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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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The answer is no. There are five Vedas as follows:- 1: Rigveda 2: Atharvaveda 3: Samveda 4: Yajurveda 5: Itihaas and puranas The Atharvaveda 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 ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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From Dashaavtaras: Varaha Vamana (Upendra) Parashu Rama Rama Narasimha Kurma (the tortoise) From others: Narada Rishi Narayana Mandhata Sanatkumara Dhanvantari, Mohini and other avtaras of Samudra manthana Note: There might be few others as well. Related What are the Avatarams of Vishnu described in the Yuddha Kanda of the Ramayana? Mahavishnu's ...


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(Refer last para in bold for short answer) It has been "presumed" by many indolgists (cited many times on the site) that Puranas underwent adulterations over generations. Yet, assuming the statements to be accurate, it can be seen that the content and basic character of the Puranas as being spiritual in nature did not change till the colonial era. ...


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The years are daiva (divine) years. Mortal's one years is equal to 1 day and night of Devas. 1 divine year = 360 human years 1 Chauturyuga = 12000 divine years 1 Manwantara = 71 Chauturyugas = 71 * 12000 = 852000 divine years = 852000 * 360 = 306720000 human years Vishnu Purana: Book I: Chapter III mentions the Manwantara time in divine years as well as in ...


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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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I am giving here the opinion of Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi MahaSwamiji on the topic. Quoting from the book "Hindu Dharma", which is composed of various speeches given by him. Our nation, it is often alleged, does not have a sense of history. In my opinion the Puranas are history. But to our educated people today history means the history ...


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Sruti, the vedas, and more specifically, the Upanishads, define Sruti. One of the three Prasthanas accepted by all Hindus as the authoritative texts, The Brahma Sutras, section 2.1. says (Swami Vireswarananda translator, https://www.wisdomlib.org/hinduism/book/brahma-sutras/d/doc63014.html) Adhikarana summary: Refutation of Smritis that are not based on ...


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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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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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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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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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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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