"Question is, why did the ascetics carry body 17 days after death and not burn while in the forest?"
They were not dead bodies but the the unburnt portions of the dead bodies because Madri committed Sati with Pandu in forest itself, this is the line form the previous chapter:
"Vaisampayana continued, 'Having said this, the daughter of the ...
The Verse is from Sri Harivanśha Puran 3.74.24-25 (Bhavishya Khanda, 74th Adhyay, Shloka 24-25):
[Gita Press - Gorakhpur version, with Tikka of Sri Ramnarayan Dutt Shastri]
एक एव महाद्वारो गमनागमने सदा। मुद्रया सह गच्छन्तु राज्ञो ये
न चामुद्रः प्रवेष्टव्यो द्वारपालस्य पश्यतः। यावदागमनं मह्यं तावदेवं भविष्यति॥२५॥
eka eva mahādvāro ...
Why does the Vishnu Purana and Mahabharat promote Child Marriage?
Not just the Vishnu Purana and Mahabharata, but all Dharma Shastras promote child marriage:
Manu 9.94 - A man thirty years old shall marry a charming girl twelve years old; or one twenty four years old, a girl eight years old; in the event of his duties suffering, he may do it sooner.
According to this UNESCO Memory of the World Register nomination, there's a critical edition of the Ṛgveda (Saṃhita) published by Vaidika Samshodhana Mandala (Vedic Research Institute), Pune, India.
Out of the total number of 28,000 manuscripts housed at the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Pune, the 30 manuscripts of the Rigveda form a valuable ...
Yes, because Vedic rites are to be performed while being accompanied by the wife. Even for establishing the sacred fire, a twice-born must have a wife.
The rite of placing the Sacred Fire should not be performed by the
twice-born, if they have not even one wife ;
all the rites, that are done [in that state], know, as being not done at all
Katyayana Smriti, ...
Sudras are majority 85% of society and they were Engineers, Metal Works, Potters, Carpenters, Artisans, Craftsmen, Tradesmen, Peasants, Weavers, Cart-builders and other Service Professions . If they stopped all works to build society and study Vedas how will society run? Study of each Veda takes 12 years with lots of restrictions on food, wealth etc. Its ...
The Mahabharata mentions that Vyāsa had seen the events unfolding with his divine sight and recited the great poem for the first time after the Kuru descendants had reached their final destination after death.The second time it was recited by Vaishampāyana at the snake sacrifice of Janamejaya.
The Mahabharata Swargarohana Parva Chapter 5 mentions Vyasa ...
I was like you, similar. Till 25 years I was an agnostic although a born Brahmin. When I came to the west around that time there weren’t any big groups etc. Now we see a lot of faith groups The best book that I found that helped me initially was “Hindu Dharma : The Universal way of life” by Chandrasekarendra Saraswati’s Tamil lectures translation. I bought ...
Despite the contradictions in the Mahābhārata (even in BORI's Critical Edition), the most likely thing that happened was that Pāṇḍu was cremated in the forest immediately after his death. Mādrī then performed satī and died along with him (sahagamana). The ṛṣis then carried their dead remains (not the bodies) back to the city. And it is unlikely the funeral ...
The same story which is quoted in question is also mentioned in Vishnu Purana, Book 4, Chapter 19. In this story, nine sons of Bharata were killed by their mothers.
Bharata had by different wives nine sons, but they were put to death by their own mothers, because Bharata remarked that they bore no resemblance to him, and the women were afraid that he would ...
A story of Matanga attaining Brahmanahood is present in Skanda Purana.
His father's name is Sugati. The names of his mother and biological father are not mentioned.
There was an eminent Brahmana named Sugati in Dvapara Yuga. He had
control over his sense-organs. He was truthful always and engaged in
the study of the Vedas. Matanga was his son who was ...
𝐒𝐫𝐢𝐦𝐚𝐝 𝐁𝐡𝐚𝐠𝐚𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐚𝐦 𝟐.𝟒.𝟏𝟖
ābhīra-śumbhā yavanāḥ khasādayaḥ
ye 'nye ca pāpā yad-apāśrayāśrayāḥ
śudhyanti tasmai prabhaviṣṇave namaḥ
kirāta—a province of old Bhārata; hūṇa—part of Germany and Russia; āndhra—a province of southern India; pulinda—the Greeks; pulkaśāḥ—another province; ābhīra—part of ...
This question can only be answered by Ishvara.
The fruit of action is from Him, this being the logical position
Brahma Sutra III.ii.38
Since Ishvara distributes the fruits of Karma only He can give a definitive answer.
The karma performed by us has the capacity to determine manu things about our next life. Out karma determines where our soul migrates to... A animal body or another human body, or attain higher celestial abodes. The nature of karma plays a important role in that. The geographical location is also determined by karma and desire of the lord.
If we have caused ...
Neither the Purana nor the Mahabharata promote child marriage or any such retrogade custom. They urge Hindus to discard any custom or rule that is regarded at any time to be bad.
However, discard the desire (kama) and material wealth (artha) if
contrary to Dharma; as also, any usage or custom or rules regarded as
source of Dharma if at any time they were to ...
You want to become an expert in Hinduism. The books suggested below will certainly be very helpful in your project.
You should read a low level introductory book that nevertheless gives a decent overview of Hinduism. Otherwise you will have difficulty in understanding Hindu scriptures. Books like 'The Hindu mind' by Bansi Pandit and 'The complete Idiot's ...
Like all Hindu texts, Mahabharata is layered and has been amended over time. This complicates questions of sequence like yours.
To start, the Ganesha story is generally held to be a later interpolation. Note, the story does not feature in the "critical edition" of the Mahabharata.
As for why the Mahabharata includes a narrator in the form of ...