All the Rules of Mahabharata’s Kurukshetra War You need to Know

All the Rules of Mahabharata’s Kurukshetra War You need to Know
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1Timing

Fighting must begin no earlier than sunrise and end exactly at sunset.

2One on One

No more than one warriors may attack a single warrior.

3Give Up

No warrior may kill or injure a warrior who has surrendered.

4Prisoner of War

One who surrenders becomes a prisoner of war and will then be subject to the protections of a prisoner of war.

5Unarmed

No warrior may kill or injure an unarmed warrior.

6No Senses

No warrior may kill or injure an unconscious warrior.

7Civilians

No warrior may kill or injure a person or animal not taking part in the war.

8Direct

No warrior may kill or injure a warrior whose back is turned away.

9Women

No warrior may attack a woman.

10Animal Safety

No warrior may strike an animal not considered a direct threat.

11Below the Belt

The rules specific to each weapon must be followed. For example, it is prohibited to strike below the waist in mace warfare.

12Ethics

Warriors may not engage in any unfair warfare.

13Same Level

Two warriors may “duel”, or engage in prolonged personal combat, only if they carry the same weapons and they are on the same type of mount (on foot, on a horse, on an elephant, or in a chariot).

Source: Wikipedia

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