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Questions regarding various curses in Hinduism.

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What were the boons/curses received by Indrajit?

some questions relating to Indrajit's killing: (1) Could he only be killed by someone who didn't sleep for 14 years? did that person also have to be celibate for 14 years? (2) Would he have become ...
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Are there instances of a boon/curse given by one divinity getting reversed/mitigated by another divinity?

An example would be Indra mitigating Urvashi's curse to Arjuna to become a eunuch. note: this is not what this site calls "boon deadlock". the reversal is done later after the boon/curse ...
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Giving boons or blessings reduce merit?

Cursing someone reduces the merits of the penances done (by the person who cursed). Does the opposite of this-giving boon or blessing someone-reduce our energy/merit accumulated through penances?
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Are these 2 lines of Shiva Geeta still valid in the Kali Yuga?

Shiva Geeta Chapter 1, verses 9, 10, 11 and 12: नित्याग्निहोत्रिणो विप्राः संति ये गृहमेधिनः त एव सर्वफलदाः सुराणां कामधेनवः [9] भक्ष्यं भोज्यं च पेयं च यद्यदिष्टं सुपर्वणाम अग्नौ हुतेन हविषा ...
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Cursing asuras is a Devata's privilege?

Cursing Asuras is a special priviledge of Devata or we human can help the Gods in this? If yes where and which passage represents a valid reference ?
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Sadhus giving curses or boons in Kalyug [duplicate]

As we see in Hindu mythology and Epics, Sadhus curses or boons were becoming real. The reason for this was because of their penances of so many years. Can Sadhus curses or boons come real in Kalyug?
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Did Maharshi Narada curse Lord Brahma?

When Lord Brahma cursed Narada Muni to become a Gandharva, did Narada curse him back?
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Gautama and Ahalya: she didn't turn into stone?

Popular Ramayana story describes Rama touching Ahalya, in stone form, and rescuing her. But in Mahabharata, the story is completely different. Gautama asks his son to kill his wife and goes away. His ...
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Cursing young children in scriptures

We come across many curses in scriptures. But, all the curses I do remember are for adults or old people. Are there any instances in scriptures where someone cursed young children? Do curses act for ...
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Why gods were unable to save them from curses of human beings?

No offense but I am unable to understand why Hindu gods seems unable to save themselve from curse. For example:- Ganesha was beheaded by Shiva because he was cursed by Sage Kashayapa, Vishnu was ...
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Was Shiva really cursed and did his phallus really fall to the ground as claimed in this image?

This Instagram handle posted the following image claiming Shiva's phallus fell to the ground after he was cursed by a rishi. Is this story really present in the said scripture? May be the translation ...
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What is the story of Lord Shani's wife Neelam?

As discussed in this QnA, the Tamil version attributes Mandha Devi & Jyesta Devi as Shani dev's wife. However, the more commonly accepted or albeit, say, as per the popular stories, it is the ...
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The Four Curses and a Boon by Devī Sītā

In his book, Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of the Ramayana, Mr. Devdutt Pattanaik talks about an interesting event during the exile period of Śrī Rāma, Devī Sītā & Lakṣmaṇa, where Devī Sītā ...
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Is Ashwatthama no longer cursed?

I am aware that Ashwatthama was cursed by Lord Krishna that he will roam the forests till the end of Kaliyuga, with blood and puss oozing out of his injuries and he will cry for death but death will ...
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Is this story true? How can a Rishi curse a God?

https://vedicfeed.com/shukracharya-the-guru-of-asuras/ Rishi Bhrigu, the father of Shukracharya and the husband of Kavyamata, curses Vishnu saying,“ Hey Vishnu! By killing a woman, you have breached ...
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Curse of Parvathi on Astrological predictions

I heard a story of curse by Parvathi on Astrological predictions. It is said that the astrological predictions cannot be accurate at all times due to that curse of Parvathi. I did not remember the ...
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Durvasa's curse on Shakuntala

Kalidasa details about Durvasa's curse on Shakuntala, which makes Dushyanata forget about her. But Mahabharata, in this translation, does not talk about it. Are there any other scriptures which talk ...
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Why curses don't work nowadays?

