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mathura Krushna janmbhumi mandir references

mathura Krushna janmbhumi mandir references plz provident me the krushna mandir in mathura was half destroyed by outsiders. Can i get some reference from shastras about the ancients temple and place ...
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Military protection of India past several centuries [closed]

A question related to recent history. Hinduism has a division of society into four varnas based on duties expected to be performed by each. During last six or seven centuries mainland India had some ...
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Who were the Kriyashakti Acharyas and who among them was a contemporary of Shri Vidyaranya?

I have read that there were saints called Kriyashakthi Acharyas in Karnataka and one of them was a contemporary of Shri Vidyaranya of Sringeri during the period of Vijayanagara empire. They seem to ...
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I want to cross check the fact about the following. Can someone help?

https://theconversation.com/amp/hinduism-and-its-complicated-history-with-cows-and-people-who-eat-them-80586 I found the above article online and I am not sure if it is true or not so can someone ...
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Are there any scriptures available (or mention) that are related to GyanVapi mandir?

Shivling has been found in Gyanvapi, Varanasi of Uttar Pradesh, and the supreme court today ordered to seal the area The Supreme Court Tuesday asked the Varanasi District Magistrate to protect the ...
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Is Hinduism only for Brahmins and Kshatriya men?

Historically for thousands of years, only Brahmin and Kshatriya men had access to Hindu texts. Women, Vaishyas, Shudras, and any foreigners were not allowed access to Hindu texts or Hindu teachings, ...
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If a parent has one and only child, will he not be able to learn to play the flute?

My father said, "If mom and dad have only one child, then that child will not be able to learn to play the flute." I asked, "Who told you that ?" He said it was forbidden in ...
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What is the History of Nāgavaṃśa? Is there any mention of them in the Puranas or other texts?

A lot of jati-s claim descent from the Naga-s, I wanted to know more about their History
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Where can I find some forgotten inventions of our Vedic Era?

I recently watched Sadhguru's video on youtube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxPlm44PCK0) where he said that Pushpak Viman(aeroplanes) was already built by us in Vedic Era. I am aware that our ...
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What is the pauranika mahatmya of the Sri Katasraj Shiva temple in the Punjab?

There is a popular tirtha of Shiva in the Punjab by the name of Sri Katasraj Dhama. It is a large complex and like many pauranika temples, houses a kunda. Although now infrequently visited and without ...
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Was Tukaram an Advaitin philosopher?

Did Tukaram advocate the philosophy of Advaita? Can any one give proofs that he advocated Advaita?
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Does Nagamani really exist in Kaliyuga?

I am coming from this question: Which Hindu Scriptures provides knowledge about Nagamani(Cobra Pearl)? Is there a place where we can witness this Nagamani if it really exist. There are scammers coming ...
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What's the significance of the title 'Śrīla (श्रील)' generally used by Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavas?

One may generally observe, that almost all the ācāryas from the Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava lineage (especially the ISCKON) use this term - "Śrīla", as a title, for their ācāryas, and even for ...
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Did Appayya Dikshita accept the Nayanars?

Did Appayya Dikshita accept the Nayanars ? Adi Shankaracharya did accept Kannappa Nayanar. But What about Appayya Dikshita?
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Mystery behind death of Ahiravan and Meghnath

1.) I was watching Ramanand Sagar's Ramayana where Ravan talks about calling Ahiravan for help but doesn't do it. However, Ahiravan's death is not shown in this Ramayana. After doing some research I ...
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Does the term - 'Vedānta (वेदान्त)' occur in any canonical text?

Vedānta is the most popular 'School of Thought' within Hinduism. As per Wikipedia: Vedānta also (called) Uttara Mīmāṃsā, is one of the six (āstika) schools of Hindu philosophy. Literally meaning &...
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What to make of this Shloka in Valmiki Ramayana where it talks of flying mountains?

