Karna & all other warriors who were cheated (by Krishna) actually should thank PAndavas for giving majorly a fair fight in general. Because the premises of the MahAbhArata war itself was on deceit.
Let's discard the fact that, Duryodhana replaced himself with Shakuni during the dice game and defeated Yudhishitira, because here the latter was ...
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Actually recitation of Gita was in form of plain Q&A where Arjuna is clearing his doubts one by one. Arjuna was gifted with concentration abilities (e.g. aiming bird's/fish's eye or his understanding of other martial arts). Whatever Krishna told as Gita, he was able to grasp with similar swiftness based on his then knowledge of ...
Vijaya is the one of the ten names of Arjuna. In the Virata Parva of Mahabharata, SECTION XLIV, Arjuna has told his ten names to Uttara (Son of Virata) described as below:
Arjuna said, 'I will, O son of Virata, tell thee my ten names. Listen thou and compare them with what thou hadst heard before. Listen to them with close attention and concentrated mind. ...
TL;DR : Bhishma advised it himself . Bhishma gave the means of slaying him to Yudhishtira. You can find it in section CVIII of Kisari Mohan translation.
Krishna did not advise Yudhishtira or Arjuna to use Shikhandi as shield against Bhishma. Krishna advised Yudhishtira to ask Bhishma his (Bhishma's) means of death.
After the ninth day of the battle, ...
Krishna & Arjuna are believed to be the pair of Nara & Narayana. It's briefly discussed in this question. Their friendship stands immovable on the test of time.
Needless to say that Arjuna always regarded Krishna in the highest regards. IMO the reason he got to hear the Gita was, he surrendered himself to Krishna (without knowing his Vishwaroopam ...
I think you are referring to verse 2.12.
न त्वेवाहं जातु नासं न त्वं नेमे जनाधिपा | न चैव न भविष्याम: सर्वे
वयमत: परम् || 12||
na tvevāhaṁ jātu nāsaṁ na tvaṁ neme janādhipāḥ na chaiva na
bhaviṣhyāmaḥ sarve vayamataḥ param
Never was there a time when I did not exist, nor you, nor all these
kings; nor in the future shall any of us cease ...
It was not a boon from Karna to Kunti but a promise.
Karna promises Kunti that he shall only slay Arjuna in the battle even he has a chance to slay Yudhistira and others. Using the same astra twice is not at all mentioned in the conversation of Karna and Kunti.
For the sake of Dhritarashtra's son, I shall fight against thy sons to the best of my ...
First of all, Krishna couldn't have intervened and saved him directly, because he had taken a vow not to fight. Second of all, Krishna and Arjuna were busy fighting Susharma at the time, while the rest of the Pandava army couldn't get to Abhimanyu because they were blocked by Duhsala's husband Jayadratha (which is why Arjuna took revenge on Jayadratha ...
Arjuna was chiefly referred to, using ten appellations, in the Mahabharata epic.
These names along with their significance, was disclosed by Arjuna himself to Prince Uttara of the Matsya kingdom, before the war of Virata.
The ten appellations of Arjuna, along with the significance of each, are explained hereunder.
'I will, O son of Virata,...
Was Rama not aware about withdrawal of Brahmāstra?
Rama invocated Brahmāstra more than once. We can find the references in Valmiki Ramayana on this.
During the exile on Kākā.(Narrated by Sita in the Sundara Kanda)
Against the ocean god. But was not fired on Ocean god. It was directed towards a place called Drumatulya.(Now Malwar desert in Rajasthan).
Arjuna died twice. Let me address each of the three stories you mentioned:
During the end of their time in the forest, all the Pandavas except Yudhishthira temporarily died after drinking water from a lake. Here's how this chapter of the Vana Parva of the Mahabharata describes Arjuna's temporary death:
Thus addressed, the intelligent Gudakesa, taking ...
It is possible that either Shri Krishna or Arjuna told about Chakravyuha to Subhadra because Subhadra had stayed both with Arjuna and Shri Kirshna at different times during his pregnancy period and both Krishna and Arjuna knew about Chakravyuha.
But having said that, it is Abhimanyu who makes it clear from whom he learned that specific art of war. Seeing ...
Maha Acharya Veda Vyasa was also witness to the Bhagavad Gita through telekinesis. His work called the Jaya an 18 chapter sacred hindu text constitutes the Bhagavad Gita.
Vyasa through his divine sight describes the universe, planets and stars in vivid detail. He also talks of several tribes, clans and cultures across the world. The Jaya deals with these ...
The same reason we forget good advices, the fickleness of our mind. Even after reading and listening to the Gita so many times we don't remember all its messages, then was it not just obvious for Arjuna to forget what he listened just once and that too on a battle field? After listening to Gita he engaged in the terrible battle directly for about 18 days. He ...
