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Why we haven't discovered different planetary systems yet as described?

While I was reading more and more, I got to know that there are different lokas below and above earth and the distance described for them is only some yojana sway (1 yojana = 8 miles = 12 kilometers), ...
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Can deities from other universes hear our prayers?

Can deities inhabiting other universes hear our prayers, or is it just the presiding deities of this universe?
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Is an evil, but devoted, person more valued by the Gods than a good, but an atheistic, person?

The example of Ravana comes to mind, because he was a Bhakta of Prabhu Shiva. It seems like an awful lot of terrible people, like Ajamila, are forgiven just due to their devotions, and their sins are ...
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Do agni's immortality contradicts gita 2:27?

RV 3.26.7 अग्निरस्मि जन्मना जातवेदाः घृतं मे चक्षुरमृतं म आसन् । अर्कस्त्रिधातू रजसो विमानो अजस्रो घर्मो हविरस्मि नाम ॥ “I am Agni, omniscient by birth, Light is my eye and Immortality is my mouth. I ...
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What is the scripture verificiton of the sine-wave based seven vedic gods concept?

some of These picture everyone can see flying around the net, tellings about 7 modes of the supreme bhrahman realities. i thinks , There is some of the peculiar answers in several platforms regarding ...
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What should be the minimum quantity of food that can be offered to God?

What is the minimum quantity of food, recommended scripturally, that can be offered to God? Does the quantity varies : Both in normal daily pújã and the occasional big pújã? Does the kind and quantity ...
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Are explicit rankings/ratings of deities relatively recent in Hinduism?

Madhwa has the taratamya - that assigns ranks to about 100 deities. More recent scriptures have ratings baed on Kalas - a deity with 64 Kalas being supreme. Have there been such detailed comparisons (...
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Does the Katha Upanishad verse 2.3.1 contradict the immortality verses about Devatās?

ūrdhvamūlo'vākśākha eṣo'śvatthaḥ sanātanaḥ | tadeva śukraṃ tadbrahma tadevāmṛtamucyate | tasmiṃllokāḥ śritāḥ sarve tadu nātyeti kaścana | etadvaitat || 1 || Root up and branches down is this ancient ...
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which scripture says “parokshakama hi devah”, and what does it mean?‘

Does it mean the Gods have caused scriptures to be composed in a way that they are hard to understand?
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How does one become a Preta/Pisacha? [duplicate]

Someone said that the jivatma turns into a Preta if proper funeral rites are not done. But I thought that the Jivatma is immediately carried to Yama after death.
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Is there a God of black hole? [closed]

We know that there is a God(devatā) of sun(Surya deva). And when sun dies it becomes a black hole.So is there a God of black hole.
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Is it possible for a non vegetarian to attain the birth of a devatās?

If a non vegetarian do a lot of charity and other good work, will he able to attain the birth of a devatās. Or the birth of a devatās can only be achieved by a vegetarian who do the good karma as well....
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How does one feed pavana deva?

Agni is considered the mouth of the gods and goddesses and the medium that conveys offerings to them in a homa (votive ritual) How does one feed pavana deva ?
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Do Deities in their Moola form have to make a living, like us?

Do they have to earn food, clothing and shelter? Or is it that their bodies are spiritual in nature and do not need these things? Avataras of course eat food, wear clothes and so forth.
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According to Smarta, all of three of the “Trimurti” are equal. But why isn't Brahma given the same significance as Vishnu and Shiva?

Even Puri Shankaracharya said that chanting the name of Narayana and Shiva would have the same benefits. However, why don't anyone give such importance to Brahma?
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Why don't we refer Lord Shiva as pita (father) like we refer Goddess Kali as maa kali (mother)?

We reffer Goddess Kali as maa (mother) Kali but we don't reffer God Shiva as pita(father) Shiva. Not just that we reffer all female Goddess(Lakshmi,Durga, Parvati) as Maa but we don't do the same for ...
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Are Shiva, Parvati, and their children, the only Gods who dwell on Earth?

I was referring to Mount Kailasha. Among the Trimurti, Vishnu, along with Lakshmi, and Brahma, along with Sarasvati, appear to dwell in other realms. So do the other Gods.
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Why do only the mounts of Shiva and Vishnu have actual names (Nandi and Garuda)?

Do the VAhanas of Durga (lion), Ganesha (mouse), and Skanda (peacock) have names of their own, just like Shiva's mount is named "Nandi"?
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Ma Kali in the form of a child in my dream: Is there any meaning to this? [closed]

In our dreams, we might see things that we think of while awake, or things that we like to think of. I don't suppose this one in particular had any meaning to it; most probably it was just like any ...
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Would Narayana listen if someone were to chant his name without going to a temple?

This probably sounds like a dumb question, but I am unable to visit any temples as I don't live in India. That being said, any effort is probably better than none at all. Would Nama jap of Narayana (...
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Are tathastu devatas(ashwini devatas) real? Will they fulfill everything we utter?

It is said to me that tathastu devatas come around 5'O clock or sometime in the evening. At that time, we should speak only good and positive words because, those gods will make our wish come true. So,...
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Does God help only if Punya deposit is available?

There are several incidents in scriptures where God/nature helps immediately in case of any danger or panic situation if one prays for help. I can provide three such examples from Mahabharata: #1: ...
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What is Difference between Hinduism and other religion? [closed]

What is difference between Our gods and other religion gods ? According to Puranas
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Nyasam and the appearance of deity

While reading the Preface of Sharda-tilak tantra, the writer explained some general facts. He while stating the way to do the Nyasam writes: (I am translating) One has to use the Ring finger, middle ...
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Is Krishna-Kali (a combined form of Krishna and Kali, worshipped in West Bengal) male or female?

