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What form of Vishnu were the scholars referring to while saying he is adorned with four earrings?

Azhwars (or Alwars) are 12 saints who wrote poems in Tamizh on Vishnu. This collection of poems is called as Nālāyira divya prabandham. Out of these 12, Nammzhwar is the first azhwar born in Kaliyuga ...
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Why is Shiva, Hanuman, Gayatri are shown with 5 heads, but not Vishnu or Durga?

Shiva, Hanuman, Ganesha and Gayati deities are shown with 5 heads in idols but not Vishnu or Durga? Whats the reason?
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Does Shankara teach to renounce one's own duties?

Padma Purana 6.236: The doctrine of illusion (Mayavada) is an impious, wicked belief and against all the conclusions of the Vedas. It is only covered Buddhism. My dear Parvati, in Kali-Yuga I ...
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Why is Sri Krishna called as Kalamanika?

What is KalaManika? What is the significance of referring Lord Krishna as Kalamanika? Edit Reference A village student of 7th class studying in Oriya medium, once asked me this question. This ...
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When Shiva & Parvati had met for first time & what was their conversation?

According to Shiva purana, I have found that parvati with her father had went to meet Shiva. It was happened before the kaam dahana. Then how they met with each other and what was the situation. ...
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Do Vedas describe about Rudra riding on a black chariot driven by red horses, about wearing golden jewellery and holding pinaka bow and deadly arrows?

I have read or found that he is also mentioned as the lord of thieves and robbers (taskaranaam pati), wears golden jewellery, rides on chariot & carries deadly weapon. He was also considered as a ...
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Was Bhishma really not aware about the difference between Dharma and tradition?

In Star Plus Mahabharat, season 3 episode 2, when Karna was a teenager, he wins a little competition which involved bow and arrow. Karna won, but Bhishma only praised his chariot driver skills, and ...
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How to become spiritual?

I'm trying to become spiritual in the way of Hinduism. But I don't know how to start. I have few questions: What scriptures to read that focus on spirituality? What is the definition of spirituality ...
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Why did gopis spend their time with Sri Krishna?

Why did the gopis hang out with Krishna? Was it because they were romantically attracted to him? Was it because he was charming, or was he good looking (handsome) or did he possess high masculine ...
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Why agni is known as jaatavedas? [duplicate]

A shloka of Kena Upanishad says: tey agnim abruvan jaataveda etad vijaanihi kim etad yaksham iti tatheti Agni – Fire, is called jaatavedas – ‘the knower of the Vedas.’ My question: Why is agni ...
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Do Vedas support the practice of Satī?

Are there any instances of Satī in the Vedas? Do Vedas support this practice? Some people argue RV 10.18.8 is evidence against Satī. What is the context of this hymn/verse? HYMN XVIII. Various ...
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Which texts mention Patanjali other than Yoga Sutras? Which scriptures mention that Patanjali is an incarnation of Shesha?

Do texts besides Yoga Sutras mention Patanjali? In which Shruti and Smriti text Patanjali is mentioned as an incarnation of Shesha?
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What is the name of sandipani muni's wife?

What is the name of sandipani muni's wife ?
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Can we assume that all puranas are fake? [on hold]

If puranas are not fake then why it shows Indra as a negative character, Vishnu / Krishna as a womaniser (in the case of vrinda) & Shiva cuts his own son's head, wears crescent moon, holds ganga ...
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Neela Saraswathi and Nila Devi

I came across some websites that mention that Goddess Neela Saraswathi and Nila Devi, the third wife of Lord Vishnu, could be the same. The websites are here and here. Is this fact mentioned in any ...
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What are the details of vanaspativijñāna (botany) in Atharva Veda?

