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The Megutti Jain Temple, Karnataka in #Aihole contains an inscription dating 634 CE.

The line number 18 & 19 are two shlokas which states that #KALIYUGA Started after 3101 BC

Let us see how Britishers hide it from us. ImageImage
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1st shloka says 3735 years has already elapsed since Bharatha war &

2nd Shloka says 556 years since Saka era is running (on date of inscription).

Considering Saka as 78AD

a) 78+556 - The Inscription dates 634 AD
b) 3735-634 = 3101 BC is set as #mahabharata war. ImageImageImageImage
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And you know what our Sanskrit Illiterate J F Fleet removed these important lines from Epigraphica Indica thrashing these IMPORTANT lines as subsequent additions and termed it as insignificant
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--Thread on Curses in the Mahābhārata--

The mahābhārata is an upāsaṇa śāstra. Every word of the ithihāsa has an inner meaning, even if the description is as commonplace that of mere foliage or flowers or environment.+

#Hinduism #mahabharata
The udyoga parva clarifies that the battle is upāsaṇa, the self is Yudhishthira, bhīma is meditation on Brahman, arjuna is the mind, nakula and sahādeva are the sama- damādi guṇās, Duryodhana is the body, Karna is lust or Kāma..+

#Hinduism #Mahabharata
One needs to read the text carefully to glean such meanings. Thus, let us focus on one – curses. The war is a precursor to and outcome of curses on participants by others. Knowing that the war is upāsaṇa, the curses are known to have inner meanings +

#Hinduism #Mahabharata
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Thread on AnushAsana Parva of MahabhArata

ecently, there was a fuss regarding ISKCON mistranslations of bhAgavataM where some Shaivas got offended (rightly so) by the depreciation of Shiva-devotees+
All that is well and good, but in the process, some started abusing the bhAgavataM itself as a "Saiva dveSha" book because it declares Shiva's body as panchabhUta-maya and his attainment as within the material world+
This led to some quoting sections of the anushAsana parva of mbh (upamanyu upAkhyAna) which has been clearly acknowledged to be interpolated and not in original palm leaves by the likes of Arjuna Misra+
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After the #AgrimaJoshua incident, most of my #NorthIndian friends (some are left-leaning) mocked me for criticising her & asked me what’s the big deal in addressing him as ‘Shivaji’.

This #Thread is for all of them who don’t know much about #ChhatrapatiShivajiMaharaj.

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Around 230 BCE, #Maharashtra came under the rule of the #Satvahana dynasty for 400 years.

It was also ruled by the Western Satraps, the #Guptas, Gurjaras-Pratiharas, Vatakas, Kadambas, Chalukyas, #Rashtrakutas and the Western #Chalukyas before finally, the #Yadava Rule.

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In short, #Maharashtra was ruled by #Hindu Kings.

Unfortunately, in the early 14th century, the Yadava Dynasty was overthrown by the Islamic Invader #AlauddinKhilji, who was then, the Sultan of #Delhi. This marked the beginning of #Islamic Rule in Maharashtra.

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Aspect of #KARMA in #Mahabharata

Starting the thread, Unroll and read this divinity

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Yes, Karma of Dhritarashtra led him to lose all his son. I have read two stories about it both are almost similar
After losing all his sons in a war Dhritrastra bowed down before Lord Krishna and prayed. “Oh, Lord! There cannot be anyone in this world who is as unfortunate as me. I was born blind, I never saw my children’s faces and I don’t know how they looked like.
I never did anything wrong in my life, I was limited by blindness. Why did I still have to go through this terrible punishment? What wrong did I do?”
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Some interesting facts about #Mahabharata [THREAD]
1. Duryodhan's real name was Suyodhana.
2. Bhishma was a cursed Vasu in his previous birth.
3. Bhima killed 98 Kaurava brothers in Archery duel, not with Mace.
4. Arjuna defeated Nivatkavachas & Kalkeyas, whom even the.. 1/n
..like of Indra and Ravana couldn't defeat.
5. Arjuna defeated Nivatkavachas & Kalkeyas, whom even the like of Indra and Ravana couldn't defeat.
6. Arjuna was ambidextrous and had conquered sleep as well, similar to Shri Lakshmana.
7. He'd also shoot in Dark and at an..
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..amazing speed. His arrows used to travel Miles. When Karna cut the string of his Gandiva on Day 17, he tied it so fast that no one could even notice what happened.
8. Arjuna is the 2nd greatest Archer in Hindu Epics & finds mention in Dhanurveda. 1st is obviously Sri Rama. 3/n
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INDIA was very advanced in MARITIME since antiquity. Latest Sigillography, Carbon-Dating findings are enough to force revision of our text books.
India dominated International TRADE around 3000 BC. #Lothal excavation was the missing link.

