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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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Did Ramakrishna ever meet Dayanand Saraswati?

I read somewhere(maybe Ramakrishna Kathamrta) that Ramakrishna had a meeting with Dayanand Saraswati(founder of Arya Samaj). Is it true? If so what topics were discussed between then and what ...
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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 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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Was Lord Venkateshwara's second wife Bibi Nanchari really a Muslim?

Was Lord Venkateshwara's second wife Bibi Nanchari really a Muslim? I searched the wiki, but didn't find any answer to my question.
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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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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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Did sports/athletics games and competitions exist in mythological and ancient India?

I was the reading origins of the ancient Olympics and realized that athletics was not a just part of ancient Greek history but also a part of their religious mythology. I could not find athletics in ...
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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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Is it a fact that the city of Shimla is named after Goddess Shyamala?

Is it a fact that Shimla, the capital city of Himachal Pradesh is named after Goddess Shyamala? What is the image of the Goddess?
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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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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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In what context did Vivekananda say “don't throw mud at others, take the blame on your shoulders…”

Swami Vivekananda appears to have said, "don't throw mud at others, take the blame on your shoulders..." in one of his speeches. In what context did he say this?
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What do the sculptures on hindu temples represent?

No offence, What do the sculptures of khajuraho and konark temples represent as they are too erotic(hope you understand,refer those pics once if not, westernized)? Not just sculptures of khajuraho and ...
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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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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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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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Do we have any details about the oldest idol of any Hindu God found anywhere in the world?

What is the oldest idol of any Hindu God being found anywhere in the world? If possible provide some details about how much old it was. How did it look like? And what material was it made of? Please ...
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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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Why did rAmAnuja abandon his first guru?

Regarding the vaishnava philosopher rAmAnuja and his life, we find some stories, We find that he had conflicting views with his first guru (yAdava prakAsha) in some philosophical areas. On what ...
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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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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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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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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 is ...
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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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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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