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Who is Sridhara Swami Advaitin or Vaishnav?

Sridhara Swami is generally referred as an Advaita commentator but this site https://www.bhagavad-gita.us/bhagavad-gita-1-1/ says Sridhara Swami of Rudra sampradaya. Which is true?
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Does Rahu actually cause solar eclipses, or does the Moon?

According to Hindu astronomy, solar eclipses are caused by the Moon being consumed by Rahu, and not by the Moon coming front of the Sun and causing a shadow to fall on the Earth. The Chhandogya ...
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At which point in time did Hinduism begin to embrace vegetarianism exactly?

I was watching a BBC documentary where they claimed that early Rig Vedic writers (early Brahmins) practiced "horse sacrifice" and were indeed non vegetarians. So at what point did they decide to ...
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Guarding of women's quarter in the later Vedic and Puranic eras

We come to learn from the Mahabharata and various puranas that Krishna had 16,000 or 16,100 wives besides his 8 principal consorts. Is there any direct or indirect reference in any of the major/minor ...
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What is Vishnu's body made of according to Vaishnavism and Advaita?

What is Vishnu's body made up of? What are the bodies made of when he incarnates as Rama, Krishna, Narasimha? Is Vishnu soul or the body? When he incarnates does he enter other avatars bodies? I want ...
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How to calculate Planet Transists?

How can we calculate planet transits mathematically for a particular planet like Jupiter or Saturn from date of birth
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Kurinji Andavar Temple

I had visited 'Kurinji Andavar' Temple situated at 'Kodaikkanal' earlier & am curious about it. On searching, found that as per the Tamil literature, Kurinji means 'hill region' and Andavar means '...
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What are some Stotras of Lord Shiva? [on hold]

Please let me know some stotras of lord Shiva and What are some benefits of it.like the most popular Tandava Stotra and Panchakshari Stotra.
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Why is Sadari placed on the palms of Vishwa Brahmins?

Sadari in temple is placed on the head for the people and my question is why the sadari is placed only on the palms for Vishwa brahmins? So please give me a clarification about both the differences.
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Why did Shree Ram shoot the arrow at the deer when asked by Sita mata?

To kill an animal is said to be a sin in the Sanatana Dharma. So, why did Shree Ram shoot the arrow at the deer when asked by Sita mata? What is the justification for this action?
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How naga sadhus reach to kumba mela place? [on hold]

I have read this in a facebook post, I felt it as a puzzle and thought to ask here. We all know that naga sadhus won't wear cloths, but how they reach to kumba mela place? If those many people are ...
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Is there life on the other 8 planets according to Hindu scripture?

Is there life on the other 8 planets according to Hindu scripture? I know there's life on the Sun (Suryaloka) and the Moon (Chandraloka).
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Why does Vishnu Purana refer to Vrishasena as King of Anga?

As I know, in the Vishnu Purana the royal line of Anga is narrated, but it refers to Vrishasena (eldest son of Karna) as King of Anga. Why does Vishnu Purana mean so although there is no reference ...
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On which side of the body should we lay while sleeping and why? [on hold]

Is there any preferable side according to Hinduism?
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Do the Nagas ever try to conquer the 3 worlds?

It's well known that the Asuras, and sometimes the Rakshasas, try to conquer the 3 worlds. My question is, do the Nagas, who live Patala, try to conquer the 3 worlds?
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Gunas and Gods worshipped by persons of the Guna

Sattviks worship Devatas and divine forms, people of Rajasik nature worship Yakshas/ Rakhsas and the Thamasik natured worship devilish evil spirits. BG. Chapter 17, Shloka 4 So it would appear that ...
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Are Brahmins who eat fish fallen Brahmins?

Some Brahmins are known to be lovers and avid eaters of fish. Are Brahmins allowed to eat fish?
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Mantroddhāra in written texts - incoding and decoding. [on hold]

I am working on the traditions of hiding mantras in the written texts: use of prastaara, gahvara, smarana-shabda, bhuta-sankhya etc. The topic can be approached only if we have corresponding ...
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“Everything is predetermined” - Ramana Maharishi. Can someone please provide an explanation or sources which delve into this further? [duplicate]

Below is from one of the talks with Ramana Maharishi Day by Day with Bhagavan”, Pg 78, (on 4.1.46, afternoon)] “With reference to Bhagavan’s answer [above] to Mrs. Desai’s question on the evening ...
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Can someone give me the translation of this Mantra?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6b7SXLECcCA Om Lakshmi Vigan Shri Kamala Dharigan Svaha Thank you. By the way, the "Om" of the first 5 seconds is magnificent!
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Is Neo-Vedanta a modern modification of Hinduism?

According to this article, Neo-Vedanta is a modern interpretation of Hinduism that incorporates Western values. The author says this: During this short span of time in the 19th century, the ancient ...
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Is Neo-Vedanta a sect of Hinduism? [on hold]

Is Neo-Vedanta a sect of Hinduism? This wikipedia article says this: Neo-Vedanta..... are terms to characterize interpretations of Hinduism that developed in the 19th century. Some scholars ...
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Breaks in Brahmacharya

Could anyone point me towards any scriptural reference that explain the breaks to a celibacy vow? I have read of Swami Sivananda explain the below as breaks to Brahmacharya: Darshan – looking at a ...
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Why is Lanka king Dashanan titled as Ravana? [duplicate]

There are many stories in and among one where the great Lanka king Ravana meets the almighty lord, the symbol of yoga Shiva. Some say until this happened, he was called as the king Dashanan but after ...
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On what basis do Hindu philosophies say Sabda Pramana is infallible?