I have heard that classification of plants is described in Atharva Veda and this classification is somewhat similar to the modern plants classification found in botany. Where in Atharva Veda, this ...
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Kurukulla : The Hindu Version

I would like to know if possible, the real story viz Hindu Version of Kurukulla according to the Veda texts.
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Is Parakaya Pravesha mentioned in Mahabharata? [duplicate]

I heard a story claiming form Mahabharata that a student of a person performs Parakaya Pravesha which is similar to that of well known Adi Shankaracharya which we generally hear. Is Parakaya Pravesha ...
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Did Pandavas ever participate in sex only for sensual pleasure?

This question contains only for those who want to perform brahmacharya vrat. But I never heard or read that Pandavas are askalitha Brahmachari as Krishna. Did Pandavas ever do sex just for the sake ...
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Is English translation of Baskala Shaka available?

The vedas form the base of Hinduism.Rigveda the most oldest and important scripture of Hinduism has 5 parts as discussed in my previous question and I am interested most in the baskala Shaka. So I ...
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Who is the first person to quote verses from Uttara Khanda of Padma Purana targeting Shankara and his philosophy?

Uttara khanda, chapter 236 of Padma Purana classifies Puranas into three categories and attacks Shankara's Advaita by saying Shiva incarnated as Shankara to preach a doctrine that resembles Vedas but ...
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Experiences of pregnant mothers in the scriptures who had notable children

What are the stories and experiences during pregnancies of to-be-mothers mentioned in the scriptures, who had notable children like krishna, rama, arjuna, ravana, karna, etc.?
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Bringing metals into home on Saturday

There is a popular belief that one should not bring metals (iron afaik) into the home on Saturday. Is this belief a valid one according to scriptures? If yes, what are the metals mentioned and is ...
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Where do I find the authentic information about Ganesha Yantra?

I wish to learn about Ganesha Yantra but unable to find any details other than Ucchishta Ganapati Yantra. What is the authentic Tantra text that discusses Ganesha Yantra and its worship particualrly ...
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Does Lord Krishna tell about Kundalini?

Does lord Krishna talk about Kundalini anywhere in Bhagwat Gita or somewhere else ?
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Questions on thoughts of Jealousy, Lust and Anger…do they ever stop and where are they stored?

I am more inclined towards Advaita which says that for any person pursuing freedom, these qualities are necessary: Viveka Vairagya Sat-Sampatti - control of senses, mind, etc Mumukshutva So my ...
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Is it possible to travel to different Lokas in turiya?

In turiya, is it possible to travel (teleport like narada) to different Lokas, such as Vishnu, deva loka? Like how devas went to Vaikunta, begged Vishnu to reincarnate to get rid of Ravana and other ...
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Can gods appear to a turiya person

Can gods appear to a turiya person, by doing tapas or mantra with pure devotion combined with bodily spiritually purity, , as well as is it possible to ask for and get boons or astras? Considering ...
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Was the name mArIcha (मारीच), a demon in Raamayana, adopted from the word marīcikā (मरीचिका)?

marīcikā (मरीचिका) means mirage. https://www.sanskritdictionary.com/?q=mar%C4%ABcik%C4%81&iencoding=deva&lang=sans&action=Search Mirage means an unrealistic hope or wish that cannot be ...
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Naivedyam / offering of food

Namaste, When making food for naivedyam, is it ok to save half of it, especially the stuffing (poornam) and use it next time to make fresh food (example: poli, kozhukkattai, etc) and offer it to god? ...
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What scriptures describe the layers of the Earth mentioned by Engalalwan?

This verse in Amsha 1 Adhyaya 4 of the Vishnu Purana describes the aftermath of Vishnu’s incarnation Varaha rescuing the Earth from the water: Uttishtatah tasya jalaardra kuksheh mahaa varaahasya ...
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If Sati's body was fully burned, then how 51 shaktipeeth came into existence?

I have read that (according to Shiva Purana) Sati's body was turned into ashes. 6-7. She desired to cast-off her body due to her anger with Dakṣa. She desired to burn off the body and retain the ...
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Every Brahmin does aachman (purification) in the name of Vishnu. Then on whose name shukracharya will do so (aachman)?