Please read on

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The very word Navigation is derived from the Sanskrit ‘Navgatih’ नवगतिः (नव+गति:)
There are mentions of marine activities in #Mahabharata & #Ramayana
Sanskrit words नाव बंधन कीलः (Anchor) वाता वस्त्रः, सतूला भागः (Hull), केनी पातः, कूपदण्डः, नवातालः,वृत्तासंघभागः few ex.

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There are humongous evidences from #lothal & other #mohanjodero excavations proving that Indians maintained their maritime activity throughout the ancient and mediaeval periods

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Thread: Why should we read #Mahabharata?

1. Establishes the perspective of Charturvidha Purushartha as the bedrock of life
- How does Moksha sustain Dharma
- How does Dharma sustain Artha, Kama
- The Rightful place of Artha, Kama in life

Through beautiful stories

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#Mahabharata

2. Espouses the cause of Dharma
- Defines it as the one that holds
- Presents facets/dimensions of it in all aspects of life
- The elusive, subtle & obvious aspects of it
- The principles of Dharma
- The importance of Tapas
- The need to explore Dharma

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#Mahabharata

3. A framework to explore ethical issues of Life

Presents a grand schema of ethical issues one faces in life through fascinating spectrum of stories.

Champions ways of thinking about Conflicts for a Resolution, relevant for all times. Lets us decide by self.

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A thread explaining the significance of #GuruPurnima.

ब्रह्मानन्दं परमसुखदं केवलं ज्ञानमूर्तिम्
द्वन्द्वातीतं गगनसदृशं तत्त्वमस्यादिलक्ष्यम् ।
एकं नित्यं विमलमचलं सर्वधीसाक्षीभूतम्
भावातीतं त्रिगुणरहितं सद्गुरुंतं नमामि ।
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The first full moon (Pournami) after the summer solstice in the month of Aashadhi is when the #Guru(#Adiyogi) first decided to enlighten his disciples & bestowed the Sapta Rishi's( 7 sages) with yogic understanding . Hence it is celebrated as #GuruPurnima . +
3/7 * Meaning of GURU *
Gu - Ignorance
Ru - Elimination
So a Guru is hailed as someone who imparts education & transfers the pearls of wisdom attained over years to his/her students thereby removing ignorance. Our life is incomplete without a Guru. +
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#Mahabharata thread #Gita
1- The concept of parallel universes in existence throughout the history of this universe was 1st revealed by Lord Vasudev Krishna to Arjuna in the Bhagavadgita only, for the 1st time ever in the history of mankind.
2- Vivaswan imparted the divine knowledge to Manu (the first human being) who inturn imparted the knowledge to king Ikshvaku of solar dynasty.
3- Lord Krishna also imparted this divine knowledge to Brahma during the start of secondary creation (Brahma was instructed by Lord Krishna to bring about the secondary creation).
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When Draupadi was granted a boon by Bhisma

During the initial days of the war, Kaurava lost a large number of its soldiers and were struggling to defeat the mighty Pandava’s.
Enraged by this, Duryodhan taunts Pitamaha Bhishma for his failure in killing the Pandava's stating that Pitamaha is partial towards the sons of Pandu and doesn't want them killed!
This infuriates Pitamaha and he vows to kill all the Pandava's the next day . ( i.e he will make planet Earth ‘Nishpandav’)