We often read in ancient texts that someone cursed somebody else and something bad happened to that person. It is obvious that nowadays if somebody curses somebody else we really don't see any effect ...
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Are mantras cursed not to work in Kali Yuga? [duplicate]

Are mantras cursed not to work in Kali Yuga? Is it true that all mantras are cursed and they will not work in kaliyuga? When invaders attacked India why the mantras were not used to defend if mantras ...
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Is it true that Adi SankarAcharaya cursed Hindus of Kerala?

I read somewhere that Adi SankarAcharya cursed Keralite Hindus. Basically, the post claimed that dwindling numbers of Hindus in Kerala is due to Adi Sankara's curse to Kerala that the people there ...
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how many curses did Karna receive that he would fail in a crucial battle?

The most famous one is of course from Parashurama - for hiding his kshatriya identity. I also read about a young calf that he kills by mistake and was cursed similarly. Any others?
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Why did Parshurama curse Karna for not being a Brahmin?

Shree Krishna explained us in Bhagavad Gita that Brahmin is a quality. Bhagavad Gita 18.41: The duties of the Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas, and Shudras—are distributed according to their ...
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Powers of Hanuman, made forgotten or Locked up?

As per Ramayana, Hanuman was made to forget about his powers due to his mischievous behavior as explained here. But, it makes more sense that the powers were more of locked-up within him, instead of ...
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Which puran describes about the curse of kashyap rishi by which Shiva had to behead his son?

I have not found any description in shiv puran, that Shiva was cursed by kashyap rishi, by which he had to behead his own son Ganesha? Then which puran describes about it?
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Ability to give 'Shraap' (curse) is a type of Siddhi or what?

The answer to this question describes the various siddhis that are achieved when one attains turiya but my question is whether the ability to give shraap (curse, श्राप) is also a type of Siddhi ...
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Why Lord Krishna's feet became vulnerable? [duplicate]

From this answer, Brabrika had an arrow that could find the vulnerable spot(s) of a person and was able to find Krishna's vulnerable spot that was His feet's sole. The ash fell on the hair of ...
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Why Urvashi has given Arjuna the curse of being impotent?

Why Urvashi has given Arjuna the curse of being impotent? is it true? If yes then what is the reason behind the curse?
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How was the behavior of Agni before he was cursed by Bhrigu?

How was the behavior of Agni before he was cursed by Bhrigu to be "Sarva bhakshakha" (consumer of all things)?
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Did Bhishma (or any other characters in Itihasas) know he was born on earth due to a curse?

The Ashta-Vasus were cursed by Vashishta to be born as humans because they stole cow Kamadhenu. 7 of them were spared by a quick death after birth, but Prabhasa alone would have to live a long, ...
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Mahabharata Parsurama's curse

When Bhagwan Parshuram sees Karna's tolerance, he says that Karna can't be a Brahamana, he must be a Kshatriya. 1 What is the relation between a person capability and his caste? 2 If there had been a ...
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Is there a curse associated with misuse of Tantra?

I have heard that Tantra has a curse associated with it; that any misuse will lead to Naraka. rauravaM cha pade pade "In every step you take a very great hell by the name raurava awaits the ...
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Why Indra is not worshiped in general regular worship?

We have story where Lord Brahma was cursed by Lord Shiva and Sage Bhrigu as discussed here. And due to this reason(s), Lord Brahma is not worshiped in general regular worship. Is there any similar ...
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Why did Gandhari curse Sri Krishna? [duplicate]

I have heard that Gandhari cursed Sri Krishna .But I dont know why ,can anyone please explain. And I also want to know that whatever Sri Krishna was 100% correct then Why did she curse.
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Are there any curse associated with Padmanabhaswamy temple & Sabrimala of Kerala, India?

