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During Ashwamedha yagna, did the queen really did obscene things with the horse? If not, what is the metaphor here? [duplicate]

Of all things ever written in Hindu scriptures, especially Vedas, this one ritual seems to be the most controversial of all. Carvarkas condemned this ritual in Madhavacharya's Sarvadarsanasangraha; ...
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What is the horse breed that is used in Ashvamedha yagna?

Is it Equus sivalensis? I remember them being white for the ritual but do we know the breed?
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Actual translation especially according Sayanacharya of controversial verses of Shukla Yajurved Book 23, Verses 20-31 regarding Ashwamedha Yajna

The verses, descrbing Ashwamedha Yajna in controversial verses of Shukla Yajurved Book 23, Verses 20-31 is skipped in English translation. 19 Thee we invoke, troop-lord of troops, Thee we invoke, the ...
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How was Rama able to perform Ashvamedha?

According to Vedas and Mimamsa, a wife is required to perform Vedic yajnas like Ashvamedha because the wife does things in the yajna and also recites some mantras in the yajna. So, without a wife, one ...
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An attempt to malign our religion by an Islamist in the Article. Can I get good refutations of this man claims?

here is the link of the article. You can use Ctrl+F and use Hindu to find all the stuff he says about our society and our gods. Some Quotes from the Article There is a sacred ritual described in ...
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What are the fruits received by performing an Ashwamedha?

Ashwamedha is a Vedic yajna done mainly by Kshatriyas and is supposed to have wondrous benefits including getting rid of Brahmahatya and attaining the post of Indra, if 100 of them are performed. I ...
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Scriptural reference of Prabhupada's commentry on S.B. 4:19:11

Srila Prabhupada wrote in the purport of S.B. 4:19:11, King Indra is known as śata-kratu, which indicates that he has performed one hundred horse sacrifices (aśvamedha-yajña). We should know, however,...
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When was the last Ashwamedha yajna conducted?

I have read at few sites that Pushyamitra Shunga (2nd century B.C.) had conducted two Ashwamedha yajnas. Did any king conduct Ashwamedha yagna after Pushyamitra ?
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What do the Devas do with offerings of sacrificial blood in Yajnas?

It is known that whatever is offered to the Devas in Yajnas is consumed by them. So things like milk, butter, ghee, soma, meat, liquor etc are all eaten and drank by the Devas. For example, Vyasa ...
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Why did Dasharatha perform Ashwamedha to beget children?

Reference: Balakanda 8th Sarga Why did Dasharatha propose performance of Ashwamedha to beget children? Ashwamedha is primarily to establish supremacy over other kings. I am unable to understand the ...
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What does the first stanza of the Aswhamedha sacrifice mean?

This is the first stanza of the Ashwamedha yajna in the Taittiriya Brahmana. What does it mean in English? Thanks.
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Are these rituals really done in Ashvamedha as per Brahmanas? Is the translation correct?

When the water for washing the feet is ready, they make the chief queen (Mahishi) lie down next to the horse, and they cover the two of them up with the upper cloth as they say the verse, ‘Let the ...
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What is the story of Shiva fighting Rama and Hanuman?

This page mentions a battle between Lord Rama and Shiva at the time of the Ashwamedh Yagnya and states that it is from the Shiva Purana: A war that went unnoticed among us. Shiva Purana mentions a ...
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Were horses killed in the ashvamedh performed by Lord rama?

Lord rama performed ashvamedh and that too without a wife, who did the ritual killing, and were animals actually sacrificed?
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Why is the queen required to sleep next to the dead horse at the end of Aśvamedha Yajña?

From the Wikipedia article on Aśvamedha Yajña: After this, the horse, a hornless he-goat, and a wild ox (go-mrga, Bos gaurus) are bound to sacrificial stakes near the fire, and seventeen other ...
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Which 299 animals were sacrificed in the Ashwamedha besides the Horse?

According to SECTION LXXXVIII of the Ashwamedha Parva of Mahabharat besides the horse, there were two ninety-nine other animals (including birds and aquatics!) that were also sacrificed in the ritual: ...
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What is the difference between Rajasuya Yajna and Ashwamedha Yajna?

I had heard stories about king performing Rajasuya Yajna and Ashwamedha Yajna from Ramayana and Mahabharata (though I don't have very good knowledge about them). They looks similar like horse is ...
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Where does Ramayana state Ashwamedha Yajna is intended for worship of Lord Rudra?

SriKantha Shivacharya in his commentary on Brahma Sutra 3.2.38 gives various quotes to prove it is Parameswara alone who is actually worshipped in all sacrifices. The full Bhasya is as: And because ...
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What is the significance of Ashwamedha Yagna?

Throughout the Hindu scriptures, there have been instances of Kings offering Horses as sacrifice to the Gods in the Ashwamedha Yagna. What is the significance of this ritual? Why only horses were ...
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