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In how many forms do devi/devtha exist to allow upasana as per scriptures?

Humans perform upasana for devi/devtha. Humans attain devi/devtha using mantra. Mantra is sound form of devi/devtha for humans. Humans can also attain devi/devtha using statue. Statue is a visual ...
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What does it mean to see same God again and again in different situations in dream?

From different Vedantic explanation, I have learnt that the same consciousness changes its form from a waking body to a dreamer body. So, it seems to me like, if God can incarnate in real-world and ...
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Hinduism opposite of a third eye [closed]

Is there the concept of someone who sees futures that shouldn't exist or shouldn't be? I know about the third eye.
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Do God children become God also?

Do gods also have children and family tree? Do those children and relatives also have powers from god? If yes is then the total number of normal humans less than number of gods in Hinduism? What ...
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Who is the Devata for diseases?

Every natural phenomenon has a presiding Devata that is responsible for it. Agni for fire, Vayu for wind, Varuna for water, Bhudevi for Earth, Dyaus Pita for akasha, Indra for storms and lightning, ...
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Do gods appear on different lands [closed]

Let's say I'm turiya, but I'm not in India, but some northern Europe country, and since I'm turiya, gods are supposed to come, since I'm turiya and they're pleased with my tapas, but will they still , ...
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is the notion of the earth asking for the burden of humans to be reduced found in scripture?

I have heard of the earth complaining to the Gods about "bhubhara" - the weight of living things carried by her. The Gods then make tremendously destructive wars happen to reduce the earth's burden. ...
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In Advaita does “all religions are true” mean that the Saguna deity you pass through towards Nirguna Brahman doesn't matter?

This explains why Ramakrishna Paramahamsa was able to follow Hinduism, Christianity and Islam and reach the same state of realization at the end.
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Are saguna deities part of Maya in Advaita?

There is the notion of Krama Mukti - going towards nirguna Brahman in stages - but once the veil of Maya is pierced, does Advaita say the deities are no longer real?
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How different is a mantra from a prayer?

Whenever we try to think of God, mantra, prayer etc are the things which come to our mind. I was trying to understand how is a mantra different than a normal prayer ? If we consider a mantra it is ...
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Are Sri Vaishnavas supposed to worship devatas during nitya karmas?

According to Sri Vaishnavism, one who has performed the Samashrayanam/Bharanyasam ritual (initiation into Pancharatra Agamas/Surrendering to Vishnu) is prohibited from worshiping Devatas like Shiva, ...
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Which Rig-Vedic Gods have spouses who are also mentioned in the Rig Veda Samhita?

Famous spouses Lakshmi and Parvati don't occur in Rig Veda Samhita, as far as I know. Which Gods also have their spouses mentioned in the Rg Veda Samhita?
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Is destroying an idol of a god equivalent to killing an avatar of that god?

In Sri Vaishnavism, Brahman makes himself accessible to humans in 5 forms: Para, Vyuha, Vibhava, Archa, and Antaryami. Para refers to the form of Vishnu that exists in Vaikuntha. Vyuha and Vibhava ...
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Were there conflicts between Gods before the Itihasas and Puranas?

In the Rig Veda the conflicts are mostly between Gods and anti-Gods like Vritra. But the Rig Veda does hint at conflict between Indra and Vishnu. https://sanskritdocuments.org/doc_veda/r06.html?lang=...
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(Brahma Sutras)why is a ruling Lord necessary for aggregation of the material world?

So I've been reading the commentaries by Ramanuja and Shankara on the Brahma Sutras and they say that a ruling lord is necessary for the aggregation of atoms, especially into material skandhas. how ...
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How do I know who is adiparashakti?

both maha kali and maha tripura sundari are revered as adi shakti in the kaula and shri vidya circles.how do I know based on a shared proof wich one is adi parashakti? I heard that kali was brahman ...
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Were Asuras once good Devas?

Western Indologists say that Asuras were once good Devas that later rebelled against the Devas and became evil gods or anti-gods. For example, Michael Witzel in his paper Autochthonous Aryans says: ...
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What is the difference between Brahman,ParaBrahman,Bhagvan,Ishvara and ParamAtma?

What are the differences between the various terms. I assume Ishvara might be Sagun Rupa of Brahman but so is Isvara? Are they all same?
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Does god appear in visible form to eyes while granting boon?

There are numerous incidents in scriptures where God or goddesses appear to a devotee after performing penance (tapasya) on the name of that particular God or particular goddesses inorder to ask for ...
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Size of Hindu Gods?

Are there any scripture references for the size of Gods? Did Rishis who had Darshan of Gods, describe their size? Example: Mahabhrata Pandavas; were they of today's human size?
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Did Lord Krishna cry ever?

As per folk stories Dear Lord Krishna cried when He meet his Friend Sudama. Another story is Krishna cried when meeting paternal brother Uddhava in Dwarka. Is there any scriptural reference of the ...
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Do gods like Brahma, Vishnu, Indra and Yama, in their Lokas, have bodies or are they just Atmans?

Life after death is found in Hinduism, the Atmans are taken by Yama then they are judged and go either to heaven (abode of Indra) or to hell (abode of Yama), however this residence is temporarily and ...
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Deities associated with various organs in Human body?

I need a scripture reference for Deities associated with various organs in Human body. This site gives information about it. Is it real or made up by website author? Is there any Verse which gives ...
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Do Vedas talk about all the 33 crore deities?

