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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 Narayana's verse about the duties of householders?

In the Shanti Parva of the Mahabharata, Bhishma gives advice to Yudishthira and the Pandavas concerning how to be a good king and how to be good person, while he is lying on a bed of arrows after the ...
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How could Lord Krishna kill Bhishma even if he wanted to?

There is an incident in Mahabharata when Bhishma was destroying the Pandava army furiously and Arjuna was still not fighting with high spirits. At that time, Krishna became furious with Arjuna and he ...
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Which of Shiva's Rudras was Kripacharya an incarnation of?

As I discuss in this answer, the Adi Parva of the Mahabharata describes exactly who incarnated as each of the major characters in the Mahabharata. Concerning Kripacharya, guru of the Pandavas and ...
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The story behind Pashupatinath temple in Nepal

Long ago I have heard the story about Pashupatinath temple located in nepal, it was related to Mahabharata, when the Pandavas were on their way to Heaven, they wanted to find lord Shiva and lord shiva ...
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Upapandavas: Why were they killed?

Why were all the Upapandavas killed the same day? Why was no one, including Lord Krishna, able to save them? Why was only Parikshit saved by Krishna from Uttara's womb? Was there any story behind ...
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What were the previous births of the characters of Mahabharata?

There is a very interesting story about Karna being an Asura named as Dambhodbhava. Quora: Who was Karna in his previous birth?. Arjuna-Krishna being Nara-Narayana kids, who fought with Dambhodbhava. ...
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Who was telling secret of Chakravyuha to Subhadra? Krishna or Arjuna?

There seems to be a confusion (may be, because of lack of citation so far), about who was telling the secret of Chakravyuha to Subhadra? Krishna or Arjuna! I was going through this question, and came ...
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What are the names of the Five villages that Krishna offers Kauravas to give Pandavas?

What are the names of the five villages that Krishna offers the Kauravas to give the Pandavas? Can anyone please give me the present day locations and names of those places (villages)?
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Is the current form of Gita is authentic as what Krishna actually said or interpolated?

Only Arjuna and Sanjaya could hear the Gita messages, that were said by Krishna in Kurukshetra. After that, Arjuna was involved in the war of Mahabharata. Anywhere I have never heard that Arjuna ...
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Does the Narayanastra weapon of Vishnu summon the Rudras?

The Drona Parva of the Mahabharata describes how Drona's son Ashwatthama, desperate to avenge his father's death, launched the Narayanastra, the illustrious weapon of Vishnu. The Narayanastra wreaked ...
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In mahabharata what Karna life said or moral? a good man take down by cheats is that correct? [duplicate]

In Mahabharata book Karna is god's son. So he had good attitude and character also and he also stronger than Arjuna. But he's bad luck he need to be friend with opposite parties. Krishna god made ...
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Why is Bhishma's time of Death (Uttarayana) considered auspicious?

In the Mahabharatha epic Bhishma waits on the bed of arrows for 40 days towards the auspicious day of Uttarayana to leave his body in order to attain Mukthi. My questions are the following. What is ...
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Do scriptures talk about some men not having nipples? [closed]

In his book Jaya, Devdutt Patanaik mentions the following: (From: Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata By Devdutt Pattanaik) So my questions are: Is there any scriptural references to ...
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Differences between Hindu and Jain Harivamsa Purana?

I learned from a Jain acquaintance that their version of Harivamsa purana and stories surrounding Mahabharatha war, Life of Krishna etc are significantly different from Hindu version of the same. Some ...
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Is the Sahasranama recited by Bhisma Pitamaha to Yudhistra attributed to ParaBrahm or Lord Vishnu?

Is the title 'Vishnu Sahasranama' a later addition or originally attributed to Lord Vishnu? The question arises because the names Brahma, Ishwar, Siva, Durga etc also find mention in the Sahasranama.
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Who is Narayana among the Sadhyas?

