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Did a solar and lunar eclipse occur during kurukshetra war within a span of 14 days?

Are there any such instances in recent history, can this be used to date back to the times?
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How does a person become a Rathi, Atirathi or Maharathi?

I want to know when and how a person acquires the Maharathi, the Atirathi or any other warrior title. Please provide a scriptural reference to support your answer.
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Was there no role of Parashuram in Mahabharatha war?

Parashuram taught Bhishma, he was also Chiranjeevi and incarnation of Vishnu. But how did Vishnu take the role of both Parashuram and Krishna in the same period? Where was Parashuram during the time ...
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Does any Purana describe Dasharajna war?

I read about the Dasharajna war in Vedas. But, in Vedas the description of the war is very less. Does any other scripture like Itihasa or purana describes about Dasharajna war?
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Is capturing female slaves allowed?

Manu Smriti verse 7.96 says: rathāśvaṃ hastinaṃ chatraṃ dhanaṃ dhānyaṃ paśūn striyaḥ | sarvadravyāṇi kupyaṃ ca yo yaj jayati tasya tat || 96 || Chariots and horses, elephants, umbrellas, ...
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How ancient wars was actually fought? [closed]

As we see on TV in serials like Ramayan, whenever a fight takes place, Two warriors would be there in a warzone against each other and they would shoot arrows at each other. The arrows would collide ...
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Was the function of Ghatotkacha only to make Karna waste his Vasavi Shakti?

As far as I recall, he didn't fight during Bhishma's stewardship of the Kaurava army. Arjuna of course was safe as long as Karna stayed out, since Bhishma and Drona would never exert their full ...
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How the war between Lord Shiva & andhaka had taken place?

I know what happened as per puranas , but does Mahabharata also mentions the same or different? How andhaka had taken birth, did he wanted to be husband of goddess parvati? At last how the war ...
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Who supported Kauravas and Pandavas from south India?

Who ruled South India during Mahabharata time? Please tell me who supported Kauravas and Pandavas from south India? With reference
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Did Arjuna, Drona, Bhishma and Ashvatthama kill any foot soldiers during the Mahabharata war thereby breaking one of the rules?

In both BR Chopra's and Star Plus' Mahabharat TV shows, before the main Mahabharata war, both sides agree on some rules on how the war should be fought. This answer lists all those rules and I'm ...
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Are there any dedicated Scriptures, that explain these various weapons, vyuhs and war tactics in details?

As I am reading through the Mahabharata (currently on the Drona Parva), I am truly amazed by the amount of details of war that are mentioned. The types and varieties of weapons are mind-blowing, ...
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The strongest warrior of all time in the time of Mahabharatha [duplicate]

I just watched this video today and got mesmerised: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0Qw1HAVMtI&t=71s what sadhguru has stated. A man from south India with just 3 arrows came to fight war, When ...
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Size of the Battlefield of Kurukshetra

Are there any descriptions regarding the size of the battlefield of Kurukshetra, where the War of Mahabharata took place. This size will be in 3 parts: The size of the ground where actual battle ...
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Arrangement of Horses in Arjuna's chariot

Arjuna's chariot had 4 horses, or we can say all the important warriors had chariots with four horses. I want to know how these four horses were arranged, were they placed parallel to each other or ...
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Who were the sons of Varuna killed by Ravana?

In Yuddha Kanda, Chapter 7, when the ministers are eulogising Ravana about his qualities, they say that the four sons of Varuna were killed (defeated?) by Ravana. śūrāḥ ca balavantaḥ ca varuṇasya ...
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Were there religious wars in Hinduism itself? As it was the case for Christian between Catholics and Protestants?

An introduction would be better I guess to understand my initiative. I am new here. I am French, and most of the French people do not understand English. So, I want to bring some knowledge to French ...
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Do any scriptures talk about Astradhari Sannyasis?

Sannyasis can be divided into two groups: • Shastradhari Sannyasis: Ascetics who deal with the study of scriptures. • Astradhari Sannyasis: Ascetics who deal with warfare. Astradhari Sannyasis are ...
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Does Lord Indra protect the Aryan, Vedic civilization from attacks by Mleccha armies?

