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Yudhisthira, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva, five brothers who are the heroes of theMahbharata, named after their adopted father Pandu.

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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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Which rules are not applicable for Ganga river?

Somewhere in Mahabharata Pandavas tell to Gandharvas that Ganga river can get served at any time and there are no rules for Ganga to get service like other rivers. Please give those reference and the ...
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Conversation between the Krishna and Karna

Krishna had given many offers to Karna for coming to Pandava's side. Like... If Karna would come into the Pandava's side then Krishna would make him king of Hastinapura after winning the battle of ...
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Is it true that in the battle of Mahabharata, the Son of Lord Krishna fought from the Kaurava side? [duplicate]

I had a discussion with a teacher of mine and he told me that back in his college days, while they were watching Mahabharata, a friend of him said that The son of Lord Krishna also fought in the ...
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Were the Pandavas's of submissive nature?

In some incidents of Mahabaratha, most of the Pandavas except Bheema reacts less than expected. Were they submissive? Are there any slokas explicitly saying about the submissive behavior of most of ...
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Why did Krishna punish Yudhishthira for lying after telling him to lie?

Drona was an exceptional fighter in the Mahabharata war and was unkillable on the battlefield. So to kill him, Krishna told the Pandavas to lie that Drona's son, Ashvattama, was killed, so that Drona ...
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Did Kunti explicitly tell Pandavas to marry Draupadi?

Consider the following excerpt from the book Mahabharata, "Vaisampayana continued, 'Hearing these words of Drupada, the virtuous king Yudhishthira replied, saying, 'O great king, I also shall have ...
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Are there any unhealthy situations for Pandavas or Krishna in Mahabaratha?

Are there any situations in Mahabaratha where either Krishna or any Pandava is/are affected with disease or faced unhealthy situation ? If there are no such instances, are there any slokas saying ...
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How was Pandava deceit sanctioned?

Throughout the Mahabharata the Pandavas are praised for their devotion to religion. But, on more than one occasion they remain safe because they dress as, and pretend to be, Brahmins. They did this ...
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What is the story of Kichak and Draupadi?

I have little knowledge about Kichak. He was a cruel minded person. I think he appeared during the Agyatvasa of the Pandvas and had some interaction with Draupadi in the Mahabharata. Please tell me ...
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Why did Shri Krishna vow not to take weapons in hand during the Mahabharata war?

Lord Krishna was a representative of Dharma during Mahabharata. He said that the war between Pandavas and Kauravas was dharmayudhdha. He also said that everyone must participate in dharmayudhdha. He ...
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Sahadeva knew future events in Mahabharata. How many times did he use this knowledge in Mahabharata?

I am not sure about it. I have just read folk story about this. Is Pandu's last wish, not to burn his body but eat it away, real? Is there any valid scripture available for this story? If yes, ...
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When was the last interaction between Pandavas and Krishna?

If I understand correctly, Krsihna didn't accompany them on their final ascent to the Himalaya and beyond.
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Why did Lord Balarama not took a participation at any side of in the Kurukshetra Battle in Mahabharata?

Lord Krishna fought on the behalf of Pandavas and his army fought on behalf of Kauravas. But why Lord Balarama did not fight on behalf of any side?
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How many years did Pandavas rule the Hastinapur after winning the battle of Kurukshetra?

When Pandavas won the battle of Kurukshetra at that time Dhritarashtra was the ruler of Hastinapur. After that, he went to exile with Gandhari and Kunti. Then Pandavas ruled in the Hastinapur and ...
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Why did Lord Hanuman stop the path of Bhima during the exile of Pandavas in Mahabharata?

I think this is true because Lord Hanuman is Chiranjeevi and he was also found in the top of the chariot of Arjuna during the battle of Kurukshetra. But I can't understand what is the reason to stop ...
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Why are the lives of Nakula and Sahadeva often neglected?

Why are the lives of Nakula and Sahadeva neglected in most Mahabharata adaptations? Is it because they were not important characters? What do the scriptures have to say about the importance of these ...
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Who compiled Pandava Gita and what is the earliest reference to it?

Pandava Gita is a stotra or a hymn dedicated to Lord Krishna or Lord Vishnu. There are 76 verses sung by many including Lord Brahma, sages, Indra, Vaishampayana, Pandavas, Draupadi and also Duryodhana,...
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Why did all Uppandavas (Abhimanyu, Ghatotkach and all other children of Pandavas) die in the Kurukshetra war? [duplicate]

Was there any specific reason as to why all of pandavas sons die in the kurukshetra war? Some reason associated with their karma of their previous births?
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To which kingdoms did kings supporting Duryodhan belong?

Section 2 of the Shalya Parva of Mahabharat mentions the kings whose support Duryodhan had in the great war: This wide earth is as much ours as it is of Pritha's son. Bhagadatta and Kripa and ...
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Who was Akritavrana, the follower & witness of Parshurama's actions?

Section CXV of the Vana Parva of Mahabharat mentions a rishi called Akritavrana who used to reside on the Mahendra hill, the abode of Lord Parshurama. In the Mahabharat, he narrates the entire life-...
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Were the sons of Draupadi incarnations of Vishwedevas?

Mahabharat Sambhav Parva Section LXVII mentions that the five sons of Draupadi from the Pandavs were actually rebirths of Vishwas. And, O bull in Bharata's race, they who became the five sons of ...
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Why did Drona become Kaurava's and Paandava's Guru?

Why did Kauravas and Paandavas considered Drona as their Guru? What made them to consider Drona as a Guru?
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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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What did lord Krishna describe about Kali Yug?

