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    18- Why are Yudishtira, Bheema and Arjuna known as the Parthas?

    That Arjuna is known as Partha is common knowledge, but in the MB, Yudisthira is also quite frequently called Partha by krishna and the others. All the three sons of Kunti are called 'Partha' since they are sons of Pritha, who was later known by the name Kunti. Pritha's father was Sura who was...
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    17- Why ‘Karna was killed when he was UNARMED’ is a foolish argument

    There is this very common idea that in the final battle, Karna was killed ‘unfairly’ by Arjuna when he was UNARMED. This is quite an illogical argument and here are my reasons for saying so. First of all, let me ask you this: As kids, you must have played simple games like running- catching...
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    16-Common Mahabharatha stories that do NOT appear in the epic at all

    The Mahabharatha is a story that is known almost across India. In different places we get to hear slightly different versions. Even the translations from the original verses have their differences with the Southern recensions including some things, leaving some things out, the Bengali versions...
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    15- Bhishma’s fall in the war and his death- Part 2

    (Contd.) As the fight is going on, Bhishma decides that it is time for him to end his life on earth. He has a boon from his father that he can choose the time of his death. “I should, however, now wish my own death, this being the proper hour”. Ascertaining this to be the resolve of Bhishma of...
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    15- Bhishma’s fall in the war and his death -Part 1

    Bhishma is the eldest of the Kurus, a person for whom the Pandavas, especially Arjuna, has great respect and love. Yet, in the way, Bhishma is in Duryodhana’s side and it is up to Arjuna to fight him and defeat him. Arjuna is unable to fight to his full capacity with Bhishma and Krishna often...
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    14- When does Karna know he is Kunti's son

    The Pandavas go to war at Kurukshetra without knowing that they are fighting against not just their cousin Duryodhana, their gurus and grandfather but also their eldest brother Karna, who was born to Kunti in secret. However, Karna is aware that the Panadavas are his brothers, that Abhimanyu and...
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    13- Karna’s death and the view that he was killed unfairly

    In the final battle between Karna and Arjuna, Karna dies after Arjuna cuts his head off with the Anjalika weapon. It is a long drawn battle between two excellent bowmen. The armies of both sides are watching from the sidelines. Arjuna’s brothers and his friends as well as Duryodhana and his...
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    12- Who was responsible for Draupadi's insult after the game of dice

    In the story of the Mahabharatha, it is generally thought that the Kauravas, that is Duryodhana, Dusshasana and the rest of the brothers followed the path of adharma while the Pandavas followed the path of dharma. The Kaurava brothers carried out many acts of adharma. Even when they were...
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    11- The story behind why Krishna died after being shot in the sole of his foot

    36 years after the great war ended, Krishna’s life comes to an end too, leaving his beloved friend Arjuna shattered. As per Gandhari’s curse, Krishna’s clan destroys itself fighting against one another. Seeing the people all fighting with each other and kill each other, Balarama gives up his...
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    10- The son of Dhritarashtra who came to the Pandava side before the war

    The Mahabharatha war was a war between right and wrong, dharma and adharma. In the geeta, Krishna talks about how he takes form on the earth whenever dharma is in danger and sets things right again. The great war also a tool used by Krishna to set right the imbalance, establish dharma again on...
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    Post 9- Bhishma’s boon of choosing his time of death

    When the Kurukshetra ends with the death of Duryodhana, his 11 akshauhini army has been fully destroyed. Almost every single warrior on his side has been killed. Only Kripa and Ashwtattama remain apart from Kritavarma from Krishna’s Narayani sena. But there is one great warrior who had been...
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    Post 8- Bhishma tells the Vishnu Sahasranama to Yudishtira

    The Vishnu Sahasranama is chanted in millions of homes every single day and believed to be very powerful. These 1000 names of Lord Vishnu were first told to Yudishtira by Bhishma after the end of the great war. This is part of the Anushasana Parva in the great epic. The war has ended, and after...
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    Post 7- What boon helped Jayadratha hold off 4 Pandava brothers from entering the chakravyuha behind Abhimanyu?

    Arjun killed Jayadratha on the 14th day of the great war to avenge the death of Abhimanyu. It was Jayadratha who had closed up the gap in the chakravyuha where Abhimanyu had broken through and it was he who prevented Bhima and the other 3 Pandava brothers from following the young boy inside and...
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    Post 6- Why did Arjuna vow to kill Jayadratha and not Karna, who cut down Abhimanyu’s bow?

    Author's note: Based on the English translation of the original Mahabharatha by Kisari Mohan Ganguli. Arjuna’s son Abhimanyu dies on the 13th day of the great war. Arjuna is at the other end of the battlefield fighting the Trigarthas and here, Drona has formed the chakravyuyha to capture...
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    Post 5- Duryodhana’s sister

    It is commonly known that the blind king Dhritarasthra had a 100 sons from Gandhari- the princes who came to be called the Kauravas, the eldest being Duryodhana. However, these 100 sons were not the only children the couple had. They also had one daughter, Dusshala. As the story goes, Gandhari...
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    Post 4- The ages of Karna, the Pandavas and Kauravas

    Author's note: Based on the English translation of the original Mahabharatha by Kisari Mohan Ganguli. If you look at the serials and shows that come on TV based on the Mahabharatha, the Pandavas, Duryodhana, Dushashana and Karna are all shown to be more or less in the same age group. In fact...
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    Post 3- The Gandiva- how did it come to Arjuna and where did it go after his lifetime?

    Author's note: Based on the English translation of the original Mahabharatha by Kisari Mohan Ganguli. When we talk about the Gandiva bow, we automatically think of Arjuna. In fact, we never think of Arjuna and Gandiva separately at all. It is like one cannot exist without the other. But...
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    Post 2- How Arjuna proved his identity to Uttarakumaran

    Author's note: Based on the English translation of the original Mahabharatha by Kisari Mohan Ganguli. Towards the end of the Pandava agnyatha vaasa, the five brothers and Draupadi are living in the kingdom of King Virat. Arjuna is the eunuch Brihannala who teaches dance and music to princess...
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    Post 1- Why did Abhimanyu die so young?

    Author's note: Based on my understanding of the English translation of the original Mahabharatha by Kisari Mohan Ganguli. Arjuna’s son Abhimanyu died on the 13th day of the Mahabharatha war at the young age of 16. He is one of the most tragic heroes of the great epic. Reading about how young...