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The epic by Veda Vyasa narrating the great war fought in India between the Kauravas and the Pandavas.

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I have torn a book of Bhagvad Gita with my own hands. I think about it everyday. Please show me the right path [closed]

I am born a saryiparin Brahmin in Uttar Pradesh, India. Although raised religiously, i started rebelling against God in my teenage and started questioning the why, how, when, what. My father comes ...
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Was Duryodhana a good or bad person?

In Mahabharat, I noticed that Shakuni has done many adharma in support of Duryodharna but at some point were they not correct? It was Yudishter fault in dice game to put forward his wife and brothers. ...
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Was Bhishma agyaani? [closed]

For the sake of Shantanu‘s happiness, it seems to me that Bhishma didn't even care who will handle Hastinapur in future, and took an oath of staying celibate. So, indirectly I feels to me that they ...
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Did Bhishma knew Dharma properly?

In BR Chopra's MB E4, time says that "I respect (pranaam) you" for his oath. Similarly, In same episode, Ganga says to him that you can't do adharma, you're born to dharma. But when we read ...
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Did Arjuna really win against the Kauravas all alone in Virata Kingdom Battle

Lately I have grown interest in the Mahabharata and Hinduism. I haven’t read the books but I watched B R Chopra’s Mahabharata and the Star Plus Mahabharata. In the old one, it was shown that Arjuna ...
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Exactly when did Vishvamitra become Brahmarshi?

In Bala Kanda of Valmiki Ramayan, Vishvamitra's war with Vashishta is mentioned. After his defeat, he leaves for penance and becomes Rajarshi. Indra sent menaka to disturb his penance. Menaka later ...
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Is it SPECIFICALLY mentioned in the Vedas, Agamas, Itihasa or Puranas that left-handed men are inherently evil?

Scriptures say that our left hand is not to be used for eating, drinking and puja rituals like feeding idols. Some cultures say its bad to eat, drink or do auspicious things by using the left hand. ...
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Why did each Pandava fall during Svargarohani?

In final Mahabharata Mahaprasthanika Parva, during Svargarohani (ascent to heaven), 5 Pandavas and Draupadi take the long trek beyond Badrinath in Uttarakhand beyond Mana village (Satopanth marg ...
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How come demon Mayasura appear in both Ramayana and Mahabharata? [duplicate]

As per Vayu Purana, Ramayan happened in 24th Tretayuga and Mahabharat happened in 28th Dwaparayuga. Mayasura is mentioned as the father of Mandadari in Ramayan. In Mahabharata, he comes out of snake ...
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Why did Arjuna allow Draupadi to marry all 5 Pandava brothers? Why did he not disobey his mother? [duplicate]

I understand that there are many versions of this story in the Mahabharata, but in one of them, it is said that Arjuna had brought Draupadi home after winning her Swayamvaram. Arjuna had told his ...
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Do Hindu Gods commit sin and go to hell? If yes please quote the scripture

because Krishna said that Gods are also trapped in the system of creation Krishna said He is the one who does all- both good and evil by incarnating himself. Does it mean that when a bad guy is ...
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Why nobody has written a counter of Dr. Ambedkar's “riddles in Hinduism” And “ annihilation of caste”? [closed]

There are number of derogatory claims by Dr. Ambedkar in these books. https://velivada.com/2019/04/13/the-riddle-of-rama-and-krishna-by-babasaheb-ambedkar/ https://navayana.org/products/riddles-in-...
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Who exactly are nishadas?

Nala was a king of Nishadas Vrihadaswa said, "There was a king named Nala, the son of Virasena. And he was strong, and handsome, and well-versed in (the knowledge of) horses, and possessed of ...
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who wrote Bhagavad Gita/Mahabharata?

If we google this question we get Sage Vyasa as answer and that what I have learned growing up. But Shri Krishna gave this knowledge to Arjuna only, and there so on one else there who was writing that ...
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Who was the warrior in Mahabharata who had his eyelids taped to prevent sleeping?

I remember reading about a very aged warrior in Mahabharata who had his eyelids taped open to prevent him from sleeping . He was killed by Arjuna in the Kurukshetra war. Arjuna who was unable to ...
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Did Parashurama really curse Arjuna?