How did lord Krishna describe about Kali Yug? According to lord Krishna, What is Kali yug? and what will happen during Kali yug?
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Which was the red sea that the Pandavs visited on their journey to attain Swarga?

The Book 17: Mahaprasthanika Parva Section I mentions the Pandavs visiting a red-sea. This is where Arjun returned his divine bow and arrows to the Lord of the Ocean: Setting themselves on Yoga, ...
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What were the banners of famous warriors from the Mahabharata?

It is very well known that Arjuna had ape bannered chariot (Kapi dhwaja). Lord Hanuman sat on the flag post of the Arjuna in the Kurukshetra war. It has been referred in the Mahabharata many times. ...
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Why did the Pandavas sit quiet when Draupadi was being disrobed by Dushasana?

In Mahabharata, when Draupadi was being disrobed by Dushasana, why did the Pandava’s sit quiet? Is there any other reason besides the fact that they had already lost in the gambling and had become ...
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Where are all the incidents mentioned by Dhritarashtra in the Mahabharata?

In the first chapter of the Adi Parva of the Mahabharata, Dhritarashtra talks to Sanjaya at the end of the Mahabharata war about various past incidents that had signaled to him that the Kauravas had ...
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Why Kauravas had to deploy all their star warriors for Virata war and Virata war confusion?

I can't understand why Kauravas had to bring their entire star decked warriors to attack Virata, sure they are just helping their allies Trigarta's as their commander-in-chief had been slain, so they ...
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Did Rāma have Kuja doṣa? What about the Pāṇḍavas?

Did Rāma have Kuja doṣa (a.k.a maṅgala doṣa, māṅgalika)? What about the Pāṇḍavas? I see all of them exiled to the woods in their prime years. This must be the worst thing that can happen to a ...
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Did Draupadī ridicule Duryodhana calling him 'Blind Son of a Blind Father?'

There is one rumor that spread far and wide. That in the Maya sabhā, Draupadī ridiculed Duryodhana calling him the blind son of the blind father. One user also mentions it in his answer here: Now ...
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To save themselves from the Lākṣāgṛha (house of lac), did Pāṇḍavas kill an innocent niṣāda woman and her five children?

In this YouTube video (1988 TV series Mahabharat, Episode 31 - Escape from Lakshagraha) it is shown that a niṣāda woman and her five children are urged by Purocana, the builder of the infamous ...
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Did Draupadi want Karna as her sixth husband? [duplicate]

I heard this version in an old telugu film which praises Karna. I thought that was just a created story for the sake of film. I didn't believe that version. But these days, a dialogue is made popular ...
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Who among the Pāṇḍavas supported the main Kurukṣetra war and who didn't? What were their reasons?

Who among the Pāṇḍavas were for the main Kurukṣetra war and who were against it? What were their reasons for supporting or not-supporting? What about Draupadī? Did she support the war? What were her ...
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How many people participated and how many died In the Mahabharata War?

Do we know approximately or absolutely how many people participated in the Mahabharata war from Pandava & Kaurava sides respectively? Do we know approximately or absolutely how many people died in ...
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Did Kuntī deliver Karṇa through her womb?

How was Kuntī able to hide her very first pregnancy? Did Kuntī deliver Karṇa through her womb or a healthy baby just appeared out of nowhere? How about the Pāṇḍavas (both Kaunteyas and Mādreyas)? Did ...
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Sakadevan binds Lord Krishna

I have heard a story that in the period before war, when Krishna projects that even though he wishes peace, others like Bhima are going for war. Sakadevan points that by binding Krishna, one can stop ...
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What is the reason behind Lord Krishna joining Pandavs instead of the Kauravs [duplicate]

I am aware that Shakuni advised his nephew to get Lord Krishna's alliance at haste because although he did not like him; he understood that there is no one that holds more power. Arjuna too ...
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What was the discussion between Narada muni and Yudhishtira about dharma?

When the Pandavas were in exile, at that time, Narada muni approached their hideout and had discussion with Yudhishtira about Dharma. Can someone briefly explain what that discussion was?
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How did the Pandavas escape a death- trap at Varnavata?

A deceptive plot was hatched by Duryodhana and his friends, to get the Pandavas, along with their mother Kunti, killed at Varnavata. However, the Pandavas were forewarned by Vidura about the ...
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Krishna's role in game of dice

Why didn't Krishna help or save Pandavas when they played the game of dice with Kauravas and Shakuni?
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Did the story of Mahabharata start (and end) with a dog?

Some people say that the tale of Mahabharata starts and ends with a dog. When they say ends with a dog, they are referring to Yama-disguised-as-a-dog who follows Yudhishtira and other Pandavas on ...
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How did Aswathama get Narayanastra?

In Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narayanastra, it is mentioned that Aswathama used Narayanastra against Pandavas. It also mentions that the owner of Narayanastra is Lord Narayana. How did ...
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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 did Shalya fight on the side of the Kauravas?

Shalya was an uncle of two of the Pandavas (Nakula and Sahadeva). Why did he fight on the side of the Kauravas then? Also, if you could provide the Sanskrit Shlokas to support your answer, that would ...
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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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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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Who is Maghavat?

It is written in the Adi Parva of the Mahabharata that: Then those Indras, of their shorn glory said, 'We shall go from our celestial regions even unto the region of men where salvation is ordained ...
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How many Indras did Shiva imprison?

After reading this question, I decided to do some research. However,there were two contradicting ideas: some said that Shiva had 4 Indras trapped in the cave while others said that there were 5 Indras....