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Are all Gods and Goddesses omnipresent?

NOTE: I am not just talking about Krishna, but all Devatās. Most answers here tend to be Vaishnava-centric, and only cite examples involving Krishna or Vishnu.
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What is the right method of making a vow to god?

Often I get a lot of thoughts that tell me to sacrifice something, to do some japa or do some action so it would help a situation that I am worrying about. Some times it is a thought that pops in the ...
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What are the differences between “Deva”, “Bhagavan”, and “Ishvara”?

All that I know is that "Deva"/"Devi" refers to individual Gods and Goddesses, but we also use the term "Ishvara" and "Bhagavan". Aren't these two terms just ...
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Do deities other than Brahma, Vishnu, Devi etc. have the power to create other universes?

I am aware that in many Hindu texts, famously the Puranas, explained that the gods Brahma creates universes constantly, Vishnu constantly creates universes by inhaling and exhaling also infinite ...
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Do Gods know what we are thinking? [closed]

I am not just talking about our thoughts about them (deities), but just our thoughts in general, and the things that are in our minds (not talking about religion). I am asking this because deities are ...
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Do the Vedas mention that the Vedas are divine in origin? [duplicate]

Do the Vedas say that they are divine in origin. Or a revelation from God himself.
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What is god's logic? Is karma real?

How God decide who should die first or later. If karma is real then why don't bad people die first, shouldn't bad things only happen to bad people. But it's not the case, why some good people die ...
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Does God(s) hate anyone?

You would think that, because we are so insignificant to them, they would not bother to hate anyone, because humans can never be a threat to them (Gods).
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Can human beings be reborn as deities after living an ethical life?

I read that many Hindu traditions believe that a human being has the potential to be reborn as a deity by living an ethical life and building up good karma.
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Devotee granting boon to diety

It is normal and expected that a devotee receives boon from deities like Siva, Vishnu etc., But, I came across an incident in Mahabharata, in which Garuda grants boon to Vishnu. "And the son of ...
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Why don't our Gods and Goddesses prevent Kali Yuga from happening?

Nothing to add here, but it is mandatory, so...
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Why is planetary friendship in vedic astrology inconsistent with Hindu mythology?

According to vedic astrology, Jupiter and Moon are good friends. They conjunction causes the auspicious Gaja Kesari yoga. Jupiter is also exalted in Moon's own sign of Cancer. However, according to ...
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What is meant by “Maya”? [duplicate]

In a book about Ramakrishna, he said that Kali Ma has cast an illusion called Maya, and that she observes the world from outside.
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How to find a family's Kuladevata when all known sources have failed?

A lot of Hindu families these days don't know who their Kuladevata is. How can one find out, if there is no information available online, in the community, and if the elders in the family are not ...
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Why do gods have light behind their head?

They have light behind their head , it is shown in most of the places and at some statues, they specifically build halo like thing behind their head Also, i personally think that, our Indian King ...
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If the role of Indra and other devas will be held by another man in next Kalpa, what will happen to current ones? [duplicate]

Isn't Indra and other devas immortal? They drank Amrut so, they have to survive forever, and in next Kalpa, new devas and new Indra will come so then what will happen to previous ones?
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Is the Shiva Tandava Stotra a mantra? Can anyone sing or chant the Shiva Tandava Stotra?

I am not a Brahmin, and I am not initiated either (is it called "diksha"?), meaning that I do not have the adhikara. Hence, obviously, I cannot chant mantras, but is it okay for me to chant ...
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Do Hindus yell at their gods?

I was watching a Norwegian documentary on religious and non-religious young people in Norway. There were two young Hindu girls who were describing what it is like to be a Hindu. I was surprised to ...
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What does Hinduism say about deities from other pantheons?

Does Hinduism have any views about gods from other pantheons/religions?
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Are there universes without any deities?

As per Section III. Utpatti Prakaranam - chapter 29-30: Of those countless universes, O Rama, in some there are only plants; some have Brahma, Vishnu, Rudra and others as the presiding deities, and ...
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Can I create my own God?

I would like to know if it is possible to create my own God, and if so, will worshiping that god have the same value as worshiping others?
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Can a God or Goddess possess a human's body? In Hindi, the term is called “Mata Ana” / “Mata khelna” / “Mata ka Darbar” [duplicate]

I've come across such instances, after which the person possessed by the God/Goddess goes into a trance like state and answers questions/grants boons, which sometimes come true. This occurrence is ...
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What was the story of Saraswati taking a princess to another universe to show her an alternate version of her father?

I heard about this story before, but I can't remember where to find it.
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Do you get to experience the “earthly joys” after Moksha, if you did not get to experience them before attaining Moksha?

By "earthy joys", I meant those that humans desire and want in their lives, such as leading the life of a householder, becoming a parent, nurturing your children, and above all, serving the ...
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What changes were done in people's mindset by Ramanujacharya?

After Adishankaracharya, people started to know about hinduism, nirguna brahman, jiva, worship etc, so similarly what our people known from Ramanujacharya. What changes are done to people mindset and ...
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Do Gods really exist as entities with a specific appearance?