Listening to this , Shri Krishna becomes a little anxious because he knew that Pitamaha is valliant warrior who can easily kill the Pandava's .
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#bedtimestories #at11pm #Mahabharata After the end of the Mahabharata war, the Pandavs heard the sound of laughter. When they went near the source of the sound, they could see Barbarika’s head.
Barbarika was none other than the grandson of Bhima and Hidimba.
When he was a child he was taught by his grandmother Hidimba that one would be liberated even if he is killed by #Krishna
This lesson was engraved in his mind deeply & to fulfil this mission he performed austerities for years & obtained powerful weapons from various demi-gods
When the #Mahabharata war was about to begin Barbarika decided to take the side of Kauravas
When Krishna did not approve of this, he told Krishna that he would kill Pandavas at once and was about to shoot a weapon at them. Immediately he was beheaded by Lord’s Sudarshan chakra
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In response to questions, a brief #THREAD on the Mahabharata and whether it is myth or history.

#Mahabharata #history #myth #itihasa
Basics -- The #Mahabharata is an epic narrative that centers around two sets of cousins who both want a specific throne in northern India and fight over it in a cataclysmic war, with lots of side stories thrown it.

It was first written down in Sanskrit ~2,000 years ago.
When asking questions about historicity, whether something is true, some basics-

Onus is on proving it is true, not that it is false.

The answer doesn't have to be either-or; it can be fuzzy.

Historians care about beliefs & myth because they tell us what people think and value
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Reading something interesting on the Anniversary of #BirsaMunda . Didn't know the connection of Mundas with UP. As per some historic references, they migrated from Azamgarh around the time Ikshvaku ruled, right around the great deluge.
From UP, they moved to Bundelkhand. to Kalinjar. Mundas fought under the command of Vrihadvala in #Mahabharata
Post Mahabharata, after Kauravas lost, #Mundas moved to Bijnaur, Mundawar which became Madipur later.
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What is the difference between Prem (Love) and Moh (Ego)

Krishna Dronacharya Sanvad

(Happened on 15th day of #Mahabharata War just before the death of Drona when he got to know that Ashwathama had died and he sit in meditation on battlefield)
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Krishna came in dream of Drona while he was sitting on #Meditation and told him that his son is not died n still alive. By knowing it Drona asked him to allow him to break his meditation n return back to war but Krishna asked him to not to do so
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Krishna –
If your son is not dead today, he will die one day. U spend your entire life, all your learning for your son? Does your life has no other significance? What is the difference between you and king Dhritarashtra?
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@Lucky0149716336 @PencyS @LavanyaBallal @sambitswaraj @RahulGandhi @Pawankhera @GouravVallabh @srinivasiyc @srivatsayb @ArnazHathiram @chinmoyee5 @ManojMehtamm @mukeshtiwariji Just like the biggest #feku @PMOIndia @narendramodi
So also @bjp4india @sambitswaraj is a
#Compulsive #liar
I quote from Wikipedia
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"Writing for the Indian Express upon completion of the airing of the series' final episode, former bureaucrat S. S. Gill wrote
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@Lucky0149716336 @PencyS @LavanyaBallal @sambitswaraj @RahulGandhi @Pawankhera @GouravVallabh @srinivasiyc @srivatsayb @ArnazHathiram @chinmoyee5 @ManojMehtamm @mukeshtiwariji @PMOIndia @narendramodi @BJP4India Thread 2/8
that it was during his tenure as the secretary with the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in September 1985 that he contacted Ramanand Sagar in association with the project. Gill added that in a letter to Sagar, he had written about the Ramayana as a
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@Lucky0149716336 @PencyS @LavanyaBallal @sambitswaraj @RahulGandhi @Pawankhera @GouravVallabh @srinivasiyc @srivatsayb @ArnazHathiram @chinmoyee5 @ManojMehtamm @mukeshtiwariji @PMOIndia @narendramodi @BJP4India Thread 3/8
subject for the television series was ideal in that it was "a repository of moral and social values" and that its message was "secular and universal". He added that he had noted in the letter that Sagar's "real challenge would lie in seeing the epic
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Lessons from Mahabharata...

