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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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What were the ages of Pandavas & other characters during the Mahabharata war?

I have not found any specific reference to the age of each of the Pandavas, like Arjuna and Bheema when they fought the epic Mahabharata battle. It will be also interesting to know the age of Bhishma ...
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Who were the previous Indras that incarnated as the Pandavas?

It's well-known that the Pandavas were all sons of gods: Yudhishthira was the son of Yama god of death, Bhima was the son of Vayu the wind god, Arjuna was the son of Indra king of the gods, and Nakula ...
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Is Pandu's last wish, not to burn his body but eat it away, real?

On Wikipedia, it is given that Pandu asks his sons to eat his flesh and only Sahadeva does so because of which he gains ability to see the future but Krishna asks him not to reveal anything to anyone. ...
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Why did all the Pandavas marry Draupadi?

Why did all the Pandavas (i.e. Yudhisthira, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva) marry the same woman i.e., Draupadi? What was the circumstance under which they had to marry Draupadi?
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Why did Lord Krishna tell Bhagwat Gita only to Arjuna and not anyone else?

I have gone through Hindu Mythological books and found that Bhagwat Gita is told only to Arjuna by Lord Krishna at Kurukshetra. Is there any specific reason of not telling Bhagwat Gita to anyone else ...
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Where did Duryodhana and the Pandavas go after their death?

Where did Duryodhana go after his death? Though he had committed many wrong deeds, I just wanted to know where he went to. Heaven or hell? Also, what about the Pandavas? Did they go to Krishna's ...
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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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Were Kauravas and Pandavas the biological decendants of Vyasa?

This confusion came into my mind after watching Ekta Kapoor's 'Kahani Mahabharat Ki..' TV serial. I saw this story that Rishi Vyasa was the biological father of Dhitarashtra and Pandu, or something ...
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Is Draupadi a goddess?

There are many myths that say Draupadi is a goddess. Many people, including myself, have prayed to her. There are many legends of her being a goddess. Some legends are given below: It is said that ...
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Upapandavas: Why were they killed?

Why were all the Upapandavas killed the same day? Why was no one, including Lord Krishna, able to save them? Why was only Parikshit saved by Krishna from Uttara's womb? Was there any story behind ...
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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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Lineage of Pandavas?

I found the following compilation of the genealogy of the Pandavas, but I am unable to verify its authenticity or find its sources. In known literature there seems to be no knowledge of the ...
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Can anyone explain the family tree of Pandavas?

We are aware of Draupadi as the wife of Pandavas whereas Subhadra is the wife of Arjuna and, Hidimbi is the wife of Bhima. Besides Draupadi, are there any other wives of Yudhisthir, Nakul and Sahdev? ...
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Who all changed sides in the Mahabharata battle?

I have heard that there were some people who changed sides from the Pandavas' army to the Kauravas' army and vice versa during or just before the battle. Can anyone please name all such people and ...
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What scriptures describe the story of Krishna killing Ekalavya?

Most people only know about how Ekalavya, the Nishada prince, was rejected by the Pandavas' teacher Dronacharya and then willingly cut off his own thumb at Dronacharya's request. What's not as well-...
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Did Lord Krishna take away Arjuna's dhanur vidya (archery abilities)?

Did Lord Krishna take away Arjuna's dhanur vidya (archery abilities) before leaving the Earth (Prithvi Lok)? If yes, why from Arjuna only and why not from other Pandavas?
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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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In which Mahayuga and Manvantara, did King Bharatha, after whom India is called Bhārath, live?

Vishnu Purana says: उत्तरं यत्समुद्रस्य हिमाद्रेश्चैव दक्षिणम् । वर्षं तद् भारतं नाम भारती यत्र संततिः ।। uttaraṃ yatsamudrasya himādreścaiva dakṣiṇam varṣaṃ tadbhārataṃ nāma bhāratī ...
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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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Why are they called Pandavas and Kauravas?

In Mahabharata, why are Arjuna and his brothers called Pandavas and Duryodhana and his brothers called Kauravas? Is there any reason to call them like that?
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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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What happened to Pandavas in future lives?

Did the Pandavas eventually take rebirth? If they did, who were they and what happened to them?
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Why did Lord Krishna give another life to Parikshit? Was it the only way? Why didn't Pandavas plan another child?

According to Mahabharat, after the epic Kurukshetra war, only Parikshit was the final successor of the Kuru dynasty and while he was still in Uttara's womb, Ashwathama killed him using a Brahmastra. ...
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Why did Lord Krishna side with the Pandavas in the Kurukshetra battle?

Lord Krishna stood along with the Pandavas during the battle at Kurukshetra. What is the exact reason for this?
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Why Yudhisthira went to hell?

In Mahabharata, Yudhisthira was true of character in all his life, except when he obeyed krishna's word. Why Yudhisthira went to hell? Will a true/good person be tested until he follows untruth?...
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What did the Pandavas do with the oldest sword in the world?

In the Shanti Parva of the Mahabharata, Bhishma gives advice to Yudishtra and the Pandavas concerning how to be a good king and how to be good person, while he's lying on a bed of arrows after the end ...
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Why is Karna special in Mahabharata?

Like the 5 pandavas, Karna is also a son of deva. But he is mentioned as having more qualities than any single Pandava or even as having all the qualities of 5 Pandavas. So the question is : What ...
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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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What were the specific skills of the Pandavas?

Can anyone explain the specific skills of the Pandavas in the Mahabharata? For example Arjuna is known for his bow.
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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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What was the role of caste in the way Parshurama & Pandavas treated Karna?

I have this question troubling me since a long time, hence thought it may be a good platform to present it. On one Hand, we see Yudhishtra saying following lines towards Caste System. Yudhisthira ...
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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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Were Pandavas non-vegetarians?

We know that the Pandavas were Kshatriyas. Were they consuming non-vegetarian food?
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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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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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Why did Shiva granted a boon to Jayadrath?

It is interesting to know the reason behind Shiva's boon to Jayadrath that he will be able to hold back all Pandavas except Arjuna for one day. Jayadrath obtained the boon after failed attempt of ...
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Sahadeva's knowledge of future [duplicate]

Sahadeva, after eating a part of his father Pandu's brain, got the power to see the past and the future. So he came to know that these things will happen: Game of dice Draupadi's insult Kurukshetra ...
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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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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 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 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?