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Mahabharata is the most incredible tale ever told to mankind. It forms one of the pillars of Hindu Dharma and it’s moral values have a huge impact on millions of people.
Many believe the Mahabharata war is said to have occurred before the transition of Dwapara Yuga to Kali Yuga (Concept of Four Yugas). Dating the Mahabharata war and the start of Kaliyuga has been elusive and going on for many centuries, as per an article on VedicFeed.
People have been debating over the historical accuracy or evidence/proofs about the story and the occurrence of Mahabharata for a long time. Many people question the occurrence and existence of Mahabharata. They speculate if it was a work of fiction or not?
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Mahabharata is completely real and it did take place.
There are numerous archaeological and scientific evidence to prove the occurrence and existence of Mahabharata. Read the points below to know the difference between what is ‘reality’ and what is a ‘myth’ about Mahabharata.
1.) It has been mentioned in the epic that Mahabharata is an “Itihasa” which means history and thus it means that Mahabharata took place.
The words “Purana” and “Itihasa” were created to denote history that occurred at different phases in the past. If Mahabharata was a piece of fiction then the writer would’ve stated it to be “Maha Kavya” or “Katha”.
2.) It is mentioned in Aadiparva, Adhyaya 62 that the records of the Bharat-Dynasty are recorded in the Mahabharata. A number of dynasties with their long lineage of kings (more than 50 from Manu) have been presented in the work. If it were just fiction, 4-5 kings would have sufficed to build the story on.
3. If you read the description of Kaliyuga as mentioned in Mahabharata, you will realize that whatever Shri Krishna had said, is a complete match with the modern world which exists today. Everything mentioned in the epic was written thousands of years ago, so how do you think someone can predict so much in a work of fiction? (If you consider it one!)
4.) With the help of Marine archaeology, much shreds of evidence were found in support of Mahabharata. The ancient port city of Lord Krishna, Dwaraka, was found entirely submerged in water in Gujarat.
It’s massive fort walls, piers, wharves and jetty has been found in the ocean and they tally with the description of them given in Mahabharata.
5.) The Sanskrit verse from the Mausala Parva 7 verse 40 of the Mahabharata, describes the submergence of Dwaraka in the ocean.
“After all the people had set out, the ocean flooded Dwaraka, which still teemed with a wealth of every kind. Whatever portion of land was passed over, the ocean immediately flooded over with its waters.”
6.) More than 35 sites in the Northern part of India have provided archaeological evidence of Mahabharata. These sites have also been identified as the ancient cities which have been mentioned in the Mahabharata.
Copper utensils, seals, iron, silver & gold ornaments, terracotta discs, and painted grey ware pottery have all been found in these sites. Scientific dating of these artifacts corresponds to the non-Aryan-invasion model of Indian antiquity.
7.) The dynasties that have been mentioned in the Ramayan and the Mahabharata coincide with each other. In fact, the relationships between various kings and their dynasties in both the “epics” match with each other. Why do you think that even the small details match between the two “epics”?
Mahabharata took place after Ramayan. If it were a piece of fiction, why would the writer of the Mahabharata copy the same thoughts and characters as mentioned by the author of Ramayana?
8. ) Megasthenes, the Greek historian, has stated that Chandragupta Maurya was the 138th King in the lineage of Lord Krishna.
This shows that Lord Krishna existed at that time and Mahabharata did occur.
9.) The places stated in Mahabharata are actual places. They all are identified as real places. For example, Hastinapur is located in UP. Indraprastha is the present-day Delhi. The city of Dwarka is located on the Gujarat coast.
10.) The Udyoga Parva of Mahabharata portrays that, not long before the War, Lord Krishna went to Hastinapur in the month of Kartika and on the day when the moon was at the asterism Revati.
On His approach to Hastinapur, Krishna rested for a day at a spot called Brikasthala, and on that day the moon was at the asterism Bharani. The day on which Duryodhana turned down all the endeavors of Krishna and made the war unavoidable, the moon was resting at the asterism Pushya.
11.) Krishna left Hastinapura with Karna, on the day when the moon had not arrived at the asterism Uttara Phalguni.
