Shri Krishna had to attack Bhishma (actually He almost attacked him) because Arjuna was unable to stop the wrath that Bhishma had unleashed. Arjuna promised Shri Krishna to take out Bhisma in battle:
चॊदयाश्वान यतॊ भीष्मः करिष्ये वचनं तव
पातयिष्यामि दुर्धर्षं वृद्धं कुरुपितामहम [MB - 6.102.37]
Urge the steeds, O Hrishikesa, to where ...
The superficial reason as to why the Upapandavas (the five sons of Draupadi) were killed is simply that Krishna and Pandavas weren't at the camp the night Ashwatthama attacked, as described in this chapter of the Sauptika Parva of the Mahabharata:
Through fear of the Parthas, O son of Kuru's race, Ashvatthama could not achieve such a feat then. It was owing ...
Krishna simply wasn't around at the time to prevent the game of dice. He was busy fighting Sālva who had earlier besieged Dwaraka (to avenge Shishupala's death) during Krishna's absence.
But this is what Krishna says addressing Yudhishtira, in Vana Parva of Mahabharata, on how he would have prevented the dice game from happening at all:
Vasudeva said, "...
The story is told in the Brahmanas of the Sama Veda.. Here is what this excerpt from the Jaiminiya Brahmana of the Sama Veda says:
Dadhyanch the Atharvana was famous, learned in sacred lore. Whenever any of the Asuras espied him from afar then these were laid low and lost their heads. And he went up to heaven. Indra pushed by Asuras and Ashvins' said: "...
Lord Sri Krishna decided against using weapons in the battlefield. It was his decision keeping in line with a Divine Plan(which was known only to Lord Sri Krishna).
This "divine plan" was the very cause of the Mahabharata War—and the aim of the plan was "to cleanse all Kshatriyas with weapons and send them to Swarga". This is explained clearly in the ...
Barbrik was the grandson of Bheem. He, by the virtue of his Worship of Lord Shiva, had 3 arrows in his quiver. He had the blessings that he could finish anything with his 3 arrows. Since, the pandavas were weaker in terms of army size, Barbrik had promised his mother that he would fight from the losing side, thinking that the Pandavas would be losing and ...
In the Mahabharata epic, which describes the Kurukshetra war, the two sides agree on the following rules:
Fighting must begin no earlier than sunrise and should end by exact sunset. (Broken on the 14th day, after Jayadratha was slain).
Multiple warriors must not attack a single warrior. (Broken several times, most notably in the 13th day, when Abhimanyu ...
Pandavas solely ruled Hastinapura themselves for 21 years , Pandavas ruled Hastinapura keeping obedience to Dhritarashtra's words (under him) for 15 years. After that Dhritarashtra decided to follow vanaprastha ashrama with Gandhari and Kunti by constant harsh words of Bhima.
And 36 years after Kurukshetra war Pandavas decided their MahaPrasthana, ...
The following is translated from the Bhagavad Gita lectures of Shri Bannanje Govindacharya (who is a highly respected scholar belonging to the Madhwacharya lineage) in Kannada.
The first chapter has been wrongly named by modern commentators as Arjuna-vishaada yoga -- there is nothing yogic about "vishaada" and the chapter starts with a brilliant exposition ...
Satyaki also known as Yuyudhāna was son of the King Satyaka & grandson of Sini. He was from Satvata -Vamsha he learnt the science of archery from Arjuna. He was Athiratha warrior.
रौक्मणेयश्च साम्बश्च युयुधानश्च सात्यकि : | सुधर्मा चानिरुद्भश्च
शैबस्च नरपुण्ड:व: || MB 2.4||
P. 7 - Yuyudhana the son of Satyaki and Sudharman and Aniruddha ...
As I remember from a folk tale, they were reincarnations of the guardian deities cursed by Viswamitra. Below is the full tale:
The sage Viswamitra decided to test if king Harischandra really
deserved his reputation as a most truthful king. He managed to trick
the king into giving up his Kingdom and everything in it, including
his clothes and ...
I have found an interesting list of all the strategies used in the twelve days of battle. Usually, one side chose a specific strategy at the start of the day, to which the other side reacted by choosing their counter-strategy.
Chakra vyuha – formation of concentric circles in layers.
Shakata vyuha – formation of a cart wheel
Mandala vyuha – circular ...
This incident is mentioned in Udyoga Parva of Mahabharata. First some clarification to your question.
If I remember correct Duryodhan arrives first but since the Lord was asleep he sits near his feet. Arjun however arrives after but stands next to the lord.
Yes, Duryodhana arrived first and sat near the head of Lord Krishna and Arjuna arrived ...
