Elimination of Naraka by Vishnu was narrated in the Vana Parva of Mahabharata. However, this Naraka appears to be different Naraka than the Naraka of Pragjyothispura and eliminated by Sri Krishna.
And knowing that Pandu's sons were intent upon asking (him), Lomasa
versed in speech said, 'Hear, O sons of Pandu! O best of men, what ye
see before you, ...
Sorry to burst your bubble, the simple answer is there was no such technology or knowledge at the time.
Brahmāstra, Vāruṇāstra and Āgneyāstra are all mythical weapons that sprung from the imagination of authors of the two epics and Purāṇas.
Here's what H. D. Sankalia writes in Ramayana - Myth or Reality?:
Of the things mentioned by ...
It is mentioned in Valmiki Ramayana that Dasratha was an ace hunter who could shoot unseen (just on hearing )
Ayodhya Kanda Ch 63 Verse 11
"This sin was done by me while I was young and wielding a bow. At that time, I was famous as a young man, who can shoot heard (but unseen) object by an arrow, O Kausalya!"
But he mistakenly killed the young ascetic ...
After the game of dice was won by Kauravas, Pandavas and Draupadi were humiliated and were sent to the Forest, as agreed upon. Sri Krishna arrive later in the Forest.
Sri Krishna states as follows;
Women, dice, hunting and drinking to which people become addicted in
consequence of temptation, have been regarded as the four evils that
deprive a man ...
In 2018 Supporting the theory, scientists did find specimens of four tusked elephants from the intact skeleton from France.
Another authentic Source from University of Berkeley.
Sugriva narrates his enmity with Vali here in Ramayana, which was already narrated in detail by other member.
The reason for Vali not getting appeased may not be anger alone. If it was so, it will wane away with the passage of time.
However, Vali, apart from banishing Sugreeva from his kingdom, captured Ruma, the wife of Sugreeva, and enjoyed conjugal ...
There is no basis for this story in Valmiki Ramayana. Proof is provided in Ayodhya Kanda Ch 56.
अथ रात्र्याम् व्यतीतायाम् अवसुप्तम् अनन्तरम् |
प्रबोधयाम् आस शनैः लक्ष्मणम् रघु नन्दनः || २-५६-१
Then, Rama gently woke up Lakshmana, who was sleeping without break, even when the night was passing away.
स सुप्तः समये भ्रात्रा ...
As per Valmiki Ramayana, Sita Devi had no brothers. This was specified at time of Kaushilya admonishing Kaikeyi post Dasaratha's death.
वृद्धः चैव अल्प पुत्रः च वैदेहीम् अनिचिन्तयन् |
सो अपि शोक समाविष्टः ननु त्यक्ष्यति जीवितम् || २-६६-११
Janaka too who is aged, and who is not having sons, will be thinking of Sita, over whelmed with grief and will ...
Can someone help explain who is Mahendra?
It's another name of Indra, this is clear from this alternate translation:
Having addressed thus in a rage, Vali removed the golden garland gifted by Indra, his father, and stood ready for the combat. ~Source
Any references to how he obtained this pendant?
In above shlokas also, it's mentioned that it was given ...
Sambarasura is not just one asura but there were many who ruled in the land of Gandharvas which is in current NW region of India (Afghan, NWFP etc.)
Here is a link to a speech by Dr. KS Narayanacharya recently. He gives fantastic historical references to many including Sambarasura. Half of it is in English but he had to switch to Kannada due to request by ...
Ran into this question from a different discussion you are having elsewhere.
Shri Madhvacharya says the following in his anuvyAkhyaana --
na chetanavikAraH syAd.h yatra kvApi hyachetanam |
nAchetanavikAro.api chetanaH syAt kadAchana
In simple terms, a chetana never morphs to become an achetana i.e. jaDa and vice-versa. This is in the fourth pada of first ...
While refusing to send Sri Rama with Sage Viswamitra, Dasaratha says as follows:
ऊनषोडशवर्षो मे रामो राजीवलोचनः | न युद्धयोग्यतामस्य पश्यामि सह
राक्षसैः || १-२०-२
"Less than sixteen years of age is my lotus-eyed Rama, and I see no
warring aptitude to him with the demons.
While dissuading Ravana, from his proposed misadventure of abducting Sita, ...
For Mahābhārata, you can read Yuganta: The End of an Epoch by Irawati Karve. From the foreword to the book:
Irawati Karve studies the humanity of the Mahabharata's great figures and no one of them emerges for her as wholly good or wholly bad, few as even prevailingly good or prevailingly bad. Duryodhana, the arch villain of the work, had been humiliated ...