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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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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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Are the Pandavas the sons of Gods, or Gods themselves?

I am currently reading the Mahabharata, (Adi Parva) by Bibek Debroy, and it has a Chapter called the Vaivahik Parva, which explains how the Pandavas came to be. The relevant section has been explained ...
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King who sacrificed for pre-war Kurukshetra

Before the Mahabharata war, a Kshatriya with a flawless body had to be sacrificed. In the Pandavas camp, only Krishna and Arjuna had flawless bodies but they couldn't be sacrificed. So Aravan came ...
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Why did drona help the kauravas

Since Drona is the teacher of both the Kauravas and the Pandavas, why did Drona help the Kauravas by fighting with the Kauravas? In stories, it shows that he is fighting on the Kauravas side. Why? ...
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Were all sons of Pandavas killed?

Were all sons of Pandavas (from Draupadi and other wives) killed?
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Are the Kauravas considered Sinners while the Pandavas not?

Are the Sinners found in both sides (Kauravas and Pandavas) or the Kauravas alone were antidharma? I mean: why when the Pandavas king Yudhishthira ascended to heaven he saw Kauravas smiling and in a ...
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Why Vrishketu not ascended the throne of Hastinapur

Karna was elder brother of Pandavas. As per the ancient Indian monarchial system, eldest son has a right over throne of his father. Vrishketu was the only son of Karna survived after Mahabharat war ...
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What was the reaction of pandavas after knowing that Karna was their brother

I want to know that what is written in mahabharat about the reaction of pandavas after knowing that they killed their brother Karna.
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The question is about the timeline of the Mahabharata war in which Krishna summons Vishwakarma…?

The question I have is about the timeline in which Krishna summons Vishwakarma to make the city of Indraprastha for the Pandavas; so, did this occur after the Mahabharata war? Or did that take place ...
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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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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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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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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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Why did the Pandavas have so many wives?

Why did the Pandavas have so many wives? I know they had multiple wives each, but why did they have so many wives? Was it just for pleasure? Or did they want lots of male lineages for political ...
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Is there any written evidence in Mahabharata why Krishna supported Pandavas in war? [duplicate]

In serials, discussions about duet sabha results also showed that both Pandavas and Kauravas did adharm that day. I guess similar discussions would be part of Mahabharata. But still Krishna supported ...
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Did Pandavas really complete their ajnatavasa?

Did the Pandavas really complete the terms of their ajnatavasa (living in concealment)? Or were their hidden identities revealed before its completion and hence it was adharma to fight against the ...
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Did Pandavas ever participate in sex only for sensual pleasure?

This question contains only for those who want to perform brahmacharya vrat. But I never heard or read that Pandavas are askalitha Brahmachari as Krishna. Did Pandavas ever do sex just for the sake ...
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Why is there a Bheem temple in Gorakhnath Mandir ,Gorakhpur?

There is a temple of Bheem also known as Bhimsena or Mahabali Bhim in the premises of Gorakhnath math in Gorakhpur. What is the importance of this temple? Give references from scriptures to validate ...
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Who committed more acts of Adharma in the Mahabharata war? [closed]

The killing of Abhimanyu was purely Dharmic - but even accepting Krishna's word for it as he addressed the defeated Duryodhana - http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m09/m09061.htm "'Vasudeva said, "...
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How do the Sanskrit epics mark a turning point to Hinduism?

How do events in the epics relate to a gradual change in Hinduism, eg the game of dice, Yalsha's riddles, the war etc? Does it mark the introduction of buddhism at all?
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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 Mahabharata: SECTION CLXLIII (Swayamvara Parva continued) Vaisampayana continued, Hearing these words of Drupada, the virtuous king ...
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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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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 ...