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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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Ramayana ( Genealogy of Shri Ram ) [duplicate]

Vedas tell that human can live upto 100 years with a maximum of 400 years . So if we still assume that Ramayana happened again in current chaturyuga ( 28 th treta yuga ) Dwapara Yuga which is of 8,...
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Why Shivling was worshipped as per Mahabharata?

I know that as per puranas like Shiva puran & Linga puran that , Lord Shiva had emerged as a fire pillar. Later on which became shivling. But are there any reasons as per Mahabharata that why it ...
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Are there any statements in Mahabharata that confirm that the shape of earth is not flat?

It is well known that several scriptures in Hinduism declare that the shape of earth is not flat. So Hindu scriptures refute the idea of a flat earth. Are there any statements explicitly from ...
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How Lord Shiva can be defeated by someone?

I have read that as per Mahabharata (Anushashana parva) where upamanyu says that - there was no deity like Shiva , there was no refuge like Shiva. There is no one who can give so many boons like him &...
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Puranas (Life of Shri Krishna) [duplicate]

An Arya Samaj Influencer Rahul Arya claims that All fake stories have been planted in Srimad Bhagavatam, Skanda Puran & Brahma Vaivarta Puran about Krishna that he is playing with girls, Krishna ...
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On what tithi was bhishma pitamah born?

Bhishma Pitamah died on Bhishma Ashtami in Kurukshetra War. But at what tithi was bhishma pitamah born? Please provide answer with reference
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HELP - The book that illuminates the learnings/ideas/message that Mahabharata and Ramayana seek to portray through their stories and characters

I want to read Mahabharata and Ramayana but I also want to know the underlying messages or learning that they seek to illustrate so Is there any book which illuminates the learnings and ideas of ...
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Where can i find this verse chanted before honoring Mahaprasad

In Gaudiya vaisnava temples i have heard the following prayer before honoring (eating) Mahaprasada: mahā-prasāde govinde nāma-brahmaṇi vaiṣṇave svalpa-puṇyavatāḿ rājan viśvāso naiva ...
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Difference in life of Shri Krishna in Puranas and Mahabharata [closed]

An Arya Samaj Influencer Rahul Arya claims that All fake stories have been planted in Srimad Bhagavatam, Skanda Puran and Brahma Vaivarta Puran about Krishna that he is playing with girls, Krishna ...
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Why does nobody recognize Karna to be a Kshatriya warrior despite his having divine Kavach and Kundala?

Karna was born with divine Kavach and Kundala which is said to be brilliant and unique among all the astra shastras. So, how come throughout all stages of his life, nobody inquired/acknowledged that ...
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What was the symbolism of Ashwatthama's story?

It is well known that Mahabharata can be seen as an allegory for human life.  The characters of Yuddhishthira, Bheema, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva are frequently discussed in this context. Even ...
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Why did Ashwatthama fight for Kauravas?

Ashwatthama is considered as an avatar of Lord Shiva. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashwatthama Inspite of being Rudramsha, why did he side with adharmis like Kauravas?
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Why is the bow regarded as the foremost of weapons?

In this section of the Mahabharata, Nakula says: The bow, O grandsire, is regarded as the foremost of weapons in this world. My question is, what reason does the Mahabharata give for the bow being ...
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During Krishna's period did people know he was God? [duplicate]

During krishna's period did people know he was God and avatar of lord Vishnu? If they knew, why did people fight against him in Mahabharata war? As he was God if people knew it why would anyone go ...
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What is the exact story of Lord Shiva & five Indras? [duplicate]

What was the exact story behind Lord Shiva & five previous Indras as per Mahabharata ? What was happened to them? What happened to the current Indra? How Lord Shiva had punished them?
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Why did Parshurama curse Karna for not being a Brahmin?

Shree Krishna explained us in Bhagavad Gita that Brahmin is a quality. Bhagavad Gita 18.41: The duties of the Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas, and Shudras—are distributed according to their ...
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What are the different endings of Ramayana and Mahabharata as seen by the sage crow Kakabhushundi?

