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After Mahabharat they return to their respective kingdoms, rule for few decades (around 35 years) and then leave this world for ever having served their purpose of life. The Mausala Parva and the Mahaprasthanika Parva of Mahabharat has the detailed description about it. The major events in breif are: After Mahabharat war is over, Gandahari struck with grief ...


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Duryodhana went to Heaven first after his death. Yudhisthira saw him in heaven as the king when he entered there: Arrived at Heaven, king Yudhishthira the just, beheld Duryodhana endued with prosperity and seated on an excellent seat. He blazed with effulgence like the sun and wore all those signs of glory which belong to heroes. And he was in the ...


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[After returning from Swayamvar,] Arjuna childishly addressed his mother first "look mother, what we have brought." Assuming it was simply alms, Kunti un-mindfully and unassumingly asked her son to share whatever it is with his brothers. Thus, in order to obey his mother's order (either on general principle or because of Arjuna's aforementioned vow), all ...


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Here is the family tree of the Pandavas: As you can see, Arjuna had four wives, each of whom bore him a son: Draupadi had Shrutakirti, Krishna's sister Subhadra had Abhimanyu, the Naga princess Ulupi had Iravan, and Chitrangada princess of Manipura had Babruvahana. And each of Arjuna's four brothers also had a son with Draupadi: Yudishtra had Prativindhya, ...


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Below I have reproduced the timeline found here. Names of years and months can be found on the source of this information - Yudhishthir - 91 years Bheem - 90 years Arjun - 89 years Nakul & Sahdev - 88 years. INTERESTING FACT: Yudhishthir ruled for 72 years in his 127 years of life! The number in brackets is the time in years from Yudhishthir's birth. ...


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Yes, the Pandavas did eat meat. In this chapter of the Vana Parva of the Mahabharata, Yudishthira tells his brothers that they should leave the Dwaita forest because they've been eating all the deer there, so out of compassion for the deer they move to the Kamyaka woods: Once on a time, as Yudhishthira lay down at night in the Dwaita woods, some deer, ...


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Name of sons of Draupadi are Prativindhya from Yudhishthira Sutasoma from Bheema Srutakirti from Arjuna Satanika from Nakul Srutakarma from Sahadev Reference : Wikipedia Yudhisthira, Nakula and Sahadeva also had a wife other than Draupadi Yudhisthira had other wife Devika, the daughter of Govasana of the Saivya tribe, who bore him a son named Yaudheya. ...


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Due to two reasons. First one is, Arjuna asked Shri Krishna as a disciple surrendering to Him, but others like the Kauravas or other Pandavs didn't ask Him like a disciple: kārpaṇya-doṣopahata-svabhāvaḥ pṛcchāmi tvāṁ dharma-sammūḍha-cetāḥ yac chreyaḥ syān niścitaṁ brūhi tan me śiṣyas te ’haṁ śādhi māṁ tvāṁ prapannam [BG -2.7] Meaning Now I am ...


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I can think of three people who switched sides right before the war: Yuyutsu: He was the son of Dhritarashtra and a Vaishya woman. As I discuss in this answer about the birth of the Kauravas, Gandhari was pregnant with the hundred Kauravas for two years. Dhritarashtra was worried that Gandhari would never give birth, so as a precaution he decided to have ...


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This story is not mentioned in the Mahabharata, here is all the Adi Parva of the Mahabharata says about the funeral of Pandu and his wife Madri: At last they came to a romantic wood on the banks of the Ganga. There they laid down the hearse on which the truthful and lion-hearted prince and his spouse lay. Then they brought water in many golden vessels, ...


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Kuru was an ancient lunar dynasty king of Hastinapura and an ancestor of Shantanu. The patronymic (i.e. last name form) of the name Kuru is Kaurava, so in a broad sense you could say that everyone descended from Kuru is a Kaurava, which includes both the sons of Pandu and the sons of Dhritarashtra. But the way Vedic patronymics worked was as follows: if X ...


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The Kauravas are biological descendants of Vyasa, but the Pandavas are not, as I'll explain below. But first, some background. Shantanu, king of Hastinapura many generations before the Pandavas and Kauravas, married the goddess Ganga and had a son named Bhishma. But then Ganga abandoned Shantanu, and Shantanu later fell in love with a woman Satyavati. ...


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This web page gives a detailed timeline of the Mahabharata, based on the text of the Mahabharata and its associated commentaries. Here is the basic method of calculating the ages of the Pandavas. First of all, as I discuss in this answer, Krishna departed the Earth after he was shot by a hunter who mistook his foot for the mouth of a deer. This event ...


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The superficial reason as to why the Upapandavas (the five sons of Draupadi) were killed is simply that Krishna and Pandavas weren't at the camp the night Ashwatthama attacked, as described in this chapter of the Sauptika Parva of the Mahabharata: Through fear of the Parthas, O son of Kuru's race, Ashvatthama could not achieve such a feat then. It was owing ...


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The descendants of the Pandavas are listed by the sage Parashara in this chapter of the Vishnu Purana, starting with Arjuna's grandson Parikshit: I WILL now enumerate the kings who, will reign in future periods The present monarch, Paríkshit, will have four sons, Janamejaya, Śrutasena, Ugrasena, and Bhímasena. The son of Janamejaya will be Śatáníka, who ...


