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Are there any curse associated with Padmanabhaswamy temple & Sabrimala of Kerala, India?

Padmanabhaswamy kshetra and Sabrimala area are 2 of the most sacred places in the state of Kerala, India. In recent years, there have been certain controversies associated with them, where the ...
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Why Brahmans cannot touch the blue color

In Alberuni’s India Volume 2, page 132 , about Brahmans , is said : ...the blue color is impure for him, so if it touches his body , he is obliged to wash himself Albiruni, writing about 1030 c....
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Why there was so much hatred towards Karna on the part of Bheeshma and Dronacharya?

During the time of war also, they did not let Karna do war. They always insulted every given chance against Karna. Is it just because Karma is a Sut Putru? Or they just hate him that Karma was a ...
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Does any sacred Hindu text have knowledge of electricity?

At many places our ancient books exhibit deep knowledge of various branches of maths, and that is discussed a lot. For instance, Yuktibhasha, a 15th century Malyalam textbook of maths teaches ...
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How are the lunar race and solar race originated?

The solar race and lunar race story is popular among all puranas the solar race contains lord Rama and lunar race on other side lord Krishna . Is here someone who can describe the both side story, ...
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Has any significant changes occurred in history of Hinduism circa 1st century AD? [closed]

Has any significant changes occurred in history of Hinduism circa 1st century AD in relation to its doctrines, practices and/or schools (movements) within it? What (if any) radical event(s) did ...
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Does anyone write books on analyzing ( or reviewing) Hinduism?

Did any non-Hindu write any analysis (review) of Hinduism about why Vedas said like this and why our Puranas said like that etc? The concepts in our Vedas and Puranas are far away from reality, so ...
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Why Gayatri mantra is widely recited by non-bramhins nowadays which was once the stronghold of only the brahmins?

Is there any reason for release of Gayatri mantra to non brahmins and even to women? I think such practice is irregular. Who is responsible for deviation from very ancient practice and making it ...
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Does the tradition of writing Rama Koti have any scriptural basis?

Rama Koti is a practice in Hinduism in which a devotee of Rama writes the name of Rama in a book for one crore times. Is this tradition of writing rama koti mentioned anywhere in the scriptures or ...
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Is Velukkudi Krishnan from a Swayamacharya lineage?

As I discuss in this question, the Sri Vaishnava sect (of which I'm a member) is divided into two sub-sects, Thenkalai and Vadakalai. Both Thenkalais and Vadakalais have Mathams, similar to the ...
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What were Kauravas doing during geetopadesham from Sri Krishna? [duplicate]

When Arjuna was feeling bad to fight against Bheeshma and his Guru Dronacharya, Shri Krishna tries to enlighten Arjuna by preaching Geethopadesha when they are in the middle of the war field. What ...
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Is there a scriptural basis for Out-of-India hypothesis? [duplicate]

I heard that Hindus believe that all Vedic-era people originated in Bhārat. Is this a cultural belief or is it from scripture? The below non-Answers are "arguments against the mainstream theory" ...
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Is Hinduism a foreign belief system in India? [closed]

As far as I know, Aryans migrated from Asia Minor (Anatolia or Turkey) to Indus valley. And, in order to rule over the local and indigenous people, they created the caste system. They also created ...
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Datta guru's time and ashrams

When did Dattatreya live and preach and help devotees? If he was in the 15th century, who were his contemporaries? Where are his ashrams situated, and are they now protected and available for pilgrims'...
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Discrepancy with Valmiki's era

The question is related to when (e.g., 500 BC or 100 BC or 10,000 BC) did Valmiki, the creator of the Ramayana, live? I saw a discrepancy in this: According to Wikipedia: The Vālmīki's Rāmāyaṇa ...
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What happened to Ekalavya? [duplicate]

We have heard the story that Ekalavya just by peeping the training of Dronacharya to Arjuna, he became master in archery. But once Dronacharya found that Ekalavya is greatest Archer than his favorite ...
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Is Anushasan Parva from Mahabharat an interpolation? It is claimed by many scholars and also it is not mentioned in the spitzer manuscript [closed]

https://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m13/index.htm I have read at many places that Shanti parva and Anushasan parva were later added in the original mahabharata. Does that also make vishnu sahasranamam ...
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When was Vasavadatta praised in Sita’s assembly?

