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What is the shape of Earth according to Hindu scriptures?

What is the shape of Earth according to Hindu scriptures? It is widely believed that the round shape of Earth was known for a long time. Although, is this mentioned at any specific place?
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Why was earth created and why did we come to Earth?

Why did our supreme lord create Earth and why did we come to Earth? From where did all this start?
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Where is the exact location of Patala-Loka?

Patala-Loka, as we know, is home to Asuras (Daityas) & Nagas. However, where is Patala-Loka actually located? Many say that Patala-Loka is situated under the Earth's crust while others say it is ...
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Where are the 18 islands on Earth as mentioned in Mahabharata?

This excerpt (conversation between Vyasa and Yudhishtira after Ghatotkach's death) is from Drona Parva of Mahabharata: then the valiant son of Jamadagni, proceeding against the Kashmiras, the ...
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Is Karma done in swarga valid?

As per Hinduism we have 6 lokas above us Bhuloka (Earth): Bhuvar Loka Swarga Loka Mahar Loka Jana Loka Tapa Loka Satya Loka There is wide spread belief that those who reach Swarga Loka will return. ...
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Why do Hindus touch Earth before starting the day?

Before starting the day, or keeping feet on Earth, Hindus usually touch Earth by their hands. What could be the possible reasons behind this ritual? Is this to show respect to Earth?
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Are there any stories or descriptions in Hindu writings about the Universe and the Earth before humanity was born?

I was searching for stories before humanity in Hindu texts. But found none. Can you tell me if any exists?
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Do the Vedas claim that Moon is farther from the Earth than the Sun?

Wikipedia article on Brahmagupta, the Indian mathematician and astronomer, claims the following. In chapter seven of his Brahmasphutasiddhanta, entitled Lunar Crescent, Brahmagupta rebuts the idea ...
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Did Prabhupada believe in Flat earth theory?

Prabhupada - the ISKCON luminary believed in NASA's fake moon landing and secret government. From this book by one of the ISKCONite, It seems he believed in flat earth also owing to literalism. ...
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SB 5.25.12 - Does bhūgolam mean earth or the universe?

Prabhupāda translates the Sanskrit word bhūgolam in verse 5.25.12 of Bhāgavata Purāṇa as the universe. Should it be earth instead? Or does the word (bhūgolam) in this context suggest a universe with ...
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Did our ancestors calculate the distance between Prithvi (Earth) and Surya (Sun) correctly?

In Hanuman Chalisa, it is said: जुग सहस्र जोजन पर भानू। लील्यो ताहि मधुर फल जानू॥ १८ ॥ meaning: The Sun is at thousand yojanas(a unit of measurement of distance), and thought of it as a sweet ...
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What do the Vedas say about the Earth?

This article mentions this about Earth in Hinduism Earth is represented as goddess, which feeds everyone. All the forms of earth and of life on it are the children of earth. Rivers, trees ...
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Who is the ruler of Earth?

For Brahma loka it is Brahma, for Vaikunta it is Lord Vishnu and for Kailash it is Lord Shiva, for Heaven it is Indra. In a similar way, who is the ruler of the Earth? Is it Lord Vishnu because Earth ...
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Which scripture says that Varaha was father of Narakasura

The following excerpt from Mahabaratha clarifies that Narakasura was son of Earth and Krishna (in another form) gave him a boon on Earth's request Vasudeva replied unto him, saying, 'Listen, O ...
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Translation of Rig Veda 1.160.4 (Earth supported by pillars)

I often hear critics use this verse to claim that the Vedas say the earth is supported by pillars. Can someone explain the real meaning of this? HYMN CLX. Heaven and Earth. Among the ...
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What is the meaning/context of Rig Veda 10.149.1?

Rig Veda 10.149.1 reads; SAVITAR fixed the earth with bands to bind it, and made heaven stedfast where no prop supported. Savitar milked, as ’twere a restless courser, air, sea bound fast to ...
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What does Hinduism say about protection of nature?

Sanathana Dharma is one of the rarest culture in history of mankind which emphasize on the protection of nature. Here in India, Hindus respect the value of life in Nature. They respect trees, animals ...
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Where does Adisesha live? In Patala loka or in Vaikuntha or underneath the earth holding it?

In Ramayana, Lakshmana went to the Sarayu river, ended life by engaging in meditation and stopping his breathing. It is said his soul went to Patala Loka. Similar to this, white snake like creature ...
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Is Vishnu's Vaikuntha Sea located on Earth or not?

I don't know where is Lord Vishnu's Vaikuntha sea. Is it on Earth or not?
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Does re-birth take place on Earth always?

I would like to know if re-birth takes place on Earth always or on other planets too? For example, if a person does bad karma on Earth, will he be re-born on Earth or it could be on any other planet?
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Why is only Earth (Prithvi) chosen for life of human beings?

According to astrology (Jyotisha), there are nine planets (Graha). Brahma created many planets and among all planets, He made only earth (Prithvi) livable for humans. He established life only on earth,...
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How far is Brahmaloka from our Earth?

