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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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Clay Sanskrit Library and Mahabharata

I am not fully sure whether this is the most appropriate site to ask this question. If it is not, please suggest a more proper one. I am currently learning sanskrit and have been meaning to acquire ...
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Is there any commentary available on Kutashlokas (VyasRahsya) of Mahabharata?

Ganesha agreed to scribe Mahabharata only if Vyasa speak shlokas in continuation. But, Vyasa needed time to think shlokas so he put one condition that Ganesha would write shloka only after ...
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Sahadev's method of prediction

It is said that Sahadev used a specific chart for his prediction. May I have a glimpse of same please if available. Also, please share any instruction on how it works
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What does the demon kali staying in gold mean?

Near the beginning of the kali yuga, Parikshit maharaja allowed the demon kali to stay in gold amongst other places. What are the consequences of this? 1) Does this mean we should not own any gold or ...
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Previous births of Indrajit and Meghavāhana

Just then a muni, named Aprameyabala, who had four kinds of knowledge, came to the garden Kusumāyudha. In that same place at night his brilliant omniscience appeared and the gods held an omniscience-...
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Which words are used by Pandavas to address Dhritarashtra and Gandhari?

Yudhishthira, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva are the names of Pandavas. Pandu is the father of Pandavas. Kunti is mother of Yudhishthira, Bhima and Arjuna. Madri is mother of Nakula and Sahadeva....
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Was Drishtadyumna invincible and not slayable until he had killed Drona?

Since he had the boon that he was going to kill Drona - he was basically invincible until he had accomplished that. Does the Mahabharata talk about this?
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How pure were the castes at the time Manu-Smriti was written?

http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m13/m13b012.htm Mahabharata seems to suggest caste-mixing was already happening: "Bhishma said, 'The Brahmana, the Kshatriya, and the Vaisya are regarded as the ...
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In saptha vyasanalu, “speaking rudely” is also there or not

In saptha vyasanalu, is speaking rudely is also there? That means man is not by nature rude, only addicted to that character. Please any body explain.
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Why did Vinda and Anuvinda share Avanti?

As I know, Vinda and Anuvinda were the kings of Avanti, they were defeated by Sahadeva in their Digvijaya, they supported the Kauravas and they were finally killed by Arjuna on the 14th. My question ...
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Metre(s) in Mahabharata

Are different poetic metres used in the Mahabharata? In particular, are the Bhagavad Gita and Vishnu Sahasranama in the same metre as the rest of the Mahabharata?
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Why was Parikshit chosen as the successor of Yudhishthira?

It is true that 3 sons of Arjuna, 2 sons of Bhima and 1 son of Nakula, Sahadeva and Yudhishthira died. But as I know, Bhima, Yudhishthira, Nakula and Sahadeva had more children who did not participate ...
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What is “Das Mahābhārata Und Seine Theile” about? Is there an English translation of the same?

The German Sanskrit professor Adolf Holtzmann has a written a 4-volume book on the Mahābhārata titled Das Mahābhārata Und Seine Theile. It's available at archive.org. What is this book and its 4 ...
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Does Bhishma know past, present and future?

Does Bhishma know about the events happening in the universe all the time? If yes, how did he get that power?
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Is it true that Ghatotkacha had the Ravana bow as well as demons from the Ravana clan?

Quora answers, like this claim that Ghatotkacha had Ravana's bow, demons of Ravana's clan and even his floats. Is this true?
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How do you get a name (apart from birth) in the scriptures?

As I know, there are characters that have the name "Dhananjaya" (Arjuna) to conquer many kingdoms, but I have not seen that Karna, Nakula, Sahadeva, Bhima or Bharata have that name. Also that one of ...
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What did Bhishma do when he was on the bed of arrows?

I have heard that in Mahabharata Bhishma was made to lie on a bed made of arrows by Arjuna after dropping his weapons. I want to know in detail what all did Bhishma do in his arrow bed. Whether ...
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In Mahabaratha, Sahadevan is a great astrologist but How he missed out Karnan

In Mahabharata, Sahadevan (One of the brother through pandava's) a great astrologist however how he missed out to know that he is having one elder brother (Karna). Since Sahadevan requested Lord ...
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Does mahabharata mention conflict between shungas and indo greeks?

Several works, such as the Mahabharata and the Yuga Purana describe the conflict between the Shungas and the Indo-Greeks. From here: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shunga_Empire Where does ...
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Are there cities / kingdoms that occur in both Ramayana and Mahabharata?

In particular is Kurukshetra of any importance in Ramayana and Ayodhya in Mahabharata?
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What are some good modern interpretations of the Mahabharata?

What are some good books with a modern outlook at the Mahabharata? The older books carry the weight of conservatism. I'm looking for a writer with an inkling for modern views to interpret the ...
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Why did Vishnu need to incarnate as the son of Jamadagni to defeat Sahastrarjuna? Why not just kill him himself (using his true form)?

The question is based on this quote from Mahabharata (Vana Parva Section 115) And grown resistless by the virtue of a granted boon, he ever mounted on that car, trampled upon gods and Yakshas and ...
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Is it true that Kripa is in Himalayas?

We all know that Kripa is a chiranjevi. From a famous preacher I heard that Kripa exists in Himalayas and is known to many people. Is it true? Any evidence regarding this from Hindu texts?
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Logistics in Kurukshetra war

How the communication,food,resting place,disposal of dead, etc managed in kurukshetra war with such a huge number of warriors?
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Is it true that Jayadratha had split personality disorder?