It is NOT like Ardhanarishvara, which shows the left-side being Shiva, and the right being Parvati. Instead, Krishna-Kali is just one form, resembling both Kali and Krishna, without any indication of ...
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Are all Gods and Goddesses omnipresent?

NOTE: I am not just talking about Krishna, but all Devatās. Most answers here tend to be Vaishnava-centric, and only cite examples involving Krishna or Vishnu.
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What is the right method of making a vow to god?

Often I get a lot of thoughts that tell me to sacrifice something, to do some japa or do some action so it would help a situation that I am worrying about. Some times it is a thought that pops in the ...
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What are the differences between “Deva”, “Bhagavan”, and “Ishvara”?

All that I know is that "Deva"/"Devi" refers to individual Gods and Goddesses, but we also use the term "Ishvara" and "Bhagavan". Aren't these two terms just ...
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Do deities other than Brahma, Vishnu, Devi etc. have the power to create other universes?

I am aware that in many Hindu texts, famously the Puranas, explained that the gods Brahma creates universes constantly, Vishnu constantly creates universes by inhaling and exhaling also infinite ...
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Do Gods know what we are thinking? [closed]

I am not just talking about our thoughts about them (deities), but just our thoughts in general, and the things that are in our minds (not talking about religion). I am asking this because deities are ...
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Do the Vedas mention that the Vedas are divine in origin? [duplicate]

Do the Vedas say that they are divine in origin. Or a revelation from God himself.
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What is god's logic? Is karma real?

How God decide who should die first or later. If karma is real then why don't bad people die first, shouldn't bad things only happen to bad people. But it's not the case, why some good people die ...
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Does God(s) hate anyone?

You would think that, because we are so insignificant to them, they would not bother to hate anyone, because humans can never be a threat to them (Gods).
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Can human beings be reborn as deities after living an ethical life?

I read that many Hindu traditions believe that a human being has the potential to be reborn as a deity by living an ethical life and building up good karma.
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Devotee granting boon to diety

It is normal and expected that a devotee receives boon from deities like Siva, Vishnu etc., But, I came across an incident in Mahabharata, in which Garuda grants boon to Vishnu. "And the son of ...
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Why don't our Gods and Goddesses prevent Kali Yuga from happening?

Nothing to add here, but it is mandatory, so...
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Why is planetary friendship in vedic astrology inconsistent with Hindu mythology?

According to vedic astrology, Jupiter and Moon are good friends. They conjunction causes the auspicious Gaja Kesari yoga. Jupiter is also exalted in Moon's own sign of Cancer. However, according to ...
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What is meant by “Maya”? [duplicate]

In a book about Ramakrishna, he said that Kali Ma has cast an illusion called Maya, and that she observes the world from outside.
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How to find a family's Kuladevata when all known sources have failed?

A lot of Hindu families these days don't know who their Kuladevata is. How can one find out, if there is no information available online, in the community, and if the elders in the family are not ...
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Why do gods have light behind their head?

They have light behind their head , it is shown in most of the places and at some statues, they specifically build halo like thing behind their head Also, i personally think that, our Indian King ...
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If the role of Indra and other devas will be held by another man in next Kalpa, what will happen to current ones? [duplicate]

Isn't Indra and other devas immortal? They drank Amrut so, they have to survive forever, and in next Kalpa, new devas and new Indra will come so then what will happen to previous ones?
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Is the Shiva Tandava Stotra a mantra? Can anyone sing or chant the Shiva Tandava Stotra?

I am not a Brahmin, and I am not initiated either (is it called "diksha"?), meaning that I do not have the adhikara. Hence, obviously, I cannot chant mantras, but is it okay for me to chant ...
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Do Hindus yell at their gods?

I was watching a Norwegian documentary on religious and non-religious young people in Norway. There were two young Hindu girls who were describing what it is like to be a Hindu. I was surprised to ...
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What does Hinduism say about deities from other pantheons?

Does Hinduism have any views about gods from other pantheons/religions?
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Are there universes without any deities?

As per Section III. Utpatti Prakaranam - chapter 29-30: Of those countless universes, O Rama, in some there are only plants; some have Brahma, Vishnu, Rudra and others as the presiding deities, and ...
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Can I create my own God?

I would like to know if it is possible to create my own God, and if so, will worshiping that god have the same value as worshiping others?
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Can a God or Goddess possess a human's body? In Hindi, the term is called “Mata Ana” / “Mata khelna” / “Mata ka Darbar” [duplicate]

I've come across such instances, after which the person possessed by the God/Goddess goes into a trance like state and answers questions/grants boons, which sometimes come true. This occurrence is ...
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What was the story of Saraswati taking a princess to another universe to show her an alternate version of her father?

I heard about this story before, but I can't remember where to find it.
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Do you get to experience the “earthly joys” after Moksha, if you did not get to experience them before attaining Moksha?

By "earthy joys", I meant those that humans desire and want in their lives, such as leading the life of a householder, becoming a parent, nurturing your children, and above all, serving the ...
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What changes were done in people's mindset by Ramanujacharya?

After Adishankaracharya, people started to know about hinduism, nirguna brahman, jiva, worship etc, so similarly what our people known from Ramanujacharya. What changes are done to people mindset and ...

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