Most people only know about the Vishnu Sahasranamam, the famous hymn of the thousand names of Vishnu. But the Anushasana Parva of the Mahabharata, the same Parva which contains the Vishnu ...
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What are the 4 Dig Vijayas conquered by Karna?

What exactly are Dig Vijayas and what are the campaigns that lead to Karna attaining the 4 Dig Vijayas?
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Which Purana talks about Sahasrakavacha, the past life of Karna?

Which Purana talks about Sahasrakavacha (one who has a thousand armors) - the purva janmam (past life) of Karna?
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Does Albert Einsteen Really Read Bhagavad Gita? [closed]

I have heard that Bhagavad Gita helps Albert Einsteen to discover E=mc^2 . Is that true ? Does Bhagavad Gita helps him to become success in his life ?
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Did the first four Alwars meet Krishna or any other Mahabharata characters?

The Alwars (also spelled Azhwars) are a group of 12 ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu and are famous for their poetry in praise of Vishnu. The collection of their 4000 poems, known as ...
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Name all the hundred Kauravas in Mahabharata

Name all the one hundred Kauravas (Dhritarashtra's sons) who were born in pots.
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What were the specific skills of the Pandavas?

Can anyone explain the specific skills of the Pandavas in the Mahabharata? For example Arjuna is known for his bow.
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Was Polyandry allowed prior to Mahabharata?

I read in ACK Mahabharata-3 that Pandu convinces Kunti to have sons with Gods by giving reason that Polyandry was allowed in earlier times and it was Rishi Shwetaketu (son of Rishi Uddhalak) who has ...
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Where do the quotes from sages in Brahma's hymn to Vishnu come from?

In this chapter of the Bhishma Parva of the Mahabharata, during one of the nights of the war Bhishma tries to convince Duryodhana to make peace with the Pandavas, arguing that they're invincible since ...
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Who were the previous Indras that incarnated as the Pandavas?

It's well-known that the Pandavas were all sons of gods: Yudhishthira was the son of Yama god of death, Bhima was the son of Vayu the wind god, Arjuna was the son of Indra king of the gods, and Nakula ...
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Why did Lord Rama and Lord Krishna choose to born at (12 O'clock) day and night time respectively?

I have heard that Lord Rama was born at afternoon 12 O'clock (In day time) in Treta yuga. Same as in Dwapara yuga, Lord Krishna was born at mid night 12 O'clock (In night time). Both Lord Rama and ...
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Rules to read bhagavth geeta and Ramayanam

Can you please tell me the rules to follow while reading/Listening to the Bhagavat Gita and The Ramayanam? are they mandatory for every caste? because when I visited a Priest's home he didn't read in ...
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Who shot the first arrows to start the battles of the Ramayana and Mahabharata?

I have heard that shooting the first arrow to start the battle is very important to every battle. Who shot the first arrow to start the battles of Ramayana and Mahabharata respectively?
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Original Ramayana and Mahabharata [closed]

Was the name "Ramayana" given to Ramayana by sage Valmiki or is it people who just call it by that name? If not, then what was the name given by Valmiki? Is the Ramayana book written by the sage ...
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Was Karna in the Bhishma parva?

Lord Krishna has told Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna on the first day of Bhishma Parva at Kurukshetra (before starting the war). And Karna was not present in Bhishma Parva as Karna had taken an oath not to ...
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What was the significance of blowing (sounding of) the transcendental conch-shells in the Kurukshetra war?

Tasya sanjanayan harsham kuruvriddhah pitaamahah; Simhanaadam vinadyocchaih shankham dadhmau prataapavaan. 12. His glorious grandsire (Bhishma), the eldest of the Kauravas, in order to cheer ...
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Who all changed sides in the Mahabharata battle?

I have heard that there were some people who changed sides from the Pandavas' army to the Kauravas' army and vice versa during or just before the battle. Can anyone please name all such people and ...
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Why did Duryodhana mention specific warrior names in the Bhagwat Gita, Chapter-1?

