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Vyasa (Sanskrit: व्यास, vyāsa, literally “Compiler”) is a central and revered figure in most Hindu traditions. He is also sometimes called Veda Vyāsa (वेदव्यास, veda-vyāsa, "the one who classified the Vedas") or Krishna Dvaipāyana (referring to his complexion and birthplace). He is the author of the Mahabharata, as well as a character in it. He is considered to be the scribe of both the Vedas and Puranas.

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Where can I find a searchable text of Mahabharata online?

I want to be able to search across the entire Mahabharata for certain words or phrases. I have seen pages where you have to click to different pages to navigate through. But I want to be able to ...
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Why are Hindu texts like Mahabharata so focused on race, lineage and varna?

I was reading Mahabharata, the abridged version from C Rajagopalachari ji. I liked the literature aspect of it and some of the advices there. But one thing that bothered me was the hyperfocus of the ...
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Why did Vyasa write Bhagavatha and not any Shiva scripitures?

Lord Shiva was mentioned in vedas which was written by Vyasa sage, but he did not write Shiva purana but he wrote Bhagavata that too with the help of Lord Shiva son Vinayaka. Is there a reason for him ...
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Question on Mahabaharta

Dyuta Parva—Section 57—KMG Para 1—"King Yudhishthira the just having said this unto Vidura, commanded that preparations for his journey might be made without loss of time. And the next day, the ...
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Need explanation for the chronological order of the avatars of Lord Vishnu in Shreemad Bhagavata Mahapurana.?

Why Shreemad Bhagavata Mahapurana says that Krishna Dwaipayana Veda Vyasa who is the son of Satyavati and Rishi Parashara appeared before Shree Rama in Skanda 1 Chapter 3.?
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If Veda Vyasa compiled the Vedas, why does the Atharva Veda mention Parikshit as the compiler of the four Vedas?

Veda Vyasa split the Vedas into four and was the compiler of the four Vedas. Why does the Atharva Veda (Hymn 127 of Book 20) mention Parikshit to be the compiler of the Vedas then?
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What is the full verse uttered by Dharmaraja after the Mahabharata war which contains this phrase - जयोऽयम् अजयाकरो?

Dharmaraja expresses dismay at the end of the Mahabharata war with this line: जयोऽयम् अजयाकरो I'm unable to find where this is uttered and what the complete verse is.
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Primary source for Ambedkar's claims on Veda Vyas Smriti

I'm looking for the primary source for the following claim made by Ambedkar (link). I tried finding the text here but I am not able to find it. Does someone know the exact verse of this text in the ...
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What other scriptures created by other Vyasas?

I know Krishna Dvaipayana (present Veda Vyasa) wrote Puranas, Mahabharata and also Valmiki (24th Vyasa) wrote Ramayana. Like this, I want to know about other scriptures created by other previous ...
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Is there any Sanskrit and English version of Critical Edition of Mahabharat available?

Sanskrit and English version of NeelKath edition of Mahabharat is available online. Sanskrit and Hindi NeelKanth edition is of Gita Press.(Gita Press has removed many verses) Is sanksrit & English ...
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How did Ved-Vyas convince his son Suka to get married?

Ved Vyas's son Suka had initially decided to remain unmarried, but he was eventually persuaded by Ved-Vyas to get married. Some say that he was told to meet Janaka and after meeting Janaka he got ...
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Brahmā of Brahmā Sütrā

What is the name of the Brahman who has been depicted in the Brahma Sutras?
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How was King Shantanu able to give Bhishma boon of icchamrityu(death at self will) when he was neither God nor Sage?

Iccha mrityu sounds like a very heavy vardaan but Shantanu was able to give it despite being a mere mortal King. He was neither a sage with high ascetic merit nor a Deva or part of trinity. Various ...
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Response to "O my son" by Vyasadeva

When Shuka was leaving Vyasa, Vyasa cried "O my son" to which it is said that trees animals replied Vyasa Statement given in Srimad Bhagavatham from https://vedabase.io/en/library/sb/ ...
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Does reciting Navagraha Stotram change the effect of planets?