I mean where does Brahmaloka lie? Is there any scripture that tells it's exact location and time difference between different lokas?
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Earth and pancha bootha

How to understand that this earth is made up of pancha bootha? Please explain logically. Also, what is the relationship between the five elements akasha, vayu, agni, water, earth?
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Are there any statements in Mahabharata that confirm that the shape of earth is not flat?

It is well known that several scriptures in Hinduism declare that the shape of earth is not flat. So Hindu scriptures refute the idea of a flat earth. Are there any statements explicitly from ...
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Does earth have chakras as well?

I read in an article somewhere that as our body have 7 major Chakras, so does the Earth. Energy flows through each of Earth’s main Chakra and makes up the spiritual body that is our world. My ...
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What scriptures describe Vishwamitra and Vasishtha carrying the Earth?

This excerpt from the newly released Amar Chitra Katha comic book "Saptarshi" tells a story I hadn't heard before. In this account, the sage Vishwamitra visits the ashram of the sage Vasishta, who is ...
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Different Brahmalokas?

The Earth is situated in the middle of the 'fourteen planes of existence', of which 'Brahmaloka' is the highest plane. But on the earth, atop the Mountain Meru, there is a city of Brahma, called '...
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In which scripture is the earth first personified as a female deity?

Bhūmi, Bhudevi represents Mother Earth in Hinduism. As far as I know, she had been personified as such in the Varaha Purana . Any earlier references?
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is the notion of the earth asking for the burden of humans to be reduced found in scripture?

I have heard of the earth complaining to the Gods about "bhubhara" - the weight of living things carried by her. The Gods then make tremendously destructive wars happen to reduce the earth's burden. ...
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Does the notion of the earth as a planet within the Solar System exist in scripture?

In other words, as an approximate sphere going round the Sun with other planets some closer to the Sun and some further away? Whether this modern view of the Solar System exists in scripture has not ...
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What are the names of four oceans according to Hinduism scriptures?

Vaisampayana in his conversation with Janamejaya told that there are four oceans on earth "Vaisampayana said, 'Asked by thee, I shall tell thee all about the heroic-kings in Puru's line, all ...
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Bhagvatam and planet Earth [duplicate]

In the cosmological section of bhagvatam (canto 5 i think) is there a mention about, Earth being flat ? Earth centered system (geo-centric theory) ?
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What is the Story behind Jambudweep?

In this Shlokha, which talks about the geography of the Ancient India? Sloka as follows: Jambudveepe Bharatha Varshe Bharata Khande Here I got some different views from Different scholars ...
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Is the goddess Bhumi the Maya of Atman

Bhumi is the coat the dress of Atman so if all sentient beings are born. How did Atman become a jiva Atman ?
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Does Rig Veda 3.30.4 say the Earth is immoveable?

Griffiths Translation: For, overthrowing what hath ne’er been shaken, thou goest forth alone destroying Vṛtras. For him who followeth thy Law the mountains and heaven and earth stand as if firmly ...
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Who is responsible for the creation of Earth, Lord Shiva or Adhishakti?

Who is responsible for the creation of Earth, Lord Shiva or Adhishakti?
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Vedic age of earth

I have read the time concept of Hinduism in Vishnu Purana, assembling all that data I have calculated the current age of earth, the calculations are as follow: Currently we have passed 6 manavantaras ...
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Distance from earth to heaven

We are living in the earth and there exists heaven (Swarga) according to the Hinduism. How much is the distance from the earth to heaven according to the Hindu scriptures?
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How much region can be controlled by performing Rajasuya?

It has been mentioned in Mahabharata that two kings: Yudhistira and Harishchandra performed Rajasuya. Control of how much region will be gained by performing Rajasuya? Will it cover the whole earth ...
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What do Hindu scriptures say about the shape of the Earth? [duplicate]

Religious scriptures of other religions like Christianity say that the Earth is flat, however debunked by Science. But as it is a general belief of Hindu scriptures being more sceintific, what do they ...
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Mounds of earth with saris

Hello I hope this question isn't stupid or offensive in any way - in KZN, South Africa, the biggest Indian settlement in the world outside of India, I have recently noticed (again, as I'm sure I saw ...
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Does the Srimad Bhagavatam say the Earth is flat?

According to this ISKCON article: https://krishna.org/the-flat-earth The Srimad Bhagavata Purana's cosmology of the universe involves a flat Earth. So there is no ball earth floating in space in ...
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Is it true that every place on earth has a presiding deity?

On the planet earth, large bodies of water and land exist. On land, there are several places. Is it true that every place on earth has its corresponding presiding deity (adishtana devatha)? If ...
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What is Hinduism's View on extraterrestrials? [duplicate]

Different Religions have surprisingly diverse approaches to the issue of possible extraterrestrial life. What is Hindu scripture's view on existence of extraterrestrial life? https://www....