Duryodhana went to Heaven first after his death. Yudhisthira saw him in heaven as the king when he entered there:
Arrived at Heaven, king Yudhishthira the just, beheld Duryodhana
endued with prosperity and seated on an excellent seat. He blazed with
effulgence like the sun and wore all those signs of glory which belong
to heroes. And he was in the ...
In Bharata dynasty (in which Yudhishthira and Duryodhana were born), it was not necessary that only the eldest son of a king will become the next king. The one who was worthy of becoming a king used to be chosen. Even king Bharata himself didn't appoint his eldest son as his successor:
And Bharata begat upon his three wives nine sons in all. But none of ...
As per Mahabharat Tatparya Nirnaya of Madhavacharya, it was because Balarama had come under the influence of kali and had deviated from bhagavata dharam. The reason he deviated from dharma was because he disbelieved Krishna's words, who was God Himself.
Krishna and Balarama chased the fleeting Satadhanwa as he had killed Satyabhama's father Satrajit for the ...
Yes, it is mentioned in Mahabharta, Book 18: Svargarohanika Parva: Section 1 that Duryodhana went to heaven because he sacrificed his life in war.
"Narada, smiling, told him, ‘It should not be so, O king of kings. While residing in Heaven, all enmities cease. O mighty-armed Yudhishthira, do not say so about king Duryodhana. Hear my words. Here is king ...
The detailed story can be found in The Mahabharata, Book 3: Vana Parva: Aranyaka Parva: Section X.
Maitreya on a pilgrimage to the different shrines, saw Yudhishthira in the woods of Kamyaka.
Later he visited Duryodhan and advised not to quarrel with the Pandavas.
But admonished by Maitreya,
Duryodhana began to slap his thigh resembling the trunk of ...
Both are names for the same person and often used interchangeably. Suyodhan means one who is good with arms (in warfare). Duryodhan means unconquerable warrior. Naturally there can be many who are good in battle but there can be only ONE who is unconquerable, by definition. Duryodhan was more unique and it stuck.
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 ...
The confrontation between Duryodhana and Krishna happens in the Bhagwata Yana Parva of the Udyoga Parva of Mahabharata. The links to the entire incident are as follows:
Krishna decides to solicit for peace as an emissary of the Pandavas in the Kuru court.
Thus addressed, Janardana replied unto Yudhishthira the just, saying, 'I will go to the court of ...
According to this translation of the Āndhra Mahābhārata, it appears that along with all five Pāṇḍavas, Draupadī also laughed at Duryodhana:
Suyodhana walked on such a plain ground and fell into a deep pond and his clothes were wet. On seeing this Pandavas and Droupadi laughed. Dharmaja immediately gave him some clothes and ornaments.
Suyodhana felt ...
No such event of raising 3 fingers happened between Duryodhana & Krishna.
After Duryodhana was stuck down with broken thighs, he angrily complained to Krishna about how his tactics of deceit had taken the lives of great car-warriors like Bhishma, Drona, Karna, Jayadratha, himself & so on.
Krishna replied by counting all the misadventures attempted by ...
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 ...
This story is nowhere mentioned in the Vyasa Mahabharata.
However, southern versions like Perundevanar's Bharata Vemba, Pampa's Vikramarjuna Vijaya and Villiputturar's Bharatam do mention this incident.
The only source I found was Mahabharata and Variations Perundevanar, Pampa and Nannayya a Comparative Study(page 49) by Acharya Kambalur Venkatesa, a ...
Yes, the other lesser-known Kauravas were also married and had children but Vyasa and the other Mahabharata characters don't seem to address their wives and children by their first names.
In Abhimanyu-vadha upa-parva of Drona Parva, Duhsasana's son strikes Abhimanyu with his mace:
Next, he [Abhimanyu] slew ten car-warriors of the Brahma-Vasatiya race, ...
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 ...
Karna very well understood that he is the son of Pandu (in theory) and Krishna is talking about securing Dharma back. However, he had following reasons:
Kunti abandoned him without thinking about his well being
He was raised by Adhiratha's & his wife RAdhA in a Suta traditions, hence his loyalty was not bound with PAndava-s
He enjoyed uninterrupted ...
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 ...
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 ...
Duryodhana did not raise three fingers. Duryodhana didn't die thinking about his regrets, he died happy about Ashwatthama killing the Upapandavas. Here is what this chapter of the Sauptika Parva of the Mahabharata says:
Duryodhana then, having heard those words that were so agreeable to his heart, regained his senses and said these words in reply, "That ...
Bhishma preferring the pillow of arrow over Kauravas ordinary pillows is present in Mahabharata, Bhishma Parva, SECTION CXXI.
Then Santanu's son Bhishma of righteous soul addressed the Pandavas and the Kurus who having reverenced him thus, stood before him. And he said,--Welcome to you, ye highly blessed ones! Welcome to you, ye mighty car-warriors! ...
I try to avoid this site but this page came up when I was searching for Kālidāsa on StackExchange, so let me post an answer anyway.
Firstly, this is obviously not from Kālidāsa's Meghadūta. The Meghadūta is entirely written in the Mandākrāntā metre, which has 17 syllables to each pāda (68 total). This one here is a standard śloka (anuṣṭup), with 8 syllables ...
Duryodhan never knew that Karna was the son of Kunti, because Kunti revelaed this truth after finishing the war means Duryodhan was already dead when kunti revealed the truth to pandava.Source [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ll2MVIZONgg]
Yes all of the kauravas were married. It is mentioned that each of the hundred brothers had found a wife for themselves.
"And, O, king, worthy wives were in time selected for all of them by
Dhritarashtra after proper examination."
Adi Parva is the first book of Mahabharata, and this is a section that proves what i am saying.
I am doing research of Mahabharata in parallel to asking this question and I would like to add my findings here as an answer here for future reference
When Duryodhana goes to Aranya where Dharma raja and his brothers are residing he gets into fight with Gandharvas and is defeated by them. Gandharvas capture Duryodhana and soldiers of Duryodhana will ask ...
Seems authentic as Bibek Debroy's translation based on the BORI critical edition of Mahābhārata also mentions the incident.
The Mahabharata - Volume 5
Chapter 975 (115)
The great-souled Bhishma, Shantanu's son, spoke to them. 'O immensely
fortunate ones! Welcome. O maharathas! Welcome. I am delighted to see you.
You are the equals ...
Indeed, Gandhari never removed her blindfold. However, there is one instance from where one can estimate the power she from her penance. It was not for rendering Duryodhana's body hard as thunderbolt, but charring Yudhishtra's toe. This took place after the war when Gandhari was lamenting the loss of her sons.
From Jalapradanika-parva in Stri-parva
Bhishma allowed atrocities to happen under his watch which resulted in war. He chose loyalty to the King than service to the people, a violation of Dharma.
When a General sees his own side is violating the law what should he do ? Should he continue to serve that government ? Should he compromise with it for his personal comfort and status (vow to his father'...
There is mention of drapadi laughing but no mention of saying anything. From SECTION XLIX, Mahabharata
...And when I was tired, they that brought those valuable articles from distant
regions used to wait till I was able to resume my labour. Bringing jewels from the lake Vindu, the Asura architect Maya constructed (for the Pandavas) a lake-like ...
Kshemendra, 11th Century C.E. in his Bharatamanjari too alludes to the incident:
Bhima, with brother(s), and the Raaja lalanaa: (royal women), all laughed at Duryodhana: See image here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1alVotE3tTCNmOV34zxBQeztbJrCtL5Ff7F9sMiyFBQI/edit?usp=sharing