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"Question is, why did the ascetics carry body 17 days after death and not burn while in the forest?" They were not dead bodies but the the unburnt portions of the dead bodies because Madri committed Sati with Pandu in forest itself, this is the line form the previous chapter: "Vaisampayana continued, 'Having said this, the daughter of the ...


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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 ...


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Despite the contradictions in the Mahābhārata (even in BORI's Critical Edition), the most likely thing that happened was that Pāṇḍu was cremated in the forest immediately after his death. Mādrī then performed satī and died along with him (sahagamana). The ṛṣis then carried their dead remains (not the bodies) back to the city. And it is unlikely the funeral ...


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