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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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Is there a list of the 8800 difficult verses of the Mahabharat?

Mahabharat is the world's largest poem containing around one lakh (100000) verses composed by Vedavyasa. Because writing such a large text is a difficult task Vedavyasa took the help of lord Ganesha ...
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When did Dvivida the ape try to kidnap Krishna?

As I discuss in this question, the Udyoga Parva of the Mahabharata describes how Krishna goes to Duryodhana on behalf of the Pandavas in order to try to negotiate peace and avert the Mahabharata war. ...
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What language did people at the time of Ramayana and Mahabharata use to communicate? Sanskrit?

What was the mode of communication among the people at the time of Ramayana and Mahabharata? Was it Sanskrit? Did Krishna, Pandavas and Kauravas (who I think had origins near the state of Bihar, ...
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Was Sukracharya ever the guru of the gods?

In the Adi Parva of the Mahabharata, Vaishampayana describes to Janamejeya the lineage of the gods, Asuras, and other beings, and in particular he says this about Sukracharya: The learned Sukra is ...
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What were the rules of fighting in “Chakravyuha”? [duplicate]

Is their any explanation on how chakravyuha was created? What were the rules of fighting in chakravyuha? What exactly it was and purpose? Were there any similar types of war structures that existed?...
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How much logical it seems when it's stated that in Mahabharata, queen Gandhari had 100 sons? [duplicate]

I would like to know, is it in some way possible that a couple can have 100 sons ? I am trying to focus more on it's scientific reason. If a marriage of a girl occurs say at 10 years of age, and let's ...
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Is Pandu's last wish, not to burn his body but eat it away, real?

On Wikipedia, it is given that Pandu asks his sons to eat his flesh and only Sahadeva does so because of which he gains ability to see the future but Krishna asks him not to reveal anything to anyone. ...
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Where is the verse of Sukracharya quoted by Krishna?

In the Shalya Parva of the Mahabharata, before Bhima faces Duryodhana in the mace battle, Vishnu's incarnation Krishna warns Arjuna about how formidable Duryodhana will be, since Duryodhana has just ...
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How did Gandhari know that seeing her son Duryodhana without eye bandage would make his body IRON?

During the kurukhetra battle, one day Gandhari asked her son Duryodhana to come and meet her naked. Durodhana agreed and when he was on his way, Krishna stopped him and advised not to go naked infront ...
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What are reasons for Karna's death?

It is said that there are 10s of reasons as a consequence of which Karna met his death, what are they? How is he eligible for heaven and liberty, as quoted here?
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How could octogenarian heroes fight in Mahabharata?

According to Mahabharata, Puranas and many sources, it is assumed that Pandavas and Kauravas were more than 80 years old when Kurukshetra battle was fought. A detailed discussion on the calculation of ...
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Why didn't Krishna ever visit Vrindavan again?

After leaving Vrindavan for killing Kansa in Mathura, why didn't Krishna ever go back to Vrindavan, where he was brought up, again? Why didn't he ever meet Sri Radha again?
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How were all 100 Kauravas born together?

Gandhari had a boon from Lord Shiva to have 100 sons. Now, it is impossible for a woman to give birth to 100 sons in a single lifetime. So how were all 100 Kauravas born together?
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What is the significance of yaksha prashna? Are there any other such prominent scenarios?

I found wiki article on yaksha prashna here. Where can I find the elaborated explanation on this? I observe these sort of question & answer sessions, discourses, arguments appear in our epics ...
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Did Gandhari Curse Krishna not to have son? [closed]

I heard story that Gandhari cursed to Lord Krishna that he will not have any son for his dynasty, when Krishna send Duryodhna partially naked instead of full naked. But other side I see Krishna have ...
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What did the Pandavas do with the oldest sword in the world?

In the Shanti Parva of the Mahabharata, Bhishma gives advice to Yudishtra and the Pandavas concerning how to be a good king and how to be good person, while he's lying on a bed of arrows after the end ...
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Why is Subhadra ignored as an unimportant character in mythology? [closed]

Is Subhadra really an unimportant character? Why is she ignored? Is she given equal position as that given to Balram and Draupadi? Is there any book on her? Besides that, Who was the main and ...
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Vichitraveerya nomenclature?

