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The place name is Drumatulya. It is mentioned in Valmiki Ramayana, Yuddha Kanda, Sarga 22. रामस्य वचनम् श्रुत्वा तम् च दृष्ट्वा महाशरम् || २-२२-३० महोदधिर्महातेजा राघवम् वाक्यमब्रवीत् | Hearing Rama's words and seeing that powerful arrow, the large splendid Ocean spoke the following words to Rama: उत्तरेणावकाशोऽस्ति कश्चित्पुण्यतरो मम || २-...


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As per Mahabharata, it was Brahma who suggested Vyasa to take help of Ganehsa. Veda Vyasa had conceived the whole poem in His mind but he was in anxiety regarding how to propagate it to his disciples. Brahma seeing Vyasa's anxiety came to Him and said: I esteem thee for thy knowledge of divine mysteries, before the whole body of celebrated Munis ...


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You said you already know the origin of the name Bharata Varsha, but for those who don't, the reason the Indian subcontinent is called Bharata Varsha is because it was conquered by the empire of the ancient king Bharata, as described in the Srimad Bhagavatam: Formerly this [land] was known as Ajanābha-varṣa, but since Mahārāja Bharata’s reign it has ...


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The answer is no. There are five Vedas as follows:- 1: Rigveda 2: Atharvaveda 3: Samveda 4: Yajurveda 5: Itihaas and puranas The Vedas supports this claim. Atharvaveda 11:7:24 says that god created puranas and itihasa. Verses, and Songs, and magic hymns, Purāna, sacrificial text. All the celestial Gods whose home is heaven sprang from the Residue Proofs ...


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The partial list of names of bows that was mentioned in Mahabharata are : Krishna : Saranga Arjuna : Gandiva Rukmi : Vijaya Siva : Pinaka Yudhishthira : Mahendra Bhimasena : Vayavya Nakula : Vaishnava Sahadeva : Aswina Ghatotkacha : Paulastya Prativindhya, Sutasoma, Srutakarman, Satanika, and Srutasena : the Raudra, the Agneya, the Kauverya, the ...


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Ravana has multiple wives. The following lines from sarga 10 of Sundara Kanda confirms it That Hanuma saw in the house of that king of Rakshasa's, wives at the feet, Ravana being a gigantic one with loving wives, shone with crown tilted to the side, having strange hue with pearls and diamonds and of golden colour, with a face made brilliant by ...


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It is difficult to say if Hindu mythology has any history or how much is history and how much allegory. It is definite that there is a lot of allegorical component in Hindu mythology. Brahma tells Narada "This brief account of the manifestation of the Lord is what is called the Bhagavata. The Supreme Being Himself gave the knowledge of it to me. I ...


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Name of the eighteen Parvas and their divisions are mentioned in Mahabharata, Adi Parva, SECTION II. This whole chapter is dedicated to Parvas and their divisions, so I am quoting only relevant parts. The high-souled Vyasa composed these hundred parvas of which the above is only an abridgement: having distributed them into eighteen, the son of Suta ...


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What business an Apsara will have with a settled married life which is dedicated to rearing up children? What is the basic purpose of their existence? They are endowed with unmatched physical beauty and sexual attraction which help them while alluring males of all sorts for whatever purpose it may be. Then, isn't having children, being married to one ...


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The story of Ganesha writing the Mahabharata is told in the first chapter of the Adi Parva of the Mahabharata. Vyasa asked Brahma to recommend someone to write his epic poem, because "no writer of this work is to be found on earth": O divine Brahma, by me a poem hath been composed which is greatly respected. The mystery of the Veda, and what other ...


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Iti-ha-asa means This has happened. Iti means This; ha- aasa means has happened really; Itihasas are the stories which really happened once in the past. They are not myths. Ramayana and Mahabharata are called itihasas as they really happened many years ago. Sometimes puranas are considered as itihasas because many believe that stories and incidents in the ...


