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Questions tagged [gods]

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How was the universe created?

I always think what was the start. How it started? Who was the creator? Who created god? Who created the creator? Where did the solid material, to create planets, come from? Can anybody explain me ...
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Is Hinduism strictly polytheistic or are the gods considered to be eventually one entity?

In Hinduism we have the "main" three gods, Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. We also have many, many, more devas, each with his or her own dominion. Of course, the devas may appear in various avatars, in ...
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What is the difference between God and Devi-Devta or are they same?

Is there a difference between God and Devi-Devta or are they same? As we know there are thousands of devis and devas, are they the same as God or is there any difference between them? If they are ...
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Is the ultimate purpose of life only to serve God?

I wonder at this question, because as with most major religions, it seems all you are mostly meant to do is to serve/devote yourself to God. It also seems that even in Hinduism this is the only way to ...
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Which shloka or scripture states that there are 33 crores of Hindu gods?

Please mention the shloka that explicitly states that there are 33 crores of Hindu Gods. Please do not quote Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, because I think it just states that there are 33 gods. Not 33 ...
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Difference between Devas, Daevas, Asuras and Rakshasa

What is the difference between Devas, Daevas, Asuras and Rakshasa fundamentally? It is very confusing to distinguish and characterize them without clear examples.
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What exactly is a leela (लीला)? Is there a scriptural definition of leela (लीला)?

When people cannot logically explain certain actions of Gods, their incarnations, Saints, Ṛṣis etc., they often use the term leela which is sometimes spelled as līlā and lIlA. I think the word ...
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Who gives Moksha?

Lord Krishna is the supreme Being according to the Bhagavad Gita and is the giver of moksha. Also, can all the avatars of Vishnu give moksha? Like Lord Govinda, Lord Rama, Lord Lakshmi Narasimha, Lord ...
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Do Gods die in Hinduism?

In Christianity, God dies. Something similar concept is there in Norse mythology. Are there any stories in Hinduism about the death of Gods? P.S. I am not talking about avatars.
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Can a god have an Avatar of an Avatar?

I am a Vaishnav and hence I worship Shrinathji. It is said that Shrinathji is an avatar of Lord Krishna but again, Lord Krishna is an avatar of Lord Vishnu so is it possible that gods can take avatars ...
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If God exists why doesn't he want to be seen?

It is a question which has bothered me for a while. If we know that God exists why doesn't he want to be seen? Why is it that no human being has a true description of the God?
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What made Indra the king of Svargalok?

Svargalok is considered as a place where good people reside. From the wiki - Svarga is seen as a transitory place for righteous souls who have performed good deeds in their lives. However, many ...
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Why one should worship God?

I am looking for exact purpose/reason on why one should worship God? Is it because we are in god's depth as he offered us a life or is it just because god is supreme, creator of world around us? Is ...
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Who is kaal? What is kaal?

Who is kaal? What is kaal? What does vedas say about this vedic god? Is he vedic god? Is kaal different from Yamadeva?
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Why is Kartikeya not worshiped much compared to lord Shiva, lord Ganesha and goddess Parvati?

Kartikeya is elder son of lord Shiva and goddess Parvati, but he is not worshiped much compared to his dad, mother and brother. If you visit temples in our country, rarely any temple will have an ...
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What are the after-effects of insulting gods/goddesses?

I'm seeing a lot of insult of Gods nowadays by Non Hindus like- Kicking/breaking the idols of Gods. Doing inhuman acts with the pictures of gods/goddesses which is difficult to explain. Making ...
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Do the Trimurti (Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva) cleanly map onto the 3 gunas (sattva, rajas, tamas)?

I've read Shiva referred to as "tamasic", and Brahma seems to be a suitable embodiment of sattva. However, rajas doesn't fit very well here. I'm not sure how to match the energy/activity aspects of ...
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Is there an explanation behind the association of certain deities using a particular animal as the deity's vehicle?

The Hindu texts are replete with references of deities using a particular animal as their primary vehicle. For example, Ganesha is associated with the rat, Shivji with an ox (Nandi), while Karthikeyan ...
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Origins of God names - Lord Siva and Lord Vishnu

Who gave the names to the God like Lord Siva, Lord Vishnu, etc.? Are they the writers of the Vedas? Did they ask the god to name them like this so that people can worship them by that name or the god ...
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Who is Agastya's brother in the Ramayana?

In the Aranya Kanda of the Ramayana, Rama, Lakshmana, and Sita are on the way to the ashram of the famous sage Agastya when they first stop by at the ashram of another sage: While viewing beautiful ...
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How do Hindus decide which gods or goddesses to worship?

Just wondering How do Hindus decide which gods or goddesses to worship?
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According to Bhagvad Gita, Lord Krishna is the ultimate God. So why are there other beliefs in Hinduism?

I am talking about monotheism and polytheism. When we refer to bagavat Gita we can see that bagvan gives answer to this, he is the creator, preserver and destroyer.
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Did people in Krishna's time know that he was God?

Background 1 Sri Aandal in Kali yuga wanted to emulate Krishna Bhakthi which Gopika women had enjoyed in his presence.She was inspired and chose the practice of pavai nombu or vratha followed by ...
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What work does God do daily?

What is God doing now, since God created this universe long ago? Does God have daily work to do? Let's consider what God is doing at this moment in time... I mean in the past many significant things ...
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Why all Avatar's and Grantha's references happened only in India and not elsewhere?

This is more merely an outside question. Many have a conscious feeling that why all Devas, Avataras and incidents written on our text books are confined to Indian Mediterranean, mostly North region of ...
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What is the concept of God in Hinduism?