In Mahabharata: Why was Bheesma Brother name was "Vichitraveerya" which direct means was strange semen. as ancient time name reflect the character in fact. So was his semen strange?
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When did Chandra defeat the Asuras with Arjuna's chariot?

As I discuss in this answer, the Adi Parva of the Mahabharata describes how Agni the fire god once needed to consume the Khandava forest in order to get over a malady, but Indra kept using rainstorms ...
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Why was Shakuni unhappy with his sister Gandhari's marriage to Dhritarashtra?

It is also said that he was more angry with either Bheeshma, Pandu, Shantanu's ancestors or the whole Kurus line because of the way the Kurus had destroyed his line years before. There is also a ...
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Were Kauravas and Pandavas the biological decendants of Vyasa?

This confusion came into my mind after watching Ekta Kapoor's 'Kahani Mahabharat Ki..' TV serial. I saw this story that Rishi Vyasa was the biological father of Dhitarashtra and Pandu, or something ...
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Who was the first to die in the battle of the Mahabharata?

I have heard somebody mention a sacrifice that was made before the Mahabharata battle began. Please share any information available.
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What happened with the dead body of Lord Shree Krishna?

In the Mahabharata, I know how Lord Shree Krishna had the end of material life as well as his body, but what happened to his body?
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Why is Lord Shri Krishna so popular Hindu God?

I don't understand about the popularity of Lord Shri Krishna, even though he cheats in Mahabharata for Arjuna's victory and even though he had thousands of wives, he is considered true symbol of love, ...
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What exactly is the basis/reason behind calling Hindu epics such as Ramayana and Mahabharata as myths/mythology

Many people (specially left-leaning) like to call Hindu epic books such as Ramayana and Mahabharata as myths. So my question is what is the exact reason for the use of this word myth or mythology ...
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Did Kaurav's son participate in the Mahabharata battle?

In Mahabharata we have read/heard and seen in television shows that when the Mahabharata battle took place, all Pandava's son (i.e Abhimanyu and the rest) participated. But did Duryodhana & ...
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What is the story of Alambusha, demon son of sage Rishyasringa?

Alambusha, AKA Shalakantaka, was a Rakshasa (demon) who fought on the Kaurava side in the Mahabharata war. As described in the Bhishma Parva of the Mahabharata, he was the one who killed Arjuna's son ...
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Did Rukmini (Lord Krishna's wife) had any role behind Mahabharata war?

Did Rukmini say anything to Lord Krishna before Mahabharata begin? Lord Krishna totally supported the war and he wanted to be on Pandava's side. Did Rukmini supported these all decisions? Is there ...
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Why did Bhima kill Duryodhana unfairly?

Why did Bhima kill Duryodhana unfairly by hitting him below the waist during their final battle in the Mahabharata war?
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How is betting against one's wife and selling one's life partner justifed in Hinduism?

How is it justified that Harishchandra sold his wife, or that Pandu's sons bet against Draupadi in the Mahabharata? FYI - They were never charged (at least I don't find any reference) for this - for ...
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Ashvatthaman's immortality?

I'm puzzled by Ashvatthaman's status as a chiranjivi. Not necessarily that he is one, but more the circumstances surrounding it. To wit, Ashvatthaman is made to wander the earth endlessly for 3000 ...
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Which previous karma made Karna's life full of sorrow despite his benevolent nature?

Is there any story behind Karna's miserable life despite his benevolent nature? Any prior karma in a previous life to justify his current life? I read it somewhere that when Karna died, Lord Krishna ...
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Was Abhimanyu's death, a plot by Krishna?

I heard that while Kamsa was dying, he cursed Shri Krishna that he (Shri Krishna) will also die in the hands of his nephew. Shri Krishna had only one sister i.e Subhadra. So, while she was pregnant, ...
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Who was Uttamaujas in Mahabharat?