I have read that Kakabhushundi was a crow that had seen 11 different endings of Ramayana and 16 of Mahabharata. If this is true, what are the other endings of Ramayana and Mahabharata?
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What are the specific qualities of Lord Shiva's trishul?

Does any epic or purana describes about Lord Shiva's trishul briefly? Specially Shiva Purana & Mahabharata, if I'm not wrong, Upamanyu had described something about Shiva's trishul to Lord Krishna ...
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Which language Kauravas and Pandavas were speaking? [duplicate]

What were the spoken languages during the time of Mahabharata?
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How Sanjay heard Bhagwad Gita?

As we all know that Bhagwad Gita was told to Arjuna by Krishna in kurushetra. At that time, many people were also present there. Many scholars/people explain that Krishna paused the time when he ...
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Where Gita is mentioned in Mahabharata?

We all know that Gita is a part of Mahabharata. But it is very difficult for me to find it in Mahabharata. Please help me. Note:- Clearly mention the parva and chapter
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How many days were counted as a year during Mahabharata period?

The following narration is from the episode of regaining of ear rings by Utanka from Mahabharata (Kisari Mohan Ganguli version). 148 तस्मिंश च तन्त्रे कृष्णाः सिताश च तन्तवः चक्रं चापश्यत ...
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Who supported Kauravas and Pandavas from south India?

Who ruled South India during Mahabharata time? Please tell me who supported Kauravas and Pandavas from south India? With reference
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Why did Takshaka appear before Utanka in the form of a naked beggar?

While giving away her ear rings, the queen of king Paushya, she warns Utanka about King of Serpants, Takshaka, who is waiting to steal those ear rings. 'These ear-rings are very much sought after by ...
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Parbrahman was the real author of Bhagvad Gita and Krishna was the mere medium? [duplicate]

There's one section of Mahabharata after the war where Arjun asks Sri Krishna to recite again the knowledge the latter recited during war, and Sri Krishna rebukes him for having weak memory and says I ...
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What good deeds saved Taksaka from Sarpa Yajna?

Kadru cursed her children Sarpas/Nagas that they would be killed in Janmejaya's Sarpa Yajna. Later Lord Brahma modified the curse a bit that only evil would be killed. But Taksaka seems to be evil ...
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Who was Kāśyapa?

In beginning chapters of Mahabharata:Adi Parva it's stated that Kāśyapa (काश्यप) was going to King Parikshit on the day when Taksaka was supposed to kill him. But Taksaka met with him on the way and ...
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Does epic like Mahabharata mention about Lord Shiva's personal life events?

Does it mention about - 1. Marriage of Shiva & Parvati 2. Birth of Kartikeya & Ganesha 3. Consuming poison during churning of ocean 4. Birth of Andhaka Or some other ...
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If Sahadev was a big astrologer who knew the results of the war before hand why couldn't he save his sons? [duplicate]

If Sahadev was a big astrologer who knew the results of war before hand why couldn't he save his sons and may be his brother's son ? Please don't tell me Krishna cursed him not to reveal. He can't ...
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Hindu scriptures before Mahabharata about thinking capability of head

Consider the following excerpt from the Shalya Parva of The Mahabharata Indeed, the son of Pandu, filled with rage, struck off that head which was the root of the evil policy of the Kurus, with ...
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Is Vaisampayana describing Krita Yuga or comparing with Krita Yuga in Adiparva?

What is the actual meaning of the following line from Mahabhatata एवं कृतयुगे सम्यग वर्तमाने तदा नृप The translation to the above line by Kisari Mohan Ganguli is ambiguous And thus, O king, ...
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What are the clans of Shakuni, Raja Drupad, & Rani Madri in the Mahabharata?

I know that the Pāṇḍavas were from the Kuru clan (vaṃśá) and Śrī Kṛṣṇa was from the Yadu clan, but from which clans did Shakuni, Raja Drupad, & Rani Madri come?
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Why are there so few countries at present where Hinduism is alive?

