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Abhimanyu

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One of the Pāṇḍava faction in the Mahābhārata; son of Arjuna and Subhadrā. At the age of sixteen, he is killed in a cowardly fashion on the thirteenth day of the war against the Kauravas,...

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Āraṇyakaparvan

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The third book of the Mahābharata. This is one of the longest books in the epic, but it contains much non-narrative material, swelling out the Pāṇḍavas' twelve years of exile in the forest...

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Arjuna

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A Kshatriya prince in the Mahabharata, one of the two main characters in the Bhagavadgita, the charioteer to whom Krishna gives counsel during the battle.

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Ashvins

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The Ashvins are twin horse gods, sons of the sun and a mare, who father the Pandava twins Nakula and Sahadeva with Pandu's wife, Madri, in the Hindu epic the Mahabharata.

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aśvamedha

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An elaborate Vedic śrauta ritual, culminating in the sacrifice of a horse. First mentioned in the Ṛg Veda (but with parallels across Indo-European cultures), it is discussed at length in...

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Aśvatthāman

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A protagonist in several key episodes in the Mahābhārata. The son of Droṇa, and so a brahmin warrior, he fights for the Kaurava faction in the battle against the Pāṇḍavas. When his father...

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Aśvins

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(Skt., aśva, ‘horse’).

Two Hindu, Vedic, deities, who appear at dawn, drawn in a golden carriage by horses or birds. They are associated with light and the sun, and are...

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Avatars of Viṣṇu

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The god Viṣṇu (see Viṣṇu) assumes various earthly forms in Hindu mythology (see Hinduism entries) in order to restore cosmic order. The first avatar was the great horned fish who saved...

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Bhagavadgita

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A sacred Hindu poem composed between the 2nd century bc and the 2nd century ad and incorporated into the Mahabharata. Presented as a dialogue between the Kshatriya prince Arjuna and his...

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Bharata

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The tribe which took part in the war described in the Mahābhārata, and the name of several notable Āryans; hence also the name (Bharat) of modern India.

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