Madal is an ancient Indian practice where a man rejected by the woman he loved would go around riding on a fake horse made of palmyra stems badmouthing the woman, in an effort to embarass her into ...
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Is Sanskrit really a divine language or is it simply the common spoken language of the Vedic era?

If Vedas were to be "heard" in the medieval era by the sages, I am sure they might have composed it in Awadhi or some other common language, as even Tulsidas composed.
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Did Lahiri Mahasaya defeat Swami Dayanand Saraswati in a debate in Kashi?

I heard recently from a friend that the famous yogi named Lahiri Mahasaya had once debated with Swami Dayanand Saraswati in Kashi and successfully defeated the founder of Arya Samaj (An organisation ...
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How did the Vedas in Hinduism come into existence?

Who wrote the Vedas and why? How did the Vedas exist since their inception? Where can we read the Vedas?
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What was Adi Shankara's view on Puranas?

Puranas are the scriptures of Hinduism which are accepted by some people and rejected by some people. There are 18 Mahapuranas which are the most important. The basic theory that puranas are ...
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What was Duryodhana's actual name?

I have come across two opinions on this: This was his actual name His actual name was Suyodhana and he was later on known as Duryodhana. What was Duryodhana's actual name?
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What was the period when vedic scriptures were put in written form?

Vedic scriptures were originally in oral form only. In which period were the scriptures put in written form?
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Do Vedas mention Suryavanshi kings or are they focused only on Chandravanshis?

Vedic Samhitas cover the glories of the gods as well as how they helped certain human kings but I find it surprising and perhaps suggestive of some later political intervention that there are NO ...
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Hindu scriptures before Mahabharata about thinking capability of head

Consider the following excerpt from the Shalya Parva of The Mahabharata Indeed, the son of Pandu, filled with rage, struck off that head which was the root of the evil policy of the Kurus, with ...
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Does Ramakrishna Mission consider itself a Hindu organisation?

Back in 1980s, Ramakrishna Mission tried to separate legally from Hinduism in order to consider itself as a separate religion (Ramakrishnaism). They claimed various philosophical differences. Like: ...
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Does ISKCON identify itself as a Hindu organization?

Koenraad Elst in Who is a Hindu? claims the following: 6.7. Are travelling gurus Hindus? ... The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) generally denies that it is Hindu,...
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What is the story of origin of Yoga?

There is a story about the origin of yoga by Maharishi Patanjali and how he gave the knowledge of Yoga to mankind. What is that story and what is the significance of it?
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Which group of currently active Hindus (not necessarily a sect) reject the least from the totality of Hindu scripture?

Most modern Hindus would probably reject animal sacrifice - although it is actively practiced by many Hindus today. Many sects are currently active today and many of them are defined more by what ...
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Who decided that mantras should be used for yajñas that came later?

Were the ṛṣis who heard the mantras (found in the saṃhitā portion of the Vedas) aware that what they heard (or was revealed to them) will be used to conduct yajñas (sacrifices)? If not, who decided ...
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Why did moha (disillusion) arise in Arjuna only before the Kurukshetra war in Mahabharata but not the previous battles?

Why did moha (disillusion) arise in Arjuna in the battle of Mahabharata, why didn't the same thing (disillusion) happen to him when Duryodhana & co. attacked King Virata during the agyatvasa of ...
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What is a jambu tree?

I am reading 'The Wonder That Was India' by A.L.Basham. In chapter 1, Introduction the author mentions as a footnote that, The ancient Indians knew their sub-continent as Jambudvipa (the continent ...
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Is yoga an independent philosophy as classified in shad-darshan? or was it later incorporated in Tantra? or is it a part of tantra itself?

