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Where does Narada muni lives

This thread explains different lokas in detail. In which of these lokas, Narada Muni lives? Is there a reference in puranas about this?
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Which Rishi/ star presides over northern region especially over Kashmir

As per the link below, Agastya Rishi or Agastya star covers region from Kathua in northern part of India to the Southern part of India. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fRhO-y9NgjI&t=22s I would ...
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Vishnusahastranam : From which shlok should we start reading

If we are not doing nyasas, shapvimochan vidhi then from which shlok should we start reading. Some places suggest to start from यस्य स्मरण मात्रेण others suggest शुक्लाम्बरधरं विष्णु. Please advice....
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Installing deities facing south

Deity in Vishnu temples are installed facing either East or West. Exception to this is Lord Ranganatha of Srirangam who faces South as per the promise made to Vibhishana. The moorthy of Lord Rama in ...
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kali and Tripura sundari as both adya shakti in different times?

are there any sri vidya gurus that consider both kali and tripura sundari as adya shakti?why do enlightened masters of different lineages consider one above the other?if they are both enlightened and ...
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What is the authentic source which says Shri Madhvacharya had a vison of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu?

In the book Navadvipa Dhama Mahatmya, page 355, there is a mention of Shri Madhwacharya having a vision of Shri Chaotanya Mahaptabhu. This was a book written by Srila Bhakti Vinoda Thakura who lived ...
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Real story behind Ravana's death

I came across two stories on how Ravana was killed by Rama but not sure which one is correct. Story 1 : Rama used Brahmastra to kill Ravana. Brahmastra was so powerful that it killed Ravana ...
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Explain left hand path to Westerners

The left hand path is not easily explained or understood in Western culture. Is there an easy explanation for this?
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Are Varna and Caste same or different?

Varnas are mentioned in Vedas. There are four varnas. On the other hand, there are many castes and sub-castes. Many posts on this forum use varna and caste as interchangeable word. Many resources on ...
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What is the physical description of Shukracharya?

How does shukracharya looks like? As per puranas, is he was depicted as an old brahmin or as a young or handsome looking deity picturized in navgrah mandal? Because as per astrology, he (Shukra) was ...
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How to pronounce learn pronunciation for bars and dashes in sanskrit script

I wanted to learn Rudram and Chamakam with correct pronunciation. Guru initiated for me but I was unable to continue due to transfer. Want to learn on my own now. This is a sample link with the bars ...
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Were all sons of Pandavas killed?

Were all sons of Pandavas (from Draupadi and other wives) killed?
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Can anyone provide the sloka, which narrates what Saraswati ji said in Ramayana?

When gods approached Saraswati ji to change the mind of Manthara, she said one shlok (my grandmother told me long ago). I don't remember what she said. If someone could tell me what the sloka was, ...
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Was the happiness of Kauravas in heaven an illusion?

According to the Mahabharata, after entering the Svarga (heaven) with a human body on Indra's invitation, Yudhishthira witnessed that Duryodhana "was seated on a beautiful throne and he shone with the ...
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What is the source of this (?) hymn? What does it mean?

I saw a WhatsApp forward about an "extremely difficult poem". It sounded like a hymn to me. My transliteration from the original Malayalam: nrtyadhUrjjaTi ...
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Is the dharma of giving/offering own wife to others is relative with time?

There are four yugas: Satya Yuga, Dvapara Yuga, Treta Yuga, Kali Yuga. It is well known that dharma is relative w.r.t. the time. Many dharmas which are valid in one yuga may not be valid for the ...
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What is the name of the form of dakhisna kali that is seen in the copulating position

We often come across this form of dakṣiṇa kālī:- The one below her is kālabhairava, and both kālabhairava and kālī is on top of Shiva. It is said that this is the "highest form" of dakṣiṇa kālī, but ...
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Who decided that mantras should be used for yajñas that came later?

Were the ṛṣis who heard the mantras (found in the saṃhitā portion of the Vedas) aware that what they heard (or was revealed to them) will be used to conduct yajñas (sacrifices)? If not, who decided ...
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Can a person achieve Jivan Muktha state without vicharana?

Is vicharana(thinking) a mandatory step for attaining Jivan Muktha state? Is there any such example from scriptures that a person got Jivan Muktha state without any vicharana?
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How Nava-Durga correspond to NavaGraha?

I have read somewhere that each NavaGraha is presided by a Durga. I want to know which Devi presides over which planet.
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Who resurrected Kamadeva (Manmatha)? Was it Shiva or Goddess Tripurasundari

It is said that after Kamadeva was burnt to ashes, Ratidevi was devasted and took to penance. Kamadeva is restored in Ananga form. The land where he is restored is known as Kamarupa (as per the ...
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Is it suggested to read the “Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda”? [closed]

Or should we read/refer/practice/ to the originally written literature and do not go beyond that with anything. Background(in case): Complete beginner, I just started reading Bhagvad Geeta(2 days ...
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Sri Ananta Padmanabha Swami at Thiru-Ananata-Puram (Trivendrum)

This question is about Sri Ananatha Padmanabha Swami in the reclining pose at Thiru-Ananta-Puram (also known as Trivendrum in the modern times). My specific question is, The Lord, Sri Ananta ...
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Who was more intelligent, Krishna or Shakuni? [closed]

Krishna and Shakuni were two important character in mahabharat and both were successful towards their target at the end. Krishna kept dharma safe and sakuni destroyed kuru. But who was more successful ...
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Is there any instruction video for Samaveda Sandhavandhanam?

I found instructive video of sandhavandhanam for Yajur veda. It will be great if I can find similar videos for Samaveda sandhavandhanam.
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Is oral sex forbidden (or is a sin) in Hinduism?