I have been studying Hindu scriptures for few years out of curiosity to know the concept of God. The more I study the more confused I am about the identity of God according to Hindu scriptures. I am ...
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Who was Lord Hayagriva?

I don't have much knowledge about Lord Hayagriva, just known that he was the one who provided vedic knowledge to Lord Brahma,he has horse head, was an avatar of Lord Vishnu, white in color, and symbol ...
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Why is aarti performed to deities in temples?

In all temples Aarti i.e a lamp with camphor or ghee is lit and is shown in circular motion in front of the deities. Is this just a ritual for revering Agni or does it have a deeper significance? ...
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Were there any temples in Satya yuga?

Is there any reference of temple of lord in the time of Satya Yuga? Around that time people used to worship which God/Goddess?
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What is the significance of Marriage as per Sanatana dharma?

Firstly would like to know the Deeper significance of a Marriage. Few enlightened souls tell no need to marry(adopt sanyasa ashram) to achieve God but few others do tell Gruhastha ashrama is the one ...
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Have any Hindu philosophers attempted to solve the Riddle of Epicurus?

The Epicurean Paradox or the Riddle of Epicurus goes something like this: If God is willing to prevent evil but not able, then He is not omnipotent. If He is able (to prevent evil) but not ...
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Did Prahalad attack Devaloka in his lifetime?

I can recall that I read in a question that Prahalad once attacked Devaloka and maybe won over Indra. I wanted to know if it is true or not and if true, then what is the story behind this and why did ...
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Why do we need a guru? Can Lord be our Guru?

Most of the people say, we need a guru in the path of spirituality to drive us in the way that we attain the abode of the supreme being. I would like to know Can't the supreme being drive the ...
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Killing animals, Karma and our birth

My question has two different aspects. In Hindu religion, it is considered bad to kill animals, but in Islam it is said that animals are just for our use e.g., use them as food, transport etc. (...
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What bodies (Koshas or layers) do Devas, Trimurthis and their Shaktis (consorts) have?

The two questions What are Five Layers (Pancha Kosha) of Human? and Where does a Soul attached to the Body? explain various koshas (Sheaths) of human body. Trimurthi and their respective Shaktis are ...
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Is it true that cow has 33 crores god in it? [duplicate]

Is it true that cow has 33 crores gods in it? If so, where it is written and what are all the names of those 33 crores gods.
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Procedure to make God(s) our Guru

How one can make any God as one's guru? What is the procedure? Provided one is unable to find/get a Guru due to many reasons. E.g, I am interested in Kashmiri Shaivism but it is very difficult to find ...
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Inviting the GOD inside human body

In Temples at some places there are saints or Sadhus or Babas who say they have seen GOD, there are some people who say that GOD has entered their body. I have seen one incident myself : when the ...
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How does a boon or curse work?

We read many times that a particular deva/person/asura was given a boon that he could e.g., become invincible, no one can kill him or will get something or the other. On the other hand, some people ...
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Why God (Viraat Purush) created Devatas to enjoy and Humans to suffer?

I always have this question in mind when I read Bhagawad-Gita. In the 11th chapter of Gita when Krishna shows Vishwaroopa, this means everything originated from Him. But why this difference that ...
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If God is both omniscient and omnibenevolent, then, why do we need to pray?

The question I asked earlier on the Riddle of Epicurus was really a question on God's omnipotence and omnibenevolence, but here, I want to ask about God's omniscience and omnibenevolence. If God is ...
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Why do Gods take avatar?

In the Ramayana, Shri Ram was an avatar of Vishnu; in the Gita or Mahabharata, Shri Krishna was an avatar of Vishnu. Everything they did in human form, they were perfectly able to do it in their ...
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Why is God's name used for people?

Names of many Indians are derived from names of various Hindu Gods. Even here on Hinduism.SE, we have many users with such names, for example, Keshav Srinivasan, Krishna, Ram, Hari, Damodaran, Shiva, ...
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What language did people at the time of Ramayana and Mahabharata use to communicate? Sanskrit?

What was the mode of communication among the people at the time of Ramayana and Mahabharata? Was it Sanskrit? Did Krishna, Pandavas and Kauravas (who I think had origins near the state of Bihar, ...
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Can prarabdha be diluted by 1. Ram Nam Japam 2. Good Kriyaman Karma?

Can Prarabdha be diluted with these two factors :- Ram Nam Japam :- With Ram Nam Japam can bad consequences in the future be avoided ? I have heared , If person is going to have bad accident and ...
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What is the meaning of worshiping a demigod? And is it bad to worship a demigod? [BG 4.12] [duplicate]

In Bhagavad Gita Chapter 4, Verse 12 it is stated that: Men in this world desire success in fruitive activities, and therefore they worship the demigods. Quickly, of course, men get results from ...
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Was Rama a god?

Rama was born as the eldest son of Kausalya and Dasharatha and become the ruler of Ayodhya Kingdom. Can Rama be considered as Lord.
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Is Lord Bhairava same as Lord Shiva, or are they a little different? Is Bhairava a part incarnation or complete Shiva?

Like there is no difference in Vishnu, Krishna, Raama, NriSimha and other manifestation. But sometime Bhairavanatha appears a little different from Lord Shiva, as if He is a part incarnation of Lord ...
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Why is the concept of Divine judgement not given much importance in Hinduism?

Divine judgement and the concept of the soul going to either heaven or hell based on actions on Earth is present in many religions. But this concept is conspicuously absent in Hinduism - rather ...
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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 ...