As per Wikipedia Jayadratha had a split personality disorder. It is mentioned that due to such disorder, he misbehaved with women during his life time. For example: he tried to kidnap and molest ...
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What was varna of foot soldiers of Mahabharata war?

Tens/hundreds of thousands of foot soldiers supposed to have participated in Mahabharata war. Usually in historical pre-modern wars of such magnitudes we see foot soldiers being conscripted from ...
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What are the three Arrows of Barbarika and how he got them?

It is said that Barbarika had Three Arrows which is the Most powerful ones and so he was sacrificed to Mahabharta War. QUESTION : What are the Three Arrows of Barbarika and how he Got them ? Are ...
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What is the reason for Dwarka to be destroyed specifically by Flood?

From Mahabharatha : "Gandhari said ... Since deliberately, O slayer of Madhu, thou wert indifferent to this universal carnage, therefore, O mighty-armed one, thou shouldst reap the fruit of this ...
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Where is the story of Dhritarashtra removing eyes of swan mentioned?

I have read that the blindness of Dhritarashtra is due to his actions in previous birth. He removed the eyes of a swan and killed hundred cygnets. But I couldn´t find this story in Mahabharatha. Where ...
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Birthday of Satyabhama

In Mahabaratha and Bhagavatam, Vyasa narrated the birthdays of Krishna, Duryodhana etc., using the allignment of celestial bodies, signs and tithi etc., We know that Satyabhama is the second most ...
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Looking for the book that says Ramayana and Mahabharata took place lacs of years Before Christ

When I was a student (during 1978-79), I had a book on Ancient Indian History with chronological events (from Vedic times to Modern India), in which the author arrived at date of Ramayana some 7 lac ...
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Details of the Makara Vyuha

This wiki article mentions a list of battle formations used in the Mahabharata. Amongst other formations, Makara Vyuha is mentioned. I would like to know if the details of this Vyuha are mentioned in ...
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How was Satyaki able to fight against Guru Dronacharya for a whole day?

Satyaki was a student of Arjuna. How was Satyaki able to fight against Guru Dronacharya for a whole day on Fourteenth day of Kurukshetra War ? Was he that skilled? Reference: Kurukshetra War : ...
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Beliefs on the chronology of Mahabharata

Many scientific studies have been done on the chronology of the Mahabharata. This research paper uses astronomical data mentioned in the Mahabharata to establish that the events of the Mahabharata ...
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When did Meenakshi Avatarana and the subsequent rule of Meenakshi and Sundareshvarar's descendants occur?

One of the most famous temples of Tamil Nadu is Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai. It is the abode of Goddess Meenakshi, and avatara of Devi Parvati and her consort, Lord Sundareshvara, an avatara of ...
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Which Krsna went to help the Pandavas?

We know that Lord Krsna was always focussed on helping the Pandavas throughout their lives. Therefore, in the Mahabharata, we see him making frequent trips to Indraprastha, Hastinapura, Kamyaka and ...
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Did Arjuna have the ability to see the future?

As I discuss in this question, in the Udyoga Parva of the Mahabharata Arjuna delivers a message to Duryodhana, urging him to reach a peaceful resolution to avert the impending war. Among other things, ...
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When did Narakasura perform his atrocities on Svarga?

Narakasura, the son of Lord Varaha and Bhudevi, is quite famous. It is because of him that Lord Krsna was able to get the name Murari, Narakari, as well as whole festival dedicated to him (Deepavali). ...
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Was Shwetaketu born in a previous Kali Yuga?

As I discuss in this answer, how the Vedas originated is that from time immemorial, sages known as Dhrishtas heard sacred verses directly from the gods during a state of Tapasya (deep meditation), and ...
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Who killed most number of warriors in Mahabharata?

In Wikipedia it is mentioned that Arjuna killed most warriors, followed by Karna, followed by Ashwatthama. Below is the relevant quote. After Arjuna and Karna, Ashwatthama killed most number of ...
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Did the Pandavas ever consider spending Agyatavasa in Dwaraka?

Krishna had helped the Pandavas in almost every step. So why didn't the Pandavas spend their agyatavasa in Dwaraka? The Pandavas had spent their agyatavasa in Virata's kingdom, and led a miserable ...
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Was Draupadi reborn in the house of Adi Shankaracharya?

In this excerpt from the Garuda Purana, various incarnations of Vayu the wind god are described. In particular, it says this: When lord Rama incarnated on earth, Vayu was born as Hanuman for ...
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Draupadi's connections with Sri Krsna and Agni Dev?

Goddess Draupadi-Panchali is sometimes referred to as Krsnaa, and sometimes as Agniputri or Agnijoytsna. Does this mean she has some sort of family or karmic connection with Sri Krsna and/or Agni Dev? ...
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How would warriors know what astra is fired on them to counteract accordingly?

In the epic wars like Ramayana and Mahabharata, How would warriors know what astra is being fired on them? It is just a matter of time till the astra reaches the warrior. So, how would one ...
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What scriptures describe Vishnu taking the form of a giant plough?

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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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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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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What is karma as described in the Upanishads and in Mahabharata?

To my understanding karma is what you get when you don't do dharma. I want to understand this with the example of Krishna, the very embodiment of dharma. What did he do to get such seemingly bad karma,...
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What are other incidents where Rishis created Dharma?

I have found two incidents in the Mahabharata where Rishis have apparently created some rules of Dharma. The first incident is Ushanas' banning of liquor consumption among Brahmanas: The learned ...
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Does Mahabharata contain Siddhasana?

In a Mahabharata text of Telugu language, a verse is saying that Siva sat in Siddhasana and playing a game of dice. It occurs in Adi Parva. But, when I read English translation, it is as follows &...