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How is evolution portrayed?

In Hinduism, is there a concept of evolution? If so, how it it portrayed? I seen a YouTube video that I am unable to find again that says that the Vedic text says that beings evolve from most complex ...
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Which Gods and other immortals are living on the Earth today?

Lord Shiva is said to live on Mount Kailash which is said to be in Tibet. People claim to have sighted Ashwatthama in northern India. Any others?
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Do we have any details about the oldest idol of any Hindu God found anywhere in the world?

What is the oldest idol of any Hindu God being found anywhere in the world? If possible provide some details about how much old it was. How did it look like? And what material was it made of? Please ...
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Rules for wearing yagyopavit by women (yes it is possible)

I was going through this post answered by @Keshav Srinivasan , the following photograph (2nd in the answer) Depicts Shriman Narayana with his two wives, now begins my question is the goddess are ...
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Who did Vishnu appear before in Thiruvahindrapuram, Bhumidevi or Bhumadevi?

I'm currently visiting India, and I went to the town of Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu. It contains a place called Thiruvahindram, one of the 108 Divya Desams. As I discuss in this question, the Alwars (...
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Did the Mahabharata and the Ramayana happen in the current Yuga cycle in the current Manvantara?

The Mahabharata war has been given a date of around 3300 BC by back-tracing planetary positions from scriptural references (archeo-astronomy). The Ramayana is speculated to be anywhere between a few ...
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Which scriptures talk about the Kurma avatar of Vishnu?

I would like to know more about the Kurma avatar of Vishnu. I know that Vishnu took the form of a tortoise to facilitate Samudra Manthana. Although, no other details are known. The Wikipedia article ...
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What is the story of Vishnu appearing to sage Markandeya in Thiruvidanthai?

The Alwars (also spelled Azhwars) are a group of 12 ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu and are famous for their poetry in praise of Vishnu. The Alwars are crucially important figures in ...
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Is Varaha worshiped mostly in South India?

There is a famous Varaha temple at Srimushnam right next to a highway in Tamil Nadu. I don't recall any temples to Varaha in North India, are there any? Is Varaha worshiped mostly in South India?
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What is the story of Narasimha in the Varadaraja Perumal temple?

I'm currently visiting India, and I just saw the Varadaraja Perumal Vishnu temple in Kanchipuram.  As I discuss in this question this is the site of a Yagna performed by Brahma which Saraswati tried ...
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What is the story of the Thiruvalavendhai Varaha temple in Mahabalipuram?

I'm currently visiting India, and I may try to see the Adi Varaha Perumal temple in Mahabalipuram, more commonly known as the Thiruvalavendhai temple. It's a difficult temple to visit; it's closed ...
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What is the purpose of Venkateshwar incarnation?

Generally, Gods incarnate for some specific reasons like, destruction of some evil forces, to enlighten people with knowledge, establish dharma, etc. We have seen the same in case of most of Lord ...
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Why Matsya and Kurma Avatars are not worshiped like other avatars?

Why Matsya and Kurma avatars are not worshiped like other avatars? Vamana as trivikrama, varaha has temples in south. Rama, Krishna, Balarama and Narasimha avatars are worshiped and many temples are ...
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What is the temple for a "family goddess" in Tirupati that was established by Vishnu himself?

I think there's a temple to some goddess in the vicinity of Tirupati that was established by Vishnu himself. Let me explain. As I discuss in this question, the book "Venkatachala - Its Glory" by G.V....
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After lives of Lord Narasimha and Lord Varaha

Lord Narasimha and Lord Varaha are incarnations of Lord Vishnu but unlike other incarnations eg, Lord Rama, Lord Krishna, Nara-Narayana, Lord Vamana, etc, I do not see them to be having a full life ...