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Etymology of Sringa

Sringa is an Ancient Indian musical instrument. In an answer to my previous question, it was pointed out that Mahabharat contains a reference to a ruler of the kingdom of Stri Rajya, also known as ...
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What is the story behind this Vishnu - Muchukunda painting?

I keep seeing this picture of a painting on my TV via Google Chromecast. The caption below the pic. reads: Vishnu Appears to King Muchukunda in a Cave in the Himalayas What is the backstory of ...
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Scriptures: 64 Arts and 14 Sciences

After Lord Krishna kills evil king Kansa and frees his parents from prison, he studies at an Ashram. The teacher says he is pleased with Lord Krishna's progress because he learned 64 Arts and 14 ...
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Is Raja Ravi Varma's painting Birth of Shakuntala true to the story?

The Wikipedia article for Vishwamitra has a picture of the sage rejecting both Menaka and her daughter, Shakuntala. The picture seems to be a painting by Raja Ravi Varma. Is the painting true to the ...
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Why is Naga shown with 3, 5, 7, 9 heads? [duplicate]

Why in art and some religions, Naga is shown with different number of heads? What is the significance of the Cambodian Naga?
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Why is Lord Hanuman portrayed as tearing-open his chest and showing Lord Rama is within it?

I have seen many images like the following that portray Lord Hanuman tear-open his chest and reveal Lord Rama and Sita inside it. What is the story behind this?
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How were the rules for Devalaya Vastu forged?

There are very few references as to how the rules for Devalaya Vastu (देवालय वस्तु) were written. Any insights on who the original authors were, how and why they wrote the very specific rules that ...
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Why do idols of Lord Ganesha only rarely have the trunk turning to the right?

I've rarely seen idols of Lord Ganesha with his trunk turning towards the right. As far as I know, people say that Ganesha idols having the trunk turning towards the right should be given extra care ...
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Why is Krishna portrayed to be blue?

Humans (at least Asians) are wheatish-brown in color. Why was Krishna portrayed as blue? Is it just to show his purity, or is there some story background of it (e.g. is it based in reality)?