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Questions tagged [pandavas]

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 happened to Pandavas and Shri Krishna after Mahabharata?

After Mahabharata, there is no major presence mark made by Pandava and Krishna. What happened to them after that?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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What happened to the Akshaya Patra after the exile?

In Mahabharata when five Pandavas & their wife went into forest for 12 years they lost the game of Chopat with Duryodhana, that time Draupadi used to cook food in a patra ( dish/bowl ) named ...
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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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Were Pandavas non-vegetarians?

We know that the Pandavas were Kshatriyas. Were they consuming non-vegetarian food?
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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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The story behind Pashupatinath temple in Nepal

Long ago I have heard the story about Pashupatinath temple located in nepal, it was related to Mahabharata, when the Pandavas were on their way to Heaven, they wanted to find lord Shiva and lord shiva ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How is betting against one's wife and selling one's life partner justifed in Hinduism?

How is it justified that Harishchandra sold his wife, or that Pandu's sons bet against Draupadi in the Mahabharata? FYI - They were never charged (at least I don't find any reference) for this - for ...
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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 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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How did Krishna go from being a mischievous kid to playing a major role in the Mahabharata war?

How did Lord Krishna get involved in the Mahabharata war? What I mean is, Lord Krishna was born and grew up in Vrindavana and was playing with Gopis throughout his childhood, so how did he actually ...
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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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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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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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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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Who was Uttamaujas in Mahabharat?

On the last night of the war after Duryodhana's defeat, Ashwatthama attacked the Pandava camp and strangled Dhrishtadyumna to death in his sleep, he killed Shikhandi and Uttamaujas , He killed ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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What are the names of the Five villages that Krishna offers Kauravas to give Pandavas?

What are the names of the five villages that Krishna offers the Kauravas to give the Pandavas? Can anyone please give me the present day locations and names of those places (villages)?
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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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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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Why was Lord Rama exiled for 14 years in the Ramayana? Why not 13 or 15?

We know Lord Rama was exiled for 14 years by obeying his father's command in the Ramayana. Why was Lord Rama exiled for exactly 14 years? Why not more or less than 14 years? Same as in Mahabharata, ...
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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 Kaurav's son participate in the Mahabharata battle?

In Mahabharata we have read/heard and seen in television shows that when the Mahabharata battle took place, all Pandava's son (i.e Abhimanyu and the rest) participated. But did Duryodhana & ...
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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 Duryodhana mention specific warrior names in the Bhagwat Gita, Chapter-1?

Bhagwat gita Chapter 1, verses. 3 to 9. Pashyaitaam paanduputraanaam aachaarya mahateem chamoom; Vyoodhaam drupadaputrena tava shishyena dheemataa.3. “Behold, O Teacher, this mighty army of ...
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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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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 ...