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Is there any mention of boon deadlock in scriptures?

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, ...
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What were the banners of famous warriors from the Mahabharata?

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 ...
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Did Indra kill Virochan in the Tārakāmaya War?

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 ...
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Can dharma śāstras be suspended during emergencies?

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 ...
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What were the banners of famous warriors from the Mahabharata?

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 ...
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What were the ages of Pandavas & other characters during the Mahabharata war?

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'...
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Were Rama and Lakshmana the only humans who fought in the Ramayana war?

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. ...
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Why did Shri Krishna vow not to take weapons in hand during the Mahabharata war?

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 ...
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Name of Ravana's brothers and his sons killed in the Ramayana war?

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 ...
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Why is the death of Abhimanyu considered unfair?

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, ...
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How exactly did the killing of Abhimanyu violate the agreed-upon rules of war?

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 ...
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Rules of the Kurukshetra war in Mahabharata?

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 ...
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How many from the battle were alive after the war in Mahabharata?

Among those who participated in the Kurukshetra war only ten were alive after the war. Seven from Pandavas side and three from Kauravas(Dhartarashtras) side. They are: Five Pandavas, Vasudeva, ...
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What was the size of Sugriva's army that fought against Ravana alongside Rama?

According to Valmiki Ramayana, the number of Vānaras in the Sugrīva army fought in the war were plenty. Sugrīva Army: In the chapter 28, one of the spies of Rāvaṇa named Shuka gives a number of ...
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Did any of the warriors of the Mahabharata suffer from PTSD?

Yudhishtira. 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. ...
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Are any of Vishnu and his avataras' great deeds not connected with war?

There are 3 avataras, I can think of which does not include war, Vamana avatara Vyasa avatara Kurma Avatara While Vamana avatar was to restore the authority of Indra over the heavens, in Vyasa ...
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Are there any legitimate reasons for initiating war?

There are four measures (to be applied in that order), viz - Sama (peacemaking), Dana (buying off with gifts), Bheda (dissension), and finally Danda (punishment/force or war), for the king to apply on ...
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Did Indra kill Virochan in the Tārakāmaya War?

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 ...
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What were the ages of Pandavas & other characters during the Mahabharata war?

The Mahabharat mentions the time periods that Pandavs spent at different places after they left for Varnavat when they were already adolescents. The sons of Kunti reached the town of Varanavata and ...
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Mythology war fought without any weapons?

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 ...
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How many people participated and how many died In the Mahabharata War?

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 ...
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Do any scriptures talk about Astradhari Sannyasis?

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 ...
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What are some famous military formations and strategies used in Mahabharata war at Kurukshetra?

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 ...
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Who are the warriors that possessed Brahmashirastra other than Arjuna and Ashwatthama?

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. ...
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Mentioning of firearms or cannons in Hinduism Scriptures?

Firearm , Cannons and hand-Guns are mentioned in Hinduism scriptures like Ramayana And mahabharata. The word used for Cannons in scripture is shataghnii -शतघ्नी . This śataghnī literally is ...
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Why did Shri Krishna vow not to take weapons in hand during the Mahabharata war?

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). ...
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Did Krishna get defeated in any war during his lifetime?

The assumption that he was defeated in one war itself is wrong. The conclusion of the 18 wars with Jarasandha was that Jarasandha died. So, Sri Krishna being defeated in any war doesn't even come in ...
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How do we reconcile Rama vs. Ravana and Krishna/Arjuna vs. Karna scenarios?

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 ...
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Are there details of the fight between Chitrangada and the gandharva with the same name?

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 ...
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In which war related to Bhuvaneswari or Lalitha, devas did not respond?

The 27th Chapter of the Lalitopakhyana, from Brahmanda Purana, describes this story of the army of Lalitambika refusing to fight due to the Maya of Vishukra, the brother of Bhandasura. During the ...
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