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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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Sangalpam for Dhakshyanam in USA?

What is the sangalpam for Dhakyanam in USA for July 15, 2016?
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What is the scriptural description of Shri Krshn's physical appearance?

How did He look like during His infancy, childhood, boyhood, youth and adulthood? Is there any mention of Him having an Ashtaratni body?
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Who was the greatest warrior in the Mahabharata? [closed]

The Mahabharata (books and TV series) always introduces any warrior as an "unmatched warrior". For example, Jarasandha is introduced as an unmatched warrior, Kichaka is introduced as an unmatched ...
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What were Kauravas doing during geetopadesham from Sri Krishna? [duplicate]

When Arjuna was feeling bad to fight against Bheeshma and his Guru Dronacharya, Shri Krishna tries to enlighten Arjuna by preaching Geethopadesha when they are in the middle of the war field. What ...
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What was the role of Karna's kundal? [duplicate]

We all know that Karna was given a Kavach and kundal by his father Lord Sun. Kavach was for his protection. But what was the role of Kundal?
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Why did Drupada tell Drona non-kings cannot be friends with kings?

As seen in this section of Adi Parva , Drupada's words when Drona came to him were Then the son of Bharadwaja, endued with great prowess went to king Drupada, and approaching that monarch, that tiger ...
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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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Duryodhana becoming undefeatable

At the end of the Kurukshetra war, Duryodhana was undefeatable during the fight with Bheema. Bheema was able to defeat him by hitting on his thigh, that was against the rules of the war. The ...
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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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Mahabharat serial telecasted in "Sanskrit" language [closed]

Links - One - Two - Three- YouTube The Mahabharata serial consisting of 94 episodes should be telecasted with "Sanskrit" as the language being spoken by all the characters. The dialogues ...
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Is Krishna's life story mentioned in Mahabharata ? Is his life at Vrindavan or Gokul mentioned in the Mahabharata?

Is Krishna's life story mentioned in Mahabharata ? Is his life at Vrindavan or Gokul mentioned in the Mahabharata ? In how much details his life story is mentioned in Mahabharata ?
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Brahmarishi Vishvamitra in Vedas and Itihasa

How is Brahmarishi Vishvamitra in the vedas different from what is mentioned about him in the itihasa?
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Ancestry of Bharath

In Mahabharat, Menaka on deputation from Indra to attract Vishwamitra unwittingly made themselves grand parents of a later brave Bharata King through Shakuntala.. So mythologically seen, the Kuru ...
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How can one say Mahabharata is history? Why are Chiranjeevis (immortals) not seen today?

If Mahabharata is history, why are Chiranjeevis (immortals) like - Parashurama, Aswatthama, Kripacharya no longer seen? In the story of Mahabharata they appear frequently and were seen by common ...
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Drona pleasing Lord Shiva

I heard this description of Drona: He that pleased Lord Shiva using a shower of arrows Is this true?Please give scriptural references.
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Hierarchy of entities spanning from gross body or senses to parabrahman

Across the scriptures, different hierarchies has been mentioned regarding entities related human life. For example consider the following hierarchies: #1: Hierarchy by Krishna The senses are superior ...
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Why is the Gayatri Mantra so important?Who is Gayatri Devi?What is Her relation with Lord Shiva?

I have seen this question Someone had pointed out a quote of sage Yajnavalkya saying that Gayatri (Mantra) is the mother of the Vedas. a)We know that the Vedas emerged from the four faces of Brahma. b)...
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Did Parashurama cede all his powers to end the confrontation with Rama in the Ramayana?

The two Ramas have a confrontation and at the end Parashruma says But I triumphed over matchless realms of heavens with my ascesis, oh, Rama, you may hash them up with that irreversible arrow... let ...
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Fairness of pre-marital relation based on that of Satyavati and Parashara

Why did Satyavati and Parashara have a child out of wedlock? Why did she then marry Shantanu? Based on this, does it mean pre-martial relationship is fair? Was their relationship really bodily, ...
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Entry to Yudhistira's Rajasuya

While Duryodhana was explaining the presents received by Pandavas he details about how people were refused entry into the palace. In one passage he says ...who presented themselves at the gate, were ...
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Types of sons and rights

Pandu explains 12 types of sons to Kunti, and says 6 are heirs & kinsmen, other six are kinsmen only. The religious institutes mention six kinds of sons that are heirs and kinsmen, and six other ...
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Children of Viswa and Tamra

This section of Mahabharata lists the 13 of Daksha's daughters married to Kashyapa. All the daughters but Viswa's children details are there. Anywhere else I can find (in Mahabharata) the details? ...
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Vijayadashami - Reference of Arjun's victory

Vijayadashami is observed for different reasons and celebrated differently in various parts of the Indian subcontinent.In the southern, eastern, northeastern, and some northern states of India, ...
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Are the warrior lineages birthed by Surabhi (the cow) Sūryavaṃśa, Candravaṃśa or neither? Who are their common father?

