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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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Israelites/Jews descended from the Yadu?

A number of people have opined that the Israelite/Jewish nation descended from the Yadu clan (Yadavas), and that the Mahabharata 'proves' this (such as here, here, here and here). E.g., some argue "...
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what is the difference between astra & Shastra?

I want to know the difference between astra & Shastra and What type of astra & Shastra use in Mahabharata & Ramayana ?
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In the time of Ramayana & Mahabharata, which gods were worshipped outside India?

Ramayana and Mahabharatha happened Before Christ. We are aware of Ramayana & Mahabharatha happened in Hindu Land. But i wonder what about the rest of the population in the world at that time. ...
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What scriptures describe the story of Krishna killing Ekalavya?

Most people only know about how Ekalavya, the Nishada prince, was rejected by the Pandavas' teacher Dronacharya and then willingly cut off his own thumb at Dronacharya's request. What's not as well-...
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Why did Vyasa depict different Supreme Gods in different Puranas?

I see that many people (including me) remain confused about who is the Supreme God. The main reason for confusion is that in different Puranas, different Gods are shown as Supreme God, e.g., in Shiva ...
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In which Yuga Yayati was born?

In conversation between Yayati and Ashtaka while Yayati was falling down from heaven, Ashtaka mentions Yayati flourished in Krita age. Can you please let me know when was Yayati born? If Yayati was ...
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Does the Vishnu Sahasranamam call Vishnu Amaritasha or Amritamsha?

In the ISKCON commentary on the Srimad Bhagavatam, various scriptural quotes are given in support of Gaudiya Vaishnava beliefs about the forms of Vishnu and his incarnations. In particular, this ...
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Is any other religion or civilization mentioned in Mahabharata, Ramayana or other Hindu holy books?

Recently, I had a discussion with my friend regarding which civilization of the world is the most ancient. We've been through some Wiki links according to which more or less Sindhu Civilization is one ...
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After Dhritarashtra, why was Yudhishthira and not Duryodhana considered the next in line to be the king?

Duryodhana was the son of a king and should be made the next king but still generally all people consider Yudhishthira to be the righteous owner of the throne. Why should Yudhishthira be the crown ...
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Arjuna's previous birth was Sage Nara the incarnation of Vishnu. So,this means Arjuna was also an incarnation of Vishnu? [duplicate]

I know that Nara and Narayana were two avatars of Vishnu and their another birth are Arjuna and Krishna. Everyone knows that Krishna was an avatar of Lord Vishnu but Arjuna also? I am asking this ...
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Why Mahabharata battle was fought in Kurukshetra?

Why was the Mahabharata battle fought in Kurukshetra and not at any other place? Was there any reason behind that?
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Lineage of Pandavas?

I found the following compilation of the genealogy of the Pandavas, but I am unable to verify its authenticity or find its sources. In known literature there seems to be no knowledge of the ...
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Who obtained Karna's kavach and kundala?

In the Tamil book, Villibharatham, it is mentioned that it was Lord Krishna who disguised himself as a Brahmin to obtain the kavach and kundala of Karna. This view is made popular by this movie song ...
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Who were the people who survived the Kurukshetra war?

How many people survived the great war in the Mahabharata? Obviously, the Pandavas, Krishna, Ashwaththama, Dhritarashtra, Gandhari and Draupadi come to mind. Are these the only ones?
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Is Hinduism a bit partial to Kshatriyas?

As we go through various sections of the Mahabharata, we can see that: Although it's not encouraged, a Kshatriya can force sex upon a woman and marry her as explained in this answer (Does Hinduism ...
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Do we have any information about previous births of Yudishthir, Bheem, Nakul and Sehdev? [duplicate]

In Mahabharata, we see that Pandava brothers have suffered a lot. Even when they were suppose to rule, they had to spend their large part of life in forests or fighting their own cousins or family ...
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Why Yudhisthira went to hell?

In Mahabharata, Yudhisthira was true of character in all his life, except when he obeyed krishna's word. Why Yudhisthira went to hell? Will a true/good person be tested until he follows untruth?...
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Should Krishna be considered good or bad?

