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ill effects of not fulfilling a vow- Tirupati

From ancient times, pepole visiting tirupati take a vow of tonsuring their hair if their wish gets fulfilled. What happens if a person doesn't fulfill this vow? He took a vow of tonsuring his hair if ...
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Why is God represented as male or female deities in Hinduism?

Why is God represented as male or female deities in Hinduism when the impersonal Brahman of the Upanishads is neither male nor female
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Which form of Shiva is in attached picture?

Which form of Shiva is it in this picture? Why did he took this form?
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Do uncontrollable thoughts effect karma?

Sometimes, I get disturbing thoughts about God or something else from time to time. To these thoughts affect my karma? Because I cannot control these thoughts. They are just random. Does this give me ...
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The Vow- Please advice [closed]

My dad got a stroke in 2016 due to which his body’s left side got paralysed.It's been 3.5 years and thankfully he has recovered 60% since then and can walk and do his daily tasks himself without ...
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God's punishment [duplicate]

A person visited a temple alone and made a wish to God for his father’s health and in return took a vow that if the wish gets granted, he will get his father for darshan too. His wish gets granted and ...
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Conditional vow to God [duplicate]

My friend made a wish to Goddess for his brother and took a vow that if his wish gets granted he will do something in return(he didn't disclose the vow to me). Now since the day he has taken the vow, ...
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Is Cat a vahana of any deity in Hinduism?

While we encounter many animals as vahanas of the different forms of Hindu deities I am not aware of any references to cats. Can anybody throw light on this? Is there any deity whose vahana is a cat? ...
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Is getting punished or getting rewarded is decided by God when we do something? [duplicate]

My Maths teacher would always say,: "It's Karma Philosophy. If you do good, good will happen. If you do bad, bad will happen. If you pray, the God will listen to your prayer. If you ask anything from ...
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What rules do Devas have to follow? Do human dharma shastras apply to them?

It is well known that Draupadi had 5 husbands. Ordinarily, this would be a huge sin for human women. However, Draupadi was an incarnation of a Deva (Devi), particulary Sachi (wife of Indra). ...
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I have intrusive thoughts about God [closed]

So I have a psychological problem where I get intrusive thoughts. These intrusive thoughts are usually about God/Devi's. These thoughts are really bad. They consist of sexual thoughts about the Devi's ...
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What scripture is Manavala Mamunigal referencing where the Devas do Sharanagati after being defeated by the Asuras?

The Sri Vachana Bhushanam is a work by the 13th century Sri Vaishnava Acharya Pillai Lokacharya on the subject of Sharanagati, complete surrender to Sriman Narayana as a means to attain Moksha and ...
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Can somebody be happy?

Nobody in the world is absolutely happy. If a person does bad karma in previous life/this life, the person is punished. If this is not the case, god is happy with the person. But in many stories (like ...
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Attitude towards other devatas

A sadhaka is focused on his or her Ishta devata. What should be his/her attitude towards other devatas? What do our scriptures say in this regard?
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Why is an 'a' added at the end to names of Hindu gods and holy books? [duplicate]

Shiv became Shiva, Ram became Rama, Ved became Veda, Ramayan becomes Ramayana, Mahabharat becomes Mahabharata, and the list goes on. Why did the names change? Not just in Hindus but also in other ...
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Can gods appear to a turiya person

Can gods appear to a turiya person, by doing tapas or mantra with pure devotion combined with bodily spiritually purity, , as well as is it possible to ask for and get boons or astras? Considering ...
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Where all gods left? [duplicate]

As per my knowledge, at the start of Kaliyuga all gods left from earth and no one knows where they went. Till Kaliyuga they were staying on earth so where they all went and how/when will they come ...
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Does god forgive those who are not aware of hindu traditions?

In recent days, when you ask someone that what is hinduism, there are many chances that you will get incorrect answers. This might be because the current education system that does not teach about ...
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How did the rishis know what the gods looked like?

In Hindu texts (such as Mahabharata) god is depicted with features more or less similar to homo sapiens. So how did the rishis/munis who wrote Vedas/Purans after listening to Ākāśavāni predicted how a ...
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Which god is responsible for smarana in humans?

A person may have so much knowledge and the required knowledge has to be remembered at a particular time to accomplish a task. It is called as smarana (getting remembrance). Which god is responsible ...
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What is the meaning of 33 koti in reference to Hindu gods? [duplicate]

In a TV series it was mentioned that 33 koti does not mean 33 crore which is what the general public including me know about the number of Hindu gods. It means 33 important gods which includes adityas ...
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Do Gods help us in controlling desires?

I am asking this question because I went to Shani Deva temple, and I asked to walk with me and help me control lustfull thoughts. And it has worked. Shani Deva helps me to control my lust. I want to ...
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Does anyone have access to the texts or manuscripts of the Parameswara Tantram and the Vadavanaliya Tantram?

Paarameshwara tantra ( Contains Unmatta bhairava panchanga) Vaadavaanaliya Tantra ( Contains Shweta Kaalii panchanga) Does anyone have access to the texts or manuscripts of these two Tantras? Is it ...
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Ariṣṭhā and Pradhā

I've compared these two wives of Kaśyapa, Ariṣṭhā and Pradhā, and it seems like they're both said to have given birth to the Apsaras Alambuṣā, Miśrakeśī, Vidyutparṇā, etc. Are these different sets of ...
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In which scripture does the Sun named Gabhasti appear

In the Hanumatsahasranaama from Rudrayaamala one of the name is Gabhastigraasako. A few years ago I came across a stanza in sanskrit which roughly translated meant " ...At that time, in the ...
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How many indra are there till now?