Almost all Hindu Philosophies accept at least three Pramanas: Pratyaksha or direct sense perception, Anumana or Inference and doubting, Sabda or word testimony. Now the common argument in many ...
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Can aatmakaaraka be considered while match making

I have not heard any astrologer take into account the aatma karaka planet while doing horoscope matching for bride and groom. But in my experience, aatmakaraka planet's behaviour is very much visible ...
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Right to seek alms and live

We learnt that Brahmins have right to seek alms and live with it. Can people from other castes live through begging as per scriptures?
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Is there any contemporary (living) Jivanmukta in India? [on hold]

The definition of Jivanmukta according to Vivekananda can be found in the following passage: I was once travelling in the desert in India. I travelled for over a month and always found the most ...
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Is there any scriptural reference that women should take bath before preparing the food?

In many families, they ask women to take bath before preparing food. Is there any scriptural reference that women should take bath before preparing the food? Note: This is regarding morning food and ...
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Do Neo-Vedantins believe that all religions are the same? [on hold]

I have heard that Neo-Vedantins believe all religions are the same, like Wahhabism, Salafism, human sacrifice, etc. Are there any neo-Vedanta works that talk about this belief?
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Do Neo-Vedantins support LGBT pride? [on hold]

Do neo-Vedantins support LGBT pride? Please provide citations from neo-Vedanta works.
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Are there any other sources that state that Swami Vivekananda ate beef? [duplicate]

This article claims that Swami Vivekananda proudly ate beef when he visited the United States, so does this stackexchange answer. Are there any other sources that talk about him eating beef?
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Does any Hindu scripture or work of any Acharya talk about sex education?

Brahmanas, Kshatriya, and Vaishyas all undergo Upanayanam as early as 7 years of age. Having done Upanayanam, they become Brahmacharis. One important vow of Brahmacharya is maintenance of celibacy, ...
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Did Sayanacharya believe in the authority of Ithihas and Puranas?

As you might be knowing, Sayana is one of the classical commentator on Vedas. My question is what was his opinion on the authority of Ithihas and Puranas? Did he believe in them?
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Which is the oldest written preserved version of Mahabharata? [duplicate]

There must be many old written versions of Mahabharata, probably as manuscripts or on leaves. I wanted to know that which is the oldest preserved written version of Mahabharata
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Brides grandfather has expired marriage ceremonies have started in a different city [on hold]

Brides grandfather father dies when marriage ceromanies have started for three days in a different city what should be done We need an answer urgently
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Shankara's Gita Bhasya says that the Self transmigrates. Is this true?

Advaitins mostly believe that the Self doesn't transmigrate and that it's the subtle body (known as jiva/jivatma) that actually does. But then in Shankara's Gita bhasya it is mentioned that the self ...
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How is kainkarya or concept of divine service in the state of moksha justified?

According to Ramanuja's teachings, the jivatma after attaining moksha performs divine service to God which is known as kainkarya. It is further stated that this kainkarya comes out of the nature or ...
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What is the meaning of Trisapta?

The very first line of Atharva Veda says , "ye trisaptaah pariyanti ...". The meaning of Trisapta here seems somewhat confusing. In the Acharya Vedanta Tirth translation it is called to be the three ...
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Does God(specifically Lord Vishnu) grant us whatever we righteously desire and pray for?

This belief causes millions of people to throng to temples throughout the country. The belief is that God(specifically Lord Vishnu) does grant to those who pray to Him whatever they ask for as long as ...
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Why do Vedas have śākhās? Are all of them apauruṣeyā?

This table lists the Vedas and their extant śākhās under the Saṃhitā column. My question has to do with the śākhās. Note that the bracketed terms in the Saṃhitā column are names of the ...
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What is Virahatya (Killing of a hero)?

Here is what the Manusmriti 11.41 says: If a Brāhmaṇa who has set up the fires neglects them wilfully, he shall perform the ‘Cāndrāyaṇa’ penance for a month; as his offence is equal to the ...
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What are the Prajapatya, Chandrayana, and Krccha penances?

The Dharmashastras prescribe various penances such as the Prajapatya, Chandrayana, and Krccha penances. For example, here is a verse from the Manusmriti: On having had intercourse with one’s ...
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Is there a Hindu equivalent of the Buddhist Dukkha?

I really like the Buddhist teaching on suffering-unsatisfactoriness (Dukkha), a characteristic of existence and how to get rid of it. I was wondering if there was a Hindu equivalent? A similar ...
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How do you get a name (apart from birth) in the scriptures?

As I know, there are characters that have the name "Dhananjaya" (Arjuna) to conquer many kingdoms, but I have not seen that Karna, Nakula, Sahadeva, Bhima or Bharata have that name. Also that one of ...
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Is the Jiva completely dependent on Lord Vishnu for his protection?

Is the Jiva completely helpless to protect himself and completely dependent on Lord Vishnu for his protection from any misforture, disaster or undesirable event? If possible, please provide quotes/...
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Is there any reference that Krishna was connected to Brahman while speaking Gita?

I recently came across a claim that it is not Krishna who spoke Bhagavad Gita, but he was connected to Brahman while speaking Gita. Is there any reference for this?
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What are various types of Snanam (bathing)?

Which scripture describes Muni Snanam, Deva Snanam, Manava Snanam and Rakshasa Snanam (bathing)? Additionally, which scripture mentions about Vaaruna Snanam, Mantra Snanam, Dhivya Snanam, Kriya ...
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Is there a process of initiation in the sampradaya of Adi Sankaracharya for common people who are not or don't intend to become sanyaasis?

Most, if not all, of the sampradayas of Vaishnavism, Saivism, Shaktism etc. have an initiation or diksha process for even common folks to be part of the particular sampradaya they are attracted to/...

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