There is a separate school in Āstika tradition of Sanatana dharma as "Yoga". Also, the tantrik texts consists a section as Yoga itself. So how does the yoga as mentioned in Shad-Darshana differs from ...
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Hinduism opposite of a third eye [closed]

Is there the concept of someone who sees futures that shouldn't exist or shouldn't be? I know about the third eye.
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Should we bother about Manglik in marriage?

I find this is quite a confusing situation in India during marriage proposals. When a girl is manglik people don't proceed to marriage. I just wanted understand the effects of this manglik thing. In ...
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what happened to the palaces of Mahabharath? [closed]

There were many huge palace in Dvapara Yuga according to Ramayana and Mahabharata. or e.g. Indraprastha or cities created By Vishwakarma. What happened to them? Why none of them exists now?
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Indian Solar dynasty king

Was there a Solar Dynasty king called Salisuka. If yes, please provide details of his place in the list of solar dynasty kings.
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How do Hindus regard the Baphomet?

I noticed after looking up the Baphomet that it also has the concept of the left hand path and right hand path which are also similar to Tantra in Hinduism. So I guess my question then becomes, which ...
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Do the Gorkha people from Nepal have their ancestral origin in the people who were once the part of Gorakhnath's army? [closed]

I heard somewhere that some king of Nepal was forcefully converting Hindu Sadhus to Buddhism. When Gorakhnath heard about it, he built an army from clay then made that army alive and defeated the king....
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What is the birth-place of Sri Chaitanyadeva?

There are "birth-place" temples of Sri Chaitanyadeva at Navadvip and Mayapur,one at the east side and another at the west side of the Ganges.Which place seems authentic? I am interested in knowing the ...
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What scriptures describe Hiranyaksha mining the Earth?

Most people only know the story of the demon Hiranyaksha putting the Earth in the Garbhodska ocean, after which Vishnu’s incarnation Varaha the boar killed Hiranyaksha and rescued the Earth. But page ...
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Is Kṛṣṇasāra mentioned in Manusmṛti 2.23 the spotted deer (Axis axis) or the blackbuck (Indian antelope)?

Ganganath Jha translates 'kṛṣṇasāra' as 'spotted deer': kṛṣṇasārastu carati mṛgo yatra svabhāvataḥ | sa jñeyo yajñiyo deśo mlecchadeśastvataḥ paraḥ || 23 || But the region where the spotted ...
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Has the current day India become a mlecchadeśa? Is it still fit for sacrifices?

Commenting on Manusmṛti 2.23, Medhātithi says: In fact, the name ‘mlecchadeśa’ is to be taken literally, in the sense that it is ‘the country of mlecchas’; so that if mlecchas happen to conquer a ...
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Where are imperishable personalities from Mahabharata?

The characters listed below are Chiranjeevi's or imperishable personalities from Dwaaparayuga that means they are immortal. So where do they exist in Kaliyug? Is there any evidence or documents ...
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What attributes of Hinduism allowed it to survive centuries of proselytisation by Muslims and Christians?

To start with, no hard feelings against anyone who subscribes to Islam or Christianity. When the Muslims invaded 'Iran' or 'Egypt' they were able to convert the whole population to Islam in a few ...
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Who is Jalangiman Chetti and what powers did he possess?

Swami Vivekananda in one of his talks mentions a person, Jalangiman Chetti, claiming he acquired some special powers from constant repetition of certain mantras. Who is this person and what powers ...
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When was the last Ashwamedha yajna conducted?

I have read at few sites that Pushyamitra Shunga (2nd century B.C.) had conducted two Ashwamedha yajnas. Did any king conduct Ashwamedha yagna after Pushyamitra ?
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Historicity of the Bhagwa flag

I know of Marathas and Rajputs using bhagwa flags as their official hoists, but is there some older (Puranic) legend in associating the bhagwa flag with Hinduism? I'm very specific about the origin ...
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Is there any religious significance of saffron flag as per our scriptures?

Modern Hindu organisations usually use saffron triangular flag as a unanimously accepted symbol of Hinduism. However, does the flag or colour have any significance as per authentic Hindu scriptures?

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