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As per Mahabharata: Adi Parva: Chapter 62, Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa took three years to compose the Mahabharata: The history of the exalted birth of the Bharata princes is called the Mahabharata. He who knoweth this etymology of the name is cleansed of all his sins. And as this history of the Bharata race is so wonderful, that, when recited, it assuredly ...


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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 ...


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Indeed, Gandhari never removed her blindfold. However, there is one instance from where one can estimate the power she from her penance. It was not for rendering Duryodhana's body hard as thunderbolt, but charring Yudhishtra's toe. This took place after the war when Gandhari was lamenting the loss of her sons. From Jalapradanika-parva in Stri-parva ...


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Male and Female or Purusha and Prakriti can be understood through the Tree of Jiva and Atman The Rig Veda samhita 1.164.20-22, Mundaka Upanishad 3.1.1-2, and Svetasvatara Upanisad 4.6-7, speak of two birds, one perched on the branch of the tree, which signifies the body, and eating its fruit, the other merely watching. Rig Veda samhita says: 1.164....


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Both man and woman have many issues in common - both experience hunger, sleep, desire to earn, desire to play and enjoy, etc. There are 2 ways of looking at this concept of separate bodies of man and woman. If looked at in a physical sense, yes, they are apparently different and they are not interdependent on the other, except for gratifying sexual ...


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It's verse 2.31 from the Bhagavad-gītā: स्वधर्ममपि चावेक्ष्य न विकम्पितुमर्हसि । धर्म्याद्धि युद्धाच्छ्रेयोऽन्यत्क्षत्रियस्य न विद्यते ॥ ३१ ॥ sva-dharmam api cāvekṣya na vikampitum arhasi dharmyād dhi yuddhāc chreyo ’nyat kṣatriyasya na vidyate 2.31 Even considering your own duty you should not waver, since there is nothing else better ...


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After the war was over, Kunti disclosed the identity of Karna. ‘That hero and great bowman, that leader of leaders of car-divisions, that warrior distinguished by every mark of heroism, who hath been slain by Arjuna in battle, that warrior whom, ye sons of Pandu, ye took forth, Suta’s child born of Radha, that hero who shone in the midst of his ...


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Yudhishtira was simply In hell. He was not Tortured in hell. The keyword is 'behold'. A king is supposed to know the sufferings of their subjects. The only way they can do so is to experience pain themselves. But because they are kings, they can't be punished by anyone while on earth. So they are shown a sample of tortures in hell after they leave the ...


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Both battle formations appear to be different. The Critical Edition of the Mahābhārata uses "Cakravyūha" (wheel formation) to describe the formation Droṇa constructed on the 13th day of the war in which Abhimanyu was killed. 07,033.012   saṃjaya uvāca 07,033.012a   cakravyūho mahārāja ācāryeṇābhikalpitaḥ 07,033.012c   ...


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After eliminating Kartavirya Arjuna and his sons of Haihaya tribe and all Kshatriya rulers of that period, Parasurama left the enmity with Kshatriyas. Hence, as he did not have grouse against Kshatriyas, he taught all secrets of using weapons to Devavrata (Bhishma). However, after his defeat at the hands of Bhishma, in the Amba's episode, he perhaps, ...


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The story of andhak is described in Mahbharat Harivamsa parva Chapter 86 VaishampAyana said Long ago, after her sons were slain by Vishnu, the splendorous Vishnu, Diti worshipped Kashyapa, the son of Marichi, by doing penance. O the one of bharata race! Diti performed penance, appropriate to various times and served, obeyed and treated the sage sweetly. ...


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Karna's kundalas (ear rings), along with his kavacha (mail/armour), make him immortal. His ear-rings arose from amrita. It is due to both that Karna cannot be killed in battle. https://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m03/m03308.htm Vaisampayana continued, "Although thus urged with various words by Karna, still, O chief of the Bharata race, that Brahmana did not ...


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The story you have heard is narrated in Telugu Folk Additions to Mahābhārata by T. V. Subba Rao, so most likely it's folklore: VIII. The Reason for the Death of Abhimanyu: Abhimanyu was the nephew of Sri Krishna who was none other than the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. He was the son of Arjuna, the greatest hero on the earth. Even then Abhimanyu ...


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There might be no such texts that are entirely dedicated discussing the concerned topic but scriptures do mention why male-female counterparts must exist. For example, it is said that at the onset of creation God divided himself into a male and a female part. The god Brahma cleft his body in two, of yore, Out of one part sprang the husbands, and out of ...


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Well, the battle of ten kings predates the Ramayana for sure and does take place in this manvantara. But it is not so easy to date it. We know Ramayana took place in 24th Treta Yuga in this manvatara. From RV Mandala 7 Hymn 18, we know one of the combatants in Battle of Ten Kings opposite of King Sudas was Puru Indra at once with conquering might ...


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