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Questions tagged [gods]

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Last name of Shree Ram and Shree Krishna?

I always wondered what were the last name of avatars - Shree Ram and Shree Krishna. I know that Ram was kshatriya and Krishan was nand. But I don't know their real last name. Did they even had one? Or ...
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Situating a Figure of the Goddess Uma in a Bedroom [duplicate]

Would it be considered culturally appropriate, from either a Hindu or Nepalese perspective, to situate a figure of the Goddess Uma in a bedroom or would this be considered taboo?
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Does God know about all our actions and also whatever we talk? [duplicate]

Omniscience means He should know everything including all our actions and whatever we talk. Is this correct? Link to the recently deleted question.
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When does gods like Shani stop aging?

They grow from childhood to youth most of the gods. Then we will not see many of them reaching their old age and they(like Shani) are said to be alive to this day. Do they stop aging at a certain ...
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How did the Gods of hindu pantheon come into being?

Did the ancient rishis create these various gods, goddesses, devas etc. out of thin air, which later ended up in the puranas and other scriptures? In other words, are they simply a figment of our ...
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Keeping Deities/God photos in everywhere in home

Some orthodox Hindu families (Middle class) keep deities photos every place in their home. Some keep partially divided in the kitchen Some keep in the hall itself Bed room is an optional if ...
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What are the basis behind the concept of communication with God?

Most devotees believe they can talk to God, either orally or mentally through their thoughts. They believe he will listen to them, and even grant them what they ask for. What are the foundations ...
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Do the Devas not actually eat or drink?

Ramanujacharya, in his commentary on the Brahma Sutras, says this in his commentary for sutra 3.1.7: That eating the soul means no more than satisfaction with it, may also be inferred from the ...
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Which Hindu god should be prayed to in order to get good health?

Which Hindu god (s) should be worshiped for achieving good health?
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Why did God made mind so hard to control?

In Bhagwat Geeta Lord Shri Krishna talks a lot about controlling your mind. Like this saying from Bhagavad Gita: “For him who has conquered the mind, the mind is the best of friends; but for one who ...
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As per Hindu scriptures does lord Śiva explicitly claim himself to be a deity that has to be worshiped?

Note: I have limited knowledge in these matters. But I am a curious person and go with reasoning. I want to know that in which all Hindu's divine/sacred scriptures lord Śiva has claimed or explicitly ...
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Can I easily find the God in kalyug

I have heard couple of times older people talking and also in lots of spritual tv shows that it is easy to find God in kalyug as compared to any other yug(era). Is it true? If yes, then why and how?
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Who is the 'messenger' of Asuras and what is his story?

Shatapatha Brahmana 1.4.1 mentions how Agni was chosen by the gods as their messenger: He recites [the eighth sâmidhenî]: 'Agni we choose as messenger!' Now the gods and the Asuras, both of them ...
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What is the story of the three previous Agnis who passed away?

The Shatapatha Brahmana 1.3.3 mentions the following interesting conversation between Agni and the other gods: He then lays the (three) enclosing-sticks (paridhi) around (the fire). The reason ...
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Have Devas like Indra, Agni, Varun ever done tapasya in order to counter attack Asuras?

We all know that asuras like Mahisasura, Hiranyakashipu, Tarakasur and many others did severe tapasya to impress either Brahma, Vishnu or Mahesh in order to seek various powers/boon so that they could ...
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How can all deities be equal when the Bhagavad Gita says the opposite?

Modern Smarthas often claim all deities are equal and that worshipping any deity grants liberation. However, we find in the Bhagavad Gita that Krishna makes a fine distinction between Him and the ...
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What is the belief behind god attaining human form?

If God is omnipresent and formless, then how did he attain human form in Puranas? What is the belief behind that? how did Brahman become God in human form? Are Puranas just for understanding the ...
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Are these Rigvedic hymns talking about equality of all men or equality among a class of gods?

The blog post Equality In Vedas lists these two hymns from the Rigveda in support of its view that all men are equal. The Vedas teach equality among the people in society. No one is superior or no ...
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How can a person increase Shraddha (faith) in Hindu scriptures and gods?

Nowadays it is very difficult for almost everyone to have full faith in god and scriptures(Vedas, Ithihas, Puranas, etc). In what ways a person can increase faith in the above mentioned things?
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What is the difference between Sun and Sun God?

What is the difference between a graha and a deva in both astrological sense as well as in spiritual sense? For example when we say Sun (Surya), we mean the star (planet astrologically) but is it same ...
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What happens to deities at the end of their life cycle?

What happens to different deities we worship at the end of their life cycle. Will they merge back into Parabrahma?
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Is there any Hindu god associated with muscle/muscle strength?

We all know that god for general medicine is Dhanvantri, but I want to know whether there is any god / deity particularly associated with muscles and muscle powers.
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Indra and Vritra – The Tale of the Vajrayudha

The legend is as follows: Indra, the King of the Devas, was once driven out of Devaloka by an asura named Vritra. This asura was the recipient of a boon which made him invulnerable to any known ...
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Who is the Kuladevata for Alanes family?

If the family name is Alanes and Gotra is Durvasa, who will be the Kula Devata for that family?
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What is the way to Liberation: direct communication with lord Krishna or the reading scriptures? [closed]

Which is it better the reading of the multitude of scriptures from different schools of Hindu thought whose aim is to show you the way to self realization, Moksha, Brahman, or direct communication ...
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The gods and goddesses of the Universe [closed]

The Universe is continuously expanding, with new suns and planets. Do all the planets have a deity and how are these gods born are they the sons and daughter's of gods from other planets ?
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In Vaishnavism, are other Gods enlightened?