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Karna went with Him to see Him off and he at that point, portrayed to the Lord the places of planets in the sky and expressed his apprehension that such a planetary arrangement represented an awful sign, for example, an enormous death toll and dousing of blood. Vyasa portrayed all these planetary arrangements in sixteen verses as though somebody was explaining it in the wake of envisioning them in the sky.
12.) The nation, India, is named Bharat after ruler Bharata (child of Dushyant and Shakuntala). What nation would be named after the hero of a fictional piece!?
13.) European researchers brought in India, the nomadic Aryan clans, after 1500 BC.
How could these Aryans make the Sanskrit language, attain so much knowledge and compose every one of these writings before 700 BC? Incredible Indian masterminds including Lokmanya Tilak, Sri Aurobindo, and Dayanand Sarasvati dismissed the European theory.
14.) It is absurd to state that these writings are fiction, due to its poetic nature. It was a custom back then, to compose everything (even Mathematical formulae) in poetic structure.
15. Maurya, Gupta, and Indo-Greek dynasties are likewise recorded in our Puranas.
These dynasties are acknowledged simply because they are recorded by Greek historians. Shouldn’t something be said about the dynasties that existed before the Greek historians?
16.) The Indian Epics, particularly the MAHABHARATA, get the string of the story of devastation and destruction.
Sanskrit researchers couldn’t fathom what was being depicted in the Epics until the dropping of the first-ever nuclear bombs on Japan. There are Authentic Verses from Mahabharata: “Gurkha, flying a quick and ground-breaking vimana (quick airplane) flung a solitary shot (rocket) accused of the intensity of the Universe (atomic gadget). A glowing segment of smoke and fire, as brilliant as 10,000 suns, rose with all its magnificence.”
17.) The architect of the modern nuclear bomb, who was accountable for the Manhattan Project was asked by a student after the manhattan blast, “How do you feel after having exploded the first atomic bomb on earth?”
Oppenheimer’s answer to the inquiry was, “not the first atomic bomb, but a first atomic bomb in modern times”. He firmly accepted that nukes were utilized in ancient India.
Some of the unanswered questions: What made Oppenheimer believe that it was a nuclear war? Were the accurate descriptions of the weapons used in the Mahabharata war in the epic which matches that of modern nuclear weapons? How much truth is there in the stories that claim that a region in Kurukshetra still has a high level of radioactivity?
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Heinz has just rolled out a new product that the condiment company says is the "biggest innovation in sauce since the packet itself." Earlier this month, the world's largest producer of ketchup announced the Packet Roller, a ketchup bottle-shaped gadget that allows users to squeeze the most out of a condiment packet, CNN reported.
"Do not click 'purchase' unless you are prepared to change everything about the way you sauce," the Heinz Packet Roller website says. The roller goes for $5.70. The roller is pocket-sized, can be added to a keychain, and features a packet corner cutter.
Heinz has just rolled out a new product that the condiment company says is the "biggest innovation in sauce since the packet itself | Flickr
This announcement could be part of the fast-tracked, "future-focused culinary and packaging innovations" that Steve Cornell, president of Kraft Heinz's US grocery business unit, hinted at earlier this year amid a shortage of ketchup. A surge in takeout and delivery food orders during the pandemic led to a scarcity of ketchup packets, the report said.
In April, Heinz pledged to increase production of ketchup by 25 per cent to 12 billion packets annually. "Gone are the days of fumbling with ketchup packets, pants ruined by mustard disasters, and minutes taken off your life trying to get to the bottom of that mayo packet. With the patent-pending Heinz Packet Roller, what was once taxing becomes simple -- just snip and roll to squeeze out every drop of your sauce of choice," the website says
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Swiss tennis ace Roger Federer, who is recovering from a right-knee surgery he underwent last month, said on Sunday that it was a difficult process to decide whether to undergo a third right-knee surgery after having two last year. But following Wimbledon, where he was "really unhappy" with his performance in reaching the quarterfinals, Federer opted to go through with it.
Federer, who made a late decision to attend this year's Laver Cup in Boston -- a tournament held between teams from Europe and the rest of the world -- said on the sidelines of the event that the recovery and rehabilitation are "going to take me a few more months and then we'll see how things are at some point next year". "The reception I've received, everybody is so upbeat that I'm here. They wish me all the best and they don't even see the crutches. They just want me to be good again and enjoy the weekend," Federer said in an interview for the event with former world No. 1 Jim Courier.