I found a story on Wikipedia the name Arjuna is cursed by the sage Parashurama. After the defeating the mighty and evil king Kartavirya Arjuna aka Sahasra Arjuna, Sage Parashurama cursed that ...
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Who was the greatest warrior in the Mahabharata? [closed]

The Mahabharata (books and TV series) always introduces any warrior as an "unmatched warrior". For example, Jarasandha is introduced as an unmatched warrior, Kichaka is introduced as an unmatched ...
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King who sacrificed for pre-war Kurukshetra

Before the Mahabharata war, a Kshatriya with a flawless body had to be sacrificed. In the Pandavas camp, only Krishna and Arjuna had flawless bodies but they couldn't be sacrificed. So Aravan came ...
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What happened to Dushala, Kauravas’ sister, after the Mahabharata?

Duhsala was the only daughter in the long lineage of offsprings of king Dhritrashtra and queen Gandhari. Her childhood was fruitful as she was loved and cared for by the auspicious king and his 100 ...
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When Arjuna defeated all the Kuru warriors in the Virat war, then why did he kill them through deceit in the Kurukshetra war?

In Virat war all Kuru warriors including Bhisma Drona and Karna were vanquished by Arjuna. Go Haran Parva 62 Now, the same Arjuna in Kurukshetra war even with Lord Krishna with him, could not face ...
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Why lieing is allowed for saving ourself?

In Hindu scritures we are allowed to tell lie in some cases. In a situation of peril to life and in marriage, falsehood becomes utterable. In a situation involving the loss of one’s entire property, ...
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Why was the punishment of Jayadratha’s sins given to his father?

Krishna ordered Arjuna to kill Jayadratha and make his head fall in the lap of Jayadratha's father, Vridakshatra. When Vridakshatra put Jayadratha’s head on the Earth, Vridakshatra's head burst into ...
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What was the age of Lord Ganesha when he wrote Mahabharata?

In which year was load Ganesha was born? What was the age of Lord Ganesha when he wrote Mahabharata?
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Does Lord Parashurama have link to Ikshvaku dynasty?

As per Mahabharata Vana Parva , Parashurama's maternal grandfater was King Prasenajit. As per Valmiki Ramayana Ayodhya Kanda Sarga 110 verse 13, one of Lord Rama's ancestor was Prasenajit Are they ...
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What were the different endings of Ramayana and Mahabharata witnessed by KakaBhusudi? [duplicate]

Back Story :- I posted this on a subreddit Hinduism about a month ago. And my question is from a response that I got The Story (you should give it a read): Title :- I found something fascinating in ...
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What is the significance of the curse given by Sri Krishna to Ashwattama?

Ashwattama who was Dronacharya's son was Lord Shiva's Ansh(part) himself.After the Kurukshetra war, Ashwattama avenged his father's death by killing Drishtidyumna and five sons of Pandavas when they ...
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What were Kauravas doing during geetopadesham from Sri Krishna? [duplicate]

When Arjuna was feeling bad to fight against Bheeshma and his Guru Dronacharya, Shri Krishna tries to enlighten Arjuna by preaching Geethopadesha when they are in the middle of the war field. What ...
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What happened to Ekalavya? [duplicate]

We have heard the story that Ekalavya just by peeping the training of Dronacharya to Arjuna, he became master in archery. But once Dronacharya found that Ekalavya is greatest Archer than his favorite ...
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Is Anushasan Parva from Mahabharat an interpolation? It is claimed by many scholars and also it is not mentioned in the spitzer manuscript [closed]

https://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m13/index.htm I have read at many places that Shanti parva and Anushasan parva were later added in the original mahabharata. Does that also make vishnu sahasranamam ...
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What is naramedha in real? [duplicate]

I am reading the Mahabharata, but i came across this sloka. I would like to ask you, how could Vyasadev recommend Yudhisthira to prepare for such as naramedha? If i know well, Vyasadev is a partial ...
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How does a person become a Rathi, Atirathi or Maharathi?

I want to know when and how a person acquires the Maharathi, the Atirathi or any other warrior title. Please provide a scriptural reference to support your answer.
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Why did drona help the kauravas

Since Drona is the teacher of both the Kauravas and the Pandavas, why did Drona help the Kauravas by fighting with the Kauravas? In stories, it shows that he is fighting on the Kauravas side. Why? ...
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Why there was so much hatred towards Karna on the part of Bheeshma and Dronacharya?

