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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, a wild ox (go-mrga, Bos gaurus) are bound to sacrificial stakes near the fire, and seventeen other animals ...
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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 ...