Bhagwat gita Chapter 1, verses. 3 to 9. Pashyaitaam paanduputraanaam aachaarya mahateem chamoom; Vyoodhaam drupadaputrena tava shishyena dheemataa.3. “Behold, O Teacher, this mighty army of ...
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Is killing justified in the Bhagwad Gita?

How according to Krishna's teaching to Arjuna, was the war between the two sides justified? Isn't fighting over a kingdom petty compared to the lives that would be lost? Isn't killing (be it human ...
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Where is Karna in the afterlife?

Karna as we know gave up his grace (his blessings, which he got from the donations and charity all his life) to lord Krishna during the final stages of his life, and only then did he become too weak ...
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Why does Vishnu's thousand-armed Aniruddha form carry the equipment of a student?

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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How to start reading Bhagavad Gita?

I always wanted to read Bhagavad Gita but didn't get time. Recently one of my friend suggested to read it. I have the following questions: Can anybody suggest me how to get started with Bhagavad ...
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Why are they called Pandavas and Kauravas?

In Mahabharata, why are Arjuna and his brothers called Pandavas and Duryodhana and his brothers called Kauravas? Is there any reason to call them like that?
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Some sources say End of Kaliyuga is near [closed]

(I’m re-posting the question in more suitable form and shall provide an answer with some more facts; please refute if you feel but let this be alive for people to see and comment/answer. I’m just an ...
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Why was Lord Rama exiled for 14 years in the Ramayana? Why not 13 or 15?

We know Lord Rama was exiled for 14 years by obeying his father's command in the Ramayana. Why was Lord Rama exiled for exactly 14 years? Why not more or less than 14 years? Same as in Mahabharata, ...
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Need a brief analysis of Karna. Is he representative of anything in Indian mythology?

Can someone please give me a brief analysis of who Karna was and what legacy he left behind? Is he representative of anything (i.e., any symbolism attached to him) in Indian mythology?
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What are Brahmashirsha and Brahmanda astras?

The Brahmastra was a weapon created by Brahma. It was considered a very destructive weapon. The Brahmastra never missed its mark. In the Mahabharata, a few Maharathis possessed the knowledge to invoke ...
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What were the ages of Pandavas & other characters during the Mahabharata war?

I have not found any specific reference to the age of each of the Pandavas, like Arjuna and Bheema when they fought the epic Mahabharata battle. It will be also interesting to know the age of Bhishma ...
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When was Lord Ganpati Discovered?

From what I know of... A boon bestowed upon Lord Ganpati made mandatory that first shloka(verse) of any religious book should start with shree ganeshaya namaha. But after reading mahabharta in its ...
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Why did Vyasa seek the help of Lord Ganesha?

It is widely known that Mahabharata was written by Lord Ganesha under the dictation of Sage Vyasa. Quoting from Wikipedia: The first section of the Mahabharata states that it was Ganesha who ...
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Where do the Vedas mention sacrificing vegetable seeds rather than goats?

As I discuss in this question, one of the early movements that was important in the development of Vaishnavism was the ancient Pancharatra movement, whose sacred texts consisted of detailed procedures ...
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Why is Karna special in Mahabharata?

Like the 5 pandavas, Karna is also a son of deva. But he is mentioned as having more qualities than any single Pandava or even as having all the qualities of 5 Pandavas. So the question is : What ...
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How can Draupadi be a pathivrata (dutiful wife) while being married to 5 men?

What are the qualities and requirements needed to be a pathivrata? Draupadi is considered to be one of the Panchkannyas, and a great pathivrata too. This link says why Draupadi married 5 persons (the ...
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Time spent in heavenly planets

We are under classic assumption that a soul with lot of good karma do spend long time in heaven. It will take long time for it to be reincarnated back on earth. We also know that pandava heroes are ...
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What is the story of Nara and Narayana's brothers Hari and Krishna?

As I discuss in this question, one of the most prominent incarnations of Vishnu in ancient times was the sage Narayana, twin brother of the sage Nara and son of Yama god of death. Nara and Narayana ...