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What is the Vedic Origin of Lord Shiva?

I am learning about Mount Kailash (Lord Shiva's abode). Somewhere I read that before people came to India from Central Asia (bringing Vedas, Hinduism, etc), the natives in Indian subcontinent ...
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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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Do RV 8.33.19 and 10.85.30 suggest women should wear a veil in the presence of men?

Some answers to What do Hindu scriptures say about women headscarf (hijab)? on Quora.com cite these verses from the Rigveda that seem to suggest Hindu women should wear a head veil: God made you ...
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What are the roots of the Caste System in India?

As per what I have read and learnt, In the Purusha Suktam of the Yajur Veda the following lines appear: brAhmano asya mukhamAseet | bAhoo rAjanya: krta: | ooru tadasya yad vaishya | padbhyAm shoodro ...
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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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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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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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Adi Buddha and Gautama buddha, Which one is the real avatar of Lord vishnu?

Many sites claim that there were Two buddhas and both were different. It is said that Adi buddha was the real avatar of lord vishnu. Gautama buddha was only a enlightened one but not an avatar of ...
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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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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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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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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 Guru Nanak's son a follower of the Hindu philosopher Nimbarka?

I live in America, and a few days ago I visited a Vishnu temple near my house. It's called Ved Mandir, and it's run by followers of Gangeshwar Maharaj, whom I had never heard of. So I did a little ...
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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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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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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 Birth date of Adi-Sankarācharya?

When was Adi-Sankarāchārya born? Specifically, why is there so much of a variation in the dates given by Kānci, Dwāraka, Joshī Mutts and Śringerī Mutts?
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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 Karna is a Sut Putru? Or they just hate him that Karna was a ...
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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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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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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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Who was the king in 2500 BCE according to Hindu scriptures?

Who was the king in 2500 BCE according to Hindu scriptures? Do we have any archaeological proof for that king?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Does Vedic Hinduism exist today?

It seems that the rituals, customs, deities, methods of worship etc. in Hinduism today are mainly based on various Puranas and not the Vedas. Even the Vedic Gods are not worshiped in temples. Very few ...
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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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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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Are there any epigraphical sources of our Sanskrit scriptures?

Sanskrit is the oldest language in the world. Are there any epigraphical sources of our scriptures, such as the Bhagavatam, the Bhagavad Gita and the Vedas?
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Why are brahmins represented by names of Vedas?

Why are brahmins represented by names of Vedas? For example, a person x is a brahmin of some y class (Kanyakubja/ Kokanstha/Deshastha etc.) Then person x will be introduced or called as x person is a ...
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How many lipis are mentioned in scripture?

How many lipis are mentioned in scripture like our Hindu scripture In which lipi Vedas and Mahabharata and Purana as been written
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What is the source of the claim, that Vedas are 1,960,000,000 years old?

Some comments under this YouTube video claim that Vedas are 1,960,000,000 year old. E.g., neha rajput 1 year ago Veda 1 Arab 96 carore 8 lakh 53 hajar old h.is se bi jayda abi time period aur bi ...
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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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According to Nyaya, are Mahabharata and Ramayan real or mythology?

According to Nyaya school of philosophy in Hinduism, is itihaas like Ramayan and Mahabharata real history or mythology .
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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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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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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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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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Are mythologies real (historical) or merely allegorical?

Are all mythologies real or are they stories or symbolic things meant to teach us something higher? I know that we (individuals) too are not so real as far as Vedanta is concerned. All is one. But ...
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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 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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