It is said in the Vedas that Lord Indra is the Kshatriya of the Devas. So, he functions like a king and protects Earth and Swarga, and fights offenders. Does Lord Indra protect the Aryan, Vedic ...
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Why did Drona and Kripa, who were Brahmanas, fight in the Mahabharata war? [duplicate]

Dronacharya and Kripacharya were powerful warriors who fought in the Mahabharata war. However, they were Brahmanas and not Kshatriyas. Why did they decide to fight? Apastamba says: A Brāhmaṇa ...
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Do Kshatriyas have to abide by the Dharmic rules of engagement when fighting enemies who do not abide by the same rules of engagement in battle?

Kshatriya dharma has certain rules of engagement in battle. For example: Manu 7.90 - While fighting his enemies in battle, he shall hot strike with concealed weapons; nor with arrows that are ...
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Are women considered spoils of war according to Kshatriya Dharma?

Historically, the armies of the Mlecchas, Asuras, and Rakshasas after defeating the army, killing the king, and conquering a city, would kill all the civilian men, rape all the women, make their ...
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Does Kshatriya Dharma allow the sacking and pillaging of a country after it has been conquered, or the slaughter of its citizens during a conquest?

Does Kshatriya Dharma allow the sacking and pillaging of a capital after it has been conquered? Historically, the armies of the Mlecchas, Asuras, and Rakshasas after defeating the army, killing the ...
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Did Shiva ever give back the power all the other Gods gave him to destroy the Tripuras?

Chapter 34 Karna Parva of Mahabharata contains the legend of destruction of Tripuras. It is said that all Gods gave power to Shiva. "'"Sthanu said, 'All your foes should be slain. But, I ...
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How exactly did the killing of Abhimanyu violate the agreed-upon rules of war?

Many on one - Abhimanyu was a Maharathi or something - I believe they can be attacked by many at the same time. He fought till the end and never surrendered. The Kauravas didn't come looking for him - ...
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What is Jarasandha's military force according to BORI's Harivamsa?

According to this chapter of that version of Harivamsa, the military force of Jarasandha in his attacks on Mathura consisted of the kingdoms of Hastinapura, Videha (capital of Mithila), Bahlika, Chedi,...
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Is there any commentary on the Battle of 10 kings mentioned in the Rig Veda?

Is there any commentary on the Battle of 10 kings mentioned in the Rig Veda Samhita? Like for example a commentary by Sayanacharya? Wikipedia says about him: His commentary on the Rigveda was ...
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Are there details of the fight between Chitrangada and the gandharva with the same name?

I want to know if there are details of the fight between Chitrangada (brother of Bhishma) and the gandharva with the same name.
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What is a ratha, atiratha and maharatha? [duplicate]

I want to know what is the difference between ratha, maharatha and atiratha. I do not mean Maharathi, rathi, atirathi, etc.
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How many akshouhinis were killed by Arjuna?

This is something that confuses me, since according to Duryodhana, Arjuna killed 7 akshouhinis: Duryodhana said, 'O preceptor! Behold the great destruction of those whose heads have been sprinkled. ...
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Why is the death of Abhimanyu considered unfair?

After reading the death of Abhimanyu by BORI and KMG, I asked myself since then, why is his death considered so unjust? Was he attacked in a group? Yes, but the attack only broke his bow, his horses, ...
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Vaataakarshanashtra (वाताकर्षणास्त्र - a weapon which removes air or O2 from atmosphere)

Shree Navanathas are described to possess Vaataakarshana Astra (वाताकर्षणास्त्र - a weapon which removes air or O2 from atmosphere) in 'Shree Navanath Kathaasaar'. But I didn't come across any ...
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Are there any legitimate reasons for initiating war?

Should the king weigh the potential damage done to his own people and kingdom before declaring a war? Should he try and make his best effort to avoid the war? Are there any circumstances when a war is ...
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What was the purpose of the Kurukshetra war of Mahabharata? [closed]

The Kurushethra war was to bring back Dharma by killing Duryodhana. But what was the need of it? Duryodhana would have anyways died after few years like any human, right? Is such a destructive war ...
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How do we reconcile Rama vs. Ravana and Krishna/Arjuna vs. Karna scenarios?

