1. Ravana's story
As defined in your question:
Here person A is Yama and person B is Ravana.
As per UTTARA KANDA of Ramayana:
Kaladanda (the rod of time) is weapon of Yama. This rod of time, immeasurable might and incapable of being resisted by natures, was created by Lord Bhrahma as having the power of compassing the death of all beings. If this ...
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 & Sahdev - 88 years.
INTERESTING FACT: Yudhishthir ruled for 72 years in his 127 years of life!
The number in brackets is the time in years from Yudhishthir's birth.
If we consider "sacred-texts" as the most reliable source for Mahabharata, then the only ages I could find are those of Guru Drona, who was 85 years old, and Abhimanyu, 16.
Having slain Bharadwaja's son (Drona). Dhrishtadyumna was filled with great joy, and uttered leonine shouts, whirling his sword. Of a dark complexion, with white locks hanging down to ...
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. First of all, as I discuss in this answer, Krishna departed the Earth after he was shot by a hunter who mistook his foot for the mouth of a deer. This event ...
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 Parva.
On Yudhisthira's flag is a golden moon.
The standard of Yudhishthira of great energy, bearing the device of a
golden moon with planets around it, ...
Yes, Lord Vishnu Killed Kalanemi and Lord Indra Killed Virochana in Tarakamaya War. It is mentioned in Brahmanda Purana 3.72.
20-21a. It is he by whom all those Daityas were killed in the battle called Tarakamaya (the war caused by the abduction of Tara by Candra) after adopting a body consisting of (the essential spirit of) all Devas and holding all ...
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 (excluding Sahadeva), there ages at the time of war would have been as below approximately:
Yudhistihra - 91 yrs, Bhima - 90 yrs, Arjuna - 89 yrs, Nakula and ...
Here is the description of some of the demons killed by Lord Hanuman , Sugreeva and Angada from Valmiki Ramayana Yuddha Kanda . Lord Hanuman killed Nikumbha.Sugreeva kills Virupaksha and Angada Killing Narantaka .
Book VI : Yuddha Kanda - Book Of War Chapter 77 -Nikumbha dies at the hands of Hanuma.
अथ निनदति सादिते निकुम्भे | पवनसुतेन रणे बभूव ...
According to Parashara Smriti (PS), during "ApatkAla" or during an emergency, following/maintaining Dharma must take a backseat. Preserving one's life, at that time, is the only priority. And, one should wait for the unrest to be over.
So, this is in other words the same as saying "One can abandon the Dharma ShAstras temporarily till the emergency is over".
How exactly did the killing of Abhimanyu violate the agreed-upon rules of war?
To know the answer first it is necessary to know the what were the set of rules that were setup before war. There were certain rules mentioned in Mahabharata, Book 6: Bhishma Parva: SECTION I.
Then the Kurus, the Pandavas, and the Somakas made certain covenants, and settled ...
In the Mahabharata epic, which describes the Kurukshetra war, the two sides agree on the following rules:
Fighting must begin no earlier than sunrise and should end by exact sunset. (Broken on the 14th day, after Jayadratha was slain).
Multiple warriors must not attack a single warrior. (Broken several times, most notably in the 13th day, when Abhimanyu ...
There were not many main warriors left alive after completing the war. Only 11 notable warriors were alive after the war. So, from them, he was the one who experienced such experience.
American Psychiatric Association defined PTSD as the following:
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder that can develop after a person is ...
Rama and Lakshmana are the only two humans who fought the war. No humans besides Rama and Lakshmana fought the war in human form. Vibhishana and his companions fought the war in the guise of humans.
It was a war strategy not to change the forms of Vanaras as a form of recognition among the vanaras.
Only seven fought the war in human form. (Thanks @...
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 monarch, surpassed all the warriors in splendour. His standard, with a black deer-skin waving on its top and the beautiful water-pot, O monarch, that it bore, ...
Wars are usually fought between groups and mostly it will be using weapons or objects to gain quick advantage.
However there are some famous individual wrestling battles happened during MahAbhArata time, which were without weapons.
1. Krishna vs Kansa
Upon arriving at Mathura, Krishna slained Kansa in a 1:1 combat & freed his parents & grandfather ...
According to Valmiki Ramayana, the number of Vānaras in the Sugrīva army fought in the war were plenty.
In the chapter 28, one of the spies of Rāvaṇa named Shuka gives a number of Vānaras in the Sugrīva's army. That number is unbelievable in today's terms.
एषाम् कोटि सहस्राणि नव पन्च च सप्त च |
तथा शन्ख सहस्राणि तथा वृन्द शतानि च || 6-...
Lord Sri Krishna decided against using weapons in the battlefield. It was his decision keeping in line with a Divine Plan(which was known only to Lord Sri Krishna).
