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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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1)Vibhishana 2)Mahabali 3)Hidimbi 4)Sachi 5)Mandodari Are there any more?


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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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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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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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Different names of Lord Brahma (during different Kalpas) are mentioned in this chapter of Skanda Purana: Parvati curiously asked Lord Shiva about the reason why Somnath was known by so many different names. Lord Shiva said- ‘ Since the time this divine linga first manifested itself very few blessed souls had the knowledge of it’s existence. Brahma ...


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The Divide & Conquer (Bheda) was successfully implemented by both Duryodhan and Yudhisthir in case of Salya. As per Mahabharata: Udyoga Parva, Salya with one Akshauhini army was actually going to fight from Pandava's side. But Duryodhana, hearing that magnanimous and mighty hero was on his way, hastened towards him and paid him honours, O best of ...


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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 ...


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It is highly unlikely that a single human being could have authored so many Purāṇas, divided them into chapters, numbered the verses and so on. For comparison, the Āndhra Mahābhārata was translated from Sanskrit to Telugu by 3 poets over a period of 3 centuries under 3 different kings. This is what the Viṣṇu Purāṇa says on how it came about: Accomplished ...


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I guess he knew it, since Karna knew it: ‘“Karna said, ‘He possessed fortitude, intelligence, valour, energy, self-control, truth, all the qualities of a hero and divine weapons. Humility, affection and pleasant speech existed in Bhishma. He was always grateful and killed those who hated brahmanas. These attributes were eternal in him, like Lakshmi ...


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I am posting 2 examples of canonical Hindu texts on morality and ethics. Bhartrihari's Niti Satakam is a famous text on ethics. The entire text is available here: https://www.scribd.com/doc/34486135/Niti-Shatakam-of-Bhartrihari Vidura's conversation with Dhritarashtra in Mahabharata Udyoga Parva is a discourse on morality and ethics and is called Vidura ...


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In the book, Hindu Dharma: The Universal Way of Life, Swami Chandrasekharendra Saraswati says how Itihāsas are different from Purānas. For the learned and the unlettered alike in our country the Rāmāyaņa and the Mahābhārata have for centuries been like their two eyes, pointing to them the path of dharma. The two poetic works are not included among ...


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