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--Whose Vanshaj or descendents were Kaurav and Paandav? They trace their family line from Dushyant's Bharat, but Bharat's wives had killed all his nine sons. A son belongs to whom? Father or mother? But Bharat's son did neither belong his mother, nor his father
If he belongs to father, then where one should fit Karn? At least Paandav had their mortal father, but not Karn.
And if he belongs to mother then he is not the descendent of the father.
Thus where would fit all the children of Kuntee, including Karn?

[G-4-Van/61] From MBH statements it seems that Keechak was not the name of Sudeshnaa's brother. Rather Keechak was a tribe - Bheem killed 105 Keechak. And Keechak was a Soot and Sudeshnaa was the Princess of Kaikaya Desh.
How Keechak was Sudeshnaa's brother?
Was Sudeshnaa also a Soot's daughter or from that Keechak tribe?
If Sudeshnaa's family was different from Keechak's family then how Keechak was her brother? Was he her step-brother?
And if he was not her real brother why did she try to please him by sending Draupadee to him?

[G-4-Van/61] When Viraat ordered his people to burn the 106 bodies of Soot, he said - "Burn them in one pyre with gems and fragrant things..."
Is it that gems are also burnt with dead bodies? OR were they also burnt with dead bodies in those days?
This type of burning pyre does not show anywhere else.

--Pitaamaha Bheeshm made the war rules and Dhrishtdyumn agreed upon them without any hitch. One of those rules was that a person on a chariot should fight with someone else on a Chariot and a person on a horse will fight only with another horse rider.
If it was so then how did people like Arjun and Pitaamaha kill Lakhs of foot soldiers?

--Secondly, who broke the war rules in the first place? Was it not Arjun in his attempt to slay Pitaamaha, bringing Shikhandee in front of him, especially when Pitaamaha had already told them that he would not fight with him, because he would see Ambaa's shadow in him. Thus at that time he was weaponless, and under the war rules one should have not fought with a weaponless warrior.
Then if others broke the war rules, why to complain? I mean the killing of Abhimanyu. Why Arjun was so angry that he vowed to kill Jayadrath by next day evening before sunset, while Jayadrath did nothing. In fact the main criminal was Drone who told the way to kill him to Karn and then only the warriors could kill him.

--How was Geetaa divided into Chapters? Or was it delivered just like that randomly? Because what we see it now, it makes a lot of sense with each chapter being devoted to a single topic?
Was it something arbitrarily done by Vyaas Jee or the Shlok were arranged later meaningfully?

--When did Ghatotkach join the battle? Was he there from the first day? Or he came on the 13th day?
Because if he came in the beginning then we don't see any Ghatotkach type of fight, as we see on the 13th day, in previous 12 days; and if he came later, then why did he not come to the battlefield just in the beginning?

--Why wasn't Ashwatthaamaa punished for not calling back Brahmaastra back?
Is it permissible that when one does not know the full use of such an important weapon, he should use it?
Is it also permissible that if a weapon is released with one aim, and then it should be directed to some other equally bad purpose, as he did - first to kill Arjun and then to finish the child of Abhimanyu?

--After being cursed by Shringee Rishi, what Pareekshit did?
Did he listen to Bhaagvat Kathaa, as per Bhaagvat Puraan, or shut himself in a specially built palace according to Mahaabhaarat?
Bhaagvat Puraan version is correct or the MBH version is correct? Since both books are written by Vyaas Jee, why is this difference?

--There is another anomaly written by the same author, Ved Vyaas Jee ---
In MBH, Anushaasan Parv, Chap 14, Yudhishthir requests Bheeshm to recite Shiv's 1,000 names to him, but Bheeshm expresses his inability to describe Shiv and requests Krishn to describe them. Krishn tells the context that how once He had his Darshan. He tells the story of Upamanyu as how He met him and tells that how Upamanyu pleased Shiv. In that reference Upamanyu says to Krishn - "I then applied myself to the practice of the austere penances for gratifying Shankar. For 1,000 years I stood on my left toe. After that I passed 1,000 years, subsisting only upon fruits. The next 1,000 years I passed, subsisting upon the fallen leaves of trees. The next 1,000 years I passed, subsisting upon water only. After that I passed 700 years, subsisting on air alone. In this way, I adored Mahaadev for a full thousand years of the celestials."
With this statement Upamanyu took 1,000 + 1,000 + 1,000 + 1,000 + 700 years to please Shiv and he tells that he took full 1,000 years of celestials. It means 4,700 human years = 1,000 celestial years. This measurement of Time does not match with Bhaagvat Puraan Time measurement which is 360 human years = 1 celestial year. If he took equivalent to full 1,000 celestial years time on Prithvi, it should have been 36,000 years, because according to Bhaagvat Puraan to complete 1,000 celestial years he should have spent 36,000 human years on Prithvi; while he spent only 4,700 human years. See Time Measurement. Or which measurement did he use to measure this time?

--With all the settings in MBH, it seems that Ved Vyaas Jee was contemporary of the first generation of the MBH (Shaantanu and Satyavatee). But there comes a story about Ved Vyaas' son Shuk Dev Jee and Raajaa Janak that Vyaas Jee sent his Shuk Dev Jee to be initiated by him.. I think he is the same Janak who was the father of Seetaa, because only he is known as a great Aatm Gyaanee; and Vyaas Jee sent him to the same Raajaa Janak to be initiated by him only. Janak Jee lived in Tretaa Yug and Ved Vyaas Jee was in Dwaapar Yug.
How come that Vyaas Jee, born in the end of Dwaapar Yug, could send his son Shuk Dev Jee to Raajaa Janak who lived in Tretaa Yug? Read this story - Shuk Dev and Raajaa Janak  here. This story comes in Naarad Puraan, 1/24.

--Why did Janamejaya hear Mahaabhaarat from Vaishampaayan Jee?

--Draupadee's question - "Has she been rightly won or not?" is unanswered to the very end of the epic.

--Even Indra and Soorya were trying to protect their sons - Arjun and Karn, even asking one's life in alms and by cheating, then if Dhritraashtra was trying to protect his son, what was wrong in it?



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Created by Sushma Gupta On 03/09/02
Modified on 04/21/13