Comparing the two scenarios: Secnario 1: Rama has destroyed all of Ravana's weapons, chariot etc..and has him completely unarmed. However Rama sends him back to come the next day stating that it is ...
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Which scripture mention an encounter between Ravana and Ikshvaku king Raghu?

This website mention that Lord Rama's ancestor Mahārāja Raghu used Narayanastra on Ravana. Was there an encounter between them? Where is the story can be found?
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In which war of devas and asuras did Yaduvamsis participate?

This answer says The mythology says after the destruction of the Yaduvamsis in the course of the devasura sangrama several thousand wives of Lord Krishna were abducted... Now, my questions are ...
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Did Krishna get defeated in any war during his lifetime?

During his lifetime, did Lord Krishna get defeated in any war other than the one with Jarasandha? Note that the defeats of Krishna may be either intentional or unintentional.
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Can dharma śāstras be suspended during emergencies?

Can a Hindu king or ruler suspend the dharma śāstras and other law books at difficult times e.g., during famine, floods, internal conflicts or when the state is actively engaged in a war? If yes, can ...
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Why did Shri Krishna vow not to take weapons in hand during the Mahabharata war?

Lord Krishna was a representative of Dharma during Mahabharata. He said that the war between Pandavas and Kauravas was dharmayudhdha. He also said that everyone must participate in dharmayudhdha. He ...
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Did Samba participate in Mahabharata war against lord Krishna's wishes?

When Narayani sena was given to Duryodhana, Was shri krishna's son samba was the head of that army? If yes, then in-spite of being a son of lord Krishna, did Samba go against him in Mahabharatha war? ...
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Did Bhima kill the Vikarna(brother of Duryodhana) in the battle of Kurukshetra or not?

I have listened Vikarna was the only Kaurava who questioned the humiliation of Draupadi, the wife of his cousin Pandavas after they lost her in a game of dice to Duryodhana.Is this the reason why ...
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Did chekitana survive the Mahabharata war?

I have seen lists of Pandava survivors in which he isn't listed. Did he die or did he leave the war before the end?
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Were Rama and Lakshmana the only humans who fought in the Ramayana war?

We have these beings called Rakshasas on Ravana's side and monkeys and bears on Rama's side. I don't recall reading about any humans beside Rama and Lakshmana fighting on either side. For that ...
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Mentioning of firearms or cannons in Hinduism Scriptures?

The two wikipedia articles says The earliest known depiction of cannon appeared in Song dynasty China as early as the 12th century, however solid archaeological and documentary evidence of ...
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The battle between the gods and demons led by Tarakasur

Why did the battle between the gods and the demons, led by Tarakasur, happen and how did it start?
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Are any of Vishnu and his avataras' great deeds not connected with war?

Some Vishnu avatars I can think of connected with war/destruction: Govardhana Giri - as part of fighting with Indra Bhagavad Gita - inciting Arjuna to internecine war Rescuing the earth - fighting ...
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How did the powers of Gods change from Rig Veda to the puranas?

In particular, I am interested in mobility and war making. Puranas depict supernatural mobility (flying machines with no energy-source mentioned, Hanuman, Kartikeya going round the world, varaha ...
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Name of Ravana's brothers and his sons killed in the Ramayana war?

Ravana has many brothers and sons as per the answer of this question. I want to know the main characters who were killed by lord Rama's army in the war as per below list. If any other army of lord ...
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What are the big battles that took place in Hindu mythology [closed]

Like I know - Ramayana, Mahabharata, Battle of the 10 Kings and the war between Indra and the king of Asuras (Vitmitra). But there are many other battles and wars that took place which are slightly ...
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What are the main reasons of Arjuna for not wanting to fight the Mahabharata war initially? [duplicate]

What are the main reasons of Arjuna for not wanting to fight the Mahabharata war initially? How could he change his attitudes?