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Why did Lord Rama and Lakshmana separate?

I know at the end of Ramayana, Lord Rama and Lakshmana separated. But what is the reason for that?
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Did Vasishta's brother sage Agastya have a previous birth?

Most people only know about the fact the famous sage Vasishta, guru of Rama, was one of the mind-born sons of Brahma. What's not as well-known, however, is the fact that Vasishta is no longer the son ...
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What does Samaveda verse 1.6.1.4.5 mean?

Sāmaveda 1.6.1.4.5 (the 527th verse of the Sāmaveda) reads: सोमः पवते जनिता मतीनां जनिता दिवो जनिता पृथिव्याः । जनिताग्नेर्जनिता सूर्यस्य जनितेन्द्रस्य जनितोत विष्णोः ।। sōmaḥ pavate janitā ...
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Why does each incarnation of Vishnu need an "officiating priest"?

This chapter of the Matsya Purana enumerates various incarnations that Vishnu has taken during the course of the Vaivasvata Manvantara (i.e. the present Manvantara). But along with each incarnation, ...
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Were there any incarnations of Lord Brahma?

We hear a lot about incarnations of Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva and other Gods, but were there any incarnations of Lord Bramha too?
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How did Lord Dattatreya acquire the knowledge of Yoga?

Is there any story about how Lord Dattatreya acquired the knowledge of Yoga?
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Who are the seven sages (Sapta Rishis) of current Manvantara?

I want to know who are the seven sages (Sapta Rishis) of current Manvantara?
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Lord Dattatreya's avatar Padvallabh?

Is padvallabh avatar of Lord Dattatreya? Are there any other avatars of Lord Dattatreya? I have heard that there are four avatars. Please give story of them.
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Who is the current moon god, Soma son of Atri or Tvisiman son of Dharma?

This excerpt from the Anusanga Pada of the Brahmanda Purana describes the gods of the different planets and the Nakshatras they were born in in the present Vaivasvata Manvantara. In particular, it ...
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What is the story of Dattatreya defending the Vedas?

The Sankalpa Suryodaya is an allegorical play composed by the Sri Vaishnava Acharya Vedanta Desikan. In this excerpt from the Sankalpa Suryodaya, a character representing Vedanta Desikan tells a ...
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Is Vishnu's incarnation Dattatreya quoted in the Brahma Sutras?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school, which bases its tenets on the doctrines laid out in the Brahma Sutras, a work by the sage Vyasa ...
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Why is Venkateshwara called a descendant of sage Vasishta?

As I discuss in this question, the book "Venkatachala - Its Glory" by G.V. Chalapathi Rao is an English translation of the Sthala Purana (temple scripture) of the famous Tirupati temple and this ...
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