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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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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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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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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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Did the Purva Mimamsa school think the Devas have no intelligence?

Udayana's Nyaya Kusumanjali is a Nyaya-Vaisheshika work which seeks to logically prove the existence of God. In this excerpt from the Nyaya Kusumanjali, Udayana describes how the Prana Pratishtha ...
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Are the planets of our solar system ( like Brihaspati, Shukra, Chandra etc) Devas or the abodes of the respective Devas?

We all know that Brihaspati is Teacher of Devas. Shukracharya is also teacher of Daityas. Mangal Deva etc. Are also Deva. So are the planets and sun moon just their abodes or is Surya Deva really a ...
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Do our scriptures declare that if God has to descend on earth then that place has to be somewhere in India?

Do our scriptures declare that if God has to descend on earth then that place has to be somewhere in India? Are there any shlokas in scriptures that confirm that God's avatar(human birth) will only ...
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Did Agni curse Vedic mantras to become ineffective?

I have heard a story that a sankalpa (solemn vow) to destroy the snake race was taken during Janmajeya's snake sacrifice (yajna). But as that sankalpa couldn't be fulfilled as the yajna was stopped by ...
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Devas(Gods) and their digestive system

According to Brahmanda purana, brahma commensed creation in this following chronological order [Bh Purana - Quote 25 - 50]. Prākrta Creations (pertaining to Prakruti) Mahat -- Great Principle ...
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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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Do gods and goddesses know all languages?

Is it true that gods and goddesses know all languages? If true, where it has been mentioned?
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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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Difference between 9 direction gods in Balinese Hinduism and other Hinduism

I was at the Pura Ulun Danu Bratan in Bali, Indonesia, where I took the following photos, which – I was told by our guide – represents the 9 direction gods, their color, and their weapons. Center is ...
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How do devtas die and are replaced in every Manvantara if they have amrit

Amrita or Amurta is the divine potion for eternal life which is given to Devas. So if the Amruta gives eternal life to the Devtas or Devas in Swargaloka how is Swargaloka annihilated during end of ...
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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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How does Advaita interpret the devatas to the Isha Upanishad mantras?

Advaita is a non dual philosophy which says there is no distinction between Jivatma and Paramatma (Brahman). There is only one soul which is Brahman. In the Isha Upanishad or Ishavasyopanishad which ...
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do temple deities acquire power from devotees?

i understand the idols are empowered by vedic chanting that is drawn into water and the idol bathed in the potent water. is there also a hindu tradition that the deity is empowered by the devotees ...
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Why some hindu gods don't have facial hair?

As far as the trimurti is concerned, Brahma is almost always depicted as an aged man with white flowing hair and white flowing beard from all 4 heads . Perhaps the white flowing beard depicts his ...
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Who are the Chatur Bhaginyadinis mentioned by Adi Shankaracharya?

In chapter 9 verse 25 of the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna says this: yānti dēvavratā dēvān pitṛnyānti pitṛvratāḥ | bhūtāni yānti bhūtējyā yānti madyājinō.pi mām৷৷ Those who worship the demigods ...
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According to Sri Vaishnavism, what happens to someone who worships someone other than Lord Vishnu as Brahman?

Bhagavad Gita says one who worships someone other than Lord Krishna is actually indirectly worshipping Him because He resides as the Indweller (Antaryami). In the Kaushitaki Upanishad also, there is ...
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Reasons of enmity between planets?

Surya-Shani: Shani was not obedient to His father Surya, moreover Shani was son of Chaayaa, so Surya Deva did not like Him. Rahu,Ketu-Surya,Chandra: Surya and Shashi told Narayan that the demon is ...
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Where does the Shatapatha Brahmana mention Kartikeya as son of Rudra?

I have found several websites and texts mentioning Shatapatha Brahmana says Kartikeya as son of Rudra. Wikipedia here also mentions the same.. The Shatapatha Brahmana refers to him as the son of ...
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How was Krishna's wife Satyabhama related to Indra's mother Aditi?

