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For questions which ask about locations in Hindu texts.

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Where did Ravana keep his Mulabala forces?

Sriraman Bhattachar Swami is the chief priest of the Devadiraja Perumal Vishnu temple in Therazhundur, which is the birthplace of Kamban, the Sri Vaishnava poet who composed the famous Kamba Ramayana. ...
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Did Arjuna conquer Russia and where are the Nishkuta and white mountains?

Before Yudhishthira's Rajasuya, the four other Pandavas extract tribute from the kings in all cardinal directions. Arjuna travels north, Bhima east, Sahadeva south, and Nakula west. In this section ...
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Which Sri Vaishnava Acharya drew this world map based on the Mahabharata?

This picture, showing a world map based on the Mahabharata, is often circulated on the Internet: It’s based on this chapter and subsequent chapters of the Bhishma Parva of the Mahabharata. But my ...
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What are the 7 continents as per Hindu Cosmology?

According to Bhagavata Purana, Agnidhara Idhmajihva Yajnabahu Mahavira, Hiranyareta, Medhatithi, Ghrtaprstha Savana Vitihotra Kavi These are the names of the Priyavrata. Seven (out of ten ...
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Was Lord Hanuman born in Sumeru? Where is that place? Is it renamed recently?

Where is Sumeru? I have been reading about Hindu Cosmology of seven continents and in that I came across Mount Sumeru. Where is it? Is it the birth place of Hanuman?
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Who coined the term 'Jambudvipa' and 'Bharat' for India as a country?

I was going through this article in which there is a mention of India or 'Bharat' not being called as a country until in the Third century BC Ashoka used 'Jambudvipa' for 16 mahajanpadas which could ...
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What is the actual birthplace of Sita ji according to scriptures?

Recently Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi was in Nepal at the Janaki Temple in Janakpur which is supposed to be the birthplace of Goddess Sita and I came to know about this place due to the news ...
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Are there cities / kingdoms that occur in both Ramayana and Mahabharata?

In particular is Kurukshetra of any importance in Ramayana and Ayodhya in Mahabharata?
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What is the Shaka tree after which Saka Dvip has been named?

Saka Dvip is said to be named after the tree of Shaka. It is referred to as the homeland of Sakas in Mahabharat. Just like in Jambu Dvip, Jambu tree has been identified, which tree in modern day is ...
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To which kingdoms did kings supporting Duryodhan belong?

Section 2 of the Shalya Parva of Mahabharat mentions the kings whose support Duryodhan had in the great war: This wide earth is as much ours as it is of Pritha's son. Bhagadatta and Kripa and ...
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What is the location of Bharata Varsha (khanda)?

I have read somewhere(can't remember the source) the Bharatha Khanda governed by king Bharatha is submerged in the Hindu Mahasagara. Can anyone tell me where is Bharatha Khanda in current yuga? if it ...
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Which is the Gomanta mountain, to which Krishna & Balaram fled?

Chapter 39 of Vishnu Parva of Harivamsa gives a conversation between Lord Parshurama and Shri Krishna where he is telling them about the Gomanta mountain: tatashchyutA gamiShyAmaH sahyasya vivare ...
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Did Lord Rama's wife Devi Sita belong to Nepal? In which place did she stay during pregnancy?

The Wikipedia article suggests that Sita was either from Bihar or Nepal: Born: Either present-day Sitamarhi district, Bihar, India or Janakpur, present-day Nepal (both the places were part of the ...
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Who are these tribes mentioned in Hindu scriptures?

Section LXV of Shanti Parva of Mahabharata mentions a conversation between Indra and Mandhatri that is narrated by Bhishma Pitamah to the Pandavas. It mentions many tribes: Mandhatri said, 'What ...
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Which was the red sea that the Pandavs visited on their journey to attain Swarga?

The Book 17: Mahaprasthanika Parva Section I mentions the Pandavs visiting a red-sea. This is where Arjun returned his divine bow and arrows to the Lord of the Ocean: Setting themselves on Yoga, ...
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Where is the island called Ramaniyak (mentioned in the story of Garuda) located?

Section XXVI of the Astika Parva of Mahabharata mentions the incident of Garud and his mother Vinata carrying snakes and their mother Kadru to an island called Ramaniyaka. The next section describes ...
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What is the meaning of the word VISHWA (world) in Hinduism

Many Hindu scriptures talk about some events which occurred all over the Vishwa or world. Does the world here mean then undivided Bharat (from Afghanistan to Sri Lanka to Myanmar) as there was no ...
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Is Kailāsa mansarovar actually in Tibet, China?

Shrimad Bhagwat Mahapuran, Pancham Skandha , Chapter 16 While describing the character of Mahārāja Priyavrata and his descendants, Śukadeva Gosvāmī also described Meru Mountain and the planetary ...
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What is Rakshasa, were they only in Ram period and not any more?

I could not understand who are the RAKSHASAS and if they belong only to India, Lanka or anywhere else in the world? If they were in that period then why don't they exist in today's world? How did ...
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Ancient sages or Rishis (ऋषी) and Locations of their hermitages (आश्रम)

Since ancient times India is known as the land of sages and their valuable teachings. The great sages of India devoted their lives towards the enlightenment of mankind. They have occupied special ...
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Where are the Raikvaparna villages mentioned in the Chandogya Upanishad?

As I discuss in this answer, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school, which bases its tenets on the doctrines laid out in the Brahma Sutras, a work by the sage Vyasa ...
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Which are the 10 tribes that participated in Dasrajna (War of 10 Kings)?

As per my understanding, Dasrajna war was a real event during the Rigvedic period. Is there any information as to which were the 10 tribes that participated in it and their modern geographic origins?
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Where is the Saraswati river according to Hindu scriptures?

According to Hindu scriptures, the three main rivers are Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. As we all know, rivers Ganga and Yamuna are present in India. But where on the current world map is the Saraswati ...