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The deceit is explained by Yudhiṣṭhira in Śrimad Vyāsa Mahābhārat 3.35.3-4 (BORI) : महामायः शकुनिः पार्वतीयः सदा सभायां प्रवपन्नक्षपूगान् । अमायिनं मायया प्रत्यदेवी त्ततोऽपश्यं वृजिनं भीमसेन ॥ अक्षान्हि दृष्ट्वा शकुनेर्यथाव त्कामानुलोमानयुजो युजश्च । शक्यं नियन्तुमभविष्यदात्मा मन्युस्तु हन्ति पुरुषस्य धैर्यम् ॥ ~ Bhimasena! Shakuni, the dweller of the ...


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The oriental propensity for exaggeration, embellishment, mythologization and conscripting of purported history for spiritual instruction it is impossible to say what actually took place in any form of verifiable detail. For example the alleged long and detailed conversations between the characters cannot possibly have actually taken place, since there were ...


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It is pertinent to note that although Rishi Agastya drank the ocean the earth was not devoid of water i.e. seas, rivers etc. were still around. This can be confirmed from Vana Parva. After Devas had slain the Kalakeya demons, they asked Sage Agastya to replenish oceans but he replied 'That water in sooth hath been digested by me. Some other expedient, ...


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Please see SECTION CXXXV of Mahabharata Lomasa said, 'Here, O king, is visible the river Samanga, whose former name was Madhuvila, and yonder is the spot named Kardamila, the bathing place of Bharata. The lord of Sachi, when fallen into misery in consequence of having slain Vritra, became freed from his sin, by performing his ablutions in this Samanga. Here,...


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They didn't want the blood to touch the ground because they wanted to hide this incident from Arjuna (Vrihannala) to save Virata and his kingdom. From the same chapter that you used in question, Let Uttara enter alone; Vrihannala must not come in. Such is the vow of that hero of mighty arms that whoever causeth a wound on my person or sheddeth my blood ...


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According to Śrimad Vyāsa Mahābhārat 3.136.24 (Kumbakonam) the river was the sacrificial ground of Varuṇa Dev, where the Vāndin (son of Varuṇa Dev; the one who used to debate in the court of King Janaka) used to cast the Brāhmaṇa-s who were defeated by him in debate (which included, Śri Aṣṭāvakra's father) to commence a sacrifice in the river: अहं पुत्रो ...


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Karna faced defeats many time by multiple warriors. I am goin to highlight his defeats. Pradyumna pramathya tarasA karNaM yatantaM raNamUrdhani | jagrAha balavAnkArShNiH prasphurantaM tatastataH || Harivamsa 2-84-47 the powerful son of kR^iShNa, (pradyumna), at the front of the battle, oppressed karNa who was trying hard for victory in the battlefield and ...


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It was deceitful because the dice were of magic. The dice were made of Shakuni's father's finger bones and used to roll the number he wants. It was a boon to Shakuni from his dying father. Before his death, his father told Shakuni, “When I die, cut my fingers and make dice out of them. I will use my occult power to make sure these dice always roll the way ...


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