In Sabhaparva of Mahabharta , after Pandavas leave for the forest for exile, this verse appears:
वनं गतेषु पार्थेषु निर्जितेषु दुरोदरे ।
धृतराष्ट्रं महाराजा तदा चिन्ता समाविशत् ।। [Sabhaparva 2-103]
Vanam gateshu partheshu nirjiteshu durodare |
Dhrtaraashtram mahaaraja tadaa chintaa samaavishat || [Sabhaparva
The meaning of this ...
The Surname is modern concept , in ancient times all the Dwijas (dwija jaatis) used to have similar surnames according to their varnas. When a dwija greeted somebody he used to recite adhivadan to the other respected one like a Bramhin would say
abhivadaye name (sharma) ahamasmibho (ManuSmriti 2.122)
The Sharma is to be replaced by Verma for Kshatriyas ...
The description of the Pandava and Kaurava banners has been scattered through several Parva's of Mahabharata.
The banners of the five Pandavas and their sons is given in Chapter 23 of the Drona Parva.
On Yudhisthira's flag is a golden moon.
The standard of Yudhishthira of great energy, bearing the device of a
golden moon with planets around it, ...
I think (am not absolutely sure) I read somewhere that after Lord Krishna showed Arjun the ViswaRoop (the Grand Divine Reality that everything is God and that God is everything), he felt that it would be difficult for Arjun to lead a life of normal human being with this realization. Arjun would no longer be able to accept Krishna as his friend and soul mate; ...
The Shloka that you are referring to is this one:
Word for word:
na — never; tu — but; eva — certainly; aham — I; jātu — at any time;
na — did not; āsam — exist; na — not; tvam — you; na — not; ime — all
these; jana-adhipāḥ — kings; na — never; ca — also; eva — certainly;
na — not; bhaviṣyāmaḥ — shall exist; sarve vayam — all of us; ataḥ
param — ...
Indrajala has been used in various scriptures. It has various meanings as given by OP in question. It is also a name of weapon used by Arjuna as given in Mahabharata:
Mahabharata, Book 3, SECTION CCXLIII
sthūṇākarṇendrajālaṃ ca sauraṃ cāpi tathārjunaḥ / (17.1)
āgneyaṃ cāpi saumyaṃ ca sasarja kurunandanaḥ // (17.2)
Then Arjuna of the Kuru race ...
In Mahabharata, Drona Parva (Book 7), SECTION XXVII, it was said by Lord Krishna that Vaishnava weapon is most powerful and unconquerable. It was the weapon given by Lord Narayana to Goddess Earth for the protection of Narakasura. Bhagadatta received that weapon from Narakasura. When Bhagadatta had used it against Arjuna, Lord Krishna came in between and the ...
The verse you're referring to occurs in chapter 59 of the Udyoga Parva of the Mahabharata. The context is Sanjaya relaying to Dhritarashtra what transpired when he went to the Pandavas to deliver a message before the war:
Listen, O king, as I tell thee the state in which I found Krishna and Dhananjaya. I will also, O Bharata, tell thee what those heroes ...
What is the need of lord Krishna showing his Vishwaroop to Arjun?
Because Arjuna requested so,
मन्यसे यदि तच्छक्यं मया द्रष्टुमिति प्रभो।
योगेश्वर ततो मे त्वं दर्शयाऽत्मानमव्ययम्।।11.4।।
O Master ! If you think that it is possible for me to see that form, then, O Lord of the Yogins, please show me Your Immortal Self.
What did Arjun see in the ...
Arjun forgotted geeta told by krishna accrording to The Mahabharata
Book 14: Aswamedha Parva: SECTION XVI (Anugita Parva) :—
Vaisampayana said, "The son of
Pritha (Arjuna), having recovered his
own kingdom, joyously spent his
time, without doing anything else, in
the company of Krishna, his heart
filled with delight, in that palace of
The Sanskrit Shloka is:
रॊदिष्यन्ति सत्रियॊ हय एवं येषां करुद्धासि भामिनि
Here, the word भामिनि (bhaamini) is translated as fair lady. The word भामिनि (bhaamini) is a general term to address women. It doesn't mean a fair skinned woman.
It may mean glorious woman, brilliant woman, splendid woman, lovely woman, beautiful woman, charming woman, or it can ...
It has nothing to do with imagination. We have to examine that quote in context:
Arjuna said: ... "O greatest of all personalities, O supreme form, though I see You here before me in Your actual position, as You have described Yourself, I wish to see how You have entered into this cosmic manifestation. I want to see that form of Yours. If You think that ...
From the article "Karna and Arjuna" by Dr. Madhu Guptan and his comments under the article:
On the basis of evidence from the Mahabharata Arjuna emerges as the greatest warrior. Arjuna humbles Karna many times before Mahabharata war like Draupadi Svayamvar, Virata war and in the killing of Jayadrath. Karna ,Gandharva's attack, in spite of all his ...