Padmanabhaswamy kshetra and Sabrimala area are 2 of the most sacred places in the state of Kerala, India. In recent years, there have been certain controversies associated with them, where the ...
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Are curses applicable on descendants? [duplicate]

If a particular group of people in a family is cursed, does the curse also apply on their descendants? Example - If a family member or group of people is cursed that they will never visit a place or ...
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Why God Shiva used trident on Kashyapa's son? and why could not he save his own son (Ganesha) from curse? [duplicate]

Kashyapa cursed Shiva: "Just as you pierced my son's chest with a trident, your son's head will be chopped off one day," said Kashyapa. My question is, Why God Shiva used trident on Kashyapa's son? ...
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Why do sages and saints curse others?

In many scriptures and stories, sages and saits curse others when they get upset or someone does them wrong. In some cases this can be considered as an act of self-defense (even saits need to protect ...
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Why did Maharishi Maitreya curse Duryodhana?

It is known that Duryodhana was killed by Bhima during the Mahabharata war. It is heard that a Maharishi named Maitreya, had infact ,cursed Duryodhana, that he would be killed by Bhima,during the ...
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Difference between giving curse and taking revenge

There are several revenge stories in Mahabaratha such as between Drona and Drupada. Similarly there are many curse giving scenarios in Mahabaratha such as Krishna giving curse to Ashwatthama as well ...
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What is the dharma behind Lord Vishnu in killing of sage Bhrigu's wife?

Explanation : 1. In Ramayan serial Sage Bhrigu's wife gave shelter to Asuras and refused to hand over them to Lord Vishnu and devas. 2. In end Lord Vishnu killed sage Bhrigu's wife with his ...
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Did Vishnu carry out incarnations because of Bhrigu's curse?

I read somewhere that Vishnu killed Bhrigu's wife at the instigation of Indra and Bhrigu cursed Vishnu that he would have to be born several times on earth. These apparently are Vishnu’s avataras (...
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Was Kartavirya Arjuna cursed to be forgotten under the shadow of the Pandava prince Arjuna?

I found a story from a Facebook Post which gives an incident about Kartavirya Arjuna who is also known as SahasraBahu Arjuna (thousand armed Arjuna). In that post, the author says that Kartavirya ...
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Was Rama Avatar a result of four different curses?

The Ramayan tells us that Lord Vishnu incarnated as Rama on the request of the demigods when the three worlds were being tormented by the tyranny of Ravan. But the Yog Vasishtha adds an interesting ...
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How can people overcome a Guru's curse?

When a Guru curses a person, can that curse be removed by God? For Example, Lord Parashurama placed a curse on Karna, but Karna was not able to recover from the curse. Are there any situations where ...
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Are any boons/curses issued in Rig Veda?

The poets pray for cattle and so forth and pray to rudra not to harm them but there doesn't seem to be boons and curses recorded in rig veda. One would think boons and curses would be mostly epic/...
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Were Nara-Narayana cursed by Sage Durvasa?

According to the adherents of the Swaminarayana sect, Nara-Narayana, the twin-pair avatara of Lord Vishnu, were cursed by Sage Durvasa which supposedly led Nara-Narayana to incarnate as Sahajanand ...
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Is there any Sarvo Sapa Vimochana Mantra for all type of Curse?

By mistake I had given a Sapa (Curse) to somebody but later I realized I should not. Is there any Sapa Vimochana mantra for overall?
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What curse did Earth, Water, and Trees get by taking Indra's sin of Brahmahatya of Viśvarūpa upon themselves?

I learnt that women got menstruation for taking 1/4th of Indra's sin of Brahmahatya. What curse did the other three entities get?
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Why was Garuda cursed by Swayamprabha to lose his wings?

This Hindupedia information page states that Garuda once lost his wings due to a curse by Swayamprabha, the female ascetic that Hanuman and other Vanars met while looking for Sita. Can anyone shed ...
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How did Lord Vishnu complete the curse of 100 years of separation from Mahaa Lakshmi?

I heard a story about Lord Vishnu getting a curse of 100 years of separation from Mahaa Lakshmi. One Mahaa Rishi did put this curse on Vishnu when his wife was being killed by Vishnu. He said in his ...
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