How could Abhimanyu or sons of Draupadi be around 16 years old during the war when it was said that Arjuna himself trained them in weapons, Dhoumya trained them in Veda, and the sacred-thread ceremony was also done even before the Rajasuya Sacrifice?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: The ages of the various characters of our epics have been a matter of great debate since forever. There are some popular versions like how it is said that Abhimanyu was 16 years old when he was killed on the battle-field, which would imply that the Pandavas (and Krishna) were…

Was Duryodhana a bad or a good king to his people?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Technically speaking, Duryodhana was never ‘king’. He remained self-proclaimed heir apparent until his death. Dhritarashtra was still King of Hastinapur before, during and immediately after the Kurukshetra war…at least until he renounced the throne and retired to the forests. Yes, Duryodhana wielded immense influence over his doting blind father, so…

How is King Dushyanta related to Mahabharata?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: It’s a long lineage spreading over several generations from Dushyanta to the main heroes that we are familiar with in the Mahabharata, viz., the Pandavas and the Kauravas. The entire lineage has been traced in the Adi Parva Book of the Mahabharata. I have added the link to the page…

Did Karna have any friendship with Krishna?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: I am not aware if it is explicitly mentioned if they shared any light moments together, but it is quite evident that Lord Krishna did indeed have a sense of deep respect for Karna. More so out of the fact that Krishna was aware of Karna’s actual parentage and also…