In Mahabharat, Karna asks Lord Krishna - "My mother left me the moment I was born. Is it my fault I was born an illegitimate child?

I did not get the education from Dhronacharya because I was considered not a Kshatriya.

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Parsuraam taught me but then gave me the curse to forget everything when he came to know I was Son of Kunthi belong to Kshatriya.

A cow was accidentally hit by my arrow & its owner cursed me for no fault of mine.

I was disgraced in Draupadi's Swayamvar.

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Even Kunthi finally told me the truth only to save her other sons.

Whatever I received was through Duryodhana's charity.

So how am I wrong in taking his side ???"

**Lord Krishna replies, "Karna, I was born in a jail.

Death was waiting for me even before my birth.

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Day 2 of #Mahabharata War

Star of the day 2 was Arjuna
Winner of day 2 – Pandavas

Major battles of day 2:
Bhishma vs Arjuna
Dronacharya vs Dhristdyumn
Kalinga Army vs Bhima
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Arjuna, realised that he had to try to kill Bhishma otherwise Bhisma would win the war at his own. Krishna steered Arjuna toward him. Arjuna and Bhishma fought a fierce battle that raged for hours
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Dronacharya and Dhrishtadyumn similarly engaged in a duel in which Drona defeated Dhrishtadyumn when Drona was about to kill him, Bhima intervened and rescued Dhrishtadyumn. Furious Duryodhana sent the troops of Kalinga Kingdom to attack Bhima
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#Mahabharata War – Day 1

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Day 1 was full of action, 1000s of warriors/soldiers lost their life.
Star of the day was Gangaputra Bhishma who single-handedly destroyed Pandava Army. He slaughtered Pandava Army in such way that by end of evening Yudhisthir accepted his defeat
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Memorable moments of day 1 war was
Krishna’s Gita updesh to Arjuna
Battle of Bhishma and Abhimanyu
Shalya vs Uttar
Battle of Bhisma and Matsaya King Virata’s son Shveta
If Shveta had not stopped the Bhishma, He cud have destroyed the Pandava Army in a single days.
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Highlights of Day 1
Pandava army approached from West side n Kaurava from East side. As war was about to start Arjuna saw his beloved in opposite side n felt sick n asked Krishna that he cud not fight against them and was ready to fight only after consultation of Krishna
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SC is hearing plea by Adv Prashant Bhushan seeking quashing of FIR against him in Gujarat, for allegedly hurting religious sentiments in light of his critical comments on twitter, in context of Union Min. P. Javadekar’s picture watching the #Ramayana
@pbhushan1 @PrakashJavdekar
FIR was registered against him in Gujarat’s Rajkot by a retired Army personnel Jaydev Joshi for “hurting Hindu religious sentiments” by using objectionable language against #Ramayana and #Mahabharata being shown on DD.

@pbhushan1
@PrakashJavdekar
Justice Bhushan to Senior Advocate Dushyant Dave: "Mr Dave, anybody can watch anything on TV. How can you say people cannot watch this and that ?"

Dave: "No we are not on people watching something on TV. But we are on FIR"
@pbhushan1
@PrakashJavdekar
#Ramayana
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Good morning..
I was talking to a friend of mine who was sharing how her 12 yr old is hooked on to Harry Potter books and will not let it go. I asked whether she has given her child Ramayana and Indian books – n she replied that ‘My kid does not find it very interesting!’
I was shocked. Why are our kids not reading our books but are fixated with Western fantasy epics.
1. All have the central ‘Good vs Evil’ theme. Hero’s journey with challenges until he defeats the evil villian.
2. All are rich in characters..

#harrypotter #hinduepics
Is it due to the fact that our books lack the mystical characters of Harry Potter that draws the kids to it? Maybe the characters in Ramayan and Hindu dharma have not been interpreted in vivid details to fascinate the youngsters.
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1/15 In the #Mahabharata TV Serial It was shown that only Kuru n Pandava were the greatest warriors at that era but that's not true there were more great warriors in different part of Bharat and fought the Kurukshetra battle.
This thread in on all such warriors
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Pl read this thread to understand the warrior level system and difference among different levels in ancient India
3/15 Satyaki (Pandava side) : Satyaki was a Yadav warrior and adopted son of Satyaka (Son of Krishna). He was student of Arjuna and Drona and a great follower of Krishna. Kritaverma and Satyaki were two great warriors of Narayani Sena. He was Atirathi
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Life lessons from our Puranas..
ಮಾಡರ್ನ್ ಅಧ್ಯಾತ್ಮ!