According to Vaishnavism, and more specifically in Advaita Vedanta, are Gods other than Vishnu enlightened beings that have attained moksha or are they unenlightened and, if so, does that mean that at ...
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One mantra for praising all deities of three Lokas

Each and every god/deities having corresponding mantras itself. However Lord Paramesvara said in Vishnu Saharanamam the most valuable and powerful mantra to be chanted is: ईश्वर उवाच श्रीराम राम ...
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Idols of God and various phases

The idols are made by stapathis. What are the various phases the statue will be put to test? How many phases are there for testing? How is the power acquired to the statue after the tests are over?
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Are Gods conscious of their own existence?

Are gods or Hindu deities only forces of nature? Are they conscious of their existence?
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Do gods and fairies not blink?

Few years before I read an article which belongs to some fairies story. And I came to know that fairies/god's/deities doesn't blink like as human. Is it true or an artificial story? If it is true, can ...
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What is the true meaning of mat-karma in the Bhagavad Gita?

In the Bhagavad Gita we have it at least in two places: mat-karma paramo bhava - (12.10) and mat-karma-kṛit mat-paramo - (11-55) We know the literal meaning of mat-karma. For instance in the ...
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Within the all seeing eye I am [duplicate]

I see that I am in the limitless ocean of the all seeing eye . Through the eyes of Prajapati I see, my breath is the Cosmic wind which moistens the soil of emptyness and the vortex of acreation is ...
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What is the symbolic meaning of the multiple serpent heads of Sheshanaga? [duplicate]

Vishnu rests on the body of Sheshanaga and Sheshanaga like Paramahansa rests on the ocean of bliss known as Prakriti. His being is depicted as having 5 or 7 or 1000 serpents. What is the symbolic ...
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Has Balaram ever reincarnated in this world?

Scriptures say Balaram the older brother of Krishna departed this world whilst in a mediative state and the white spirit snake left through his mouth, and not through Brahmarandhra. Does that mean he ...
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Why God is not coming to finish the PAAPIS any more?

In old days (according to Hindu scriptures), India was like the second home of God. Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh all were coming so quickly. If there would be any wrong doers they come to India (born in ...
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Are there famous deities/gods or spiritual supremo, who had a daughter?

In India, culturally boys are preferred over girls as a child by many orthodox families. Such attitude creates kind of deep rooted gender bias and certain wrongful activities like abortion or ...
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How does God/Goddess choose their vehicle? [duplicate]

In Hindu Mythology, Almost every God/Goddess have their vehicle and they are symbolised by that . for example Lord Ganesh vehicle is Mouse. Lord Kartikey vehicle is Peacock. Lord Yama vehicle is Bull....
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Does Valmiki ramayan says Ram was god or an incarnation? [duplicate]

Can someone help me with the references of Ramayan from Valmiki which says Ram was a god or an incarnation ? Thanks in advance .
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How do gods/devatas procreate?

I have found people claiming that gods do not procreate like humans but procreate without any bodily union on Quora, does this idea have scriptural backing?
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Who is the headless god in this picture?

I recently came across this picture of Vishnu's incarnation Narasimha being worshiped by various Devas: Most of these Devas are recognizable. Starting from the top left and going counterclockwise, I ...
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How do gods decide when to incarnate and when to assume a human form bypassing the birthing process?

In both Rāmāyaṇa and Mahābhārata, we see Indra taking a human form during what appears to be emergency situations. When Indra wants to rob Gautama off of his ascetic power he suddenly decides to take ...
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Is there any God/Deity of Electricity?

For all the natural & social aspects like water, fire, animals, wind, earth, trees, engineering, sex, day/night, knowledge, maths, strength -- we have certain kind of deity. Ancient civilization ...
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What did humans do that Brahma took away their divinity?

According to an ancient Hindu legend whose author is unknown, there was once a time when all human beings were gods but they so abused their divinity that Brahma, the chief god, decided to take it ...
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What is the story of Shakambari devi?

I want to know the references in puranas for Shakambari devi. Full context of the reasons for Devi taking this Avatara and any asura vadha done as part of it(i.e if it is taken for killing asuras).
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Scriptural reference to say Lord Vishnu and Parvati devi are same

I want to know if there is any scriptural reference i.e a small event that shows Narayana and Parvati are same. The reason for my initial belief that they are same is the following: All gods are ...
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Are idols only imagination or someone had really seen God(s)

I'm always thinking how Lord Krishna is seen different in every photo , sculpture idol etc . Was there anyone who drew the first painting of him or what we see everywhere is only imagination?
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Any particular god or goddess for sports?

In Hinduism, do we have any particular deities for sports and other activities for the players for praying before starting playing?
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Why do we need to do Three time praying(trikal sandhya)

As per Hindu culture, we believe in God and worship to them. We should need to remember on time(Like during Morning when we wake up, Then when we eating and last when we sleep) in a day. So what is ...
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What does it mean churning of the ocean? [duplicate]

In an abridged version of Brahmanda Purana, The Divine Mother emanated from meditation of Brahma (the Creator). Her namethen was Prakruti (The nature). Mohini Avatara. For the second time, the ...