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Is there any religious significance of saffron flag as per our scriptures?

Modern Hindu organisations usually use saffron triangular flag as a unanimously accepted symbol of Hinduism. However, does the flag or colour has any significance as per the authentic Hindu ...
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How to prepare oneself for the guru?

It is said that once the student is ready the Guru will appear before him, but my question is what are the steps a person (wanting to be a student seeking a true guru) should follow in order to ...
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time and venue for learning the puranas

I found few puranas online and I really enjoy learning vedic stories/scriptures which contain not only a nice story in themselves but hidden with immense knowledge and wisdom. I wonder if it is a ...
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Book on vainayiki vidya?

Reference material or book on Vainayiki vidya - enforcing discipline. or Is there any book where I can study 64 Arts / 14 Vidyas.
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Is it true that subtle body has all five senses?

Human body has five senses: hear, see, touch, smell and taste. It Is well known from Hindu scriptures that every human being has a subtle body. Does the subtle body has all the five senses?
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Reference of the divine Sage Narada in The Vedas

What are the available references in The Vedas for the divine sage Narada? Would appreciate the exact locations / coordinates (like the mantra with number, recension, publication etc.)
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What is the story of Ashokasundari, third child of Lord Shiva and Parvati?

Kartikeya and Ganesh are two commonly known sons of Lord Shiva and Parvati, but very few know that they had three kids. When and how did that third child Ashokasundari born? What is the full story ...
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Did Hiranyakashipu really become a Deva?

Is it right to say that Hiranyakashipu became a god (Deva)? Now the obvious answer will be "No, he was still an Asura ruling the universe", but if you look closely at the Puranic passages, it looks ...
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What is the difference between Sāṅkhya Sutras and Sāṅkhya Pravachana Sutras?

Among the six Darshana Sutras, Sāṅkhya can be said to be oldest one which is written by Kapila. Most of people read or refer Sāṅkhya Karika to study Sāṅkhya philosophy probably because it is the ...
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Clarity regarding Vali's father and his golden pendant

If not mistaken Vali's father is Indra. But in the sarga on Vali's fight with Dundubhi in Kishkindha Kanda there is a verse which says Vali wore the pendant given by his father Mahendra http://www....
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What is the origin of the practice involving applying bhasma, tilak, nama / thiruman, kumkuma?

I am seeking some information on the origin of this practice involving applying bhasma (vibuthi), kumkum(am), tilakas (with sandal paste or others), namam / thiruman etc? How did this originate? To ...
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From where can I get Bhavishya Purana in Malayalam?

From where can I get Bhavishya Purana in Malayalam? A PDF or any file type or a book will do.
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Is there any scriptural ( Vedic or Puranic ) reference for all matter coming from Akasha and Prana?

In Raja Yoga, page number 26, Swami Vivekananda says this: At the beginning of creation there is only this Akaca; at the end of the cycle, the solids, the liquids, and the gases all melt into ...
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What does Hinduism say about events that cannot be explained through rational thought?

What does Hinduism say about events that cannot be explained through rational thought (also known as Glitch-in-the-Matrix events)? For example, if I dropped a key in a closed room with nothing else ...
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Where is it mentioned that Hanuman is an Avatar of Lord Shiva? [duplicate]

Is it true that "Hanuman is Lord's Shiva Avatar" is a medieval suggestion? Where is it mentioned that Hanuman is Lord's Shiva Avatar? I ask about: whether "Hanuman is Lord's Shiva Avatar" is a ...
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Shiva Temple structure

Why does only very few temples have ADHIKARA NANDHI. What's the procedure to pray and story behind it. Could someone explain please.
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Will god Forgive me If I vowed that I will not watch porn but I did [closed]

Please answer the above question Will god forgive me
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How Kurus in mahabharata were considered Kshatriyas when they were children of Rishi vedvyas (a Brahmin)?