There is a NavaGraha stotram composed by Rishi Vedavyasa. These are the benefits of reciting this stotram. इति व्यासमुखोद्गीतं यः पठेत्सुसमाहितः । दिवा वा यदि वा रात्रौ विघ्नशान्तिर्भविष्यति ॥ १०॥ ...
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Where is the complete Shambhu Utkarsha Stotra (शम्भूत्कर्ष स्तोत्र) found? (also known as शिवोत्कर्ष स्तोत्र / Shivotkarsha Stotra )

Sri Shivendra Saraswati has written a bhasya on Shiva Sahasranama stotra (available here). While explaining the very first name "ParaDeva", he gives an entire stotra composed by Vyasa as &...
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Is Parashara the original author of Vishnu Purana?

https://www.quora.com/It-is-believed-that-Veda-Vyasa-was-the-author-of-all-the-Puranas-However-is-this-actually-true-As-there-were-most-likely-lots-of-sages-who-authored-these-teachings/answer/Rami-...
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Why did Vyasa advice Ashwatthama to release his Brahmashira in the wombs of Pandava women?

https://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m10/m10015.htm Vyasa said, "Do then this. Do not, however, entertain any other purpose, O sinless one! Throwing this weapon into the wombs of the Pandava women, ...
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Why Vyasa is not son of Santanu?

Karna, born before Kunti's marriage is considered as Pandu's son. However, Krishna Dwaipayana Vyasa is not considered as Santanu's son but is son of Parashara. What is the reason for this difference?
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Why is the penance for killing a Shudra relatively small?

Mahabharat Book 12 Section CLXV Line says Having slain a Vaisya one should perform such a sacrifice for two years and make a present of a hundred kine with one bull. Having slain a Sudra, one should ...
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Are the Upapuranas supposed to be part of the Mahapuranas?

The Upanishads are supposed to be part of the Vedas. Are the Upapuranas supposed to be the same and be part of the Mahapuranas? Did they get separated due to convenience or controversy of the real ...
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Who is the next vyasa after Ashwathama?

Vedas are supposed to be divided in dwapara yuga. The current vyasa is Krishna-Dwaipayana, son of Parashara (who also was a Vyasa),and the author of Mahabharata who divided the vedas in dwapara yuga. ...
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Why did Vyasa write Mahabharata?

I want to know what made Vyasa write the Mahabharata. What was the reason why Mahabhara wrote Mahabharata? Why did he write it in the first place?
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Reference for timeline Krishna and Barbarika dialogue

In this article about Barbarika, Wikipedia says Barbarika gave his head to him in charity. This happened on the 12th day of the Shukla Paksha (bright half) of the month of Phalgun on Tuesday But I ...
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What is the war summary addendum of Mahabharata?

I remember reading a small Sanskrit work which was supposed to be an addendum of Mahabharata, which summarizes the war and gives dates according to Hindu calendar. I can't recall where I read it or it'...
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Research question: What are the mentions of seasons along with lunar months or lunar phases in Mahabharata

Research question: What are the citations of seasons along with lunar Hindu months or lunar phases in Mahabharata? This is extremely important tool for dating Mahabharata, using precession of ...
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Is Buddha or Buddhism mentioned explicitly in Mahabharata?

In the famous Mahabharata translation of Kisori Mohan Ganguli, he remarks at the start of Shanti Parva The Santi Parva is a huge interpolation in the Mahabharata, in the genre known as 'wisdom ...
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How did Vyasa become immortal?

Vyasa is one of the 7 chiranjeevis or immortals. He is considered to be the author of Mahabharata. How did he become immortal?
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Did Parasara and Satyavati do any penance so that Vyasa might be born to them?

Pandu did severe penance to Indra so that he may get a famous son who is an invincible warrior. Krishna did penance so that his one of his sons, I forgot the name but his son was born with the ...
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How is Yajnavalkya an enlightened soul in Ramayana, but still a student in Mahabharata?

The conversation between Yajnavalkya and Janaka is very famous. Yajnavalkya instructs Janaka, which seems to imply he is already learnt and not a student anymore. But Vyasa's disciple is Vaishampayana ...
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Who edited the Puranas?

Wikipedia says this The content is highly inconsistent across the Puranas, and each Purana has survived in numerous manuscripts which are themselves inconsistent.[4] The Hindu Maha Puranas are ...
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When and why did Lord Shiva punish Vedavyasa?

Shiva Purana Rudra Samhita says Lord Shiva expelled Vedavyasa from Kashi and got him punished through Nandi. O goddess, for the sake of a devotee, I angrily expelled Vyāsa when he had a vicious ...
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Why is Veda Vyasa Siddhanta different from Vedanta Siddhanta in Sarva Siddhanta Sangraha?

