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What is the meaning of 33 koti in reference to Hindu gods?

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?

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 ?
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Whats the basic reason behind placement of these deities?

What is the basic reason behind placement of deities in the three layers in the Dakshineswar Adyapith temple? Please cite proper source.
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Does every Lords including Lord Shiva worship each other in different scriptures? Why? [duplicate]

Does every Form of God worship Other Forms like Shakti worships Vishnu and Vishnu worships Shakti? Is it true for Lord Shiva also? What is the reason?
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What is the difference between Devata, Upadevata and Apadevata?

What is the difference between Devata, Upadevata and Apadevata? We have come across these terms several times and each is referred to the same entity consciously or not consciously. People use the ...
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Can a human being become God and live forever? [duplicate]

Can a human being become God and live forever? Have this incident happened before in the history? (a normal being becoming God and stays as God till now)
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On chastity of gods [closed]

Tilottama was born to kill the twin brothers Sunda-Upasunda and when Shiva first sees her, he's captivated by her beauty and develops many heads on each side so he can keep looking at her. Why do ...
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Why did the Devas let Brihaspati be their guru even though he had sex with his brothers' wives?

Being a guru, Brihaspati had sex with his younger brother's wife and yet why did the devas let him be their guru? This is is mentioned in Devi Bhagavata Purana here. Did Brihaspati suffer any ...
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What is the account of Vishnu and Brahma not being able to eat and creating a demi-god to “eat”?

What is the account of Vishnu and Brahma not being able to eat and creating a demi-god who would "eat" for them? I'm not sure if I got major Gods right.
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What is deva year?

How do the scriptures differentiate between a Deva year and a normal human year? Which beings and Lokas are under the effect of Deva year?
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Why Devi Para-Shakti is not shown with three eyes in many parts of India?

The dhyana mantras of Devi Para-Shakti in different Tantras and Puranas of forms like Durga, Kaali etc describe Devi as three-eyed. But most deities of Devi or even of Shiva outside bengal show Her (...
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Who are the 33 koti devas ? Does the word 'koti' mean type(category) or crore (number)? [duplicate]

(Other similar questions on this site don't have proper answer with scriptural reference. The Wikipedia answer doesn't cite sources, also don't think it's accurate, because Gita 'rudranam sankaras ...
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How does it rain in Foreign countries, like the Amazon rain forest, than in India, when no one there performs yajnas for the Devas? [closed]

The scriptures say that yajnas please the devas, and the devas being pleased, shower rain: The demigods, being pleased by sacrifices, will also please you; thus nourishing one another, there will ...
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Discrepancy in the Manusmriti regarding Devas being fond of alcohol just like the Yakshas, Rakshasas, and Pisachas?

This answer says, from the Vyasa Smriti: Milk, wine, honey, and clarified butter are the articles which the gods are fond of. The word wine is used for Sanskrit "sura." Then there is this verse ...
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In Kali Yuga, how do devas get havir bhaaga, since yagnas are rarely performed?

In Bhagavad Gita 3.10 & 11, Krishna says: सहयज्ञाः प्रजाः सृष्ट्वा पुरोवाच प्रजापतिः अनेन प्रसविष्यध्वमेष वोऽस्त्विष्टकामधुक् देवान्भावयतानेन ते देवा भावयन्तु वः परस्परं भावयन्तः ...
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Did Shiva ever give back the power all the other Gods gave him to destroy the Tripuras?

Chapter 34 Karna Parva of Mahabharata contains the legend of destruction of Tripuras. It is said that all Gods gave power to Shiva. "'"Sthanu said, 'All your foes should be slain. But, I shall not ...
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Do gods feel uncomfortable when they approach human bodies?

I heard from this video that gods does not like to stay near human bodies and they feel uncomfortable to stay with in or nearer to human bodies? Which slokhas of which vedic scripture tells this?
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Can a Hindu declare as false scripturally-based beliefs of other Hindus?

If I recall right, there are denigrations of some Hindu Gods, belief in some Hindu Gods and/or their devotees in scripture. Is this considered dharmic?
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Why do we not find any image of Durga/Kali/Shakti image in renowned Sri Vishnu/Krishna temples?

All the temples of Maa Kali/Durga/Shakti I visited have some idol of Sri Krishna/Vishnu being worshipped in the same temple complex. But excepting the Puri Sri Sri Jagannath Temple, I never found any ...
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Why does nirguna brahman manifest only in 5 forms?

I know that Shiva, Durga, Vishnu, Surya and Ganesha are counted as manifestations of Nirguna brahman. Or in other way when nirguna brahman is seen through lens of maya, it is seen in 5 different ways. ...
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There are injustice in this world. Innocent animals and birds are put to death. Poor and weak people are tortured. Is God happy with this world? [duplicate]

There are injustice in this world. Innocent animals and birds are put to death. Poor and weak people are tortured. Is God happy with this world?
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What's the proof that God exists? [duplicate]

I haven't seen or experienced him. So how do I say God exists? If you are giving example of oxygen or air, I would say I can at least feel it. How can you say God exists even thought you can't of feel ...