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Where did the notion that cows are sacred originate from? [duplicate]

Contemporary Hindus believe that cows are the most sacred animals and should not be eaten. There are even groups in North India that kill people who eat cows. However, many of the Dharma Shastras, ...
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Is there any story in scriptures about the origin of peacocks?

The Shalya Parva of Mahabharat while describing the gifts of different arms to Kartikeya mentions the following: Garuda gave him his favourite son, a peacock of beautiful feathers. Aruna gave him a ...
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What is name of tiger in vedic-age? Is he present in rig-veda?

What is name of tiger in vedic-age? Is he present in rig-veda? If no then only refrence other vedas and scriptures. UPDATE Is simha a word used for both tigers and lions in rig-veda and other ...
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Did lord Shri Ram, Laxman and Sita ever face dangerous wild animals during their exile in forests?

During lord Rama's exile period they killed many Asuras. And sometimes I assume that, In jungle or forest wild animals like lions, tigers,bears and others would also be present there. Did they ever ...
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Do Camel and Moose carry any significance when dreamt of, as per Hinduism?

Are Camel and Moose vahanas of any specific deity?
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Is it true that all animals and plants could talk in Satya Yug? then why not in Kaliyuga?

From Ramayana, we can know that there were some characters of monkeys or vanaras, Jambhavan, Hanuman etc associated with Lord Rama's job. Similarly like oceans and mountains, were also able to talk/...
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What is Śuka's birth-based varṇa? Is his biological mother literally a parrot or a human named Ghṛtācī or he had no mother at all?

The birth of Vyāsa's son, Śuka, is narrated in the Mahābhārata as follows. Bhishma said. 'The son of Satyavati having obtained this high boon from the great God, was one day employed in rubbing his ...
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Presence of therianthropes, chimera and other mythical creatures in Hinduism

What is the significance of therianthropes in Hinduism? It's a repeating theme common to all shamanistic religions. Can Narasimha the half man half lion avatar and makara be two examples of ...
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What is the role of dogs in Hinduism?

In Hinduism dogs have a great importance lord Kalabhairva's mount is a dog.can one features exactly the Importance of dogs in Hinduism and How are they even related to gods
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What is the importance of bull in the Vedas?

We all know about cow's importance in Vedas. If cow is called the mother then bull is the father. So what are some Vedic verses which glorify the bull? Even the Mahabharata gives importance to bull ...
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What do Vedas say about non-sacrificial killing of animals?

Do Vedas or any scripture say anything about any restrictions on non-sacrificial killing of animals? We all know about animal sacrifices which was later explained by scholars. But what about normal (...
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Is “cow” a concept or does it refer to just one species of milk-producing bovine animals?

3. The murderer of a Brāhmaṇ becomes consumptive, the killer of a cow becomes hump-backed and imbecile, the murderer of a virgin becomes leprous,--all three born as outcastes. The Garuda Purana, ...
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Which scriptures describe the concept of “Shadjanma Pashu”?

While reading the article "Ahimsha and Vegetarianism in Kashmir Shaivaism" on the Kamakotimandali, i came across the concept of "Shadjanma Pashu" ( Shad=six; Janma=birth; Pashu=an animal). It is ...
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Why Dattatreya is shown surrounded by 4 dogs and cow?

Simple google search with word "Dattatreya" shows many images of lord Dattatreya. but 1 important point to note is in most of those images, lord Dattatreya is shown surrounded by 4 dogs and cow. And ...
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Why do the Krodhavasas take away the merits of people with dogs?

When Indra comes to take Yuddhisthira to Swarga, the latter refuses to go without the dog who has been accompanying him all this while: "Yudhishthira said, ‘O thou of a 1,000 eyes. O thou that art ...
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Is caste system only for humans?

Is caste system only for humans? What about animals, Asuras, Devas etc. Does caste system also apply to them?
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Why does Parashara say to keep a black cat and precious stones in home?

In the Parashara Smriti, there is a verse which instructs to keep a black cat and precious stone in homes. One should keep in his house the following things : the wood for striking out a ...
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Name of mythical horse

Sometime ago while reading one of the stories in a magazine, i came across a story narrating about a horse emerging out of a yagna, and is said to be blazing in fire and is currently under the oceans. ...
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What is the most recent reference to wild Sharabhas existing?

Most people only know the story of how Shiva took an incarnation as the half-lion half-bird Sharabheshwara in order to try to subdue Vishnu's incarnation Narasimha, as I discuss here.  What's not as ...
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What scriptures describe the story of the frog princess?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school. But there are five other Astika or orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy: Purva Mimamsa, Samkhya,...
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What scriptures describe swans separating milk from water?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school. But there are five other Astika or orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy: Purva Mimamsa, Samkhya,...
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When did Cows receive the boon of horns from Brahma & why did they want them?

Mahabharat Anushasan Parva Section LXXXI mentions Vyas as saying: "Vyasa said, 'Kine constitute the stay of all creatures. Kine are the refuge of all creatures. Kine are the embodiment of merit. ...
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Unknown creature mentioned in the Hindu mythology?

Mahabharata mentions the Timingila and Makara as being deep within the ocean, along with other huge sea creatures: timingilah kacchapasca tatha timi timingilah makarascatra drsyante jale magna ...
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Why do the gods look like human beings?

The gods generally have a humanoid form: one head, two eyes, two ears, two arms, two legs, etc. Of course some gods have individual variations: Vishnu has four arms, Brahma has four heads, Indra has ...
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Did the Samkhya school discuss the danger of Yagna fires to surrounding wildlife?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school. But there are five other Astika or orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy: Purva Mimamsa, Samkhya,...
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Why did Shiva cut off an elephant's head in violation of Ahimsa?

