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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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Do the Kamma caste existing today falls into Sudra Varna?

There was no strict varna system in South India outside Kerala. They had only three classes namely Brahmin, non-Brahmin and Dalit. So their divisions are different from varna system. Since the Brahmin ...
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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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Is taking revenge not a sin?

Drona is great Brahmin acharya (professor) for Pandavas, Kauravas and many other Kshatriyas of that time. He has revenge on Drupada due to insult made by Drupada and hence Dronacharya took revenge on ...
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Which is the first Hindu scripture that mentions about zodiac signs?

The following are the names of zodiac signs Mesha (Aries), Vrushabha (Taurus), Mithuna (Gemini), Karkat (Cancer), Simha (Leo), Kanya (Virgo), Tula (Libra), Vrushchika (Scorpio), Dhanu (Sagittarius), ...
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Charan samaj and their history

I am a chAraN (चारण in Devanagari), we usually call ourselves devi Putra (Son of Devi), we are the sons of Maa hinglaj. I just want to know more about chAraN, I have seen we are mentioned in Ramayana, ...
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Chowdeshwari Devi's mantra shakti used by the king for daily rituals?

From the wiki article on Chowdeshwari_Temple: Hundreds of years ago, it is said, that there was a kingdom called Nandavara on the banks of the river Tunga in Karnataka near Raichur district, or ...
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Were Hindu scriptures tampered with by the British?

I am not sure if this claim is true. I often read in some online forums that our scriptures were tampered by the British when they invaded us. One of the speculated reasoning while doing so was to ...
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Who was the earliest Vedic scholar to think that the Upanishads are not part of the Vedas?

It is a belief among some modern Hindus that the Upanishads in general are not part of the Vedas, nor are they Shruti (apaurusheya), and that they were authored after the Samhitas, which are the truly ...
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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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Is there any historical evidence that Britishers interpolated Hindu scriptures? [duplicate]

For many years, there is a lot of influence of British in India. East India Company 1612–1757 Company rule in India 1757–1858 British Raj 1858–1947 Partition of India 1947 ...
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In the time of Ramayana & Mahabharata, which gods were worshipped outside India?

Ramayana and Mahabharatha happened Before Christ. We are aware of Ramayana & Mahabharatha happened in Hindu Land. But i wonder what about the rest of the population in the world at that time. ...
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Why are Vedas often referred to as “three Vedas” instead of four? Why is Atharva Veda excluded from this list?

Āpastamba 1.1.28-29: If the proper time for initiation has passed, he shall observe, for the space of two months, the duties of a Student, as observed by those who are studying the three Vedas; after ...
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Was the Rig Veda organized into “Books” or “Mandalas” before it was written down?

I am reading on Wikipedia about how the Rig Veda was orally passed down "with unparalleled precision". And how it is divided into 10 books, with books 2-7 being the "family" books which are older and ...
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Did Lord Rama reach Ayodhya after 20 days from Dusherra?

I've came across this question in Quora which got so many answers according to their view. I think some answers are utterly incorrect. Moreover one answer says it took 1 yr 18 days to return to ...
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Is Vyāsa being the compiler/divider/arranger of Vedas recorded anywhere in the Vedas themselves?

There are several Purāṇic references, e.g., SB 12.6.50 that say Vyāsa (Kṛṣṇa Dvaipāyana) arranged the disorganized Vedic mantras into four parts: 50. Just as (out of a heap of mixed up) precious ...
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How old is the scripture Maya Samhita?

Maya Samhita is a scripture deals with shilpas. When this scripture came into existence?
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What is the origin of the word “Hindu”?

It is a fact that the term "Hindu" derives from the river "Sindh". But most of Hinduism's tenets and teachings derive from the Vedas. Why wasn't it named after the Vedas, but it's rather given a name ...
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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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History of the 12 laws of karma

The twelve laws are: The Great Law: “As you sow, so shall you reap.” The Law of Creation: “What we desire comes through participation.” The Law of Humility: “Refusal to accept what is will still be ...
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If the Vedas say human lifespan is 100 years, how can humans live for thousands of years in previous yugas?

This answer says that the Vedas say the average human lifespan is around 100 years. If so, how can humans live for 10,000 years plus in previous yugas? Since every word of the Veda is eternal, this ...
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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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Where is the city that the demon Bakasura lived?

Does anyone know where is the city that Bakasura (from Mahabharata) lived? I've looked everywhere and can't find any answers.
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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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How is Kṛṣṇa Yajurveda saṃhita different from Śukla Yajurveda?

Are both Śukla and Kṛṣṇa Yajurveda saṃhitas derived from the same parent source or are they totally independent from each other? Are there any mantras common to both?
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Is there any Hindu spiritual principle that causes many Hindus to oppose the Aryan Migration Theory?

Recently a question was asked about the reasons why many Hindus are opposed to the Aryan Migration Theory (AMT)? The question was asked in a manner that does not fit with the requirements of this site....
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According to Valmiki Ramayana, was Hanuman a human being or a monkey (vanara)?

Hanuman is one of the central characters of Ramayana. He's revered as a great devotee of Shree Rama and worshiped as an avatar of Shiva. He's also known as the son of Vayu. We see his images, statues, ...
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What is the difference between Puranas, Upapuranas and Mahapuranas?