This "divine plan" was the very cause of the Mahabharata War—and the aim of the plan was "to cleanse all Kshatriyas with weapons and send them to Swarga". This is explained clearly in the ...
There are lot of dissimilarities between these 2 scenario, hence we may not be able to reconcile them trivially.
Ravana was a mix of Brahmana & Raksha blood line; Karna was mix of deity (sun) and Kshatriya
By birth Ravana was of higher order (varna) than Rama, hence Rama didn't want to indulge in a unjust Brahmana-hatya at whatever cost; Arjuna & ...
He then killed the horses of Dussasana's son, and they met in a mace fight where Abhimanyu died in a fair fight.
No, it was not fair fight.
As per Mahabharata: Drona Parva: Abhimanyu-badha Parva, soon before it, a group attack happened (as mentioned in your question) where Karna cutt off Abhimanyu's bow, Kritavarman slew his steeds, Kripa slew his two ...
The answer is dependent on the Definition of Akshauhini, which is a unit invented for ease of calculation/command in battles in old days.
Participants in the war
An Akshauhini is defined as a battle formation consisting of 21,870 chariots (Sanskrit ratha); 21,870 elephants; 65,610 cavalry and 109,350 infantry as per the Mahabharata (Adi Parva 2.15-23).
Yes. Lord Rama had the knowledge of the Brahma shirastra. Not only Brahma Shirastra, he had the knowledge of many divine weapons. All these weapons were given by his teacher Brahmarshi Viśvāmitra.
दण्ड चक्रम् महत् दिव्यम् तव दास्यामि राघव || १-२७-४
धर्म चक्रम् ततो वीर काल चक्रम् तथैव च |
विष्णु चक्रम् तथा अति उग्रम् ऐन्द्रम् चक्रम् तथैव च || १-२७-५
There was a reference to Kesari, among all the vanara generals, who came in support of Sri Rama to Lanka, in Yuddha Kanda of Valmiki Ramayana.
Sharana, Ravana's aide, describes the individual strengths of the various commanders in the army of monkeys, mentioning their names one by one, in detail.
भ्रमर आचरिता यत्र सर्व काम फल द्रुमाः || ६-२७-३४
Did Indra kill Virochana Did Vishnu kill Kālanemi at the time of Tārakāmaya war?
Yes , Lord Vishnu Killed Kālanemi at Tārakāmaya war. This story is described in Harivamsha Purana. - chapter 48 - Kaalnemi Vadha
eimination of Kaalnemi .
In this chapter we find the story of Lord Vishnu Killing Kaalnemi in Tārakāmaya war.The chapters from 42-48 are ...
There are 3 avataras, I can think of which does not include war,
While Vamana avatar was to restore the authority of Indra over the heavens, in Vyasa avatar Lord Vishnu divided Vedas in four parts.
SB 8.22.31 — The Lord continued: Because of his great tolerance, I have given him a place not obtainable even ...
I don't believe it either. As far as I know Bhishma Pitamah said that.
Krishna did not participated because if he had participated then the war would be finished quickly (of course because he is god). Nobody stand a chance in front of him and because it would be unfair for a god to participate.
In my opinion, the Mahabharata War was never a fair fight; 5 ...
People need to understand that the Mahabharata states that Karna was killed in a fair manner. He fought till the very end, had his bow in his hands, was armed, and not holding onto any chariot wheel. Read the authentic bori Mahabharata.
This is what happened.
Karna countered a astra of Arjuna using Varunastra.
Arjuna counters Karna’s astra with the ...
The details can be found in Mahabharata: Adi Parva: Sambhava Parva:
And after Santanu had ascended to heaven. Bhishma, placing himself under the command of Satyavati, installed that suppressor of foes, viz., Chitrangada, on the throne, who, having soon vanquished by his prowess all monarchs, considered not any man as his equal.
And beholding that he ...
How exactly did the killing of Bhishma violate the agreed-upon rules of war?
One (or maybe two) on one - Bhishma was a Maharathi or something - I believe they can be attacked by many at the same time.
Was there a rule that he was not supposed to fight a man ? Because Shikhandi, the challenger was a man when he challenged. Bhishma had a random self-imposed ...
It is unlikely that scriptures will allow the concept of a "warrior Sannyasi" because dealing with weapons is mentioned as one of the reasons that brings about a Sannyasi's downfall.
A full meal given by one person, pride, envy, adorning with perfume
and flowers, betel leaves, injunction, amusement, desire for pleasure,
elixir, boasting, reviling, ...
I have found an interesting list of all the strategies used in the twelve days of battle. Usually, one side chose a specific strategy at the start of the day, to which the other side reacted by choosing their counter-strategy.
Chakra vyuha – formation of concentric circles in layers.
Shakata vyuha – formation of a cart wheel
Mandala vyuha – ...