Valmiki Ramayana Sundara Kanda Shloka 1.123 ( Complete - 5.1.123 Valmiki Ramayana) talks of flying mountains in KritaYuga. पूर्वं कृतयुगे तात पर्वताः पक्षिणोऽभवन्। ते हि जग्मुर्दिशः सर्वा गरुडानिलवेगि...
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Is there any mention of Adhika Masa in Mahabharata War?

The online debate for dating Mahabharata is going strong between 3067 BCE and 5561 BCE groups on Twitter and YouTube. Both these years conjecture that there was an Adhika Masa during the year of ...
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What is the date of Adi Shankara, 8th century AD or 400 BC?

Sringeri mutt had guru paramapara and history of Shankara dating to 8th century CE. But Govardhan peeta goes 400BC. What are three timelines of. Sri Shankaracharya?
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What are the Vasudeva, Bhagavata, and Narayana cults?

What are the Vasudeva, Bhagavata, and Narayana cults? What is the relation among them?
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Are there two Kashyaps

Kashyapa is one of the Saptarishis to whom several important texts such as the Kashyapa Samhita (on Ayurveda) is attributed. Then there is Kanada, who is the father of the Vaisheshika school of Hindu ...
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Who edited the Puranas?

Wikipedia says this The content is highly inconsistent across the Puranas, and each Purana has survived in numerous manuscripts which are themselves inconsistent.[4] The Hindu Maha Puranas are ...
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Where to find the earliest unabridged version of the Valmiki Ramayana?

Where to find the earliest unabridged version (Not the abridged critical version) of the Valmiki Ramayana with Sanskrit verses? Preferably with translations into Hindi or English and also preferably ...
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Is there an historical connection between Hinduism and Christianity? [closed]

I have grown up as a christian (catholic). Yesterday, I visited a Hindu temple and can't help but notice some similarities Praying people either put their flat hands together or fold them together, ...
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What does Sanaatana Dharma (Hinduism) say about the early humans?

I've heard that Sanaatana Dharma (Hinduism) exists since the formation of the universe. Were the early humans also Sanaatani (Hindu)?
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Lakshmana Rekha Mythology?

Can you focus light on the Lakshmana Rekha power possessed by Lakshmana in the Ramayana? Is there a Mythological story behind Lakshmana possessing this power ? Had somebody crossed the Lakshmana Rekha,...
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What if Draupadi incident had not happened, whether Duryodhana was a great emperor? [closed]

Ramayana and Mahabharatha both happened for the reason of a female. What if that situation not araised, What could have been happened? Is this the game plan of Lord Sri Krishna and such things are ...
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What are the most documented miracles in Hinduism?

By most documented I mean the most supported by evidence, which may include medical records (in the case of a miraculous healing), video recordings (if possible), multiple eyewitnesses, etc. Have ...
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When did the Jagannath sampradaya start?

In Mahabharata, Adi Parva, Arjuna Vanavasa Parva (Section 217), a list of places visited by Arjuna was given. He first went towards the north and visited Bhrigu Tunga (modern-day Tunganath) and few ...
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What is the real Hindu chronology?

Some people say that span of Sat Yug , Treta Yug , Dwapar Yug and Kali Yug are 17.28 Lakh , 12.96 Lakh , 8.64 Lakh and 4.32 Lakh years respectively. But recently I have gone though some books and ...
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Did our Rishis mention any of our future events in Puranas?

I saw some social media posts that covid was mentioned in Puranas. Is this true? If yes, did our ancestors visualise our future? My point of view to this question is, there is 10th incarnation of lord ...
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What is the origin of the folklore that Tamil was revealed by Agastya?

Tamil is said by Tamilians to be a divine language revealed by Agastya. Does any scripture mention this legend?
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What is the number of people from Varnas required to form a government in the Mahabharata?

I had watched a video of Jaipur Dialogues on YouTube some time back. It is difficult for me to go through all the videos again. In that video it was mentioned that - w number of Brahmins x number of ...
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Is the word " Kanjar (कंजर /कंजड़)" found in the scriptures?

