Questions tagged [mahabharata]

The epic by Veda Vyasa narrating the great war fought in India between the Kauravas and the Pandavas.

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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?
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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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Are things written in Hindu texts factually incorrect ? I think so [closed]

Just to make it clear the things written in Hindu texts have huge amount of knowledge in them and I have learnt a lot about life and philosophy from them. But I think the things written in Hindu texts ...
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Is libido in men greater than women? Or is it the other way round?

There is a popular notion that men crave for sex more than women. And medical science seems to agree with it. But what do Hindu scriptures say about this? For example, the Mahābhārata version ...
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Did Karna really used inappropriate words for Draupadi in dice game?

In serials, it is always shown that Karna called Draupadi a whore (Veshya) when dice thing happened and Pandavas lost everything. If yes, why they say he knew Dharma? Also, if yes, was he right to ...
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Was there no role of Parashuram in Mahabharatha war?

Parashuram taught Bhishma, he was also Chiranjeevi and incarnation of Vishnu. But how did Vishnu take the role of both Parashuram and Krishna in the same period? Where was Parashuram during the time ...
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Did Krishna show evidence of being God in the Mahabharata after the war was over?

Not counting events in Harivamsa. He saved Parikshit and assuming the story is not interpolated he save Bhima from Dhritarashtra's embrace by substituting an iron statue. From then on until his ...
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what is the background behind the killing of Sisupala? [duplicate]

From what I understand, he was killed only for abusing Krishna. Wiki says that "In the Mahabharata, Shishupala's mother was given a vow by Krishna, her nephew, that he would pardon his cousin ...
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Mahabaratha and Ramayana [duplicate]

Ramayana is the clean one in which Lord Rama fought with Ravana face to face and at last Dharma won. Killing of vali is not acceptable in that. But in Mahabaratha there are many connivances like ...
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Is weekday a part of Hinduism?

There are some customs like one shouldn't wash, hair, clothes, cut nails etc. on weekdays like Tuesday, Saturday, etc. I'm curious to know whether weekdays used to exist at the time of Mahabharata, ...
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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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In which parva of mahabharat is Parikshit born?

I heard that Parikshit got killed when he was stillborn. Was he born immediately or after? When exactly as in which parva or book of mahabharat? In Sauptika Parva?
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Was Vishnu Sahasranama, not a part of Anusasana Parva of Mahabharata, but a later day addition? [closed]

The Spitzer Manuscript is the oldest surviving philosophical manuscript in Sanskrit, contains one of the earliest dateable table of content sequentially listing the parva (books) of the Mahabharata, ...
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Why lieing is allowed for saving ourself?

In Hindu scritures we are allowed to tell lie in some cases. In a situation of peril to life and in marriage, falsehood becomes utterable. In a situation involving the loss of one’s entire property, ...
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As Duryodhana's Senapati did Bhishma carry out treachery and/or dereliction of duty by commission and/or omission?

1. Bhishma kept Karna with his Vasavi Shakti out of the war for 10 days by his insulting ways. (If Karna had killed Arjuna, the war would have been over. Even if he wouldn't kill the Pandavas he could ...
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Why did (Late) Sri K. M. Ganguli consider Anushasana Parva to be an interpolation? [closed]

In the translation of Anusasana Parva in Mahabharata by (Late) Sri K. M. Ganguli, we see a paragraph note in the page which states: The Anusasana Parva, like the Santi Parva before it, is a long ...
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What events in mahabharata can be explained only if Krishna was God?

the killing of Bhishma, Drona, Karna and Duryodhana were just adharmic trickery - don't need a God to make them happen. Making karna and the other Kauravas forget the Vasavi shakti that had been kept ...
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Stories in Hindu scripture on drinking human blood [duplicate]

Kaali drinking blood of Raktabīja. Bheema drinking blood of Dushasana. Draupadi intending to drink blood of Bheema. What's the intent behind drinking blood?

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