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Questions tagged [war]

Questions related to war (Yuddha).

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Do any scriptures talk about Shastradhari Sannyasis?

Sannyasis can be divided into two groups: • Ashastradhari Sannyasis: Ascetics who deal with the study of scriptures. • Shastradhari Sannyasis: Ascetics who deal with warfare. Shastradhari Sannyasis ...
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Does Lord Indra protect the Aryan, Vedic civilization from attacks by Mleccha armies?

It is said in the Vedas that Lord Indra is the Kshatriya of the Devas. So, he functions like a king and protects Earth and Swarga, and fights offenders. Does Lord Indra protect the Aryan, Vedic ...
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Why did Drona and Kripa, who were Brahmanas, fight in the Mahabharata war? [duplicate]

Dronacharya and Kripacharya were powerful warriors who fought in the Mahabharata war. However, they were Brahmanas and not Kshatriyas. Why did they decide to fight? Apastamba says: A Brāhmaṇa ...
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Do Kshatriyas have to abide by the Dharmic rules of engagement when fighting enemies who do not abide by the same rules of engagement in battle?

Kshatriya dharma has certain rules of engagement in battle. For example: Manu 7.90 - While fighting his enemies in battle, he shall hot strike with concealed weapons; nor with arrows that are ...
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Are women considered spoils of war according to Kshatriya Dharma?

Historically, the armies of the Mlecchas, Asuras, and Rakshasas after defeating the army, killing the king, and conquering a city, would kill all the civilian men, rape all the women, make their ...
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Does Kshatriya Dharma allow the sacking and pillaging of a country after it has been conquered, or the slaughter of its citizens during a conquest?

Does Kshatriya Dharma allow the sacking and pillaging of a capital after it has been conquered? Historically, the armies of the Mlecchas, Asuras, and Rakshasas after defeating the army, killing the ...
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Did Shiva ever give back the power all the other Gods gave him to destroy the Tripuras?

Chapter 34 Karna Parva of Mahabharata contains the legend of destruction of Tripuras. It is said that all Gods gave power to Shiva. "'"Sthanu said, 'All your foes should be slain. But, I shall not ...
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How exactly did the killing of Abhimanyu violate the agreed-upon rules of war?

Many on one - Abhimanyu was a Maharathi or something - I believe they can be attacked by many at the same time. He fought till the end and never surrendered. The Kauravas didn't come looking for him - ...
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What is Jarasandha's military force according to BORI's Harivamsa?

According to this chapter of that version of Harivamsa, the military force of Jarasandha in his attacks on Mathura consisted of the kingdoms of Hastinapura, Videha (capital of Mithila), Bahlika, Chedi,...
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There were other kingdoms that supported Duryodhana in Kurukshetra apart from those that are popularly known?

I'm curious if apart from Avanti, Kalinga, Anga, Kamboja, Sindhu, Bahlika, Kekaya, Madra, Trigarta and Gandhara there were other kingdoms that supported Duryodhana in Kurukshetra.
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Is there any commentary on the Battle of 10 kings mentioned in the Rig Veda?

Is there any commentary on the Battle of 10 kings mentioned in the Rig Veda Samhita? Like for example a commentary by Sayanacharya? Wikipedia says about him: His commentary on the Rigveda was ...
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Are there details of the fight between Chitrangada and the gandharva with the same name?

I want to know if there are details of the fight between Chitrangada (brother of Bhishma) and the gandharva with the same name.
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What is a ratha, atiratha and maharatha? [duplicate]

I want to know what is the difference between ratha, maharatha and atiratha. I do not mean Maharathi, rathi, atirathi, etc.
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How many akshouhinis were killed by Arjuna?

This is something that confuses me, since according to Duryodhana, Arjuna killed 7 akshouhinis: Duryodhana said, 'O preceptor! Behold the great destruction of those whose heads have been sprinkled. ...
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Why is the death of Abhimanyu considered unfair?