One of Krishna's most famous deeds is the killing of the demon Narakasura, which is the inspiration of the festival Deepavali. Narakasura was tormenting the gods and had even stolen the earrings of ...
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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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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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What are the enjoyments in heaven?

Based on puranic descriptions, it seems the Devas and inhabitants of heaven party. For example, they drink alcohol, eat meat, and have sex with Apsaras: Manusmriti: Milk, wine, honey, and ...
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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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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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What are all the reasons for which gods/Devas are depicted as fighting each other?

As per me, mostly it seems like "boon conflict" someone is given a boon by God A for protection and God B wants to attack him for something else. classic case is the banasura story - he picks a fight ...
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what is the reason behind the snake with several gods and goddess

I saw some of the god's and goddess having snake with them is there any particular reason for this. And also I want to know each and every deities having some birds and animals domestic and wild ...
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Which deities should not be worshiped in the house and why?

Are there any gods or goddess who should not be worshiped in the house? And for what reason they should not be worshiped?
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Who will hold the next God titles?

I have read earlier that Lord Hanuman will be the next Brahma, Demon king Bali will be next Indra. So mostly the God names that we know are kind of titles or designation which belong to different ...
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Which deity should be prayed or which mantra can be recited, while flying in an aircraft?

Sometimes while a flight takes off, I become nervous. I would like to know which mantra to recite or which deity to invoke. I know to remove fear of water while travelling in water one may chant शं नो ...
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Do we take Birth with Physical Body in Hell/Heaven?

EXPLANATION : People living in Heaven have Childhood and also Marry and Fight with Humans,Vanaras,etc,.this clears that they have Physical Body. I didn't know whether we take Birth in Hell/Heaven as ...
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Who are the Rashmi gods worshiped before a Yagna?

In this excerpt from the Baudhayana Shrauta Sutras, a text associated with the Yajur Veda, a ritual is described where a person who wants to perform a Yagna (fire ritual) begs the priests to give him ...
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What is the significance of calling Mahalakshmi “Mahodare”?

As we all know that Mahaganapaty is described as having a large belly.In fact one of His many names is "LambaJathara" or "Mahodara" literally meaning one having a big belly. But in the Mahalakshmi ...
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Who was Sri Vathsa Somadeva Sharma and how valid are the following shortcut mantras/slokas?

Several short Slokas/Mantras are found on this page and they are said to be compiled by Sri Vatsha Somadeva Sharma. The mantras are shortcut ways of solving various day to day problems and are also ...
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Different Brahmalokas?

The Earth is situated in the middle of the 'fourteen planes of existence', of which 'Brahmaloka' is the highest plane. But on the earth, atop the Mountain Meru, there is a city of Brahma, called '...
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13 core times namasmarana

Is it true that if one does the namasmarana 13 crore times then he gets the darshana of supreme lord? While doing namasmarana with mouth if another wordly thoughts comes in our mind then does that ...
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Current time of Universe and reincarnation

There is no possibility to synchronize time of whole universe. Now question is- how super soul/nature synchronize the time of universe and follow reincarnation theory if it is true?
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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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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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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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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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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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Is “Personality of Godhead” a Hindu term?

What is a Godhead as opposed to God? Can it be both a personality and impersonal?
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What are the causes of losing prana-pratishtha in a deity?

What are the list of causes of losing prana-pratishtha in a deity according to scriptures? Can somebody remove prana-pratishtha purposely in a respectful manner?
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Are there any blasphemy laws in the dharma śāstras?

According to some comments & answers to What are the after-effects of insulting gods/goddesses? it appears that in the grand scheme of things, the Karma theory is going take care of all those who ...
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Why the main festivals are in chaturmas if god is sleeping in that period?

Ok, this might be very silly question but i couldn't find answer from my elders, I thought this could be right place to get my answer. I know the scientific reason that in the rainy or monsoon season,...