If animal killing is not good, then why did Lord Shiva cut off an elephant's head for his son Ganesha? Does that mean we may kill animals for our own means as our Lord did?
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Do I commit a sin of greater degree when I kill a holy creature (say cow) instead of any other creature?

I genuinely believe this question is a bit in bad taste but do read below my thoughts of inquisitiveness for putting up a bland question like this: I was curious to know if karma would adjudge me as ...
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What scriptures describe peacocks producing children through tears?

A Rajasthan High Court judge recently made the following statement: Peacock is a Bramhachari and it does not have sex with a peahen. The peahen gets pregnant drinking the tears of the peacock. Even ...
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What's the response to the Cārvāka thought on animal sacrifice in a yajña?

How did other schools of Indian philosophy respond to this argument by the Cārvākas with regard to animal sacrifice as part of a yajña? If a beast slain in the Jyotishtoma rite will itself go to ...
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Why animals other than Goat, Chicken and pigs are not given as animal sacrfice?

Goats, roosters and pigs are given as sacrifice to gods. There are also many other animals and birds living but they are not Sacrificed. QUESTION : Why certain animals like Goat, roosters, pigs are ...
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What scriptures describe worms born from honey?

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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What scriptures describe scorpions born from cow dung?

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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Does Karma punishment vary according to one's material nature and Ignorance?

Karma for killing a Brahmin is given punishment higher than other Varnas. This is because Brahmins are of Sattva guna in dominant manner than others Varnas.EXAMPLE :Lord Ram got Dosha for Killing ...
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Which scriptures say that the Kings and Kshatriyas are allowed to hunt animals?

Many people cite the example of the Pandavas hunting deers to prove that its ok for the Kshatriyas (& the Kingly classes) to hunt. 1) But are there any Scriptures which explicitly say that Kings ...
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If Bad Karma for Killing a Insect is Very Small then how Bhisma suffered Bed of Arrows for Piercing a Butterfly or a Snake?

EXPLANATION Bhisma laid in Bed Of Arrows due to his Bad karma in his past lives by Piercing a Butterfly. As he pierced the Butterfly In Return he got Pierced by Arrows or a Snake that was put into ...
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What scriptures describe Vishnu riding a tortoise?

The term "Shaivite" is overused nowadays. For instance, Iyer Brahmins are often called Shaivites, but they're actually followers of Adi Shankaracharya's Smartha sect (which I discuss here and here), ...
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Do Hindus mourn the death of animals the same way they mourn their deceased relatives?

Hindus remain austere and refrain from participating in any religious ritual for a specified number of days (mostly 13) when any family member expires. The popular thought is that the home becomes "...
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What scriptures describe toads being found in the heart of solid rocks?

The term "Shaivite" is overused nowadays. For instance, Iyer Brahmins are often called Shaivites, but they're actually followers of Adi Shankaracharya's Smartha sect (which I discuss here and here), ...
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Do our sins really burn away if we're reborn as animals or trees (i.e., other than human)?

I have heard that we can not earn any merit or demerit in any birth other than the human birth. So my question is, do our sins (demerits) burn away in animal or tree birth? E.g., a dog born in dirty ...
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What is Hinduism's stand on bestiality?

Bestiality is possibly the most abnormal and perverted form of sexual intercourse where a human being unites(sexually) with an animal. Presumably ,some Hindu temples in India depict bestiality ...
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Is the image of eggs at temples offensive? [closed]

I have recently read that a court in India has been asked to ban Pokémon Go for these reasons: The high court in Gujarat state was asked to ban the game because its images of eggs in places of ...
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Did the story of Mahabharata start (and end) with a dog?

Some people say that the tale of Mahabharata starts and ends with a dog. When they say ends with a dog, they are referring to Yama-disguised-as-a-dog who follows Yudhishtira and other Pandavas on ...
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What does the Rig Veda say about the forests and healing properties of plants and animals

This article mentions the forests, and healing properties of plants and animals ...Similarly the Rig-Veda mentions about the forest goddess and healing properties of plants, tribes of fishes, ...
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Vahanas of Gods

Why Gods and Goddesses (Devas and Devis) have their own vehicles, mounts or vahanas which comprise various types of animals and birds? Do they have some physical significance?
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Is sitting on a camel in a dream inauspicious?

Currently I am reading Sundara Kanda of Valmiki Ramayana. In this kanda, there is a sarga/chapter named Trijata Swapnam meaning the dream of the ogre Trijata. She narrates her dream to other ogres and ...
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Why are owls considered inauspicious?

I remember in my childhood many elders advised me to avoid seeing owls. That bird is considered inauspicious by many in the Hindu community. The most common reason cited for owls being inauspicious ...
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What is the vaahan (mount) of Lord Hanuman?

Does Lord Hanuman have a mount (vahana) like all the other Gods? I got this doubt when I have seen a camel before Hanuman in a temple like Nandi before Lord Shiva.I searched the internet about this ...
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To kill harmful animals [duplicate]

Considering that kill can bring bad karma, what must be done with some harmful animals like aedes aegypti, triatoma infestans, ticks etc., when it is on our way? And if they can be killed it means we ...
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If Hindus can't kill animals, how do they get tiger carpets?

I read some Yoga books, and saw Swami Sivananda saying to not kill animals, but himself can be found in a photo making asana over a tiger's skin carpet, even pictures of Lord Shiva show him over a ...
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Shani Dev and Crow

Shani(शनि) deva, also known as शनैश्चर is one of the Navagraha (the nine primary celestial beings in Hindu astrology) of Jyotiṣa. If we visit the temples, there is good chance that Shani(शनि) deva is ...