Is there any difference between Puranas, Upapuranas and Mahapuranas? What should we follow?
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Is there any relation between Trailanga Swami and Kulandai Swami?

Sri KulandaiAnanda Swamigal: According a current biography of Sri Trailanga Swami, He and Sri Kulandai Ananda Swamigal (Who left His body in Madurai) are one and the same. Some websites also supports ...
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What was the opinion of Kumarila and Prabhakara about the Puranas?

What was the opinion of Kumarila and Prabhakara, who were proponents of the Jaimini mimamsa, about the Puranas? In context of both mythology and history.
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At what age did Shri Krishna leave Vrindavan?

Does anyone know at what age Shri Krishna leave Vrindavan? Are there any scriptural references available for this?
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Where is the bridge that was built between Sri Lanka and India in the epic Ramayana?

I have a question about our epic ,Ramayana .It was said that Lord Srirama built a bridge between India and Sri Lanka with the help of his vanara senna ,if so where is that bridge ?
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Is Vrindavan in India the same village which is described in Bhagavatam?

The tenth canto of Shrimad Bhagavatam (Bhagavata Purana) describes the pastimes of Lord Krishna in detail. The pastimes of Lord krishna are also summarized in KṚṢṆA, The Supreme Personality of Godhead ...
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What is story of Ati Varadar Swamy?

The main deity (moolavar) of Ati Vardar Swamy of Swamy Varadaraja Perumal is immersed in nearby pushkarini . It is taken out for public worship every 40 years, next time this is going to happen in ...
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What is the earliest Hindu work refuting Mleccha religions or philosophies?

There are two kinds of schools of Indian philosophy, Astika and Nastika. Astikas accept the authority of the Vedas, whereas Nastikas reject the authority of the Vedas. The Astika schools are part of ...
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Why does Srikalahasti Temple remain open during an eclipse?

As we all know, temples remain closed when there is an eclipse. But the Srikalahasti temple remains open even during eclipses and they also do special pujas on these occasions. Please share the story/...
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Books recommended to learn about atheist and/or agnostic schools of Sanatana Dharma in details

Which books do you recommend to learn about atheist and/or agnostic schools of Sanatana Dharma? I haven't got any good references. I have heard about the book known as Sarva Darsana Sangraha written ...
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What was the lifestyle of Gaudapada?

The Satadhusani is a work by the Sri Vaishnava Acharya Vedanta Desikan consisting of 100 refutations of Adi Shankaracharya's philosophy of Advaita. One chapter of the work is devoted to refuting the ...
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What happened to the Rama Setu after Ramayana?

Lord Rama constructed the Setu from Indian mainland to then Srilanka with help of the vanara army. After the death Ravana, what happened to the stone bridge?
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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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Why do most of the people visit India to achieve high spiritual state or for becoming great?

I am always curious to know why do most of the people visit India to achieve high spiritual state or for becoming great ? Example Steve Jobs, Mark Zukerburg etc.. the list is long.
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References to Bisrakh in the scriptures

This wiki article says that Bisrakh in Uttar Pradesh is believed to be the birthplace of Ravana. Are any scriptural references available for this?
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Did Adi Shankara persecute Buddhists in Nagarjunakonda?

Neo-Buddhists often claim that Adi Shankaracharya killed many Buddhists and destroyed many Buddhist shrines in Nargarjunakonda, Andhra Pradesh. They also say there is a local legend which supports ...
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When did the Mahabharata war take place?

Has anyone made a thorough research of the Mahabharata and figured out when this war actually took place with exact astronomical evidence? Are there dates in any other text for the Mahabharata war?
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How did lord Rama perform penance for Ravana after killing him?

In this video, Sadguru Jaggi Vasudeva says that Shri Rama performed 1 year penance in Himalayas for killing Ravana, who was a great devotee of lord Shiva. Is it true? If yes, then how did he do ...
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What were the ages of Pandavas & other characters during the Mahabharata war?

I have not found any specific reference to the age of each of the Pandavas, like Arjuna and Bheema when they fought the epic Mahabharata battle. It will be also interesting to know the age of Bhishma ...
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Why do Vedas have śākhās? Are all of them apauruṣeyā?

This table lists the Vedas and their extant śākhās under the Saṃhitā column. My question has to do with the śākhās. Note that the bracketed terms in the Saṃhitā column are names of the ...
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Were there religious wars in Hinduism itself? As it was the case for Christian between Catholics and Protestants?

An introduction would be better I guess to understand my initiative. I am new here. I am French, and most of the French people do not understand English. So, I want to bring some knowledge to French ...
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Between Daśaratha-Jātaka and Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa which is older?

One of the fundamental differences between the Buddhist Daśaratha-Jātaka and the Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa is that Sītā is portrayed as Rāma's half-sister in the Jātaka: Once upon a time, at Benares, a ...
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Who were the people that thought Śaṅkarācārya was the author of Bhagavad-gītā?

In his lecture Thoughts on the Gita, Swami Vivekananda says the following. I'm interested in the part that's in bold. THOUGHTS ON THE GITA The book known as the Gita forms a part of the ...