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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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Why did Vyasa depict different Supreme Gods in different Puranas?

I see that many people (including me) remain confused about who is the Supreme God. The main reason for confusion is that in different Puranas, different Gods are shown as Supreme God, e.g., in Shiva ...
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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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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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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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Why is the Bhagavata Purana considered the foremost of all puranas?

The Bhagavata Purana is considered to be the purest and greatest of all the Puranas. The great Sage Veda Vyasa was credited to have authored Srimad Bhagavatam. Srimad means "beautiful" or &...
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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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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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Can the Devi Bhagavatam and Srimad Bhagavatam co-exist?

As we all know, Srimad Bhagavatam is regarded as the best of the Mahapuranas. It is also the most famous and widely commented upon scripture. But we also have the Devi Bhagavata, which calls itself a ...
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What script did Ganesha write the Mahabharata in?

The first chapter of the Adi Parva of the Mahabharata describes how Vyasa dictated the Mahabharata to Ganesha, who wrote it down: Brahma said. 'I esteem thee for thy knowledge of divine mysteries, ...
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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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Do we have any record of events in any previous Kaliyuga?

We know that at the end of every Dwapara yuga, Vyasa compiles the events of the yugas into various puranas. These puranas sometimes contains stories and other details about Kritayuga, Dwapara Yuga and ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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English or Hindi translation of Vyasa Smriti

Is there any site or way to get a pdf or epub of Hindi/English translation of Vyasa Smriti? I have searched many sites and couldn't find it. Please if someone has it kindly provide a link.
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About slokha regarding Nala from Mahabharata

In which chapter of the Mahabharata the following shloka has been mentioned? The final benediction offered by Vedavyasa to the reader is this: Karkotakasya nagasya damayantya nalasya cha Rtuparnasya ...
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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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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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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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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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How Maharshi Vyasa knew all the story of Mahabharata?

It is said that Mahabharata is story of 5 generations, then how Maharshi Vyasa knew all the story of Mahabharata, did he survive through all 5 generations?
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Are the upanishads later to the Vedas?

This question is in connection with my previous question related to Puranas and upanishads. It is also a follow up to my another question. Chhāndogya Upanishad verses 7.1.2 and 7.1.4 mention the ...
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Was Rishi Vyasa the great grandson of Rishi Vashishtha?

The wiki articles on the following 4 Rishis says that: Rishi Shakti was the son of Rishi Vashishtha (to whom the text Yoga Vashishtha - a conversation between him and Shri Rama is ascribed), Shakti's ...
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Why do the Vedas need to be recompiled every Dvāpara Yuga?

As I discuss in this answer, how the Vedas originated is that from time immemorial, sages known as Dṛṣṭas (literally seers) have heard sacred verses (mantras) directly from the gods during a state of ...
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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 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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Why Nãrãyana (Vishnu) had to pray Rudra (Shiva) to obtain supreme powers? (excerpt from Mahãbhãrata)

Lots of questions can be spawned from this 'never before read' Mahãbhãrata story, but above is the major one. Until now my perception was that, Nãrãyana was an equivalent God to Shiva and does not ...
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Is Draupadi the daughter of Nala and Damayanti in her previous life?

Indrasena is the daughter of Nala and Damayanti. SECTION LVII of Nalopakhyana Parva of Vana Parva of the Mahabharata contains it "Vrihadaswa continued, 'Then at the sacred hour of the holy lunar ...
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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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Were Krishna and Vyasa able to see (not imagine) future?

According to some scenes in Star Plus Mahabharata and BR Chopra's Mahabharata (a TV series), it looks like both of them (Krishna and Vyasa) could see future. Did it actually happen in Vyasa Mahbharat?
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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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Ashvatthaman's immortality?

I'm puzzled by Ashvatthaman's status as a chiranjivi. Not necessarily that he is one, but more the circumstances surrounding it. To wit, Ashvatthaman is made to wander the earth endlessly for 3000 ...
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Is Veda Vyasa still alive? If yes, where is he? How can one recognize him?

Some people say that Veda Vyasa is still alive with his body in the Himalayas. When I searched, I found this link. It is stated here also. But where can we find him and how can we recognize him? It ...
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Has Veda Vyasa seen Lord Krishna?

It is said that Lord Krishna was a human being with qualities of God, thus Lord Krishna has a special place in sanatana dharma. I would like to understand, if Veday Vyasa has written Mahabharata, ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...