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I do not know that Ashtavakra is the brother of Nachiketa but the story of Ashtavakra is described in Mahabharat : The sage Uddalaka had a disciple named Kahoda of subdued passions, and entirely devoted to the service of his preceptor and who had continued his studies long. The Brahmana had served his tutor long, and his preceptor, recognising his service,...


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This chapter of the Shanti Parma of the Mahabharata describes how the Pancharatra tradition was passed down in seven different Mahakalpas. It also describes what part of Vishnu's body Brahma was born out of in each Mahakalpa, along with how each Brahma learned Pancharatra from Vishnu. In that Kalpa when Brahma the Creator, O king, took his birth in the ...


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From the the link of this section of Adi Parva of Mahabharata which OP provided in comments: In a former millennium, Parashurama, killed Kartavirya Arjuna in battle for the sin of slaying his father. Not only did he kill the followers of Kartavirya Arjuna, but he destroyed the entire kshatriya race twenty-one times. When the earth was devoid of great ...


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The violence should be minimum. Tuladhara said, ‘O Jajali, I know morality, which is eternal, with all its mysteries. It is nothing else than that ancient morality which is known to all, and which consists of universal friendliness, and is fraught with beneficence to all creatures. That mode of living which is founded upon a total harmlessness ...


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There isn't any direct reference for the birth date of Gautama Buddha in the Puranas. The notion of Gautama Buddha being born before 2000 BC comes from the chronology of dynasties of Indian kings given in the Puranas and Itihasas. For instance, the first chapter of the twelfth canto of the Srimad Bhagavata Mahapurana is once instance in the Puranas where we ...


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Yes, Itihasa other than Shrimad Bhagavat Gita talk about three gunas at many places. Below are some examples: Mahabharata, Book 3: Vana Parva: Markandeya-Sanyasa Parva: SECTION CCXI: Sage Markandeya enquiring about: Markandeya continued, "O Bharata, the fowler having expounded these abstruse points, the Brahmana with great attention again enquired of him ...


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There is a related story I think in Mahabharata about how a rat and a cat temporarily make friendship so that the rat can escape from a fox, and the cat can escape from a hunter. Anyone know the reference for it? I think you are referring to the story of a rat named Palita, and Lomaśa, the cat, from the Śānti-parva. The rat enters a temporary alliance ...


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Brahmastra (Sanskrit: ब्रह्‍मास्‍त्र, Brahmāstra) was a weapon created by the creator Brahma, for the purpose of upholding Dharma and Satya (truth). When the Brahmastra was discharged, there was neither a counterattack nor a defense that could stop it, except by Brahmadanda, a stick also created by Brahma. The two great ancient epics of India, Ramayana and ...


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Yes, it was unusual but not disrespected when a women has multiple husbands. In Draupadi's case, the reason behind all the Pandavas marrying multiple husbands was due to dharma and the previous life. The Pandavas were forced to marry her because they were forced to follow their mother's order, which is "Share the Prize." In Draupadi's case, her previous self ...


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Definition of Bharatvarsh By The Vedik Foundation: According to the scriptural description of the brahmand the entire earth planet is called Bharatvarsh, but particularly the area of the continent that lies south of the Himalayas is called Bharatvarsh. It is also called Aryavart. The inhabitants of Aryavart are called the Aryans as referred to in the ...


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In Shalya Parva:50 there was a place where humans were slaughtered in sacrifice. He then saw him in the regions of those foremost of men that perform the horse-sacrifice and the sacrifice in which human beings are slaughtered. It is through sacrifices that the high-souled celestials had waxed so wondrously powerful; and having celebrated rites did they ...


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In the Scriptures : Human Sacrifices (Purusha Medha / Nara Bali) “Purusha” and “Nara” = “man/human” “Medha” and “Bali” = “sacrifice” Ocriptures reveal that human sacrifices (Nara Bali or Purusha Medha) is commanded, and even cannibalism exists. Mahabharata: “O Yudhishthira, those that commit sins, can always free themselves from them through ...


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