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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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