On the last night of the war after Duryodhana's defeat, Ashwatthama attacked the Pandava camp and strangled Dhrishtadyumna to death in his sleep, he killed Shikhandi and Uttamaujas , He killed ...
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Can anyone explain the family tree of Pandavas?

We are aware of Draupadi as the wife of Pandavas whereas Subhadra is the wife of Arjuna and, Hidimbi is the wife of Bhima. Besides Draupadi, are there any other wives of Yudhisthir, Nakul and Sahdev? ...
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What happened to Karna's Kavach & Kundal?

In Mahabharat, Karna was the son of Lord Sun. The Sun has given him Kavach (Breastplate Armor) & Kundal (Ear-rings) to protect him. This Kavach & Kundal were attached to his body. As long as ...
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What happened to the Akshaya Patra after the exile?

In Mahabharata when five Pandavas & their wife went into forest for 12 years they lost the game of Chopat with Duryodhana, that time Draupadi used to cook food in a patra ( dish/bowl ) named ...
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What is the story of the “Sudarśana Chakra”?

How did Lord Mahavishnu get the Sudarśana Chakra? Why is it called the ultimate weapon among other weapons?
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Why did Bhishma fight with Lord Parashurama?

In the Mahabharata, there is a story where Bhishma fought with his guru (teacher) Lord Parashurama. What was the reason behind fighting with his guru? And who won the fight?
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Where was Arjuna for 12 years when he was exiled?

I heard that Arjuna was not together with his brothers for 12 years when he was exiled and later he joined them in the 13th year of incognito exile. So where he was for 12 years?
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What happened to Pandavas and Shri Krishna after Mahabharata?

After Mahabharata, there is no major presence mark made by Pandava and Krishna. What happened to them after that?
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How did Shri Krishna get the Shankh named Panchajanya?

As I know, Shri Krishna used to announce the end of the battle for the day in great Mahabharata battle using a Shankh named as Panchajanya. Does anyone know how He got this Shankh?
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Why did Arjuna forget the Bhagavad Gita?

In the Mahabharata, it's mentioned that Arjuna forgot the Bhagavad Gita which was once heard in the war field from Lord Krishna. Bhagavad Gita is one of the greatest messages or advices from Lord ...
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When did Krishna fight Varuna and Agni?

In the Udyoga Parva of the Mahabharata, Krishna goes to Duryodhana on behalf of the Pandavas in order to try to negotiate peace and avert the Kurukshetra war. When he hears that Krishna is coming, ...
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Where did Duryodhana and the Pandavas go after their death?

Where did Duryodhana go after his death? Though he had committed many wrong deeds, I just wanted to know where he went to. Heaven or hell? Also, what about the Pandavas? Did they go to Krishna's ...
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Why did Shri Krishna forgive the 100 mistakes done by Sisupala?

Was there any reason behind Shri Krishna being quiet until Sisupala made a hundred mistakes? Why did Shri Krishna let him make a hundred mistakes?
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How many people listened to the Bhagavad Gita in the Mahabharata along with Arjuna?

I have listened to various version of the Mahabharata where various people are said to be listening to the Bhagavad Gita along with Arjuna, like Hanuman, Barbarika, etc. But this count varies. So what ...
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Do scriptures indicate that Draupadi regretted not allowing Karna to participate in her svayaṁvara?

Some versions of the Mahabharata depict an incident where Draupadi gets to know that Karna is Kunti-putra and she regrets not allowing Karna to participate in her svayaṁvara. Is this event mentioned ...
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Why Vishnu Sahasranama of Mahabharata is mostly used?

We have multiple versions of Vishnu Sahasranama in our scriptures like Mahabharata, Padma Purana, Skanda Purana, etc. But the Mahabharata version is mostly used by us. So apart from the fact that ...
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Why did Lord Krishna attack Bhishma?

Why did Lord Krishna attack Bhishma (Bhishma Pitamaha), in spite of vowing that he would not pick up a weapon in the Kurukshetra war?