- Mahabharata is one of the most valuable Vedic scripture written by Maharishi Vedvyas.
- The fifth Vedic scripture and one of the longest epics narrate the war of Kauravas and the Pandavas of Hastinapura.
- While Mahabharata is announced to be premiered on Hotstar, let’s catch up on the story from the Draupadi side.
- Pandavas had to live an exile life after losing the Chaupar game to 99 Kauravas.
1. Why did the Mahabharata war take place?
Mahabharata is the Hindu epic which is a fifth Vedic scripture. It narrated the war of Kurukshetra between Kauravas and Pandavas for the throne of Hastinapur.
2. Bhagwat Gita also originated from Mahabharata
Even The Bhagwad Gita came out from this epic while Krishna was passing on his teachings to Arjuna while riding the chariot for him.
3. The initial name of the epic Mahabharat was Jayam or Jaya
Mahabharta was originally renowned with the name Jayam or Jaya. The original epic was first called Jaya, then it was called Vijaya, before calling it Bharata, and then finally Mahabharata.
4. Karna’s death in Mahabharata was completely cursed
Karna who accidentally killed a cow thinking it was a wild animal was cursed. The owner of the cow curse him to be killed when he was not in a ready position on the war field. Similarly happened, Karna was shot to death by Arjuna while removing the chariot wheel from the mud.
5. Duryodhana is the title given by guru Dronacharya
The eldest of all Kauravas Duryodhana received his title name after defeating Balram in a fight. Duryodhana actually meant the warrior which cannot be defeated. It’s now obvious that it’s not his birth name. Not to make you more curious, his birth name is Suyodhana which is not so popular in the Mahabharata
6. Dushala was the only sister to 99 Kaurava brothers in Mahabharata
The only sister amidst 100 Kauravas in Mahabharata was Dushala. She was married to Jayadratha who also participated in the Kurukshetra war to defeat the Pandavas. He was the one who tried to kidnap Draupadi in their exile life.
7. Draupadi had a magical vessel Akshaya Patra which never get empty
The magical vessel of Mahabharata is the Leela of Lord Krishna. He made sure his sister’s house never face the issue of lack of food so, he turned an ordinary vessel into Akshaya Patra. It is always full of food and thus, no famine occurred while the Pandavas lived an exile life.
8. Arjuna’s son Abhimanyu was actually a demon soul
Abhimanyu was an incarnation of a very powerful demon named (Kalayvan). He was destined to die in Chakravyu as he lack the knowledge of the same. Meanwhile, this would bring him moksha.
9. The youngest Pandava Sahadev could foresee the future in Mahabharata
The youngest brother of Pandavas Sahadev had the power to see the future but received a curse to die if he revealed his extraordinary power. He also had the idea of all the events of the Kurukshetra war but remained silent as Krishna stopped him from revealing the mystery.
10. Why did Pandu want his son to eat his flesh post his death?
Pandu wanted his sons to eat his flesh post his death as he wanted to transfer the knowledge he had gained over his life period. Only Sahadev the youngest son ate his flesh and thus, he got the extraordinary skill to see the future, like an astrologer or a genius.
11. Arjuna actually had four wives in Mahabharata
Arjuna was not the husband of Krishna’s sisters Subhadra and Draupadi. He also had two other wives apart from these ladies. The other wives were Chitrangada (Manipura) and Ulupi (Naga).
12. Dhristadyumna was actually a reincarnation of Eklavya to kill Drona
Dhristadyumna the warrior who killed Guru Drona in Mahabharata was no other than the reincarnation of Eklavya. As per the boon of Krishna, his cousin Eklavya was blessed to take revenge on Drona through rebirth. Krishna killed Eklavya while he was protecting his father and there was definitely a rebirth pending to destroy Drona.
13. Vidur was the avatar of Yamaraj
The half-brother of kings Dhritarashtra and Pandu of Hastinapura, Vidur was actually the avatar of Yamraj. He also served as the prime Minister of the Kuru Kingdom. On the other hand, he was actually a son of a maid.