I recently came across the book called Sarva Siddhanta Sangraha which is claimed to be written by Shri Adi Shankaracharya. Was this book written by Adi Shankaracharya? And, in the contents, Veda ...
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Varna of Krshn Veda Vyas?

Do scriptures mention Vyasa as a Brahmin? What are those specific verses in which he has been described as a Brahmin?
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Are there sources other than this Mahabharata verse where Shri Veda Vyas is told to be reincarnation of Sage Apantaratamas?

In Brahma Sutra Bhashya of Shri Shankaracharya, while writing Bhashya for 3.3.32 Acharya says apAntaratamo nAma muniH kali-dvApara-sandhau vyAsatvena sambabhUva A sage named 'apAntaratamas' ...
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Veda vyasa mahabaratham [duplicate]

Where will I get mahabarat books written by maharishi veda vyasa in India? Also I wanted to get srimad Bhagavadam by vyasa and ramayan written by valmiki. When I search for such books I don't get the ...
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Why Dhritarastra is not called Vyasa's son?

In Vyasa Mahabharata Pandavas are repeatedly called "the son of Dharma", "the son of Shakra", "twins of Ashwinis". However, Dhritarastra is always called "son of ...
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Is there any references about Vyasa's approx. birth century?

There are a lot of references for Mahabharata war timeline, but I couldn't find much about Vyasa's birth century. Is there any reference(s) for the same?
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What is the most probable date for Mahabharatha War? [duplicate]

Mahabharatha War is an event of tremendous religious and traditional significance to all Hindus and an important historical event in Indian and World history. To this day, the date of the event ...
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Are there mention of Zodiac signs in Mahabharata?

Are there mention of Zodiac signs by name, in Mahabharata? If yes please cite the verses.
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Timing of Mahabharata writing? Was it written after or before the war?

Mahabharata with narration of events from Snake Sacrifice and Vaishampayana's narration of Mahabharata. He heard that from Vyasa before. So, Mahabharata includes the flashback of Mahabharata. The ...
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Are Srimad Bhagvatam and Srimad Bhagvad Mahapurana the same?

I have seen two books — Srimad Bhagvatam by Srila A.C. Bhaktivedant Swami Prabhupada and another named Srimad Bhagvad Mahapurana by Maharishi Vyasadeva. Are these two the same? I saw that the content ...
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Can someone mention the puranic source of Navgraha mantra?

For example, the mantra for Surya is the following one - Japakusum Samkasam Kashyapeyam Mahadhyutim Tamoarim Sarvapapaghnam Pranatosmi Divakaram Like this one there are mantras for nine planets. ...
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Is there any evidence that the rAmASTakaM was actually written by vyAsa? [duplicate]

The one I am talking about is this: https://stotranidhi.com/en/rama-ashtakam-in-english/
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What are the original Sanskrit verses where astronomical and seasonal references are made in Mahabharata, and the internal chronology of the verses?

This is regarding the research of dating of Mahabharatha War. There are too many speculations on internet ranging from 6000 BC to 500 BC all giving their own explanations with different ...
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Is Srimad Bhagavatham the only commentary written by Vedavyasa himself on the Vedanta Sutras?

Vedanta-sutra is the original work of Vyasadeva, which contains the summary of four Vedas, 108 Upanisads, 18 Puranas. As stated in Garuda Purana, Srimad Bhagavatham is the natural commentary of Brahma ...
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Which sayings or Sutras is Vyasa referring in his commentary on Yogasutras of Patanjali?

(After reading Raja Yoga by Swami Vivekananda log ago) I have recently started reading Vyasa Bhashya on Yogasutras of Patanjali. I have noticed that Vyasa is many-times quoting some texts in his ...
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Were both Valmiki Ramamyana and Vyasa's Mahabharata contemporaneous accounts?

I think Valmiki appears in Ramayana and Vyasa in Mahabharata. Is it true that they recorded what they saw directly and were not retelling what they had heard?
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How long did it take to write the whole Mahabharata?

Mahabharata is longest version consists of over 100,000 Sloka or over 200,000 individual verse lines,so such big lines of epic how much time it has taken to write ?
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What was the symbolism of Ashwatthama's story?

It is well known that Mahabharata can be seen as an allegory for human life.  The characters of Yuddhishthira, Bheema, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva are frequently discussed in this context. Even ...
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