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Questions tagged [gods]

For questions about Hindu gods in general. If you have a question about a specific god (e.g. Indra or Shiva), please use a more specific tag instead of this one.

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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 ...
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Who is considered Hindu?

Keeping geographical location aside, who is considered to be a Hindu? (i.e. not belonging to other religions) Should that person accept authority of someone (Vedas, some God, philosophy etc.)?
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Are there deities worshiped today who do not appear in any canonical scriptures?

The deity Mariamman is very popular in Tamil Nadu and her name being in Tamil, cannot by definition be from Puranas, Itihasas etc. How reliable are the Sanskritic origins given to Manasa, Vitthala, ...
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Does Rig Veda declare Gods to be immortal?

There may be some poetic descriptions of Soma conferring immortality - but are the Gods explicitly declared to be immortal in Rig Veda?
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Do any non-vaishnavite scriptures say well-known Gods are only positions attained by Jivas?

this seems to be a uniquely vaishnavite concept. I don't recall Siva worshipers, Ganesa worshipers et al claiming that Gods they consider subordinate are Jivas.
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Are Gods present in Materialistic form?

Are the Gods created after the Supreme consciousness created the Universe present in Materialistic forms? Ex. Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Saraswati, Lakshmi, Parvati, Indra, etc.
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in yoga , Isvara(God) has been defined as पुरुषविशेष(SpecialSelf). What does that mean- Is it creator God or not?

Patanjali defines Isvara (Sanskrit: ईश्वर) in verse 24 of Book 1, as "a special Self (पुरुषविशेष, puruṣa-viśeṣa)", क्लेश कर्म विपाकाशयैःपरामृष्टः पुरुषविशेष ईश्वरः ॥२४॥ – Yoga ...
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Who Given Weapons to Gods? [closed]

who Given Weapons (like trisulam, sudharshana chakram, brahma creation) Gods and goddesses.Weapons Power? Other gods like sun, moon,indra etc., there powers?
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Whom & how to worship to develop fearless or fierce instincts?

One wanted to become fierce or fearless, according to scriptures/āchāryas who one should worship? And what is the method? Better if worshipping include reading only Stotra or hymns.
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Are devas stars?

Deva means heavenly, divine, bright, shining one Each Deva is not a permanent specific individual entity but the certain ruling position, titles each held by a reborn soul in higher dimensions that ...
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Names of 33 Gods and their Jobs (including goddesses)? [duplicate]

I know they are 33 Gods already some people ask How many Gods? My Question is Who Are 33 Gods and their Roles?
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Is there any definition for gods? [duplicate]

In Hinduism lot of gods available. Is there any definition for gods in Hinduism? How the gods are identified?