I haven't found any scriptures which explicitly forbid this. So my questions are: Is oral sex involving male genital organ that is totally consensual with the said person's wife a sin? Is oral sex ...
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What is the english meaning of this shloka? Draupadyaa damantyaa cha savitryaa susheelayaa- Duritaani jitaanyeetajjapaadaaptam cha vanchitam

“Draupadyaa damantyaa cha savitryaa susheelayaa- Duritaani jitaanyeetajjapaadaaptam cha vanchitam.” Its from sri krishna saharanama stotram. And also i found another shloka similar to it. द्रौपदी ...
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Is Knowledge superior to karma?

In chapter 3 of Bhagvat Geeta, Krishna says knowledge is more important than karma. I could not understand that. Can someone please explain me this?
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Which material should be used for incense?

Hindus generally uses different types of sticks for incense. Is there any scriptural recommendation of materials to be used for incense?
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How is Bramhana part of Veda?

Bramhana (like Aitareya brAhmana, satapata Bramhana, etc) are said to be part of Vedas and seem to expound the meaning of Samhita mantra and how to do Yajna. They also contain many legends like story ...
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Is Navratri celebrated in ISKCON? [closed]

I want to know if ISKCON celebrates Navratri. If they do how they celebrate it?
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Repudiation of Karmic carry-forward

Are there schools or sects of Hinduism that believe the span of Karmic accounting does not exceed one lifetime and reject the notion of Karmic debt/credit being carried forward into the next life?
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Understanding the history and construction of beeja mantra

Surely TM is not the only one to use beeja mantra, and sages probably was using them since time unknown. The philosophy behind agyamya, nigyama and mantras was that to make it available to all and ...
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I made a vow to myself that I would not masturbate in a hurry [duplicate]

I realised later on that masturbation once a day is fine Will I get negative karma if I decide to masturbate I made that vow in a hurry
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Orthodox written form of Sanskrit character Kleem?

I'm preparing a Yantra with which one can do "inner" Tratak on Kleem during the Sadhana of Kleem. One needs to draw a triangle pointing downwards with Kleem inside of it. Now I'm not sure enough which ...
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how do I know anyone has ever had true Darshan of a diety instead of thoughtforms or trickster spirits?

Reading stories of how great mahatmas had darshans of gods and goddesses gives me hope that my sadhana is not in vain.but how do I know they aren't thoughtforms or trickster spirits?for example,just ...
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How does a mantra work? [duplicate]

How does mantra work? Once I had stopped believing in mantra by mistake .The effect of mantra was low.Then I believed it again .It did not work the effect was low.
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Was Vishnu Sahasranama, not a part of Anusasana Parva of Mahabharata, but a later day addition? [closed]

The Spitzer Manuscript is the oldest surviving philosophical manuscript in Sanskrit, contains one of the earliest dateable table of content sequentially listing the parva (books) of the Mahabharata, ...
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Does Rig veda mention Madhvacharya as Vayu avatar?

Among Vedanta philosophies, Advait of Shankaracharya, Vishishtadvait of Ramanujacharya and Dvait of Madhvacharya are most famous and widely followed. Dvaitins believe Madhwa to be the avatar (...
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What do Hindu scriptures say about cutting moustache and beard and hair except tuft for reading vedas?

I know that all body hair is shaved only for penances but when I want to read vedas should I cut my beard and moustache ?? What are scriptural references???
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How Arjuna fought against Bhishma, Drona without Gita Gyan? [duplicate]

We all know that Arjuna dropped weapons in Kurukshetra war because he couldn't fight against Bhishma and Drona and needed Gita gyan. Bhagwad Gita 1:34-35:-Teachers, fathers, sons, grandfathers, ...
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Nandikesvara Gayatri in Maha Narayana Upanisad

The Taittiriya Maha Narayana Upanisad is available in two forms (called by different names - long form, short form, Andra paatam etc). One of the versions / recensions contains Gayatri mantras for ...
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What is the fast timing in navratri?

The time of starting the fast and the time it ends in IST. Like if I ate something on the fasting day after 12 AM then will it be spoilt ?
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Did Brahmins live on Daana or Bhiksha?

I was having a discussion with a friend and it came up that in earlier times Brahmins lived on Bhiksha. Somehow it didn't sound okay to me because I had read Bhiksha to be practised by Buddhists and ...
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What are all the scriptural basis for Results of Karma?

In other words, on what ‘basis’ the result for your actions are determined. I have seen very many references to how we should live our life so we accumulate Good Karma etc. in Vedic and non- Vedic ...
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Are advaitha peetadhipathis necessarily jivan mukthas?

Is it mandatory that the Peetadhipathi of Advaitha Peetas has to be liberated?
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Where does this shloka about epidemic appear in Narada, Vashishtha or Vrahta Samhita?

Where does this shloka about epidemic appear in Narada, Vashishtha or Vrahta Samhita? भूपाव हो महारोगो मध्य स्यार्धवृष्ट य। दुखिनो जंत्व सर्वे वत्स रे परी धाविनी There are lot of videos and ...
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What are the three worlds in the Rig Veda

I was reading a book called 'Astronomical Myths:Myths of the Heavens' by John F. Blake and I came across this at Page 11-13: "Thus to the earth they gave the name P'RTHOVI, "the wide expanse;" ...
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Is the ancient religion of Egypt have the same root as Hinduism and paganism? [closed]

I notice similarities between Hinduism, Egyptian Religion and Paganism. Do they have the same root and where would that have been?
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In how many forms do devi/devtha exist to allow upasana as per scriptures?

Humans perform upasana for devi/devtha. Humans attain devi/devtha using mantra. Mantra is sound form of devi/devtha for humans. Humans can also attain devi/devtha using statue. Statue is a visual ...

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