I know that Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwar are representations of creation, protection, and destruction cycles. Do they really exist as entities with a specific appearance?
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Why there are no graves of great devotees? [closed]

When a politician dies, we develop a park around it and the people will go to there every year on that day to memorize them. There are some brindavanams constructed for some devotees who went on ...
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Can Lila played by Gods interact and be causative of the reincarnation conditions?

Karma, rebirth, geographical place Lila is an integrant part of these conditions or those all depends by the past births of each individuals?
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Did Krishna summon Brahmas from countless other universes to teach our Brahma a lesson about ego?

Once, Lord Brahma grew very conceited about his creation and started bragging about the various responsibilities he had. Lord Krishna, the Supreme One, smiled at this. A few moments later another ...
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How does one figure out what is metaphorical(symbolic) and what is real, even the gods?

There are a lot of god-descriptions (and others) in Hinduism, a lot of which are said to be metaphorical. For example, the snake around Lord Shiva's neck, is in some stories said to be a metaphor for ...
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Gaudiya Philosophy and Advaita Philosophy preaching different [duplicate]

I have heard about Gaudiya and Advaita Philosophy but do the preachings differ from each other? For example the idea of soul or God himself.
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What is the benefit of writing ramakoti book or sivakoti book?

If one cannot chant god name without getting initiation then what is the benefit of writing "sri rama" ir "om namah sivaiah" for 1 crore times? Where it is mentioned to write sri ...
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Does Gods knows our thoughts? [duplicate]

Do Gods know everything about us, like our thoughts and our intentions behind them? If yes, then are all 33 crores gods omniscient (all knowing)? If demigods are not all-knowing, then how is it that ...
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How Guru decides his Shishya and chose for preachings?

This question is beyond what we all think as per my knowledge. The ultimate Guru, Shishya relationship was Vivekananda and Ramakrishna Paramahamsa as per the story i have read. Ramakrishna Paramahamsa ...
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What are Gods doing now? [closed]

We humans can’t sit at one place, keep thinking a lot and want to roam around. So, what will the be gods be doing? We have heard God is Omnipresent, how? Doesn’t he travel and visit places like us? ...
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What is the meaning of “MOKSHA”? [duplicate]

How can one realize he has attained "MOKSHA" After becoming free several times, one can remember the accumulated experiences of hardships, depriving oneself of pleasure, abstinence through ...
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How did Gods select their animal vehicles?

For example, Ganesh --> Mouse Durga --> Lion Shiva -–> Bull, and the list is endless.... So, how are these assigned or rather selected by all the Gods as their vehicles? OR Is it just that ...
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Does anyone know which deity this is?

Need help identifying the deity in the below image. I’m thinking this is image of Shiva sitting in the cremation grounds?
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evidence silokas: transmigration even among animals and plants and insects or devatas

I need the evidence shlokas that explain that soul's transmigration even among animals and plants and insects or devatas for convincing those who do not believe soul's transmigration among them.
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Evidence slokas that devatas are the agents who control the universe

I'm looking for the evidence slokas that devatas are the agents who control the universe.
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Hindu Gods associated with ravens

Many Hindu Gods and Goddesses are often associated with animals : Shiva with the bull, Durga with the lion, Vishnu with the eagle etc. Which of them is associated with the raven?
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Is it true that Indra was a supreme God in Vedic time? [duplicate]

Many Indologists say that Indra is the greatest deity in Rigveda. Is it true that Demi God Indra was greater than Shiva and Vishnu ?
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Is there any scriptural precedent for praying in the second person (using “you”)? Is this from outside Hinduism?

In modern times, when people pray, they do it overwhelmingly in the second person. In scriptures, however, the third person (or no person) is overwhelmingly the person the prayers are in, and I have ...
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In Vedas, which Devas and Asuras are purely a Deva or an Asura but not both?

Which Devas in Vedas (mainly Rigveda) are never referred to as Asuras and similarly which Asuras in Vedas (mainly Rigveda) are never referred to as Devas? I need references only from Vedas and nothing ...
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Why do many Gods and Goddesses bear a serpent? [duplicate]

I've observed that many Gods in one form or the other bear a serpent. For example, Devi Durga holds a serpent in one hand. Is there a spiritual significance to this?
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What were the acts of the first human between the Svāyambhuva Manvantara and Vaivasvata Manvantara. (Manvantaras 2-6) What do other humans do then?

In the long period of not hearing about the first human a lot, he was born by the names Svārociṣa, Uttama, Tāmasa, Raivata, and Cākṣuṣa. What was that Sāvarṇi up to during those times? How did his ...
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Are there any deity names that end in -us/ur or -is/ir

See this for reference: https://ubcsanskrit.ca/lesson9/nouns-as-is-us.html I've never com across any and I find it weird.
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For whom to use “om” and for whom to use “sri”

We use "om" to some gods like for example, we say "om namah shivaiah", "om namo vaasu devaiah" Also we use "sri" as "sri vigneshwara", "sri ...
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Are there any English puranic storybooks ? Specific purana or multiple both will do

I am looking for Puranic storybooks in english. Can be one specific purana or stories from many puranas.
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Gods and Super Humans [closed]

I read somewhere, long back, that before Humans existed, there were Super-Humans on this earth. This was after the Dinosaurs got extinct and this was a way of Nature to re-start life on earth after ...

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