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Why was Ahilya saved by Rama, even though she could see through Indra's disguise?

From Valmiki Ramayana, translated by Shulman and AK Ramanujan: 'Listen, Raghava, I'll tell you whose ashram this was and how it was cursed by a great man in anger. It was great Gautama's, this ashram ...
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Why did Gautama Muni curse Ahalya? Did she know about Indra before Gautama muni cursed her?

Story of Ahalya, Indra and Gautama Muni is very popular. Briefly, it goes like this. Gautama Muni went to river for bathing rituals. Ahilya, his wife was alone at the Ashram. Indra who disguised like ...
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Why are Ahalya and Draupadi part of the Panchakanya? [closed]

Panchakanya are considered role-model women. Panchakanya(पञ्चकन्या, pañcakanyā), also known as the Five Virgins, is a group of five iconic heroines of Hindu epics, extolled in a hymn and whose names ...
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According to Dvaita, are there puranic examples where Ishwara(God) or anyone(Sages and Saints) who has turned anybody's Jeevatma into Jada?

As random as the question may seem, it was the response of a person, from Dvaitha school, to my question can God convert Jeeva into Jada? And he said "coming to your question of if Paramatma can ...
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How exactly is the Indra-Ahalyā affair narrated in Ṣaḍviṃṡa Brāhmaṇa?

This answer claims the Ṣaḍviṃṡa Brāhmaṇa attached to Sāmaveda also mentions the Indra-Ahalyā affair. But how exactly is the story narrated in Ṣaḍviṃṡa Brāhmaṇa? Is it any different from the version ...
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Why is Indra referred to as 'Sahasraksha' in Valmiki Ramayana?

I was reading the Indra Ahalya incident in Valmiki Ramayana and other parts. I see that Valmiki has referred Indra as 'Sahasraksh' most of the times. 'Sahasraksh' meaning one with thousand eyes. I am ...
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Is the verse about Indra forcing himself upon Ahalyā present in the Critical Edition of Rāmāyaṇa?

The translation of Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa on this site says Indra forced himself upon Ahalyā: BOOK 7: UTTARA KANDA SECTION 35 ... Thereupon she propitiated the ascetic Gautama saying, "O ...
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What is Ahalyā's birth name?

Is 'Ahalyā' the real name of Gautama's wife or is it an acquired name? At least, the Monier-Williams dictionary seems to think it's an acquired one. The word is listed as a + halyā: अ-हल्या (A-...
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Was Śatānanda the son of Gautama or Indra?

It is generally believed that Śatānanda was the son of Gautama and Ahalyā. But was Śatānanda born before Indra had the brief affair with Ahalyā? How do we know Śatānanda was not the son of ...
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