I came to know that "Indra" is nothing but a designation/post given to a person. so I want to know that how many Indra are there till now and what was there family background (like there real name,...
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Are there any Shaiva groups?

Like ISKCON is a Vaishnava group, are there any Shaiva groups? If I ever wanted to meet Shaivas, where would I find them?
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Should we worship God according to our ability?

I've seen videos on the internet where people are worshiping god, almost all the time... They suggest to do so too... It really makes me uncomfortable, as I am not much spiritual. Is it necessary to ...
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Are the eight directions and their deities associated with eight orifices of body?

Are the eight directions and their deities associated with eight orifices of body? If so, can someone please list the deities associated with each of the orifices, and their associated organs?
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Do our scriptures talk about life span of Tridev? [duplicate]

Brahma, Vishnu (Vishnu of the Universe, not eternal Maha Vishnu who resides in Paramapadam), Rudra (not the eternal Shiva) are the trimurthis where Brahma's life span is 100 years is defined. ...
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What is the difference between Panchanana(Shiva) and Panchananda?

In Bengal, there are many temples of 'Panchananda'. I do not know whether any temple of this deity exists outside of Bengal. What is the difference between Panchanana(Shiva) and Panchananda? ...
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Does Hindus believe that one can see god after death as per Advaitha?

Can we see god after death as per Advaitha. Advaitha says that we can see the god when we went into deep medidation state, then what about death? so as death is not that deep meditation state, then ...
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Does bacteria and virus have souls in them? [duplicate]

Even bacteria and virus have souls in them.? According to vedas how many living species are in to this world?
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Does any scripture mention that forms of God or Goddess are symbolic?

Often I read different interpretations of the Forms of God. For example, the ten hands of Durga repesent the ten directions, the standing of Kali over Shiva repesent the Saguna Brahman or Prakriti ...
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Is it necessary to do meditation on God?

Okay. So I've been doing meditation. It has lots of techniques, I do it from a meditation app. Is it necessary that we do meditation in concentration of god? I just take the name of the lord and ...
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Is Bhagavad Gita a success manual?

A lot of people I see refer to Bhagavad Gita as success manual, many successful people like Dr. Vivek Bindra, Mahatma Gandhi, and even Einstein. Have referred to it. Does Bhagvad Gita prepares us for ...
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Belief In God or Knowledge Of God. Which is better?

A lot of people in the society believe in God, but barely have knowledge of God. Does God help them? Belief is better or knowledge of God? Or belief after knowledge of God? The question arises: ...
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Following Your Passion/ Dreams against Hinduism?

A lot of people are talking about following their passion and living the life they dream of. Living the life of freedom. That makes complete sense to me as one should live life rather than making it ...
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Whom do I worship? [duplicate]

I am really confused now, which god one should worship. Is that one should worship all the gods? or according to ones needs, or ones material nature?
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Is there any avatar supposed to be born between the death of Krishna and the birth of Kalki?

I am curious if an avatar between the death of Krishna and the birth of Kalki is supposed to be born no matter of what god we are talking, no matter if its an incarnation of Shiva, Brahma, Vishnu, ...
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The three gates of hell: Lust, anger and greed. What are they? & Why are they bad?

In Gita god has told us about the gates of hell. Lust, anger and greed. What are each one of them? Why are they bad?
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What is Spirituality? What is a Spiritual path?

What is the spiritual path that people go through... Is it for moksha? And why does it have so many restrictions like.. no sense enjoyment, no desires etc...
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Why does god exist? [duplicate]

If god exists, then for what reason and why does he exist? Is it that he exists only for creation and destruction? What does he get by doing so? Why doesn't he appears when someone calls to him? Is ...
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How Does Hindu Dharma Differ from Other Religions? [closed]

There are so many religions and every religion believes that there is some God. There are good people who want to do good Karma. Why is the need for so many religions and why isn’t there only one ...
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On the existence of the gods and the relevance of prayer [duplicate]

I am a European philosophically convinced by Hindu metaphysics (more particularly by advaita vedanta in the tradition of Adi Shankara that I discovered via René Guénon). I say this to explain that I ...
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Why should not we hang our ancestral (dead) photos near with God's photo?

As a human, I feel that after dead my ancestral soul are bind with God. If so why can't I allow to hang their photos with the God's? Is it abnormal thing to do?
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Where in the hindu sacred texts does it say animals do not create new karma?

Where in the hindu texts does it say that animals and the gods do not create new karma but only pay off karma?
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What scriptures describe these four types of living beings?

The Paratvadi Panchakam is a five-verse poem by the Sri Vaishnava Acharya Nadadur Ammal In praise of the five types of manifestations of Vishnu described in the Pancharatra Agamas: Para, Vyuha, ...
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Which God is known as God of Silence?

Which God or Goddess is known as God of Silence in Hindu Religion?
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Who is this God in the picture?

I found the below pic in a Facebook post. I know the middle one is Kartikeya and right end one Lord Ganesha. But who is the God in the picture who is seated on the lap of Lord Shiva at the left end ?