After reading the death of Abhimanyu by BORI and KMG, I asked myself since then, why is his death considered so unjust? Was he attacked in a group? Yes, but the attack only broke his bow, his horses, ...
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Vaataakarshanashtra (वाताकर्षणास्त्र - a weapon which removes air or O2 from atmosphere)

Shree Navanathas are described to possess Vaataakarshana Astra (वाताकर्षणास्त्र - a weapon which removes air or O2 from atmosphere) in 'Shree Navanath Kathaasaar'. But I didn't come across any ...
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Are there any legitimate reasons for initiating war?

Should the king weigh the potential damage done to his own people and kingdom before declaring a war? Should he try and make his best effort to avoid the war? Are there any circumstances when a war is ...
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What was the purpose of the Kurukshetra war of Mahabharata? [closed]

The Kurushethra war was to bring back Dharma by killing Duryodhana. But what was the need of it? Duryodhana would have anyways died after few years like any human, right? Is such a destructive war ...
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How do we reconcile Rama vs. Ravana and Krishna/Arjuna vs. Karna scenarios?

Comparing the two scenarios: Secnario 1: Rama has destroyed all of Ravana's weapons, chariot etc..and has him completely unarmed. However Rama sends him back to come the next day stating that it is ...
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Which scripture mention an encounter between Ravana and Ikshvaku king Raghu?

This website mention that Lord Rama's ancestor Mahārāja Raghu used Narayanastra on Ravana. Was there an encounter between them? Where is the story can be found?
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In which war of devas and asuras did Yaduvamsis participate?

This answer says The mythology says after the destruction of the Yaduvamsis in the course of the devasura sangrama several thousand wives of Lord Krishna were abducted... Now, my questions are ...
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Did Krishna get defeated in any war during his lifetime?

During his lifetime, did Lord Krishna get defeated in any war other than the one with Jarasandha? Note that the defeats of Krishna may be either intentional or unintentional.
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Can dharma śāstras be suspended during emergencies?

Can a Hindu king or ruler suspend the dharma śāstras and other law books at difficult times e.g., during famine, floods, internal conflicts or when the state is actively engaged in a war? If yes, can ...
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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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Did Samba participate in Mahabharata war against lord Krishna's wishes?

When Narayani sena was given to Duryodhana, Was shri krishna's son samba was the head of that army? If yes, then in-spite of being a son of lord Krishna, did Samba go against him in Mahabharatha war? ...
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Did Bhima kill the Vikarna(brother of Duryodhana) in the battle of Kurukshetra or not?

I have listened Vikarna was the only Kaurava who questioned the humiliation of Draupadi, the wife of his cousin Pandavas after they lost her in a game of dice to Duryodhana.Is this the reason why ...
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Did chekitana survive the Mahabharata war?

I have seen lists of Pandava survivors in which he isn't listed. Did he die or did he leave the war before the end?
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Were Rama and Lakshmana the only humans who fought in the Ramayana war?

We have these beings called Rakshasas on Ravana's side and monkeys and bears on Rama's side. I don't recall reading about any humans beside Rama and Lakshmana fighting on either side. For that ...
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Mentioning of firearms or cannons in Hinduism Scriptures?

The two wikipedia articles says The earliest known depiction of cannon appeared in Song dynasty China as early as the 12th century, however solid archaeological and documentary evidence of ...
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The battle between the gods and demons led by Tarakasur

Why did the battle between the gods and the demons, led by Tarakasur, happen and how did it start?
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Are any of Vishnu and his avataras' great deeds not connected with war?

Some Vishnu avatars I can think of connected with war/destruction: Govardhana Giri - as part of fighting with Indra Bhagavad Gita - inciting Arjuna to internecine war Rescuing the earth - fighting ...
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How did the powers of Gods change from Rig Veda to the puranas?

In particular, I am interested in mobility and war making. Puranas depict supernatural mobility (flying machines with no energy-source mentioned, Hanuman, Kartikeya going round the world, varaha ...
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Name of Ravana's brothers and his sons killed in the Ramayana war?

