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1-General Questions-1

Who is a Soot Putra
"Kshatriya husband + Braahman wife = Soot Putra". If we agree this equation then our history should be full of Soot.

(1) Chandra Vanshee King Yayaati was a Kshatriya who married the Braahman girl Devayaanee. It means their children, Yadu etc all should be called "Soot". Although they were disinherited, still there was a Yadu Vansh. Only Puru, born of the Asur Princess Sharmishthaa, got the throne. It shows that from the King Yayaati onward, the Chandra Vansh was a mixed Vansh.

That's why, maybe - "Kshatriya husband + Braahman wife = Soot"
should be a much later equation, otherwise all our mathematics would be wrong.

Soorya Vansh in Kali Yug
According to Bhaagvat Puraan, 9/6, Brihadwal, a Soorya Vanshee king, was killed by Abhimanyu. And Pareekshit was the first Chandra Vanshee king of Kali Yug. Then Shuk Dev Jee gives the names future kings of Soorya Vansh (of Kali Yug) - some 31 kings' names are listed there. Has anyone heard these names in Kali Yug?

"Brihadwal's son will be Brihadran, his son will be Urukriya, his son will be Vatsavriddh, his son will be Prativyom, his son will be Bhaanu and Bhaanu's son will be an Army-chief Divaak. Divaak's son will be Sahadev, his son will be Brihadashwa, his son will be Bhaanumaan, his son will be Prateekaashwa and his son will be Suprateek, his son will be Marudev, and his son will be Sunakshatra, his son will be Pushkar, his son will be Antariksh, his son will be Sutapaa, and his son will be Amitrajit. Amitrajit will have Brihad Raaj, his son will be Barhi, his son will be Kritanjaya, his son will be Rananjaya, his son will be Sanjaya, his son will be Shaakya, his son will be Shuddhod, his son will be Laangal, his son will be Prasenjit and his son will be Kshudrak. Kshudrak's son will be Ranak, his son will be Surath and his son will be the last king of this Vansh - Sumitra. After him this Soorya Vansh will end in Kali Yug."

Who killed Mahishaasur?
Who killed Mahishaasur? Kaalee or Kaarttikeya (Shiv's son)?

(1) In MBH, G-4-Van/43, Maarkandeya Jee tells the story of Kaarttikeya's killing of Mahishaasur.
(2) MBH, Drone, 165 says - "Ghatotkach said to Ashwatthaamaa (as he proceeded towards Saatyaki) - "Wait I will kill you as Kaarttik killed Mahish Raakshas."
(3) [G-6-War/23] Devee Bhaagvat says, Kaalee killed Mahishaasur.
(4) Even Durgaa Chaaleesaa says -
Mahishaasur Nrip Ati Abhimaanee, Jehi Agha Bhaar Mahee Akulaanee
Roop Karaal Kaali ko Dhaaraa, Sen Sahit Tum Tihi Sanhaaraa
(5) Devee's one name is Mahishaasur Mardinee also.
So who killed Mahishaasur - Kaarttik? or Devee Kaalee? or Durgaa?

Mention of Foreign Countries in Hindu Scriptures
It is not a doubt in fact, it is just a mention for knowledge and information for others.

Normally our Hindu scriptures whenever mention about the world, it seems that it was all Bhaarat Varsh, nothing else. There was nothing else at all. So I was wondering where were all the other countries which we find on our Earth today, in those times?

Tulasee's Maanas and Vaalmeeki's Raamaayan do not mention any other country other than Bhaarat Varsh, except Lankaa which also doesn't seem to be actual foreign country, because its guards (Khar, Dooshan and Shoorpankhaa) were living in southern India, because there was no land in Lankaa for them to live so they were protecting their place from here.

Mahaabhaarat mentions about Gaandhaar, but Gaandhaar (Kandhaar of today) was also a part of Bhaarat Varsh in olden days. It is the first time I am reading a foreign country's name in our scriptures - Mahaabhaarat, and that is China. Its mention shows that there existed this country (China) at the time of Mahaabhaarat. It has been mentioned twice -
(1) once when Paandav were coming back from Kuber's Garden. In fact at that time three countries' names are mentioned - China, Daarad, and Kulind.  Since China name is familiar, that is why we can say it is a foreign country, but other names are not familiar. They also might be the names of foreign countries or may be the names of some parts of India.
(2) Another time it is mentioned when Krishn was coming for peace talks to Hastinaapur, Dhritraashtra orders to arrange deer skins from China. It means that not only it was there, but also it was famous for its deer sins. It is really strange.
Both the incidents show that in those times, China was not a foreign country, rather it was a part of Bhaarat Varsh, where Paandav made their way and later from where Dhritraashtra could get those deer skins?

