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The Hindu god Chandra is the moon god, associated with the moon's phases. Chandra is the powerful and influential Hindu god of the moon. Typically, he is pictured holding a lotus while seated in a beautiful chariot pulled by ten white horses or an antelope.

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Effect of moon on ocean tides

It is well known that moon affects the ocean tides 1,2 and the effect is more during new moon, full moon days. Is this phenomenon mentioned anywhere in the scriptures?
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Any descriptions of the chariot of Soma and Pushan?

This particular Rigvedic verse mentions the gods Soma and Pushan riding together on a chariot: 1 SOMA and Pūṣan, Parents of all riches, Parents of earth and Parents of high heaven, You Twain, ...
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Who is the daughter of Surya mentioned in Rig Veda 10.85?

The Rig Veda Book 10 Verse 85 describes the bridal of Sun-god's daughter who is called Surya as well: 6 Raibhi was her dear bridal friend, and Narasamsi led her home. Lovely was Sūrya's robe: she ...
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How did Chandra (moon) get a Rabbit Mark on it?

Chandra is called "Shashaanka" - "Shasha (Rabbit) + Anka (Mark)" - "One who has mark of a rabbit". And it is quite evident also, we see a vague Rabbit shaped mark on the moon. For ...
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Is there a scriptural basis for the celebration of Kojagari Purnima?

There are many stories that mention the belief that Goddess Lakshmi roams on the earth on the night of Sharad Purnima, a day which is also known as Kojagari Purnima. Many people make kheer or payasam ...
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Did Indra kill Virochan in the Tārakāmaya War?

The war between Devas and Demons fought for the custody of Tara, Brihaspati's wife who had been abducted by Chandra is known as the Tārakāmaya War and it is given in detail in Chapter 6 of the Vishnu ...
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Why do Hindus only count Umbra as the eclipse?

Hindu calendar only includes Umbra as an eclipse. Penumbra (here B) can affect a wider area of place and last longer as well. Partial eclipse also occurs in the Penumbra. So why is only Umbra counted ...
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Does Bhagavata Purana say moon has its own light?

SB 5.20.12 [The inhabitants of Salmalidvipa worship the demigod of the moon in the following words.] By his own rays, the moon-god has divided the month into two fortnights, known as sukla and ...
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Why did Rudra fight against the devatas in the Tārakāmaya war?

One of the famous wars between the Devatas and Dānavas is the Tārakāmaya war. This war took place when the Soma, the moon god abducted Tāra, the wife of Bṛhaspati. devatas took the side of Bṛhaspati ...
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How many Vedic hymns are attributed to Soma?

We see that the Soma (plant and its extract) is one of the chiefly mentioned subjects in the Vedic literature. Especially in the rig veda there are many mantras and hymns dedicated to soma and its ...
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Who is the current moon god, Soma son of Atri or Tvisiman son of Dharma?

This excerpt from the Anusanga Pada of the Brahmanda Purana describes the gods of the different planets and the Nakshatras they were born in in the present Vaivasvata Manvantara. In particular, it ...
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How is the position of Surya and Chandra related to Amavasya and Poornima?

As far as I understand, in Jyotisha, Amavasya and Poornima are being related to the positions of Surya (Sun) and Chandra (Moon). What is this relationship? How do these positions change in between an ...
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Allegory of the Moon and its shadow - Dvaita, Advaita and Vishishta Advaita

I remember reading about an allegory which uses the Moon and its shadow in water to describe the viewpoints of Dvaita, Advaita and Vishishta Advaita. I cannot seem to find it online now. Does ...
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Story of Tara, Chandra and Tarakaamayam

In Jyotisha, stories are used to make astrological concepts easier to learn and remember. This wiki article describes the story of Chandra as such: Budha, a beautiful child, was born to Tara. ...
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Is seeing indirect images of moon on Ganesh Chaturthi considered inauspicious?

On Ganesh Chaturthi, it is believed seeing moon is inauspicious and is believed to bring curse to the person for an entire year. Will this only matter for the moon in the sky on that day? Or will it ...
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What does Samaveda verse 1.6.1.4.5 mean?

Sāmaveda 1.6.1.4.5 (the 527th verse of the Sāmaveda) reads: सोमः पवते जनिता मतीनां जनिता दिवो जनिता पृथिव्याः । जनिताग्नेर्जनिता सूर्यस्य जनितेन्द्रस्य जनितोत विष्णोः ।। sōmaḥ pavate janitā ...
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When did Chandra defeat the Asuras with Arjuna's chariot?

As I discuss in this answer, the Adi Parva of the Mahabharata describes how Agni the fire god once needed to consume the Khandava forest in order to get over a malady, but Indra kept using rainstorms ...
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What is the “ancient statute” referred to in the Rig Veda?

Soma is a drink, derived from a plant that's now unknown, that played an crucially important role in Vedic ritual; the Soma Yagna, in which Soma was offered to the gods, is extensively discussed in ...