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Yudhisthira actually deeply regretted the deceitful actions. He said in Mahabharata Salya Parva Section 59, "It is we that deserve to be pitied in every respect, O Kaurava! We shall have to drag on a miserable existence, bereft of all our dear friends and kinsmen. Alas, how shall I behold the widows, overwhelmed with grief and deprived of their ...


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Married men can also cook. It is not prohibited for them to do so. For example, see the following verses: 1 Arya men who are pure should cook offering to All-gods. 2 The cook should refrain from speaking, coughing, or sneezing while facing the food. 3 Should he touch his hair, body, or garment, he should wash himself with water. 4 Alternatively, Sudra men ...


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Nirjala Ekadashi is also known as Bhimseni or Bhima Ekadashi due to one legend associated with Nirjala Ekadashi. Bhimsen, the voracious eater, was not able to control his desire of having food. Due to this reason he was not able to observe Ekadashi fasting and met Maharishi Vyasa to find some solution. Sage Vyasa advised Bhima to observe single Nirjala ...


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This is a test for Bhima to not be deceived by things that he is seeing and being careful with using his strength. "Then knowing him (Bhima) to be intoxicated with strength, and proud of the might of his arms, Hanuman, slighting him at heart, said the following words, 'Relent thou, O sinless one. In consequence of age, I have no strength to get up. From ...


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Does Mahabharata say somewhere that Duryodhana was a better mace fighter than Bhima? Yes, it was said by lord Krishna when the last fight between Bhima and Duryodhana was going on that Bhima is mighty than Duryodhana but Duryodhana is better mace fighter than Bhima. It is mentioned in Mahabharata, Book 9: Shalya Parva: Section 58. "'Vasudeva said, "The ...


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Yes, he did. From Bibek Debroy's translation based on the Critical Edition of the Mahābhārata: Karna-Vadha Parva Chapter 1211 (61) Sanjaya said, "Prince Duhshasana accomplished an extremely difficult task in that tumultuous battle. He severed Bhima's bow with a razor-sharp arrow and pierced his charioteer with six arrows. In an instant, ...


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Hanuman played a very minor role in the Kurukshetra war because Bhima softly declines Hanuman's offer for help. O descendant of Bharata, with fraternal feeling ask from me a boon. If you desire that I shall go to Hastinapur and kill the insignificant sons of Dhritarashtra, I shall even do this (for your sake) or that I shall grind that city with Stone. Or ...


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Duryodhana's upper body was made of vajras (diamonds) and hence no one can kill him by striking anywhere on his upper body. This is explained in Vana Parva of Mahabharata when Duryodhana wants to starve himself to death following his shameful defeat at the hands of Chitrasena in front of the Pandavas. The danavas realizing this summon him to patala and ...


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From TheSpiritualScientist: Let’s first consider how unfair the whole battle was for Bhima. Due to Gandhari’s blessing Duryodhana’s body had become invincible, no matter how expertly or forcefully Bhima hit it. What was he supposed to do? Just let himself get beaten to death for no fault of his – all because his opponent had got a blessing for no virtue ...


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Sources : Adi Parva -> Sambhava Parva of Mahabharata (link1, link2) When and why did Duryodhan give sweet kheer mixed with poison to Bhima? Vaisampayana continued, 'Then the sons of king Pandu, having gone through all the purifying rites prescribed in the Vedas, began to grow up in princely style in the home of their father. Whenever they were engaged in ...


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Bhima's oath shown in the video is almost according to the scripture. After Draupadi's insult, it happens: And Bhima said,--Hear these words of mine, ye Kshatriyas of the world. Words such as these were never before uttered by other men, nor will anybody in the future ever utter them. Ye lords of earth, if having spoken these words I do not accomplish ...


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Bhima meeting Hanuman is mentioned in Mahabharata. The encounter and conversation is explained in detail in 6 chapters namely Chapter 145 to chapter 150 in Vana Parva. Pandavas along with Draupadi reach Gandhamadhana mountain. Bhima's son Ghatotkacha and other rakshasas carry them there. When they were resting, a beautiful 1000 petalled flower falls ...


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The story about Bhīma visiting Nāga-loka and then gaining the strength of 10,000 elephants which is present in the K. M. Ganguli translation has been excised from the Critical Edition (CE) of the Mahābhārata. This is how Bhīma's poisoning story begins and ends in Bibek Debroy's translation based on the CE: Adi Parva (Sambhava Parva) Chapter 119 ...


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Yes, according to Mahabharata it looks like Bhima had the strength of around 10000 elephants. Bhima got this strength when Duryodhana gave him poison and when he became senseless Duryodhana drowned him in water. After that Bhima reached to Naga loka where he met the king of nagas Vasuki. Vasuki offered him some kind of drink. Each vessel have around strength ...


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There was a rule, Pandavas made in presence of Narada: the rule they made was that when one of them would be sitting with Draupadi, any of the other four who would see that one thus must retire into the forest for twelve years As per Mahabharata: Adi Parva: Arjuna-vanavasa Parva, a Brahmana asked help from Arjuna in rescuing his cows from thieves. At that ...


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But I never come across any mention of men cooking for wife and family under normal conditions. Manusmṛti explains why this is the case: Discourse IX - Duties of the King (concluded) » Section I - Husband and Wife No man can guard women forcibly; they can however be guarded by the employment of these expedients.—(9.10) He shall employ her in the ...


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The real reason Bhima vowed to kill Dussasana had nothing to do with Draupadi. It was because Dussassana mocked, insulted and laughed at the Pandavas while they were going to exile after the 2nd game of dice. "Thus did Dussasana, the son of Dhritarashtra, utter in the hearing of the Pandavas, harsh words of the most cruel import. And hearing them, the ...


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Yes, Bhima has slain Vikarna also. It is because he took the vow to kill all the Kauravas. He had some compassion for him because he was the only Kaurava who talked against the draupadi disrobing incident. Vikarna was dear to Bhima because he has helped and friendly to the Pandavas. The seven sons of thine that were thus slain were Satrunjaya, and Satrusaha,...


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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, ...


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As discussed in the answers to this question, contrary to popular belief Hanuman doesn't have a Gada. Hanuman generally fought using trees, rocks, and bare hands. However, this chapter of the Sundara Kanda of the Ramayana describes him finding and using an iron rod briefly: The glorious Hanuma, having been free from his bonds, again assumed the form ...


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