If Sri Ram and Dharam Raj Yudhishthir were Chakravarti Samrats and whole world followed Sanatan Dharma, does that mean people all over earth people followed caste system? How come we have Hinduism ...
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kurukshetra War

Ramayana happened in 24th Treta Yuga whereas Mahabharata happened in 28th dwapara Yuga then how come Shri Ram's Descendant King Brihadbala fought in mahabharat war . Because there is gap of 4 chatur ...
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Did Vasudeva send Kasyapa to perform rituals to newly born Pandavas

Is it true according to Vyasa Mahabharata that Vasudeva, the father of lord Krishna, sent Kasyapa, from Dwaraka, as purohit to perform all samskaras to newly born Pandavas?
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Sanskrit shloka regarding pandavas

Consider the following excerpt from Mahabharata "O king, after all the children were born the Rishis dwelling on the mountain of a hundred peaks uttering blessings on them and affectionately ...
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How many sons and daughters did Karna have?

It is known that Karna had sons who actively participated in Kurukshetra war. They assisted his father in battle. Arjuna killed one of Karna's sons in front of Karna as a revenge of his son Abhimanyu'...
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Was Yadu right in denying/defying his father's (Yayati) request? [closed]

Srimad Bhagavatam: Canto 9, Chapter 18: Text 35: King Yayāti, who was very lusty, followed his wife, caught her and tried to appease her by speaking pleasing words and massaging her feet, but ...
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Krishna Draupadi conversation

It was the evening twilight hour before the Great War. The Sun was slowly setting. Krishna stood facing a tree in the Pandava war camp. The tree was shedding leaves. It was the Fall season. Draupadi ...
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About slokha regarding Nala from Mahabharata

In which chapter of the Mahabharata, the following slokha has been mentioned? The final benediction offered by Vedavyasa to the reader is this: Karkotakasya nagasya damayantya nalasya cha ...
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Niladri mahodaya

Hare Krishna, I want to know about Niladri Mahodaya. 1.Who wrote Niladri Mahodaya? 2.How many chapters are there in Niladri Mahodaya? ...
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Priority of sons told by Pandu

Consider the following words by Pandu to Kunti The religious institutes mention six kinds of sons that are heirs and kinsmen, and six other kinds that are not heirs but kinsmen. I shall speak of them ...
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What are the some parvas of Mahabharata mentions about Lord Shiva's deeds?

Does Mahabharata mentions any story or part where he (Shiva) states himself as supreme Lord? And what are the some best conversations between Shiva & Parvati from Mahabharata?
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Was there no time dilation when Arjun went to Swarg lok? [duplicate]

We have heard of King Muchukunda and Revati/Kakudumi stories explaining time dilation. We know 4.32 million years is equivalent to 1200 divine years. So 12 years (vanvaas period) is equivalent to 1.2 ...
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Were the queens present in camps during Mahabharata?

Were there any queens like Draupadi, Subhadra or any wife of Kauravs or other important warriors, present in their respective camps during the war of Mahabharata. (I mean only in the camps, not in the ...
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Why didn't Krishna kill Duryodhana?

If Krishna had killed Duryodhana, a lot of bloodshed could have been avoided, because the Kaurava army would have been demoralized. Why didn't Krishna kill Duryodhana?
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Do Vyasa Mahabharata say that Pandu has pandu disease?

Consider the following excerpt regarding birth of Pandu "Soon after Satyavati, O chastiser of foes, summoned Vyasa, after having secured the assent of her daughter-in-law. Vyasa came according ...
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Is it the Saraswati in Brahma loka or her partial incarnation married to Matinara?

The following passage says that Saraswati appeared in person before the Matinara and chose him for husband. The passage was narrated by Vaisampayana to Janamejaya And of her was born a son named ...
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What are the names of four oceans according to Hinduism scriptures?

Vaisampayana in his conversation with Janamejaya told that there are four oceans on earth "Vaisampayana said, 'Asked by thee, I shall tell thee all about the heroic-kings in Puru's line, all ...
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Miracles performed by Krishna in Mahabharat [duplicate]

In Mahabharat, was Krishna regarded as a deity and incarnation of Vishnu from the very beginning, or was he deified in subsequent editions of the epic? Did anyone ask Krishna to prove his divinity? ...

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