Bharatayuddha, aka: Bharata-Yuddha, Bhāratayuddha; 3 Definition(s)

Introduction

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In Hinduism

Purāṇa

Bhāratayuddha (भारतयुद्ध).—Bṛhadbala killed by Abhimanyu in.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 74. 109; Matsya-purāṇa 12. 55; 103. 2; 271. 19; Vāyu-purāṇa 99. 296; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 4. 112.
(Source): Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
Purāṇa book cover
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The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

Śilpaśāstra (iconography)

Bhāratayuddha (भारतयुद्ध) is depicted as a sculpture on the fourteenth pillar of the southern half of the maṇḍapa of the temple of Lokeśvara.—From the middle panel starts the scenes from the Bhāratayuddha, the fatal war that was fought between the two clans of cousins. The capture of cows followed by the two fights opened the gates for the Mahābhāratayuddha. Now the ajñātavāsa of Pāṇḍava princes was over. They claimed their right over the kingdom. Duryodhana refused, as usual. So war was declared. Different war scenes illustrate it on north, east and south façades of the pillar and are based on an episode from the Mahābhārata, Bhīṣmaparva, Śalyaparva, Karṇaparva.

(Source): Archaeological Survey of India: Śaiva monuments at Paṭṭadakal (śilpa)
Śilpaśāstra book cover
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Śilpaśāstra (शिल्पशास्त्र, shilpa-shastra) represents the ancient Indian science of creative arts such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vāstuśāstra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Evidently refers to the story of the Mahabharata. It is reckoned among the sinful topics of conversation. E.g., VibhA.490.

(Source): Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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