Why is such deceitfulness sanctioned for them? Is it okay for anyone to pretend in such a way or was this specifically allowed for the Pandavas?
Manusmṛti sanctions lying accompanied by a simple prāyaścitta (expiation) when there is a risk to one's life.
In some cases, a man who, though knowing the truth, deposes otherwise, through piety, does not fall ...
No, all sons of Pandavas were not killed. As per Adi Parva Chapter 95, Pandavas other than Arjuna had the following sons
Besides these, Yudhishthira, having obtained for his wife Devika, the daughter of Govasana of the Saivya tribe, in a self-choice ceremony, begat upon her a son named Yaudheya. And Bhima also obtaining for a wife Valandhara, the daughter ...
The Yadava clan (Bhoja, the Andhaka, and the Vrishni races) fought among themselves and died. Sri Krishna was witness to this incident.
Later, when Arjuna tried to bring the women of Vasudeva, robbers attacked him and he, being a great warrior, could not protect all the women.
Vyasa consoling him says as follows:
‘The mighty car-warriors of the Vrishni and ...
Biggest misconception is that Mahabharata was fought for establishing Dharma. Mahabharat was a war of Adharma vs Adharma. Even Lord Krishna accepted this thing.
If I had not adopted such deceitful ways in battle, victory would never have been yours, nor kingdom, nor wealth!
Lord Krishna talks about wealth and kingdom. Where is Dharma? Mahabharat was not ...
It was mentioned in Mahabharata that 7 rishis did come at the time of the birth of Arjuna. However, it is not mentioned in the Chapters related to birth of Pandavas from Vyasa Mahabharata that Vasudeva sent them.
The sons of Kadru (Nagas), the son of Vinata, the Gandharvas, the
lords of the creation, and the seven great Rishis, viz., Bharadwaja,
अनुसंवत्सरं जाता अपि ते कुरुसत्तमा: |
पाण्डुपुत्रा व्यराजन्त पञ्च संवत्सरा इव || M.B. Sambhava Parva - Chapter 124 ||
And those foremost sons born at an interval of one year after one another, looked like an embodied period of five years. - Kisari Mohan Ganguli .
To know what actually Vyasa wants to convey by above shloka of the Mahabharata, let's ...
Pandavas are righteous in the following two instances.
1: Vyasa asked Pandavas to live in disguise at Ekachakra and Pandavas followed the same.
"Vyasa then said, 'Ye bulls of Bharata's race, I knew beforehand of
this affliction of yours consisting in your deceitful exile by the son
of Dhritarashtra. Knowing this, I have come to you, desirous of doing
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 ...
Droṇa himself gives the reason fighting for the Kauravas when right before the war, Yudhiṣṭhira seeks his permission to fight his own guru:
I ask thee, O invincible one, how I may fight without incurring sin, and how, with thy permission, O regenerate one, I may vanquish all my foes?
If, having resolved to fight, thou hadst ...
First by defintion, Karna was a Kanina and could be made king
Manusmriti 9.172 says
pitṛveśmani kanyā tu yaṃ putraṃ janayed rahaḥ |
taṃ kānīnaṃ vadennāmnā voḍhuḥ kanyāsamudbhavam || 172 ||
If a maiden secretly bears a son in her father’s house, that son, born of a maiden, should be declared as ‘maiden-born’ by name, and to belong to the man who ...
Are Pandavas the Gods themselves in their human form or are they sons of those Gods?
As per Markandeya Purana: Chapter 5,
The adorable Indra became incarnate in five forms (5 Pandavas). His wife was born as Draupadi from Agni: she is the wife of Indra alone, and of no one else.
That means Indra alone incarnated as 5 pandavas as son of God's (including ...
Drona and Drupad were chums though poles apart by wealth and status. Drupad intentionally or by ignorance promised him a bounty when he ascends the throne. He feigned ignorance when Drona came to his palace and asked for it.
Drona cursed him and warned him that a day will come when he will be strong enough to fight him.
Drupad was Pandavas' brother in law ...
First of all it's Maya, architect of Danavas and not Vishwakarma, architect of Devas. (Ref1, Ref2)
This took place before Mahabharata war. After Maya built Sabha Bhavan in Indraprastha, below are the major events before Mahabharata war:
Arjuna went for 12 years exile (Ref)
Pandavas go for Dikvijaya and Rajsuya Yajna (Ref)
Pandavas went for 13 years exile (...
The questions are:
1.Why Bhisma, Karna and others did not hear Gita even they were also present there?
2.If time was paused, how Sanjay heard Gita?
3.Is there any reference in Mahabharata or Gita, which proves that Krishna paused the time?
An interesting question indeed!!
There are 2 options available , in my opinion, to answer these questions....
As to the story goes, Pandavas were performing 'Rajsuya Yagya' to strengthen their kingdom. Thus, Yudhisthir sent Bheem to Gorakhnath to invite him.
But Gorakhnath was in samadhi at that time so Bheem had to wait. Meanwhile, Bheem laid down on the floor and fell asleep and when he woke up a pit was formed in the ground because of his body weight.
So, a ...
there is mention of drapadi laughing but no mention of saying anything
At that, Bhima with Arjuna once more laughed derisively, and Draupadi also accompanied by other females joined in the laughter.
Kshemendra, 11th Century C.E. in his Bharatamanjari too alludes to the incident:
Bhima, with brother(s), and the Raaja lalanaa: (royal women), all laughed at Duryodhana: See image here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1alVotE3tTCNmOV34zxBQeztbJrCtL5Ff7F9sMiyFBQI/edit?usp=sharing