During the time of war also, they did not let Karna do war. They always insulted every given chance against Karna. Is it just because Karma is a Sut Putru? Or they just hate him that Karma was a ...
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What happened Ghatotkach children Anjanaparvan and Meghavarna?

What happened to family tree of Ghatotkach? We know about Barbarika's story . But what about the other two children Anjanaparvan, Meghavarna, and their family tree.
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Was there no role of Parashuram in Mahabharatha war?

Parashuram taught Bhishma, he was also Chiranjeevi and incarnation of Vishnu. But how did Vishnu take the role of both Parashuram and Krishna in the same period? Where was Parashuram during the time ...
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What was the age differences between Kauravas brothers?

When we here about Kauravas, we hear a lot of Duryodhana, Dushyasana, and Karna story itself. There were 100 Kauravas, so where were other 98 Kauravas excluding Karna, and what were their roles? What ...
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Did Rantideva kill cows and cook in his kitchen to feed the hungry?

I was listening to Mahabharata audio podcasts. My doubt was when Rishi Kaushika met the butcher in Mithila nagara, did the butcher mention that king Rantideva also killed many animals including cows ...
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Was Krishna having second thoughts about the war and the instructions he gave?

Even in the Gita some on instructions and questions he specifically states are only his opinion. After the war Krishna finds time to contemplate on dharma and takes a nap his body sheers in pain, ...
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Why didn't Dronacharya kill Ghatotkacha with his divine weapons?

Karna had to waste his shakti weapon on Ghatotkacha but at the same time Dronacharya was the leader of the army and he was well versed in almost all the divine weapons. Why didn't Dronacharya kill ...
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Why Lord Krishna justified the abducting of a women forcefully?

Why Lord Krishna justified abducting a women? "Vasudeva answered, 'O bull amongst men, self-choice hath been ordained for the marriage of Kshatriyas. But that is doubtful (in its consequences), O ...
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Why didn't Satyaki fight from Kaurava's Side? [duplicate]

Although Sri Krishna promised to Duryodhan that all his army would fight for him except Krishna himself however Satyaki chose to fight from Pandava's side. I think as he was also Yadav, he should have ...
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What is Vaikuntha? How far from earth is this another planet? [duplicate]

Vaikuntha is another planet? If yes then how that time our gods travel between them
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When did 13 years pass in 13 days?

In Mahabharata there is mention that it is written in shastras that there are some special occasions in which 13 years pass in 13 days. When the high-souled Partha went to Indra's region for ...
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Is it true that Duryodhana's birth name was Suyodhana? [duplicate]

I have read somewhere that Duryodhana's real name was Suyodhana and later he was named Duryodhana after his deeds. Their logic was su= good and dur=bad( though I am skeptic about this). Regardless, ...
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What is the origin of bhagavad gita?

Who exactly wrote down the gita, and who exactly was the author of it. Are there any historical records about when it first appeared, was it narrated at first, if so was the whole epic of mahabarata ...
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What happened to Ashwatthama's mani?

I know that the gem or 'mani' on Ashwatthama's forehead was taken away by Krishna, but what happened to the gem after that? Was it destroyed?
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Did the Society during the time of Mahabharata consider a common wife “polyandry” or “fraternal polyandry” condemned act?

During the time of Mahabharata, did the society consider polyandry or fraternal polyandry a condemned or shameful act?
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Lord Indra ( Life expectancy) [closed]

Rahul Arya, a notable Arya Samaj preacher in his YouTube channel has told Lord Indra lived for 500 years and then he died. He tells that God has made our body in such a manner that a human structure ...
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How to download English translation of BORI CE Mahabharat?

Bori's Critical Edition of Mahabharat is available in Sanskrit only. I want it in English. Where I can download the English translation of BORI Mahabharat?
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Is the Bhagavad Gita a distinct chapter of Mahabarata?

Is Bhagavad Gita specifically named as such in the Mahabarata, or is it just a special name for the part of the Mahabarata given outside the Mahabarata? And if so by whom?

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