Is shukracharya does aachman in the name of Vishnu or any other way? Because every Brahmin does aachman in the name of Vishnu. So what about shukracharya who hates Vishnu.
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How did the ritual of offering water and belpatra to lord Shiva start?

Does Shiv purana mention about shravan month and worshipping lord Shiva with water and belpatra during that month?
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Is taking deeksha important in current situation or time?

Is taking deeksha important these days? Because according to some scriptures it was said that without talking deeksha, your worship will be incomplete.
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Maa Tara Tarapith prayers and chants in Sanskrit

i would like to ask if someone knows some chants or prayers to worship Tarapith Maa Tara , if possible transliterated into english (not translated). Thank you in advance
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Who was Arishtanemi?

I was watching lakshmi Narayan 1951 movie, Laxmi reincarnates on earth as bhuvan Mohini, while purandar indra and his enemy cousin Arishtanemi try to abduct her, then Arishtanemi with help of vritra, ...
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Are Ursa Major and Ursa Minor associated with Jambavan and Jambavati astrologically?

Astrologically/astronomically, Are Ursa major correspond/associated with jambavanta, Ursa minor with jambavati, because both being bear constellations, and Vega, Pole star of dwapara Yuga, krishna ...
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On what basis do some people claim Krishna is really the only ultimate God? [closed]

Some people say Krsna is the ultimate supreme personality of Godhead. It is also mentioned by them that all scriptures, in fact, declare this fact. Also, I hear that the stories, facts, and other ...
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Which flowers & leaves ought to be offered to Lord Shiva?

I know of Bilva leaves and Datura flowers. Are there any other leaves & flowers which are dear to Lord Shiva? Scriptural references and/or pointers would be highly appreciated.
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What is the earliest reference of three truths doctrines found among Advaitin's literature?

As of today, almost all Advaita VedAntins espousing three truths theory using below terms prAtibhAsika satya vyAvahArika satya (Relative truth) pAramArthika satya (Absolute reality) Does any Adi ...
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Birth Rashi of Lord Rama

According to Valmiki Ramayana, Lord Rama was born in Punarvasu nakshatra. The first three Padas of Punarvasu lie in Mithuna rashi and the last Pada lies in Karkataka rashi. Valmiki does not mention ...
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Where all gods left? [duplicate]

As per my knowledge, at the start of Kaliyuga all gods left from earth and no one knows where they went. Till Kaliyuga they were staying on earth so where they all went and how/when will they come ...
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Was the Ivory image of lion-human found in Germany indicating Nrisimha?

From Wikipedia article of Lion-man or The Löwenmensch figurine: The Löwenmensch figurine or Lion-man of the Hohlenstein-Stadel is a prehistoric ivory sculpture discovered in the Hohlenstein-Stadel,...
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How did Hanuman know that Ravana abducted Sita?

Lakshmana did not tell the name of Ravana while introducing themselves and their situation to Hanuman and Lakshmana told the following to Hanuman "He who aspires to keep up the well-being of all ...
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Why Lakshmana did not tell the name of Ravana to Hanuman even he knows?

Jataayu tells to Rama that Ravana abducted the Sita "Oh, boy Rama, blest is your eternality, for whom you are searching as with the search of a rejuvenescent herb in the vast of forest, Ravana ...
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Question on Hindus marrying non-hindus [duplicate]

In Islam marrying outside of religion is considered sin.I'd like to know if there are similiar rule in Sanatana dharma.(with reference)
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When exactly do we use different mudras?

I have come across different types of mudras which are basically used for channelizing energy within our body but my question is: Do we make use of all these mudras only during meditation or can we ...
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Why different gotra marriage is not practiced in North India fully? [duplicate]

"asapiNDA cha yA mAtuH asagotrA cha yApituH sA dvijAnAM prashastA strI dArakarmaNyamaithunI" - Manu Smriti "asamAnArSheyAmaspRShTamaithunAM avaravayasIM bhAryAM vindeta" -vasiShTha "...

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