These days it's not uncommon to hear the word Kanjar/kanjaḍa (कंजर/कंजड़) being used as either a sarcastic insult or a nominal derogatory insult against the other person. However, as per Wikipedia: ...
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Was adi shankara the first one to believe in advaita philosophy?

Did any one before adi shankara believe that only Brahman exist and the world is an illusion. Or adi shankara was the first one to bring this doctrine of non dualism.
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Is it True that Vivekananda admitted in a letter to Ms. Christina Greenstidel to sacrificing a goat? [closed]

The letter at issue was written by Swami Vivekananda to Ms. Christina Greenstidel on Nov. 12, 1901, and it contained these words: 'Day before yesterday, however, came the Puja of Kali. We had an ...
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What's the significance of the word "Gauḍīya" in Gauḍīya Vaiṣhṇavism?

What's the etymological significance of the word "Gauḍīya" in Gauḍīya Vaiṣhṇavism? Why is it specifically called Gauḍīya? Is it something specifically related to Śhrī Kriṣhṇa? Is ...
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Acceptance of Mahavakyas in Shankara's time

The Vakyas 2 & 4 of four MahaVakyas clearly identify the Self with Brahman... as a Vedic tradition. Non-duality had always been a well established fact of Sanatana Dharma... right? Then why did ...
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Was Sage Patanjali the chief priest of king Pushyamitra Sunga?

I heard that he was. I also read somewhere (which I can't remember) that this information is mentioned in the Yoga Sutra itself. But I could not find it. It is also mentioned in this post in Hinduism ...
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Who were the disciples of Suka Maharshi?

When is Suka Maharshi is said to have lived? What's his timeline? What is the timeline of advaita guru parampara? What is time of Garudapadacharya? What is time of Govindapadacharya?
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What is the legend behind the origin of the ancient Hindu Kingdom (Khmer) of Cambodia?

Entire Southeast Asia was once a Hindu colony. It was known to ancient Indians as Suvarnabhumi. There were many Hindu Kingdoms, such as Myanmar (Sri Kshetra), Vietnam (Champa), Malaysia (Sri Vijaya), ...
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Did buddhism and jainism decline because they are anti ritualistic and contrary to what brahmin hindus propagate? [closed]

Also, can someone tell me where to start from for Indian philosophy and culture like some map which covers all Philosophies?
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Does the concept of Longitude and Latitude finds explicit mention in the canonical texts?

Latitude and Longitude are the units that represent the coordinates at geographic coordinate system. Our ancient knowledge of Jyotiṣha śhāstras based on the pañcāṅga and knowledge of relevant ...
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List of scriptures translated by Max Muller

Translation of Hindu scriptures is not an easy task and requires a lot of knowledge and even experience in different domains. Linguistic expertise is not the only one required to do it. Many of the ...
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Is Sanskrit literature really oldest?

Is Sanskrit literature oldest ? The history is showing proofs that Sanskrit literature is only in 1st century But Hebrew literature is 10th century B.C.E But we are saying that our puranas are written ...
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Are there any Hindu historians? [closed]

Are there any Hindu historians? If so, are their writings available?
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Any evidence for the claim that Padma Purana was interpolated by the Jains?

Many people say that Padma Purana was interpolated by the Jains. Does any historian support this claim? Is there any evidence in support of this claim?
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Dattatreya Stotram transmission

In Dattatreya Stotram Narada had extolled ( नरदेन प्रकीर्तितम ) the divine qualities of Dattatreya, son of Atri/ Anasuya long long ago. Dattatreya Sanskrit Stotram It is believed that in Kali Yuga ...
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What is the purpose of Yogi and Aghoris life?

Heard that they are supreme saints who are meditating to save the earth. But border clashes always persist. Covid could not be controlled nor avoided to enter India. 12 years of Kumba mela has lead ...
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Who are some ancient Singers of Sanskrit in the past? [closed]

Sanskrit is a phonetically active language that vibrates brain and heart and makes the environment positive. Could you suggest a few Sanskrit singers of ancient India whom one may listen to? Thanks!
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