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    33: Why do many think that Bhima was a violent, brash warrior?

    Here is a post on Bhima's humility and courage. When Hanuman offers to destroy the Kauravas for him, Bhima humbly rejects the offer and says that the Pandavas only need hanuman's blessings. A popular argument by Duryodhan 'fans'is that "Bhima bullied the Kauravas in childhood". How will a...
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    32: Why was Duryodhana not automatically the next king even though he was the eldest son of the eldest son?

    Duryodhana's biggest complaint was that he was the eldest son of the eldest son, Dhritarashtra, so he should get the throne automatically. However, in the Kuru clan, this rule was not followed unless the eldest son was also the most qualified to rule. Earlier, Yayati's eldest son Yadu did not...
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    31: Who conceived first #Kunti or #Gandhari? Who was born first?

    Kunti's son Yudishtira was born first despite Gandhari having conceived a whole year earlier than Kunti. When she heard of Yudishtira's birth, Gandhari was terribly disturbed and she hit her pregnant stomach violently. As a result, she delivered a ball of flesh. Vyasa, who had given her the boon...
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    30: Who was Adiratha, the adoptive father of Karna?

    Adiratha was the younger prince of the royal household of the kingdom of Anga. Since he was younger, he was not heir to the throne of Anga. However, he was still a prince and enjoyed royal privileges. Karna grew up in prosperity with this princely family. Perhaps this was why Kunti did not try...
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    26: Who was Bhishma? What is the story behind his birth?

    The curse that resulted in the birth of Bhishma: The 8 Vasus stole Vasishta's cow and as a consequence were cursed to be born as mortals. The Vasu who instigated them was Dyou and he was cursed to live for a long time on Earth, remaining childless. The others would be delivered from their...
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    25: Is the Mahabharatha written from the Pandavas' point of view?

    A common idea is that the Mahabharatha is written with great partiality to the pandavas. This is definitely not true and Vyasa makes sure to mention the good deeds and courage of ALL characters. The most obvious thing that tells us that the story is not at all written from the Pandava point of...
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    Post 24: The Ekalavya - Krishna connection. Why Ekalavya is NOT a tragic hero.

    Everyone knows Ekalavya as a dedicated student who practiced archery on his own but credited his success to Guru Drona who had rejected him. Yet Drona asked for his thumb. Only this part of the story appears in Vyasa MB so we think of Ekalavya as a tragic hero and Drona as the 'villain'. If we...
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    Story 1: The Triumph of Brihannala: Chapter 2: I, Arjuna

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    21: Can the Mahabharatha be read at home?

    There is a common notion that the Mahabharatha should not be read at home, that not even a copy should be kept at home. Nothing could be further from the truth. THIS is what the epic says at the end, after a recounting of the diverse benefits of reading it (phalashruti). It is very evidently...
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    20: Karna was NOT rejected by Drona, he was Drona's student

    With Star Plus retelecasting its' version of the Mahabharat, unfortunately many, many wrong ideas that were shown in this show are also spreading all over again. The most horribly wrong of these was that Karna was denied education by Drona because of caste. This is absolutely wrong and Karna WAS...


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