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Which is the oldest text that mentions gita other than Mahabharata and purans? [duplicate]

Which is the oldest text that mentions gita other than Mahabharata and purans? Do shastraes(books) mentions gita excluding religion one.
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Why do people divide the great Sanskrit language into Vedic Sanskrit and Classical sanskrit?

Is the language of Vedic era Sanskrit, different from the Classical era Sanskrit? I have heard, read and listened at almost all the forums regarding this prevalence of difference. Some of the people ...
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Can evidence for ideas/beliefs/practices we would now call part of Hinduism be found from before the Rig Veda? [closed]

Is there any scholarly work that argues that ideas/beliefs/practices that are part of Hinduism are from before the Rig Veda, e.g., Indus Valley Civilization? This questiion follows up on Were Aryans ...
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Which is the oldest school of thought in Hinduism?

There are 6 schools of thought in Hinduism(astika). So which is the oldest of all the schools?
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How has Devī Lakshmī 's understanding developed, starting from the Vedic literature up until the recent times?

Similar to this question, which tries to discuss about the trajectory of Lord Vishnu's theological development and understanding, from the Vedic period to the Paurāṇika period. I'd like to get an ...
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Is there any text that talks about events that happened in previous manvantara?

In Hinduism there is a concept of cyclic time. Manvantara is a unit of time. So is there any text that talks about events that happened in previous manvantara.
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How old is the Mahabharata manuscript? [closed]

Many people say that the Mahabharata is from 5000 B.C How old is the Mahabharata? Is there any proof that Mahabharata is as old as 5000 B.C? Is the Mahabharata manuscript written by Ganapati available ...
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What leisure activities found in Mahābhārata, Rāmāyaṇa & Purāṇa-s?

The modern world has got sports, degenerated cinema, etc. for leisure activities. I wonder what all our ancestors did as pastime?
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What are the sastras or Vedas or Upanishads of taxashila or Nalanda University destroyed by foreigners? [closed]

I have heard most of the people saying some Greek, Persians etc invaded India and burnt Vedas Upanishads etc or the knowledge present in the form of books. Why and who destroyed them? And, what ...
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What is the historical origin of Goddess Kali?

I somewhere read Kali is a non-Vedic tribal goddess. Later Kali was assimilated into Hinduism. What is the historical origin of Kali?
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Where can I find more details about this debate involving Bhaskararaya?

Bhaskararaya is probably the most well-known Acharya and authoritative figure from modern history about matters related to Shakti worship. My question is about a debate that happened between him and a ...
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Rise again of Vijayanagara Empire after fall [closed]

The mighty Hindu kingdom declined and could not easily rise up in a short time to its former glory.. in the absence of its founder king. Why no restorative forces automatically entered into action in ...
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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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Were there any humans in our stories which possessed supernatural powers?

I mean humans who possessed powers and not any supernatural weapons such as Dhanush, Gada or anything. And by powers, i mean teleporatation, flying, telekinesis etc.
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Why does only the bride need to move to the groom's place after marriage and not vice versa?

Is it written anywhere that only the bride has to sacrifice her parents and move to her husband's place permanently? Why is it not applicable for the groom to move to bride's family? Only in ...
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Why does hinduism not fit in history and archaeology?

Why does hinduism not fit in history and archaeology? According to the Puranas and the Vedas, Vedas were written 1960000000 years ago (before humans). Mathabhata happened around 3138 BCE, how can ...
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Did Basavanna really conduct inter caste marriage?

Some leftists argue that Basavanna was a social reformer and did not see difference in castes. They also argue that Basavanna did not worship temple Gods ,but Veerashaivas argue that these facts are ...
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Non-decaying property of Yogi body after death

It is well-known that the body of Paramahamsa Yogananda, after his death, did not decay like any other dead body. And we can read it from here. Are there any other instances from either history or ...
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Is there any yoga which helps in levitation and disappearing?

Is there any yoga that helps in levitation and disappearing? Heard enough stories about this that Baba Yogis do it in Himalayas but without any proofs. What type of Yogis are they? Are they referred ...
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What Hinduism verse is similar to the following Christianity verse?

What verse is most similar to the following verse in Hinduism? Love your neighbor as yourself. Mark 12:31
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What all sects were followed before 'Hinduism' arose?

I know of Shaivism, Vaishnavism, Shaktism only. Please increase my knowledge by listing all the sects which existed before 'Hinduism' arose, and who were their Chief Gods/ Goddesses. I am aware that ...
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Who was Sankhyanasa rishi and what is his gotra pravara?

Who was Sankhyanasa rishi? Who were his forefathers and what was is his lineage? What is his gotra pravara? There is some info that his gotra maybe is a sublineage of Vasishta gotra, very similar to ...
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How to refute the article claiming Buddhism influenced Upanishads

Especially Part 4-It claims Buddhism influenced Upanishads and they are post-Buddhist and lists many contemporaries of Upanishadic Sages during Buddha's time. http://bps.lk/olib/wh/...
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Is it known why Periyalwar wrote the following song?

Is there any authentic information available as to why Periyalwar wrote this song? Periyalwar Tirumoli 300 oru magaḷ tannai uḍaiyēn ulagam niṛainda pugaḻāl tirumagaḷ pōla vaḷarttēn ceṅgaṇmāl ...
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Three-leaved Aswatha Tree in Hindu iconography

The three-leaved pipal tree , or Aswatha, seems to appear on one of the Pashupati Seal discovered in Mohenja-Daro. Are there any recent, or related representation of this tree/leaves in any Hindu ...
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Which yuga did Panini live in?

Which Yuga did the sanskrit grammarian Panini live in according to Hindu tradition?
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Why was traveling to Kalinga (modern-day Odisha) considered a sin?