ಭಗವಾನ್ ಶ್ರೀಕೃಷ್ಣನ ಅಂತ್ಯದ ಕಥೆ ಎಲ್ಲರಿಗೂ ತಿಳಿದೇ ಇದೆ. ಆದ್ರೂ ಅದನ್ನ ಚುಟುಕಾಗಿ ಹೇಳ್ತೇನೆ

ಅತಿಯಾದರೆ ಅಮೃತವೂ ವಿಷವೇ..
ಮಹಾಭಾರತದ ಕೊನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ, ತನ್ನ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಮಕ್ಕಳನ್ನು ಕಳೆದುಕೊಂಡ ದುಃಖ ಹಾಗೂ ಸಿಟ್ಟಲ್ಲಿದ್ದ ಗಾಂಧಾರಿಯ ಶ್ರೀಕೃಷ್ಣನನ್ನು ಕಾರಣಕರ್ತ ನಾಗಿಸಿ
ಅವನಿಗೆ ಶಾಪಿಸುತ್ತಾಳೆ "36 ವರ್ಷಗಳ ನಂತರ ನೀನು ನಿನ್ನ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಬಂಧುಗಳನ್ನು ಕಳೆದುಕೊಳ್ಳುವಂತಾಗಲಿ. ನಿನ್ನ ಯದುಕುಲವು ತಮ್ಮಲ್ಲೇ ಕಚ್ಚಾಡಿ ಕೊನೆಗೊಳ್ಳಲಿ. ನೀನು ಒಂಟಿಯಾಗಿ ಕಾಡಲ್ಲಿ ಮೃಗದಂತೆ ಮರಣ ಹೊಂದುವತಾಗಲಿ." (Refer ಮೌಸಲ parva).
ಕೃಷ್ಣನು ಅವಳನ್ನು ಅಪ್ಪಿ, ಸಾಂತ್ವನ ಮಾಡಿ, ಖುಷಿಯಿಂದ ಈ ಶಾಪವನ್ನು ಒಪ್ಪುತ್ತಾನೆ.
ಇದೇನು ಕೃಷ್ಣನಿಗೆ ತಿಳಿಯದೆ ಇದ್ದದ್ದಲ್ಲ. ಮಹಾಭಾರತದ ನಂತರ ತನ್ನ ಜನರು ಅಹಂಕಾರ ಭರಿತರಾಗಿ, ನೈತಿಕತೆ ಮರೆತು ದಾರಿ ತಪ್ಪಿ ಒಂದು Tipping point ಬಂದಾಗ- ಅವರೂ ಕೊನೆಗೊಳ್ಳುವುದು ಅವರ ಕರ್ಮ. ಇದನ್ನು ಅರಿತ ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಪರಮಾತ್ಮ ಸುಮ್ಮನೆ ಇರುತ್ತಾನೆ.

ಸಾಂಬ ಪ್ರಸಂಗ:
ಇದೆಲ್ಲಾ ಕಳೆದು, ಒಂದು ದಿನ ವಿಶ್ವಾಮಿತ್ರ, ವಸಿಷ್ಠ, ದೂರ್ವಾಸ, ನಾರದ ಮುನಿ
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Under #RajivPM’s leadership India saw television kranti - #Doordarshan made many memorable serials.

#Ramayan was made on Rajivji’s suggestion

Followed by mega epic #Mahabharata

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Timeless classics like #MileSurMeraTumhara #EkChidiya and several serials like #Tamas #Buniyaad #Humlog and many others were created under Rajivs Premiership 🙏🏻

India was young, smart, vibrant and united under #RajivGandhi 🙏🏻

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@threadreaderapp unroll please 🙏🏻
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