I have read the Mahabharata and it seems that unrighteous behaviour or adharma is followed by Krishna in many places, but most people do not care about Krishna's character/behaviour and righteousness, ...
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How did sages Ekata, Dwita, and Trita help the gods in a calamity in the Treta Yuga?

As I discuss in this answer, one of the early movements that was important in the development of Vaishnavism was the ancient Pancharatra movement, whose sacred texts consist of detailed procedures to ...
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Why did Lord Krishna side with the Pandavas in the Kurukshetra battle?

Lord Krishna stood along with the Pandavas during the battle at Kurukshetra. What is the exact reason for this?
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How is 'Vishwa Virat Swaroop' of Lord Krishna described in Mahabharata?

I want to know how the 'Vishwa Virat Swaroop' of Lord Krishna was described in the Mahabharata. It was shown by Lord Krishna to Arjuna while he was giving the Gita Upadesha to Arjuna prior to the ...
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What is the story of Arjuna's previous birth sage Nara fighting with the Gandiva bow?

In the Vana Parva of the Mahabharata, Shiva disguises himself as a hunter and fights with Arjuna. Finally Shiva reveals himself, and tells Arjuna about Arjuna's past birth as the sage Nara: Thou ...
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Ramayana and Mahabharata in immediate yuga or after 3 cycles

Please pardon me for creating this duplicate topic, as I am confused with the answer already given on this topic Did the Mahabharata and the Ramayana happen in the current Yuga cycle in the ...
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Where exactly are the Ramayana & Mahabharata scripts preserved? [duplicate]

As we all know Ramayana was written by Valmiki Maharshi and Mahabharata was written by Veda Vyasa. Some say that Veda Vyasa narrated the Mahabharata story to Lord Ganesha who wrote it. Is that true? ...
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Drona and his dharma

In Mahabharata, we know that Drona was a Brahmin. He would refuse to teach any Shudra student citing that it is not their Dharma to become a warrior. In the same vein, was it not wrong on Drona's ...
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Doubts regarding Nara-Narayana & previous lives of Pandavs

This link talks about Karna's past life and the story of Dambodbhava who has a fight with Narayana rishi - Which previous karma made Karna's life full of sorrow despite his benevolent nature? ...
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Why was Dhritarashtra blind?

Why was Dhritarashtra blind? Was it to do with something in his past life? I have heard that his mother closed her eyes during niyog and therefore he became blind. Is that the only reason or ...
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What does it mean to say that Vishnu worships those who worship him?

In this chapter of the Anushasana Parva of the Mahabharata, Shiva extols the great qualities of Vishnu. In particular, he says this: The illustrious Hari, the puissant Narayana, is verily, the ...
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Story of a rishi converting a dog to a dragon that tries to eat the same rishi

I remember having heard the story in my childhood days. The basic plot of the story goes something like this: there is a poor dog which comes near a meditating rishi who takes pity and converts it ...
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Who is the wood-cutter Indra promised would be honored in every Yagna?

Trisiras (AKA Vishwarupa) was the three-headed son of the divine architect Tvashta (AKA Vishakarma). He was an extremely devout sage, and as I discuss in this answer he even served as temporary guru ...
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Bhisma defeating Parashuram [duplicate]

In Mahabharata, there is a mention of Bhisma defeating Parashuram in a battle that ensued over Bhisma not accepting Amba as his wife even after requested by Parashuram himself. This seems to be ...
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Age difference between Bhishma & Abhimanyu

Bhishma had the boon "Ichchha-Mrutyu" (one who can decide when to die). So he saw four generations of his family. I just want to know, what was the age difference between Bhishma & Abhimanyu in ...
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Why was Shakuni cursed by the gods to be evil?

In this chapter of the Adi Parva of the Mahabharata, the births of various notable characters are described. Here is what it says about Duryodhana's uncle Shakuni: Then was born the disciple of ...
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What is the story of Krishna rescuing kings abducted by Shakuni's uncle Nagnajit?

