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How did Ashwatthama pray to and invoke Lord Shiva on the last night of the war?

The camp of Pandavas was protected by a very dreadful form of Lord Shiva which Ashwattahama witnessed while he was entering the camp as described in this chapter of Saupitaka Parva: Sanjaya said, &...
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How can Ashwatthama be an incarnation of Lord Shiva?

First of all Ashwatthama is not purely Shiva Avatar, he is mixed incarnation as told in this chapter of Mahabharata: And, O king, his son the heroic Aswatthaman, of eyes like the lotus-petals, ...
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How did Aswathama get rid the sin of killing Upapandavas and curse of Lord Krishna?

In a Kannada version of Mahabaratha written by Kumara Vyasa, the author says that Ashwatthama got rid of curse by Shakti Worship. Some people claim that Kumara Vyasa wrote Mahabaratha by listening to ...
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What is the story of Badarayana Vyasa?

Badarayana and Veda Vyasa are one and the same.The reason why Vyasa came to be known by the Badarayana name is explained in the following passage: In the Brahmasutra, on which there are ...
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Where was Ashwatthama when Pandavas spread the false news of his death?

After the death of Guru Drona: The Kauravas were struck by grief and fear. Their all-conquering general was dead. Unable to believe it, they fled. Duryodhana, Karṇa, Śakuni, and the Kuru chiefs ...
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Is Ashwatthama no longer cursed?

First of all Ashwatthama was not cursed till end of Kaliyuga. The curse was to last for 3,000 years as per Sauptika Parva (taken from Mahabharata) As regards thyself, all wise men know thee for a ...
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Difference between giving curse and taking revenge

Taking revenge is a bad conduct but curse is not. What is the difference between both? It is not that cursing is considered by the scriptures as a highly recommended act. It is definitely not so. ...
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Where was Ashwatthama when Pandavas spread the false news of his death?

Addressing your questions one by one. Q. Where was Ashwatthama when Pandavas spread the false news of his death? On that day, was Ashwatthama too far from his father like Arjun was when Abhimanyu died?...
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Was Ashwatthama punished for his heinous crime?

Pandavas went to punish Ashwatthama for the crime of killing Pandva children and Dhrishtadyumna but he used the divine weapon brahmashira against them. Then, Arjuna also used brahmashira in defend and ...
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What was the symbolism of Ashwatthama's story?

Shreemad Bhagwad Geeta known as Yatharth Geeta is very beautifully compiled and interpreted by Paramhans Swami Adgadanand. It is expressed in the best possible allegoric way. Symbolizing each and ...
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What was the symbolism of Ashwatthama's story?

अश्वत्थामन्, Aśvatthāman means the horse-voiced. At the time of his birth, he neighed like the (celestial) steed Ucchaihsravas. Drona, obedient to the injunctions of his father and moved by the ...
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Is it stated explicitly anywhere in the Mahabharata that a progressively adharmic War made Ashwatthama a monster?

Only person who thought in the lines of Drona being killed with fraud caused change to Aswattama is Dhritarashtra while speaking with Sanjaya but it is not explicitly stated anywhere else. We can ...
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Ashvatthaman's immortality?

To realize how he got immortality, we should know about his birth. Which god's portion was Ashwathama? And, O king, his son the heroic Aswatthaman, of eyes like the lotus-petals, gifted with ...
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How can we explain the 'vardan (boon)' of 'amaratva (immortality)'?

It all depends on how you gratify the god. Yes, some people are born with divine attributes like Vyasa in the down text and Hanuman also but it is their understanding and thinking. For Vyasa to be ...
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How can we explain the 'vardan (boon)' of 'amaratva (immortality)'?

Those who are born are certain to die. Only beginningless doesn't have end for the obvious reasons. BG 2.27 - Those who have a birth, it's certain [for them] to die, Hence you don't have to grieve ...
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Why Ashvatthama tried to kill Pareekshit while he was in the womb of his mother?

Due to fear of Bhimasena & he might harm Ashwatthama in any deceitful way, he invoked the Brahmashira. Arjuna also invoked the same to counter it. Sage VyAsa asked both of them to revert their ...
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Is it stated explicitly anywhere in the Mahabharata that a progressively adharmic War made Ashwatthama a monster?

The link provided by @Tej in his excellent answer enabled me to begin to read the full text of that awful "night time massacre" in its English translation. The following exchange between ...
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Is it stated explicitly anywhere in the Mahabharata that a progressively adharmic War made Ashwatthama a monster?

Only Kripacharya , Kritverma and Ashwatthama were alive after the war. Upset by the defeat and death of loved ones, they were sitting under a great banyan tree. Ashwatthama remembers how his father ...
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Where was Ashwatthama when Pandavas spread the false news of his death?

Just adding in the accepted answer. Why Dronacharya believed in the fact that Bhima killed his son? As described by Nog Shine, the sages appeared at that place in their subtle forms and said that he ...
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