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Krishna simply wasn't around at the time to prevent the game of dice. He was busy fighting Sālva who had earlier besieged Dwaraka (to avenge Shishupala's death) during Krishna's absence. But this is what Krishna says addressing Yudhishtira, in Vana Parva of Mahabharata, on how he would have prevented the dice game from happening at all: Vasudeva said, "...


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When DhritarAshtra denied the kingdom to PAndava due to insistence of Duryodhana, majorly they still remained hopeful for peace negotiation. They did lower down their requirements, from full Indraprastha to just 5 villages/towns. Here is the summary from Udyoga Parva of their views, before Krishna went for peace talks. 1. Yudhishtira -- Peace Yudhishthira ...


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Hinduism is a dharmic religion where importance is given to personal dharma. And keeping one's words and promises, that is, observing truthfulness is considered as one of the best dharmas. Even truth is considered God Himself: सत्यं बरह्म तपः सत्यं सत्यं सृजति च परजाः सत्येन धार्यते लॊकः सवर्गं सत्येन गच्छति [MB - 12.183.1] Meaing Truth is Brahma; Truth is ...


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As per this research article of Mahabharat timeline, Yudhisthira was 91 years old at the time of Mahabharat war. And since all other pandava brothers were younger nearly by one year successively (excluding Sahadeva), there ages at the time of war would have been as below approximately: Yudhistihra - 91 yrs, Bhima - 90 yrs, Arjuna - 89 yrs, Nakula and ...


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Skills Of Pandavas Yudhishtira He was ingenious, dedicated to the path of Dharma and hence he was called Dharmaraja and a prudent politician. Bhima He was Fearless and Brave. His physical power was unmatchable at that time. In Mahabharat Shambhav Parva: In fact, those princes were no match for Bhima in pugilistic encounters, in speed, or in skill. ...


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The skills of each of the Pandavas are briefly described in this chapter of the Adi Parva of the Mahabharata, in reference to their education under Drona: Two of Drona's pupils became very much accomplished in the use of mace. These were Duryodhana and Bhima, who were, however, always jealous of each other. Aswatthaman excelled everyone (in the mysteries of ...


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Why did Krishna break the law of nature by giving life to a dead person? Abhimanyu's son was supposed to continue the race as few boons were conferred in that way: 1. Boon to Soma by Gods or indeed demand by Soma: [Soma to Gods:] And my son shall compel all foes to retreat before him. The boy of mighty arms having penetrated the impenetrable array, ...


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The Surname is modern concept , in ancient times all the Dwijas (dwija jaatis) used to have similar surnames according to their varnas. When a dwija greeted somebody he used to recite adhivadan to the other respected one like a Bramhin would say abhivadaye name (sharma) ahamasmibho (ManuSmriti 2.122) The Sharma is to be replaced by Verma for Kshatriyas ...


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Concerning Karna, her conception did not occur the normal way, rather it was done magically by Surya, as described in this chapter of the Vana Parva of the Mahabharata: And that ranger of the skies, that enemy of Swarbhanu, with soul absorbed in Yoga, entered into Kunti, and touched her on the navel. At this, that damsel, on account of Surya's energy, ...


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The description of the Pandava and Kaurava banners has been scattered through several Parva's of Mahabharata. The banners of the five Pandavas and their sons is given in Chapter 23 of the Drona Parva. On Yudhisthira's flag is a golden moon. The standard of Yudhishthira of great energy, bearing the device of a golden moon with planets around it, ...


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Story of Kichaka and Draupadi is described in Mahabharata, Vana Parva: Kichaka-vadha Parva from SECTION XIV to SECTION XXV. Kichaka was the brother of Sudeshna (wife of Virata) and commander of the army of Virata. He saw Drupadi when she was serving as Sairindhri in the palace of Sudeshna. Kichaka wanted to marry Draupadi but she refused and said she is ...


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Krishna wasn't actually born in Vrindavana. As described in this chapter of the Srimad Bhagavatam, Krishna was born in Mathura to Vasudeva and Devaki, who had been imprisoned by Devaki's cousin Kamsa because he had heard a prophecy that the eighth son of Devaki would kill him. To protect Krishna, Vasudeva smuggled him out of Kamsa's prison and gave him to ...


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It is mentioned in Bhagavat Geeta itself that, 'Bhagavat Geeta' was first revealed/told to the Sun god by The Lord Sri Krishna himself and The Sun god told it to the Manu and then Manu told it to Iksvaku, but the line/chain was discontinued, and again Sri Krishna told it to Arjuna when it was the right time to reveal the Bhagavat Geeta. Sanjaya, who got ...


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If we consider "sacred-texts" as the most reliable source for Mahabharata, then the only ages I could find are those of Guru Drona, who was 85 years old, and Abhimanyu, 16. Having slain Bharadwaja's son (Drona). Dhrishtadyumna was filled with great joy, and uttered leonine shouts, whirling his sword. Of a dark complexion, with white locks hanging down to ...


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Shalya was the king of Madra and brother of Pandu's wife Madri, so naturally he wanted to fight on the Pandava side. But when Shalya and his army came, they were greeted by Duryodhana's men, who provided them with food, lodging, and entertainment. Shalya assumed that Yudhisthira was responsible for all this, so he wanted to reward him for the hospitality. ...


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