Ravana has many brothers and sons as per the answer of this question. I want to know the main characters who were killed by lord Rama's army in the war as per below list. If any other army of lord ...
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What are the big battles that took place in Hindu mythology [closed]

Like I know - Ramayana, Mahabharata, Battle of the 10 Kings and the war between Indra and the king of Asuras (Vitmitra). But there are many other battles and wars that took place which are slightly ...
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What are the main reasons of Arjuna for not wanting to fight the Mahabharata war initially? [duplicate]

What are the main reasons of Arjuna for not wanting to fight the Mahabharata war initially? How could he change his attitudes?
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Is there any warrior who never used celestial wepons?

We know that most of the warriors used some kind of celestial weapons i.e. astra/shastra. Is there any warrior who fought on his own power? I mean the power created by himself and not acquired from ...
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Is there any mention of boon deadlock in scriptures?

Gods give boons to different people based on what they ask but what if Person A gets a boon that he will kill everyone he wars against in the next 10 years. Person B gets a boon that he cannot be ...
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Did any of the warriors of the Mahabharata suffer from PTSD?

Nowadays, many soldiers suffer psychological trauma (PTSD) after killing in battle. Does the Mahabharata mention any of the warriors experiencing PTSD after the war?
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Does the Mahabharata contain the quote “When is peace not peace?”

Yesterday I was listening to an American political radio show, and I was surprised to hear a reference to Hinduism. An African American activist who was being interviewed said the following: In ...
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What are 36 kinds of weapons & tactics of the war?

In Shiv Rahasya on 11th chapters Lord Shiva giving commandments to Kaliyuga people. Here is characteristics of a King. The King shall favour peace above war. He shall not start a war without just ...
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Logistics in Kurukshetra war

How the communication,food,resting place,disposal of dead, etc managed in kurukshetra war with such a huge number of warriors?
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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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Did Indra kill Virochan in the Tārakāmaya War?

The war between Devas and Demons fought for the custody of Tara, Brihaspati's wife who had been abducted by Chandra is known as the Tārakāmaya War and it is given in detail in Chapter 6 of the Vishnu ...
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Why did Rudra fight against the devatas in the Tārakāmaya war?

One of the famous wars between the Devatas and Dānavas is the Tārakāmaya war. This war took place when the Soma, the moon god abducted Tāra, the wife of Bṛhaspati. devatas took the side of Bṛhaspati ...
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What was varna of foot soldiers of Mahabharata war?

Tens/hundreds of thousands of foot soldiers supposed to have participated in Mahabharata war. Usually in historical pre-modern wars of such magnitudes we see foot soldiers being conscripted from ...
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What was the real story of Bhima's oath about drinking DushAsana's blood? Are there other such instances in mythology?

According to this video from BR Chopara's MahAbhArata, Bhima is seen taking a fierce oath. Earlier he also suggested of cutting Dushasana's hand which dragged Draupadi. In this episode, Bhima is seen ...
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Mythology war fought without any weapons?

Have there been any wars fought without involvement of any physical weapons astras, but by using supernatural, divine, or yogic powers only? For example, pushing the enemy away with telekinetic ...
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What are some famous military formations and strategies used in Mahabharata war at Kurukshetra?

What are some military formations and strategies used in Mahabharata war at Kurukshetra? I heard Padma Vyuha was a famous one, From wikipedia Padmavyūha, is a multi-tier defensive formation that ...
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Atimaharathi class of warrior: Was Parshurama one of the Atimaharathi?

As per this link, Parshurama belonged to the Atimaharathi class of warrior, the only other being Meghanaada. But some other links like this mentioned Parshurama as Maharathi. Is there any relevant ...
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Who are the warriors that possessed Brahmashirastra other than Arjuna and Ashwatthama?

EXPLANATION : Brahmashirastra was said to be used by arjuna and aswathamma in mahabharatha war in dwarapa yuga. I couldn't find any other wars explaining the use of Brahmashirastra in any other yugas....