Before the war of Mahabharata had started, Arjuna and Duryodhana both approached Krishna for help in the war. Krishna had himself (with the vow not to use weapons), and his mighty army. He asked the two to take one each. Duryodhana, chose the mighty army of Krishna, while Arjuna humbly begs Krishna to be just his charioteer, knowing that whichever side ...
I don't believe it either. As far as I know Bhishma Pitamah said that.
Krishna did not participated because if he had participated then the war would be finished quickly (of course because he is god). Nobody stand a chance in front of him and because it would be unfair for a god to participate.
In my opinion, the Mahabharata War was never a fair fight; 5 ...
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 ...
why Lord Balarama did not fight on behalf of any side?
The answer is given by Shree Ved Vyasa In Shreemad Bhagavatam . He decided to stay neutral in the war to avoid an awkward situation .
श्रुत्वायुद्धोदयमं राम: कुरूणां सह पाण्डवै : |
तीर्थाभिषेकव्याजेन मध्यस्थ: प्रययौ किल || SB 10.78.17||
śrutvā yuddhodyamaḿ rāmaḥ kurūṇāḿ saha pāṇḍavaiḥ
I am aware of the story in AwalGarg's answer but I always knew a slightly different version of this story, here it goes.
Duryodhana, the sinful son of Dhritarastra, had complained to
grandfather Bhishma that he was not fighting to his full capacity
against Arjuna. Angered at Duryodhana's proding, Bhishma took a vow
that he would kill Arjuna the next ...
It's just folklore. There is no mention of this story in the Mahabharata.
In Drona Parva, Abhimanyu simply says that his father Arjuna taught him how to break into the chakravyuha:
Yudhishthira placed that heavy and unbearable burden on the son of Subhadra. Addressing Abhimanyu ... the king said, 'O child, act in such a way that Arjuna, returning (from the ...
Pāñcajanya (or Panchjanya) is the name of the conch (Shankha) in Hindu mythology which was blown by Krishna at the start of the Mahabharata War between the Kauravas and Pandavas at Kurukshetra, which was a Dharam-yudha (sacred war for the righteous) between the usurper King Dhritrashtra's hundred sons, the eldest being Duryodhana, and the five Pandavas (the ...
Was Draupadi's insult the only and main reason for it?
No. That is not the only reason. There were many reasons. Among them are:-
The hatred of Kauravas towards Pandavas since childhood.
The difference of opinion as to who should be the successor to the throne.
The intolerance of Kauravas about the prosperity of Pandavas at Indrprastha.
The deceptive dice ...
The purpose of Duryodhana to mention these specific warrior names in above verse is that Duryodhana Has never letdown the power of a Gallant in any places of the Mahabharata, And it's a big aspect of a warrior.
All warriors like Arjuna, Bhima, Nakula, Sahdeva ,Yudhisthira, Bhisma, Drona, Vikarna, Duryodhana and various others of both sides are ...
Barbarika or Barbarik is the son of Ghatotkacha and Ahilawati
Barbarika was originally a yaksha, and was reborn as a man. He was bound by his principle of always fighting on the losing side, which led him to stand witness to the battle of Mahabharata without taking part in it .
Ghatotkacha has been himself the son of great Bhima and Hidimba.
Lord Shiva ...
In verse 18.75 of Bhagavad Gita, Sanjaya categorically accepts that it is by the mercy of Vyasa, that he could directly hear the message of Gita in the battle field of Kurukshetra, sitting in Hastinapura.
In Mahabharata—a story of war between the Pandavas and the Kauravas—the blind king Dhritarashtra is the father of the principals of the Kaurava side. Sanjaya is Dhritarashtra's advisor and also his charioteer. Sanjaya—who has the gift of seeing events at a distance almost 80 KM of the length(divya-drishti), granted by the sage Vyasa—narrates to Dhritarshtra ...
Karna spared other 4 pandava's lives because he had promised Maata Kunti that "your 5 sons will be alive".
5)either Karna or Arjun
(remember that Karna was the eldest son of Maata Kunti with blessings from the Sun God -- Surya).
He gave "jeevan daan" to 4 (let the 4 go and did not kill them.)
Karna didn't spare the life of Arjuna on 16th day and this myth has arised from B.R Chopra's version of Mahabharata continued in Ramanand Sagar's Krishna and then in many internet articles and blogs but according to authentic Sanskrit Mahabharata it was Arjuna who won on 16th day and made Karna helpless to save Kauravas from getting defeated by Pandavas. ...
The Description of Akshauhinis is identified as 21870 Chariots, 21870 Elephants, 65610 Horses and 109350 foot soldiers.
The Pandavas and Kauravas had more troops available than traditional number. The Mahabharata slokas have three meanings (according to Madhavacharya in Mahabharata Tata Parnirnaya the oldest extant commentary on Mahbharata more than Three)....