at that time: Then Pandu’s five sons defeated Drupada in battle. Taking him and his advisers prisoners What did both sides do with enemy soldiers who surrendered?
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What style of marriage did Arjuna use to marry each of his wives?

How many wives did Arjun have? This question suggests 4 wives - but it says on Quora that KMG says he had more. Out of Brahma, Daiva, Arsha, Prajapatya, Asura, Gandharva, Rakshasa, Paishacha, which ...
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Maha Deva as Trivishtapa : The Three Paths of Swarga, Mrityu and Paatala Lokas

Maha Deva is also caled " Trivishtapa " or the Provider of the Three Paths of Swarga, Mrityu and Paatala Lokas. What are Swarga, Mrityu and Paatala Lokas?
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Was there an agreement not to use child-soldiers in the Mahabharata war?

Around page 2829 of the CE Sanjaya says O king! Abhimanyu was still a child and had not yet attained youth. But he was killed He was full of ecstatic praise for Abhimanyu's valor when he was killing ...
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Did Parashurama cede all his powers to end the confrontation with Rama in the Ramayana?

The two Ramas have a confrontation and at the end Parashruma says But I triumphed over matchless realms of heavens with my ascesis, oh, Rama, you may hash them up with that irreversible arrow... let ...
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Srucāvatī is Drona's sister?

In Shalya parva, Vaishampayana narrates how Balarama went to sacred thirthas. The story of Srucāvatī (Sruvavati) is narrated there. Her birth is exactly same as of Drona: pot born after Bharadwaja's ...
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Scriptures mentioning about death of stars

Consider the following line from Mahabharata I see again that the luminous bodies, large and small, which move in the firmament, fall down when their time comes. [Section 179, Mokshadharma Parva, ...
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Which Gods besides Vishnu have been declared as Supreme and/or Brahman in the Mahabharata?

Vishnu,Narayana,Vasudeva,Janardana and Krishna have been declared supreme many times in Mahabharata. Which other Gods have also been declared as supreme, the origin of everything or Brahman in the ...
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Why Dhritarastra is not called Vyasa's son?

In Vyasa Mahabharata Pandavas are repeatedly called "the son of Dharma", "the son of Shakra", "twins of Ashwinis". However, Dhritarastra is always called "son of ...
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Did Arjuna kill 10 Kauravas?

It was Bhima's vow to kill all sons of Dhritarastra. We have seen Pandavas injuring them but not killing--leaving them to Bhima to kill. However in Karna parva it says: He was then surrounded by ten ...
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Kurus alliance with fallen communities

While arguing with Shalya on who is superior, Karna says Madrakas are of worst character. He also lists others: The Prasthalas, the Madras, the Gandharas, the Arattas, those called Khasas, the ...
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Is there any mention of Lord Krishna in the Rāmāyaṇa?

In the Canto CXIX.: Glory To Vishnu of the Yuddha Kāṇḍa of the Valmikí Rāmāyaṇa, after Rāvaṇa has been defeated, all deities appear in the sky and eulogize Shri Rāma, as Lord Vishnu himself ...

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