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Which is correct - Shantanu or Shaantanu?

Both Śantanuḥ and Śāntanuḥ are valid Saṁskṛta terms and are the names of Rājā Śāntanu Kaurava, former is used in Veda & Nirukta, while the latter is commonly used in itihāsa-purāṇa. The name ...
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Female warriors in the Epics?

Satyabhama was a warrior and assisted Krishna in battle against Naraka - "Satya, the wife of the wielder of Sarnga, pierced Naraka with sharp narachas, crescent-shaped arrows and with bhallas. ...
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Why didn't Krishna ever visit Vrindavan after leaving?

Krishna did meet Radha. Brahmavaivarta Purana, Prakriti Khanda, Chapter 49 In the sacred forest of Vrindavana in the land of Bharata, Krishna the lord of the cowherds enjoyed the company of Radha in ...
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Verification of Yudhishthira's dialogue on chastity in 'Practice of Brahmacharya' by Sivananda

Can't imagine it to be from Vyasa's Mahabharata where the supreme character of King Yudhisthira is described many times. Lord Krishna said, I desire, O Sanjaya, that Pandu's sons grow in prosperity ...
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Have any devatas given boon to Brahmanas?

Lord Krishna granted a boon to Sage Utanka that whenever he feels thirsty, rain clouds will appear in the desert and provide him water - I will make you successful and invincible through the water. O ...
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How did earth sustain itself after Rishi agastya drank all the water from the oceans?

The story of Rishi Agastya drinking the ocean is a fascinating tale from Hindu mythology, illustrating his immense spiritual power and devotion. Here is a brief recounting: Once, the asuras (demons) ...
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Did Krishna marry before Subhadra?

Yes. Long before. Krishna's sons Pradyumna, Samba and Charudeshna attended the Draupadi Sayamavara. Samkarshana, Vasudeva, Rukmini’s brave son, Samba, Charudeshna, Sarana, Gada, Akrura, Satyaki, the ...
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Who was the Naga that left Valarama's body at the time of his death?

It's Ananta Shesha. And he, called Vasudeva, endued with great valour, was among men a portion of him called Narayana—the god of gods—eternal. And Valadeva of exceeding strength was a portion of the ...
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Verses 5-42-45 from Mahabharata related to Pramada

In the Mahabharata, Book 5, Chapter 42, verses 45-46 discuss the dangers of pramada (carelessness or negligence) in various contexts, highlighting its destructive potential. The verses caution against ...
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Who was the Naga that left Valarama's body at the time of his death?

As I knew and studied, I think this could be the answer.Valarama, often known as Balarama, is considered an incarnation of Adishesha, the serpent associated with Lord Vishnu. This connection to a Naga ...
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Are Nara Narayana Rishis Brahmanas?

Nara-Narayana Rishis being Lord Vishnu are beyond the four varnas and are said to reside in the Gandha-mandana mountain performing intense meditation for the welfare of the living entities. Asking ...
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Verses 5-42-45 from Mahabharata related to Pramada

Mahabharata, Book 5: Udyoga Prava, Chapter 42 वैशंपायन उवाच । ततो राजा धृतराष्ट्रो मनीषी संपूज्य वाक्यं विदुरेरितं तत् । सनत्सुजातं रहिते महात्मा पप्रच्छ बुद्धिं परमां बुभूषन् ॥ १ ॥ "...
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What happened to Vyasa at the end of Mahabharata?

There is no reference to Vyasa ever dying. Vyasa was alive even at the time of Janamejaya - Hearing that Janamejaya was installed in the snake-sacrifice, the learned Rishi Krishna-Dvaipayana went ...
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Why does Balarama drink wine?

wine is not prohibited for a kshatriya or vaishya : manu smriti 11.94 : gauḍī paiṣṭī ca mādhvī ca vijñeyā trividhā surā | yathaivaikā tathā sarvā na pātavyā dvijottamaiḥ || 94 || Wine should be ...
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Is there any instance of Sati practice described in Itihasa and Purana?

An instance of Sati is described in the Adi Parva of the Mahabharata. The step-mother of Arjuna, Madri (mother of Nakula and Sahadeva) performed Sati upon the death of King Pandu who was cursed by ...
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When did the Swaymvar system stop?

Good question. I always thought it was a beautiful custom, but to my knowledge there has never been a historical account of a Swayamvar outside of scripture. I can say for sure that it has not ...
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