In sacred texts, such as the Mahābhārata, it is said that warrior lineages of humans were created by a sacred cow. These include lineages that would become important in the history of China and Iran. ...
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Who are Pandavas [duplicate]

This question was asked by many political speakers in TN, just writing it here, if one could answer. None of the Kuntis sons are born for Pandu. Karna born to Sun, Yudishtra born to Dharm, and so on. ...
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What are the original Sanskrit verses where astronomical and seasonal references are made in Mahabharata, and the internal chronology of the verses?

This is regarding the research of dating of Mahabharatha War. There are too many speculations on internet ranging from 6000 BC to 500 BC all giving their own explanations with different ...
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Was Krishna having second thoughts about the war and the instructions he gave?

Even in the Gita some on instructions and questions he specifically states are only his opinion. After the war Krishna finds time to contemplate on dharma and takes a nap his body sheers in pain, ...
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What is the origin of bhagavad gita?

Who exactly wrote down the gita, and who exactly was the author of it. Are there any historical records about when it first appeared, was it narrated at first, if so was the whole epic of mahabarata ...
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How Arjuna fought against Bhishma, Drona without Gita Gyan? [duplicate]

We all know that Arjuna dropped weapons in Kurukshetra war because he couldn't fight against Bhishma and Drona and needed Gita gyan. Bhagwad Gita 1:34-35:-Teachers, fathers, sons, grandfathers, ...
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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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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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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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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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Was Bhishma really not aware about the difference between Dharma and tradition?

In Star Plus Mahabharat, season 3 episode 2, when Karna was a teenager, he wins a little competition which involved bow and arrow. Karna won, but Bhishma only praised his chariot driver skills, and ...
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Did Bhimasena laugh at Duryodhana infront of Vasudeva?

It is known that Bhimasena laughed at Duryodhana in Mayasabha due to the incident of Duryodhana falling down due to confusion. Did it happen in front of Sri Krishna? The following passage from Adi ...
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Did Swami Vivekananda idealize Ekalavya for modern students?

Ekalavya learnt many things by just considering Drona as his teacher. But he is on the side of Adharma. Many websites are claiming that Swami Vivekananda told the following lines Ekalavya, an ...
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What is a ratha, atiratha and maharatha? [duplicate]

I want to know what is the difference between ratha, maharatha and atiratha. I do not mean Maharathi, rathi, atirathi, etc.
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How can the rishi Rishyasringa have sons / relatives rakshasa? [duplicate]

This is something that led me to ask, since in Mahabharata a rakshasa named Alambusha was the son of Rishyasringa while Baka, Kirmira, Hidimba and Alayudha were his relatives. So my question is, how ...
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Is Ashwatthama still alive [duplicate]

Krishna cursed Ashwatthama with terrible leprosy that would haunt him for 3,000 years. Krishna further stated that Ashwatthama would not be helped by anyone or provided food or shelter.
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Did Shakuni hate both the Pandavas and the Kauravas? [duplicate]

I had read it somewhere that Shakuni hated both the Pandavas and the Kauravas in Mahabharata. Why was it that he wanted to create a conflict between both the families?
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How many times Yudhistir's coronation happened and when in the Mahabharata?

It seems there is various versions of Yudhistir's coronation. One before the war. One after the war. Which of these is authentic and when did the coronation take place w.r.t war?
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Who actually were demons (Rakshash) and Danav mentioned in Ramayana, Mahabharata and other purans? [duplicate]

Were they different species or just human following adharma? We read in puranas that they were powerful, mayavi, had body features like animals. I am confused. Tulsidasji says in Ramcharitmanas ...
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After Ashwatthama's massacre, why didn't any of the Pandavs marry another woman, and obtain another child? [duplicate]

After the Kurukshetra War, Ashwatthaman directs the Brahmastra into the wombs of the Pandava women. My question is: Why didn't one of the Pandavas simply marry and get another child? Was there any ...
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Why Krishna Killed Barbarika? [duplicate]

Krishna had killed Barbarika, the grandson of Bhima, after watching his archery skills. Barbarika could have ended the war within a single day. Although Barbarika had vowed to take part in the weaker ...
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How did India get its name as Bharat? [duplicate]

I tried to google this question and in Wikipedia it is not very clear. The above link suggests that India is called Bharat because of Emperor Bharata (son of Shakuntala and Dhushyant) whereas this ...
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What is the etymology behind the name Vichitravirya? [duplicate]

In Mahabharatha, mostly all names have a reason/etymology behind them. One that I couldnt find was "Vichitravirya"- Son of Shantanu and father of Dhritrashtra & Pandu. Name clearly transliterates ...
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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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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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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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Did Kauravas end in Heaven after death? [duplicate]

After Mahabharata war, where did the Kauravas and Pandavas end after death. Heaven or Hell?