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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?

"asapiNDA cha yA mAtuH asagotrA cha yApituH sA dvijAnAM prashastA strI dArakarmaNyamaithunI" - Manu Smriti "asamAnArSheyAmaspRShTamaithunAM avaravayasIM bhAryAM vindeta" -vasiShTha "...
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16 Names of Lord Vishnu [duplicate]

In the following verse, 16 names of Vishnu given and mentioned that on which occasion/activity we should chant which name. Aushadhe Chintayét Vishnum Bhojané cha Janardanam Shayane Padmanabham ...
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who is Goddess TArA

Who is Goddess TArA. Though I heard about HER as one of the Dasa mahavidyas, whats the significance of HER moolamantra and dhyana and upasana as far as our materialistic life is concerned. Also,I ...
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Why do most of the people visit India to achieve high spiritual state or for becoming great?

I am always curious to know why do most of the people visit India to achieve high spiritual state or for becoming great ? Example Steve Jobs, Mark Zukerburg etc.. the list is long.
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About sacred cow: Why a cow would try to mount on me? [on hold]

Originally I made this question on stack exchange biology, as a zoology topic, but my question was down voted and on hold - there my question was not welcome by the community. Since I'm not a Hindu ...
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Advaita Epistemology

Can someone please recommend books on advaita epistemology. Suggestion of both classical and academic works would be equally helpful.
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How many years have passed since the start of the current kalpa?

The name of current kalpa is Swetha Varaha Kalpa. How many years has been completed till now from the starting point of the Swetha Varaha Kalpa?
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What significance (if any) does 21st June have for Yoga?

The International yoga day is celebrated on the 21st of June which is the longest day in the year. I was wondering if this day, being the summer solstice, had any special significance related to Yoga?
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Currently how many types of peethas are there in India?

In India how many different types of peethas such as shakti peethas, Advaita peethas etc., are there now?
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Scriptures about announcement of possessing mantra siddhi

Suppose a person attains siddhi over a particular mantra. Is it recommended by scriptures to hide about possession of such siddhi from public?
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Availability of English translations for commentaries of Gautama Dharmasūtra

Gautama Dharmasūtra is a Sanskrit text and likely one of the oldest Hindu Dharmasutras (600-200 BCE), whose manuscripts have survived into the modern age. From this source There are two extant ...
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What is the name of the person who reconciled a line from Rudram to dakshinamurthy and Adi Shankaracharya?

Consider the following lines from Rudram and their translation Nama kapardhine cha vyupthakesaya cha Salutations to him who has a crown of hair and to him who has a shaved head I ...
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Did Parashurama perform any expiation for killing his mother?

We know that Parashurama killed his mother Renuka on the command of his father Jamadagni as Pitruvakya Paripalana (following father's words obediently). After doing this, his father offered a boon. ...
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Was Maareecha's taking form of a deer in Ramayana an interpolated story?

Maareecha , a demon and an associate of Ravana, appears in 2 episodes of Valmiki Ramayana. In Bala Kanda, while trying to defile the Yagna of Sage Viswamitra, he was thrown into the Ocean by the ...
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English translation for the slokhas regarding Radha's birth [on hold]

Consider the following shlokhas from Chapter 8: Description of Shri Radhika's Birth of canto 1 of Garga Samhita. I didn't find the translation of the following twenty slokhas anywhere over the ...
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Need to know the verse numbers from Padma purana

I'd like to know the following 2 shloka's verse number from Padma purana: avaiṣṇava-mukhodgīrṇaṁ pūtaṁ hari-kathāmṛtam śravaṇaṁ naiva kartavyaṁ sarpocchiṣṭaṁ yathā payaḥ One should not ...
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How do English translators of Vedas interpret the Vedas?

This answer lists several methods translators/commentators may adopt when they decide to translate the Vedas or write commentary on them. Is it possible to tell from an English translation of the ...
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Why aren't all works whose authors are not known regarded as authorless (apauruṣeyā)?

Are there any refutations to this argument put forth by the Buddhist philosophers? Particularly, the one against the authorlessness of Vedas because no one remembers who their authors are? ...
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Proper response when we pray, but outcomes are negative?

What is the proper response/behavior of someone who prays with fervor, but for whom outcomes are negative? For example: Praying for someone else’s good health. Praying success in life events. Let’s ...
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English translation of Garga Samhita on Krishna

Garga Samhita is written by sage Garga. Is there any English translation for Garga Samhita available online?
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Can I trim / shave my own head being a Brahmin?

Can I trim my own head hair being a Brahmin? Is this against the Hindu Dharma? Thanks
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Avatars of Garuda

Whenever Lord Vishnu descended on earth in human form, all demigods like Indra,Vayu, Surya, Adi Shesha and others also came along with Him. When Lord Vishnu took Ramavatara, Adi Shesha was born as His ...
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Which are the characteristics of Brahmanas?

We know that there are five to ten characteristics (Lakshana) of Purana which are discussed in this post. A similar question also asked for Itihasa. I want to know are there any characteristics of ...
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What was Adi shankara s view on Puranas?

Puranas are the Scriptures of Hinduism which are accepted by some people and rejected by some people.There are 18 mahapuranas which are the most important. The basic theory that puranas are ...
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Chamunda mantra chanting benefits

What are the benefits of chanting the Chamunda mantra aim hrim klim .... whether this can be used as a protector mantra from evil effects or give response to those who do bad things? Does any ...
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What is the exact scriptural meaning of Shraddha?

