force someone to marry not just one, but four other people she never wanted to marry
I'm not sure which version of Mahābhārata you are referring to, but in Vyāsa's Mahābhārata, Draupadī was purchased (vīryaśulka) by Arjuna showing his prowess in an archery contest. It wasn't the usual svayaṃvara where the bride chooses the groom.
Here's how the Purāṇic ...
The incident of the Virata War has been narrated in the Goharana Parva of the Virata Parva of the Mahabharata. A small background - The Kaurava army invades the Matsya Kingdom from the north and steals their cattle (Chapter 35). Uttara, the son of King Virata, who is encouraged by the chief cowherd to face the army, takes Arjuna, dressed as Brihannala, as ...
The term Varnasankara is only valid in the context of a birth based caste system. It does not have any meaning in a Guna based caste system. In various scriptures the concept of Varnsankara or Antyaja is found and everywhere it is used in the context of birth only.
8.172. By taking his due, by preventing the confusion of the castes (varna), and by ...
Kuntī, the first wife of Pāṇḍu and mother of 3 of the five Pāṇḍavas, was known as Pṛthā at the time of her birth which is described in the Ādi Parva of the Mahabharata. (Note: Pṛthā came to be known as Kuntī after she was adopted by Kuntibhōja) (source):
There was amongst the Yadavas a chief named Sura. He was the father of Vasudeva. And he had a daughter ...
It's just folklore. There is no mention of this story in the Mahabharata.
In Drona Parva, Abhimanyu simply says that his father Arjuna taught him how to break into the chakravyuha:
Yudhishthira placed that heavy and unbearable burden on the son of Subhadra. Addressing Abhimanyu ... the king said, 'O child, act in such a way that Arjuna, returning (from the ...
It's verse 2.31 from the Bhagavad-gītā:
स्वधर्ममपि चावेक्ष्य न विकम्पितुमर्हसि ।
धर्म्याद्धि युद्धाच्छ्रेयोऽन्यत्क्षत्रियस्य न विद्यते ॥ ३१ ॥
sva-dharmam api cāvekṣya na vikampitum arhasi
dharmyād dhi yuddhāc chreyo ’nyat kṣatriyasya na vidyate
2.31 Even considering your own duty you should not waver, since there is nothing else better ...
Kunti exposed this truth to pandavas in Stri parva:26.
That hero and great bowman, that leader of leaders of car-divisions, that warrior distinguished by every mark of heroism, who hath been slain by Arjuna in battle, that warrior whom, ye sons of Pandu, ye took forth, Suta’s child born of Radha, that hero who shone in the midst of his forces like the ...
The story in the popular accounts is that of Bhagadatta which appears in the Drona parva chapter XXVIII. It is not present in the translations of the original by Vyasa. However there are many popular accounts of it. For example it is present in the one by C. Rajagopalachari
Arjuna’s shafts tore the silken napkin that bound up the folds of the aged king’s ...
In my opinion, there is no definitive answer to your question. Since we cannot define the various aspects of greatness, or more specifically the various aspects of a great warrior. Every warrior has mastered the skill in his own way.
For example, consider Arjuna. Arjuna is regarded as one of the greatest archers. When Dronacharaya challenged his students, ...
I do agree the fact that, Technically Vridhakshatra did not commit any sin but virtually he did, The greatest Sin of any father is not bringing up his son with good culture and values. I could list several such mistakes of him for which he deserves such a punishment of killing his own son.
If I remember Vridhakshatra did not put any effort to advice his ...
The story you have heard is narrated in Telugu Folk Additions to Mahābhārata by T. V. Subba Rao, so most likely it's folklore:
VIII. The Reason for the Death of Abhimanyu:
Abhimanyu was the nephew of Sri Krishna who was none other than the
incarnation of Lord Vishnu. He was the son of Arjuna, the greatest
hero on the earth. Even then Abhimanyu ...
The questions are:
1.Why Bhisma, Karna and others did not hear Gita even they were also present there?
2.If time was paused, how Sanjay heard Gita?
3.Is there any reference in Mahabharata or Gita, which proves that Krishna paused the time?
An interesting question indeed!!
There are 2 options available , in my opinion, to answer these questions....
The description of an Akshauhini is as follows:
'One chariot, one elephant, five foot-soldiers, and three horses form
one Patti; three pattis make one Sena-mukha; three sena-mukhas are
called a Gulma; three gulmas, a Gana; three ganas, a Vahini; three
vahinis together are called a Pritana; three pritanas form a Chamu;
three chamus, one Anikini; ...
The story of Arjuna's chariot moving backwards by two steps when Karna's arrows hit and Sri Krishna applauding him, does not find place in Mahabharata.
However, the following incidents did take place, which can be credited to Karna's valour.
1. Karna's arrow misses Arjuna's head due to Sri Krishna's intervention.
The Suta's son then fixed on his bow-...
Yes. It was mentioned by Vaisampayana in Indraloka Gamana Parva of Vana Parva that Arjuna spent full five years in heaven.
Vaisampayana said, "The gods and the Gandharvas then, understanding
the wishes of India, procured an excellent Arghya and reverenced the
son of Pritha in a hurry. And giving water to wash both his feet and
face, they caused the ...