Mention of Other States
It is also not a doubt, but just an observation and a mention only. Karn Parv, 12 mentions some other uncommon states in their present names, other than North Indian states. They are - Keral, Aandhra, Kaanchee.

It is said that there is no mention of Raashi (astrological Signs) in MBH
Quote the passage from Nilakanth, where it is said that the Sun was in Tulaa (Raashi). Further Brahm Raashi is mentioned in the MBH, though the name of that Raashi was changed to Makar Raashi in the Bhaagvat Puraan.

Bheeshm died on Shukla Ashtamee as the MBH clearly states that "Tribhaag ashesh (ie, tribhaagaanaam shesh bhaag or the last one-third portion of the Paksh) was still remaining to become Shukla Paksh.
In fact, Raashi do appear in the ancient Shaastra including Ved and Puraan (the fifth Ved) and it is not anti-Vaidik if the Indian astrology is called Vaidik astrology. I have shown it to you that Astrology was referred to by Manu also which proves that the Indians knew astrology much before the Greeks. Sakendra Kaal and Sakant Kaal vis a vis the date of Varaah Mihir.

Do Devtaa Eat and Drink?
(G-3-Youth/15) Sabhaa Parv, Section 8, while Naarad describes Devtaa's courts to Yudhishthir, he says that "in Yam's court one doesn't feel hunger and thirst", at the same time he says that "in his court several kinds of juices, delicious edibles, sweet are available".

At other places also we find that Devtaa do not feel hunger etc, for example in Vaalmeeki Raamaayan, 7/30, when Raam goes to Agastya Muni, the Muni gives Him an ornament. Raam asks him, "Where did you get it?" Then he tells Him the story of the King Shwet as how he was eating his own flesh on the earth because he was feeling hungry in Brahm Lok while he should not have felt that.
Then what is the use of those delicious edible things in Yam's court? And do Devtaa eat and drink? If they do not eat then where the Aahuti offered in the Yagya go to?

Kosal and Ayodhyaa
In Raam's times, in Tretaa Yug, we heard that Kosal was the country and Ayodhyaa was its capital. But here in MBH, 2/29, when Bheem goes for Victory tour for Yudhishthir's Raajsooya Yagya, he conquers two regions - Kosal and Ayodhyaa separately. Brihadwal was the King of Kosal and Deerghayaaghn was the King of Ayodhyaa. So it seems that in Tretaa Yug they became two countries.

Another query is that when there is a mention of Ambikaa and Ambaalikaa, Vyaas Jee refers them to the Princesses of Kosal, except in the beginning when Bheeshm went to bring them for Vichitraveerya. At that time he went to Kaashee to bring them. How they became the Princesses of Kosal later?

Who is a Shoodra?
When Yudhishthir was doing his Raajsooya Yagya, he asked Sahadev to invite all Braaman, Kshatriya, Vaishya and respectable Shoodra to his Yagya. ( G-3-Youth/23) This shows that even Shoodra also were respectable in MBH times. (and MBH times was not of a very long duration - it was just roughly 150 years at the end of Dwaapar Yug).
Then when Shoodra were restricted to such religious activities?

Dark Complexion
In Mahaabhaarat, it is said at several places, that Arjun, Nakul, Sahadev were of dark complexion; Draupadee was of dark complexion; Maharshi Ved Vyaas was also of dark complexion. Drone was also of dark complexion. (G-2-Childhood/1) Eklavya was also of dark complexion. ( MBH 1-Aadi/134)
What does that mean? Was there any dark complexioned race at that time in Bhaarat Varsh? Although with these few examples we cannot make any inference about this, because we do not get other people's description, but still it is a matter to think.

Women Offered Water Oblations to Dead
G-7-Post-War/3 shows that in Mahaabhaarat times women were allowed to offer water oblations to their dead husbands, fathers, brothers, grandsons etc.
Are they allowed to do that?



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