Namaste, I have little knowledge about all four Vedas. Personally, I have never got opportunity to read them. I wonder, if all the deities are mentioned in vedas or not. Or, Vedas do specifically and ...
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Are there any richas for Indra which appear in all the four Vedas?

One such richa is "Trataram indram....". Are there any other?
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How many Maruts are there really?

Nowadays, I am asking questions about contradictions in Vedas. Please answer this and my previous questions. Given that different Vedas give different numbers, how many Maruts are there really? ...
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Who is the real creator of heaven and earth as per the Vedas?

In different hymns Vedas talk about different creators of heaven and earth. How to reconcile these differences? Who is the real creator? Indra Rig Veda 8.36.4 “Creator of the heaven, creator of ...
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Can anyone clarify as to why this Rig Vedic mantra mentions Gods differently?

There was another question on the following topic. However, my question is different. Which shloka or scripture states that there are 33 crores of Hindu gods? Rig Veda III.20.5 ...
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Which gods, or any other character from scriptures, rides on seven horses or steers a seven-horse chariot?

Which God or any Character from scriptures ride on seven horse or seven horse chariot?
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Prayer on Kala(time) and Savitar(speed)?

Who is God of Time, and any Mantra or Prayer, stotra anything related to Time aspect.. or for God of Time or Kala and Savitar (god of speed) Kala Bhairava is manifestation of Shiva in the form of ...
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Names of Mantra, Sutra, Shloka and Stotra from Ramayana?

List of Names of Mantra, Sutra, Shloka and Stotra or anything; Recited_Chanted by Lord_Rama. I know about Bala Atibala Aditya Hrudayam are there any more?
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Are there some bhajans particularly appropriate for mourning a loss?

In Buddhism there are some sutra chanted typically at a funeral. Hindu bhajans are more musical than mere sutra chanting, but are there some bhajan culturally linked to mourning the loss of a loved ...
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Do penance makes body shine?

I heard, more progress towards spiritual life or penance will result in more light coming out from body (like God's body, not as much light as God has but still some) means, more we do penance, more ...
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Who are the forest deities mentioned in the Aranya Kanda?

According to the Valmiki Ramayana, Ravana abducts Sita by carrying her forcibly. By looking at Ravana grabbing Sita, forest deities were terrorised. tam dṛṣṭvā giri śṛṃga ābham tīkṣṇa daṃṣṭram ...
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Promise to God- Anyone? [closed]

I am new to this site and hence wanted to ask a doubt of mine here.I saw a similar thread on this forum but I couldn't get my answer. I wanted to know is somebody out there has the experience which I ...
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If purusha, prakriti and parmeshwar are eternal, did god not create them?

Once a Christian asked me this question that the Vedic deities did not create anything, because Hindu scriptures say that purusha(soul) and prakriti (matter) are eternal like god. Mahrishi Dayand ...
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Why all gods are blessed or born only in India? Why USA/UK is superior than India (Bharatha khandam) presently in 21st century? [duplicate]

How was the America/USA/UK during previous yuga before Kali yuga? Who were ruling those places? why god never born in USA/UK/Aus/NZ/china geographic region (non-India) during Satya, Thretra yuga,...
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How can permanent ishwara create impermanent effects?

How can a permanent being have temporary cognition due to the fact that objects and conditions are impermanent? How can a permanent being which is a permanent cause,create impermanent effects? I am ...
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Are Devas like Indra god?

I heard many stories about deeds of Indra and other gods in Puranas. For e.g. rape of Ahilya by Indra, rape of Tara by Saima etc. So my question is how can a God do this? Are they really God? If ...
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Krishna's Kaalinga Nardhana better than Mohini's dance for Basmasura?

I can't stop to wonder, If Krishna's Kaalinga Nardhana better than Mohini's dance for Bhasmasura? Or more generally/philosphically, Say according to Dharma Shastra or other Puranas Is taming better ...
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Who controls or rules my life / our lives as in all human beings ? Is it GOD or Astrological Janam Kundali or my efforts / karma?

While posting this, I got this connected post. So I understood things related to kriyamana karma & prarabdha karma when it comes to karma, but the main question I still have in my mind is, 1) "...
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How long to meditate for god to come and visit?

In Hindu mythology, God has given boon to demons for meditating. Generally, how long the different demons had to meditate to make god visit them. Wanted to know general estimate of time to meditate, ...
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If Budha is avatar of Vishnu, why he created Buddhism? [duplicate]

Why Lord Budha did not follow Lord Krishna if they both are Lord Vishnu avatars. Why they both came up with different paths.Did Budha opposed Bhagavadgeeta ?
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It is okay to believe in God , but why did we need to worship God? [duplicate]

I like the God, I like their stories, but what is his link with worship. I know worship means thinking of god always. If we do good to others, they will be happy. I.e. I can see that response is ...
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Total number of saguna parabrahmans in Hinduism

Parabrahman is the highest supreme god in Hinduism. Saguna brahman refers to the parabrahman with gunas. Saguna brahman is also called as Upasya Brahman. Siva, Vishnu, Krishna, Rama, Balarama, ...
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Does God really punish?

Does God really punishes or take revenge from humans? For eg- If someone asked something from God and took a vow that if he gets that thing, he will do something. He gets that thing but he did not ...
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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 the attached picture?

Which form of Shiva is it in this picture? Why did he take this form?
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Marriage between Rakhsasas/Asuras and Devas

What are well known instances from Hindu Mythology of marriages between groups of mythical times described as Rakhsasas/Asuras (common guru Shukracharya) versus Devas ? Have natural change of ...

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