"I've seen some incredible tennis, some great matches and it's been wonderful. I'm really happy I made the trip," the winner of 20 majors was quoted as saying by atptour.com. On why he opted for a third surgery, the tennis ace said, "I was just nowhere near where I wanted to be to play at the top, top level. But I tried my best and at the end... too much is too much. Now I've just got to take it step by step," Federer said.
Federer received thunderous ovations inside Boston's TD Garden, where he has often been sitting in the front row watching the action or behind the scenes visiting with the players. | Wikimedia Commons
"I've got to first walk again properly, run properly and then do the sidesteps and all the agility work and then eventually I've got to be back on the tennis court. But it's going to take me a few more months and then we'll see how things are at some point next year. "I've got to take my time. I don't want to rush into anything at this point. This is also for my life. I want to make sure I can do everything I want to do later on. There's no rush with anything, so I'm actually in a really good place. I think the worst is behind me. I took the time and, I don't know, I'm just really in a good place. I'm really happy."
Federer received thunderous ovations inside Boston's TD Garden, where he has often been sitting in the front row watching the action or behind the scenes visiting with the players. The former world No. 1 has played in the first three editions of the Laver Cup. "I think Boston is a great city. The stadium is wonderful, the crowds have been incredible. Both teams are stacked with absolute quality and top players," Federer said. "That's what the idea was behind it: that everybody could come together, have the most incredible weekend, learn from one another and then hopefully that's going to inspire them, motivate them and get them going for the rest of this year, next year." (IANS/ MBI)
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By Hitesh Rathi
Cleopatra, was regarded as a great beauty, to preserve her skin, she took her daily bath in donkey milk. Besides, Hippocrates, the father of medicine, prescribed donkey milk for various diseases including fever, wounds, etc. To add to these benefits, donkey milk has four times the amount of Vitamin C than cow's milk has. So, it's no secret that donkey milk is a powerhouse of nutrients for both the skin and body.
Used for Anti-Ageing and Healing
The milk contains essential fatty acids that work as powerful anti-ageing and healing properties. These fatty acids blur the wrinkles on the skin and help to regenerate damaged skin. Plus, donkey milk also contains anti-bacterial properties which are effective in healing skin irritation and redness.
The milk contains essential fatty acids that work as powerful anti-ageing and healing properties.| Flickr
Antioxidant and Nutrient-Rich
Known as a "natural elixir of youth", donkey milk is packed with antioxidants and nutrients. It contains vitamin E, amino acids, vitamins A, B1, B6, C, E, Omega 3, and 6. These properties together make it a rich ingredient when it comes to skin treatment. Moreover, vitamin D is another important ingredient for human skin, and the primary source to get it is through UV exposure. At the same time, too much of that leaves an adverse effect on the skin. Here is when donkey milk acts as a great substitute as it naturally contains vitamin D. All in all, if this milk is applied frequently, it brings a glowing effect while making the skin look brighter.
Known as a "natural elixir of youth", donkey milk is packed with antioxidants and nutrients.| Photo by Jernej Graj on Unsplash
Moisturizer and Softener
By now it's a well-known fact that this milk works as a powerful moisturizer for the skin. Besides, if donkey milk is used consistently, it acts as a great cleanser as well as helps in keeping the skin healthy, hydrated, and soft.
If donkey milk is used consistently, it acts as a great cleanser as well as helps in keeping the skin healthy, hydrated, and soft. | Photo by febri sym on Unsplash
Therefore, donkey milk with its healing, nutritional and rejuvenating properties for the skin is rapidly emerging as a key ingredient for skincare. These are also driving several leading players to roll out personal care products such as soap, cream, etc. manufactured using donkey milk. Moreover, the global donkey milk market is expanding rapidly with the market value projected to reach $68,139.0 thousand by 2027, registering a CAGR of 9.4 per cent from 2021 to 2027. And the growing use of donkey milk as an ingredient in cosmetic and personal care products will significantly contribute toward the growth of this market in the years to come. (IANS/ MBI)
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