In chapter 4 verse 39 of Geetha, lord Krishna told that a person with Shraddha achieves gnanam. In this context what is the exact meaning of Shraddha according to scriptures?
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Who are aryan? where do they come from? [closed]

Who are they? where do they come from? What did they did and do now. why south indians always take stand against them
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How many names does ravan have?

I have this question arises because of some unrealible source I have heard, as we know ravan is known to many countries in indian sub continent from afghanistan to indonesia. How many and what were ...
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What is ajivika?

I just heard this term from one of my friend. Tried to find more information about it, but no help. Can anyone explain it. Is it Hindu philosophy (as wiki says) or not?
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Who wrote Ravana kaviyam?

Need answers to the following questions in order to clear my doubts: Who was the writer of Raavana Kaviyam? What was the reason to write it? To which state does the author belong to?
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How to restore bhakti after you stopped praying for a long time? [closed]

I am an aspiring Sri Vaishnava in an Asian foreign country with the least minimum Sri Vaishnavas around for guidance and I have never met anyone except the temple priests from the local Perumal ...
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Raavana's dress code during abduction

Ravana came to seeta's place in disguise of an ascetic. I want to know exact description of what actually he looked like? From head to toe.
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Who is RakthaChamundi Devi

Would like to know about RakthaChamundi goddess. Is this Devi different from Chamunda Devi? Seems, there are multiple forms of Chamunda. Does this RakthaChamundi, another fiercefull avatar of ...
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Which calender is correct ? Poornimantha (month ending with poornima) or Amantha (month ending with Amavasya)? [closed]

Which calender is correct ? Poornimantha (month ending with poornima) or Amantha (month ending with Amavasya) ?
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What all are the parameters needed for getting a mantra siddhi?

According to the Hindu scriptures, what are the parameters needed to get a mantra siddhi? Some of the parameters that can influence mantra siddhi (generally believed) are 1) Quantity of sins done by ...
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Are there any mantras that does not need any guru initiation but gives siddhi?

Do all mantras that gives siddhi needs guru initiation? Or are there any mantras that can give siddhi without the need of guru?
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Why is there such a stark contradiction in Vedic hymns and many Puranic stories?

For example, it is shown in this answer- How did Vishnu help Indra in killing Vritra? that indra was defeated and also shamed and also in the last line 'and later Nahusha becoming the new Indra and ...
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Which are the methodologies for interpreting Vedas?

Recetly I read that Sayanacharya's Bhashya on Vedas is Yajnika or ritualistic interpretation. So, I want to know what are the schools or means of interpretation of Vedas?
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Bhagavad Gita for Kids

Namaskar, I started reading Bhagavad Gita a few months ago. I am reading shlokas, and their translations from Gita Press version. Now I have a small daughter(7-8 years old). I daily tell/read her ...
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Is there a scripture that refers to the circumambulation (kora/parikrama) around Mt Kailash?

Hi I am researching the religious reason behind the walk around Mt Kailash and am looking for some hindu text that refers to the salvation they receive from taking part in the walk.
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Advaita vedanta texts recommendations

Can you please recommend some high quality texts on pure Advaita philosophy from an academic standpoint which are complete and exhaustive by themselves? Academic works like that of P. S. Roodurmum (...
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Do anyone has infinite tapas Shakti (power) other than Brahman?

It is well known that Brahman has infinite power. Other than him, in general, sages have tapas power due to their tapas and can be used for their wish such as cursing someone or for own purposes or ...
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Meaning of manor layam

Pooja koti samam stotram Stotra koti samam japam Japa koti samam dhyanam Dhyan koti manor layam What is the meaning of manor layam in the above Shloka ? Note : On some other sites samolayah is ...
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How Vidarbha from scriptures is same as current Vidarbha?

The following passage from Wikipedia says that The Vidarbha kingdom in the Sanskrit epic Mahabharata is among the many kingdoms ruled by Yadu kings (Bhoja Yadavas). It is the southernmost ...
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Distance from earth to heaven

We are living in the earth and there exists heaven (Swarga) according to the Hinduism. How much is the distance from the earth to heaven according to the Hindu scriptures?
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Which puran describes about the curse of kashyap rishi by which Shiva had to behead his son?

I have not found any description in shiv puran, that Shiva was cursed by kashyap rishi, by which he had to behead his own son Ganesha? Then which puran describes about it?
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Is there any relation or similarity between Rudra & Indra?

According to Tejaswee's Answer on What is the Vedic Origin of Lord Shiva?: Similarly, Indra is also a manifestation of Lord Rudra. AtharvaVeda calls Rudra as slayer of Vritta which is actually ...
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Does Vedas describes about Rudra wear tiger skin and crescent moon or holds trishul & damru? [duplicate]

I have read that Rudra was described as krittivaas (one who wears animals hide), but which animal's skin rudra used to wear, it's deer or tiger skin. Rudra holds pinaka bow as his weapon but does ...
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Did Bhimasena laugh at Duryodhana infront of Vasudeva?

It is known that Bhimasena laughed at Duryodhana in Mayasabha due to the incident of Duryodhana falling down due to confusion. Did it happen in front of Sri Krishna? The following passage from Adi ...

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