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What happened to Pandavas and Shri Krishna after Mahabharata?

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 ...
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What were the ages of Pandavas & other characters during the Mahabharata war?

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 & ...
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Where did Duryodhana and the Pandavas go after their death?

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 ...
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Can anyone explain the family tree of Pandavas?

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 ...
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Were Pandavas non-vegetarians?

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 ...
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Can anyone explain the family tree of Pandavas?

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 ...
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Who all changed sides in the Mahabharata battle?

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, ...
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Why did Lord Krishna tell Bhagwat Gita only to Arjuna and not anyone else?

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-...
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What were the banners of famous warriors from the Mahabharata?

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 ...
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Is Pandu's last wish, not to burn his body but eat it away, real?

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 ...
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Why are they called Pandavas and Kauravas?

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 ...
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Were Kauravas and Pandavas the biological decendants of Vyasa?

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 ...
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What were the ages of Pandavas & other characters during the Mahabharata war?

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. ...
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Upapandavas: Why were they killed?

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 ...
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Krishna's role in game of dice

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 ...
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What were the ages of Pandavas & other characters during the Mahabharata war?

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 (...
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Lineage of Pandavas?

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 ...
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What was the surname of the Pandavas?

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 ...
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Who among the Pāṇḍavas supported the main Kurukṣetra war and who didn't? What were their reasons?

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 ...
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How is betting against one's wife and selling one's life partner justifed in Hinduism?

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 ...
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What were the specific skills of the Pandavas?

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 ...
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What were the specific skills of the Pandavas?

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 ...
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The story behind Pashupatinath temple in Nepal

The Pasupatinath ShivaLinga is described in Koti Rudra Samhita of Shiva Purana in chapter 11 'Pasupatinath Linga': नयपालाख्यां तु प्रसिद्धायां महितले । लिङ्ग पशुपतिशाख्यं सर्वका...
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Why did Lord Krishna give another life to Parikshit? Was it the only way? Why didn't Pandavas plan another child?

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 ...
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Why did Shalya fight on the side of the Kauravas?

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 ...
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Did the story of Mahabharata start (and end) with a dog?

Yes, it is true that Mahabharata starts with a dog. The story is mentioned in Adi Parva, Section 3 (Paushya Parva) as follows: Sauti said, "Janamejaya, the son of Parikshit, was, with his ...
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Did Kuntī deliver Karṇa through her womb?

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,...
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What were the banners of famous warriors from the Mahabharata?

The flags of Drona, Bhima, Yudhishthira, Nakula, Sahadeva, the five Upapandavas, and Ghatotkacha are described in this chapter of the Drona Parva of the Mahabhatata: Bharadwaja's son, however, O ...
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What is the story of Kichak and Draupadi?

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 ...
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