I was reading the Baudhayana Dharma Sutra and saw the following. He who has visited the (countries of the) Āraṭṭas, Kāraskaras, Puṇḍras, Sauvīras, Vaṅgas, Kaliṅgas, (or) Prānūnas shall offer a ...
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How did ancient Indonesians and other South East Asians become Hindus? [closed]

While Hinduism is a non proselytising religion and Brahmins were neither allowed to cross oceans nor to marry mlecchas ,how did Hindus convert Indonesians to Hinduism ? And how were Varnas Created in ...
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Are there any Hindu scriptures or tales from the modern era?

Are there any Hindu sacred texts from modern times, such as during the Mughal Empire all the way to the modern era? I feel some of the more recent scriptures don't get the love they deserve, mostly ...
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What was the status of actors in Ancient India ? What were the laws applicable to them ? What rights or restrictions were levied on them? [closed]

It is said that in ancient Rome, actors were banned from mixing with common citizens. Certain restrictions were levied on them and they were viewed as one if the lowest rungs of society. I would like ...
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Where do mlecchas come from? [duplicate]

Do any Puranas elaborate on the origin of the Śaka, Hūṇā, Yavanas, etc? I have only heard suggestions like being the progeny of Asuras or rogue members of different Varnas.
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On what basis does the author of Ancient India say that the original Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa contained only 6,000 or 12,000 verses?

In Ancient India, which served as a textbook for Class XI students in India during the 1980s, the author, Ram Sharan Sharma, makes the following claim about Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa: The two epics and the ...
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Was the nath sampradaya ( whose head his Yogi adityanath now) was created against brahmanism?

I remember reading it somewhere. Any backstory?
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History behind Daridraya Dukha Dahana Shiva Stotram?

I was listening to this stotram on YouTube. Wanted to know more about it! For knowledge sake just wanted to know some facts about it for instance: Who wrote it and when? What was the prime reason ...
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The road to Taxila [closed]

During a study about various Neoplatonic authors like Philostratus, there are beautiful passages in his scriptures, on how the western ascetics from the Pythagorean school, which for their rules and ...
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Was Ram Bhagwan Ji sighted in recent times?

Was Ram Bhagwan Ji sighted in recent times ? I mean some reliable story of darshan etc. I have read a lot on the internet but want to see what people have to say.
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Who was the Yoga Guru of Swami Vivekananda?

I know that Swami Vivekananda's Mantra Guru was Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. But this is about his Yoga Guru (if he had any). In Hinduism the importance Guru is paramount. Swami Vivekananda himself ...
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What is the oldest commentary on the Vedas (Saṃhitās)?

What is the oldest commentary, extant or otherwise, ever written on the Saṃhitā portion of the Vedas? Assuming no commentary was written prior to 1000 A.D, what could be the reason for this? P.S. ...
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Does any scripture mention about Chanakya other than the Srimad Bhagavatham?

Srimad Baghavatham has an indirect mention to Chanakya A certain brāhmaṇa [Cāṇakya] will betray the trust of King Nanda and his eight sons and will destroy their dynasty. In their absence the Mauryas ...
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Is it possible that all sects of Hinduism could be right about their Parabrahman?

Different sects of Hinduism declare different God's as Parabrahman. Is it possible that all are true if Parabrahman takes different forms in each Kalpa? Since Parabrahman can take any form, is the ...
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Do new God's emerge from Parabrahman at the end of each Mahapralaya?

Please clarify the following: If other Mahapralayas have occurred before, have the same God's always emerged from Parabrahman (such as Shiva, Shakthi, Vishnu etc) or do different God's emerge at the ...
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Who is Lord Dattatreya and Lord Dakshinamurthy? What is their relation with other avatars? When did they originate? What is their true timeline?

I know many say lord dattatreya and lord dakshinamurthy are guru rupas or avatars of Vishnu and shiva, but are they really? Can someone really tell the truth? Also what were they doing in other kalpas ...
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Shiva Tandava Stotram [duplicate]

I am trying to write an article on the origin and meaning of Shiva Tandava Stotram for the general audience. I know the basic background story of how Ravana wanted to impress Lord Shiva and how this ...
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Are pornographic sculptures part of sanatan dharma?

I stay in a small town in west bengal, india, I found a temple ruin/old temple of very low archeological importance which had orgy position. if you need will upload photos. My question is since many ...
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In what context did Vivekananda say “Stand up, be bold, and take the blame on your own shoulders. Do not go about throwing mud at others…”

In what context did Swami Vivekananda say this?
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Biographies of 27 Nakshatras

Nakshatra is the term for lunar mansion in Hindu astrology and Indian Astronomy which are 27 in number. I want to know about the complete biographies of 27 Stars.
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Is it common in the previous yugas for a women to have multiple husbands? Like Draupadi had [duplicate]

Draupadi had five husbands but no where in the Mahabharatam its described as out of the ordinary, as of my knowledge, or its described as a sin. Is it common in those eras to have multiple husbands ...
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When was Yama Smriti lost?

Yama Smriti is one of the eighteen Smriti which is no more extant. Till when it is in existence and when did (in which year) we lose that scripture?
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Was Sati (a hindu custom) a rule during Shivaji's tenure?

I want to know : To whom was it mandatory to perform sati during shivaji's rule- only kshatriya widows? or all widows irrespective of castes?
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Did Adi Shankaracharya establish Akharas in addition to mathas?

Quite a few websites have popped up that claim Akharas were set up by Adi Shankaracharya. Some sites have even claimed that the Naga Sadhu order was organized into a mitary order by Adi Shankaracharya ...

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