With due respect, On what account were the Kurus (from Dhritrashtra and Pandu onwards) were given Kshatriya varna in mahabharata when they were born from a brahmin sage vedvyas ?
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What is the earliest reference to identifying/differentiating Siddhartha Gautama and the Buddha Avatara?

Hindu scripture describes two Buddha Avataras of Vishnu born to deceive people. One Buddha Avatara took place during the Tripura incident. Another Buddha Avatara took place in the present Kali Yuga. ...
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Do Vedas/Smritis sanction genocide of non-believers (buddhists etc)?

Among the most famous hagiographies of Adi Shankara is the Madhaviya Shankara Vijaya. This work has significant importance in advaita tradition. https://www.advaita-vedanta.org/avhp/sankara-vijayam....
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vedic texts about the art of dancing or art in general

Are there any vedic texts that describe/teach the art of dancing? If not is there a vedic text that describe the dance of lord Nataraj?
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Can adoption fullfill one's Pitru Rina?

According to Shastra, every man has three debts in his life. These debts are: 1) Deva Rina - debt to Devas, who provide us with rain and food. 2) Rishi Runa - debt to Rishis, who give us knowledge. ...
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Is there a school of Hinduism that has similarities with the Sufi theological view?

In Sufi theology, the Godhood has three levels: -الأحدية=الذات the ego. -الأسماء الإلهية the Divine Names. -الأعيان الثابتة the primordial architypes. Humanity is reflection of the Divine Names. Is ...
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Is heaven/hell also geographically separated for different religions? [closed]

This question can go debatable, let's try to keep it sweet and short. As per the different religion and rituals, they perform their own practices. At-last, when a person dies will he go to the heaven ...
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Mantra to say at the end of work?

At the beginning of work we say ॐ श्री गणेशाय नमः || , pray to Lord Ganesha to remove obstacles etc. Is there any mantra to be said at end of puja or work, praying that the work may give good ...
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Vedas ( All Four Vedas ) [closed]

Kaliyuga comprises of 4.32 lakh years 1) why in first 5000 years of Kaliyuga 98% of vedas became extinct ? How will mankind live for more 4.27 lakh years 2) How come all gurukuls in Bharat ...
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Why are Puranas silent on events taking place in previous Kalyugs or events of 8th Manvantara from previous Kalpas?

As seen in questions and answers here, here and here, Puranas attribute the differences in their contents to different Kalpas. However if that is indeed the case, why don't we ever read about events ...
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Are Kodanda and Sharanga bows same and how did Lord Rama get it?

Kodanda is the bow of Rama ( not sure if it has any other names). Is it same as Sharanga of Vishnu? How has Rama come in possession of Kodanda?
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Regarding showing that universe is in the consciousness in Shankar's Aparokshanubhuti

In Aparokshanubhuti, Shankara shows that we are not the body nor the mind by giving various techniques like Drig, Drishya, Viveka etc. But after that, he discards whatever he said and by giving ...
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Why did Drupada tell Drona non-kings cannot be friends with kings?

As seen in this section of Adi Parva , Drupada's words when Drona came to him were Then the son of Bharadwaja, endued with great prowess went to king Drupada, and approaching that monarch, that ...
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Were Asuras once good Devas?

Western Indologists say that Asuras were once good Devas that later rebelled against the Devas and became evil gods or anti-gods. For example, Michael Witzel in his paper Autochthonous Aryans says: ...
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Was Sarama's crossing RasA of 100 leagues, an inspiration to Valmiki in narrating Sri Hanuman crossing ocean of 100 Yojanas?

Rig Veda X.108 contains a dialogue between Saramā, the messenger of Indra, and Paṇis. The contents are briefly as follows : Indra's messenger Sarama finds the way to the Panis, crossing RasA of ...
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Where can I download PDF of english translation of Sri Chaitanya Bhagavat?

I would like to know where I can download English translation of Sri Chaiyanya Bhagavat by Vrindavan Das Thakur.
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Is there any non-ISKCON translation available of Chaitanya Charitamrita?