In this chapter of the Udyoga Parva of the Mahabharata, Arjuna delivers a message to Duryodhana, urging him to reach a peaceful resolution to avert the impending war. Arjuna says that if they go to ...
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Karna's Sakti Weapon

Lord Krishna said after Karna fired his Sakti weapon at Ghatotkasha that even his Sudarsha Chakra was incapable of stopping the Sakti Weapon. My question is: Why Krishna, being the Lord of the ...
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Where is the city that the demon Bakasura lived?

Does anyone know where is the city that Bakasura (from Mahabharata) lived? I've looked everywhere and can't find any answers.
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Did Valmiki - Ramayana author, write about Lord Krishna?

As all of you know, Valmiki is the author of Ramayana which depicts the life of SriRama. The epic Mahabharata was written by Vyasa and Krishna plays the important role in there. As per the Puranas ...
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Why Nãrãyana (Vishnu) had to pray Rudra (Shiva) to obtain supreme powers? (excerpt from Mahãbhãrata)

Lots of questions can be spawned from this 'never before read' Mahãbhãrata story, but above is the major one. Until now my perception was that, Nãrãyana was an equivalent God to Shiva and does not ...
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Meaning of Krishna's advice to Yudhisthira before Drona Vadh

With popular belief Krishna advices Yudhisthira to tell lie to Drona about "Killing of Ashwatthama" for the sake of saving remaining Paandava army from being annihilated. But according to ...
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About the conception of the Bhagwad Gita [duplicate]

If there was no war in Mahabharata, there would be no Bhagwad Gita. Since Bhagwad Gita is a good thing born out of something bad (the war), should we be thankful that the Mahabharata war took place?
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Depiction of Rama and Krishna

I have recently taken some particular interest in how avatars are depicted. I see Rama is almost always depicted in Gouravarna or in any humane color with bright aura behind. But Krishna almost ...
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Dhritarashtra's role and the way he died in the Mahabharata?

How did Dhritarashtra die in the Mahabharata? I couldn't get the answer in Wikipedia unfortunately.
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Perceived Areas of Hindu God's Position [closed]

Lord Shiva - Kailash Parvat, Himalayas, Snow Lord Vishnu - Resting on Sheshnaag above Ocean Water Lord Brahma - Resting on Lotus Flower, Air (It may be correct or not) Any ideas? Any connection to ...
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Did Kauravas end in Heaven after death? [duplicate]

After Mahabharata war, where did the Kauravas and Pandavas end after death. Heaven or Hell?
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How many sons did Arjuna have? [duplicate]

How many wives and sons did Arjuna have? I have heard about a son called Babruvahana. Who was he & where was he gone? Was he very powerful like Arjuna?
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War between Karna and Arjuna - Mahabharata

I have seen many people tell that before the Kurukshetra war in Mahabharata, no war was fought between Karna and Arjuna. But some people also tell that there had been various wars between Karna and ...
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Did the Mahabharata and the Ramayana happen in the current Yuga cycle in the current Manvantara?

The Mahabharata war has been given a date of around 3300 BC by back-tracing planetary positions from scriptural references (archeo-astronomy). The Ramayana is speculated to be anywhere between a few ...
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In the Mahabharata, was Shakuni a good person or an evil person by nature? [duplicate]

All we hear about "Shakuni" is that he's a very bad person. Some also say he is the reason behind the Mahabharata war. I just want to know the real facts about him. Was he good or evil? If he was ...
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Jayadratha followed his duty by stopping Pãndavas during Mahãbhãrata war; Why did Arjuna harbor grudge against him?

According to the story, Jayadratha encashed a boon granted by Lord Shiva, where he can hold back all the Pãndavas except Arjuna for a whole day during war. Thus, during the 13th day of the war he ...
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What is the Loka higher than Brahmaloka, where the Rathantara hymn is sung?

In the Anushasana Parva of the Mahabharata, just like in the Shanti Parva, Bhishma gives advice to Yudishthira and concerning how to be a good king and how to be good person, while he is lying on a ...