I would like to know if there is any non-ISKCON translation of Chaitanya Charitamrta( preferably in PDF) available.
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Time period of Azwars

The traditional schools of south Indian vaishnavism place Azwars around the beginning of Kali Yuga. That raises a bunch of questions and thoughts in my mind - Do the language constructs (Tamil) used ...
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What are the difference between various types of brahmacharis?

1.Are both Ajanma and Naishtika refer to the same thing or is there a subtle difference ? Also Skanda Purana mentioned four type of brahmacharis - Naishtika , Brahma, gayatra and prajapatya. But it ...
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What gods or forms are worshipped/revered in Sri Vaishnavam?

I would like a comprehensive list of who is worshipped in Sri Vaishnavam. It would be really nice if it included many of Sri Vishnu's form.
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What Hinduism says about the judgment day?

What does Hindu scripture says about judgement day? ex: Muslims believes that when the earth is destroyed. Everyone will be resurrected to be judged about what they did on earth. Is there anything ...
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Is Valmiki Ramayana copied from Dasharatha jataka?

The stories of Ramayana and Dasharatha jataka are very similar. As we all know that valmiki was of dwapar yug, so valmiki Ramayana should be older than Dasharatha jataka. But there is no clear ...
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What is the difference between Brahman,ParaBrahman,Bhagvan,Ishvara and ParamAtma?

What are the differences between the various terms. I assume Ishvara might be Sagun Rupa of Brahman but so is Isvara? Are they all same?
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His Holiness Sri Ramanuja and anya dEvata worship

Did His Holiness Sri Ramanuja say anya dEvata should not be worshipped? If yes, did His Holiness clarify the meaning of anya dEvata? Is it written down in any of the works of His Holiness?
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What type of conch is this?

It is bit heavy and it is almost 8 inches tall. What type of conch is this? Can we use it blow or do we keep it in puja?
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What does the priest say when offering prasad?

I understand that the prasad is offered 6 times and the priest says something each time. It sounds like: Om Apanaaya Swahaa, Om Udanaaya Swahaa, ..., ..., ..., Om Bramhane Swahaa. Can someone give ...
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Did Gautama, the Buddha borrow Śūnyavāda from Rig Veda?

Madhyamaka also known as Śūnyavāda (the emptiness doctrine) refers to a tradition of Buddhist philosophy. Rig Veda I.170.1 says na nūnamasti no śvaḥ kastad veda yadadbhutam | anyasyacittamabhi ...
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Which celestial races other than Devas can meditate on Brahman?

Brahma Sutra 1.3.25 says that "beings above men" are also qualified to meditate on Brahman and acquire the knowledge of Brahman. Ramanujacharya in his commentary mentions Devas. Shankaracharya in ...
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Are there non-Mahabharat references to Chakshushi powers in Hinduism scriptures in detail?

A gandharva explains about powers of Chakshushi vidya concisely to Arjuna in Mahabharata. The powers explained by him are Listen now to its power! One may see (by its aid) whatever one wisheth to ...
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Hindu New Year ( Chaitra Month ) [duplicate]

As we know that there are 2 types of Hindu calendar. 1.Purnimanta 2. Amanta According to Purnimanta Holi is New Year i.e. Chaitra Krishna Pratipada but according to Amanta Chaitra Shukla ...
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Are there any scriptures lost in between 1947 to 2019? [closed]

Hinduism has many scriptures. Many of them were lost due to many reasons. Are there any scriptures that are no more extant and the time of losing them lies from 1947 to 2019?
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What does the vedas say about diet & what & how to eat?

A friend mentioned that guy who is a "Vedic Scholar" he met on a train told him that as per "our scriptures" we are only suppose to consume 1 types of oil. The preferred is just Ghee. If you just ...
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Where is the Sharavali river that Sugriva gave directions from?

In the Kishkindha Kanda of the Ramayana, Sugriva sends Vanaras in all four directions to look for Sita. He describes the locations they’ll come across when they go in these directions in this chapter ...

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