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Is Makara Jyothi on Makara Sankranthi in Shabarimala real?

Shabarimala is popular Hindu pilgrimage in South India. Here on Makara Sankranthi, a jyothi (light) appears at the top of hill. A lot of people go there to see that jyothi. Is that jyothi a man-made ...
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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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Can a person change his caste in Hinduism?

Each person born as a Hindu has some caste attached to him. As per my understanding he remains in the same caste throughout his life. Currently, I don't think anybody can change his/her caste, but was ...
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What is the relationship between Hinduism and atheism?

I have recently read somewhere that atheism is the pillar of Hinduism. If Hindus don't believe in God then why do they worship Lord Shiva, Vishnu, Brahma, Kali etc.? Is atheism followed by all Hindus ...
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How old is Hindu religion? [duplicate]

I want to know how old Hinduism is. Please provide proper details, references for your answers. Any substantial details with supporting fact or reference is welcome.
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What caste are foreigners?

If a person is born in hindu religion, he will have some caste. And is there anything that mentioned about foreigners? There are some civilizations like babylon that started in mesopotamia, along with ...
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Is the Satvata Samhita, the oldest Pancharatra text, available online in English?

Before the time of the sage Vyasa, people had a very different understanding of which gods were important than the understanding we have today. The Vedic mantras had not yet been compiled into the ...
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What happens at the end of the Vikram and Betal story?

What happens at the end of Vikram and Betal story? I did some searching and I found some info like Vetala Panchavimshati (Sanskrit: वेतालपञ्चविंशति, IAST: vetālapañcaviṃśati or Baital Pachisi (...
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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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Has archaeological dating been attempted on Ramayana sites?

In India, Nepal and Sri Lanka, there are many sites that are linked with Ramayana. Many are said to have been established by Gods themselves. Have there been any attempts to archaeologically date ...
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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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What is the reason behind lokas in Hinduism?

In the Puranas, and already in the Atharvaveda, there are fourteen worlds, seven higher ones (vyahrtis) and seven lower ones (patalas), viz. bhu, bhuvas, svar, mahas, janas, tapas, and satya above and ...
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What is the secular account of the compilation of the Alwars' poems?

The Alwars (also spelled Azhwars) are a group of 12 ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu and are famous for their poetry in praise of Vishnu. The 4000 verses of the Alwars were compiled by ...
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Most important scriptures to understand hinduism [duplicate]

It's practically impossible for any individual to read and understand all the Hindu scriptures. What is the minimum set of scriptures which a person needs to read and understand the philosophy of ...
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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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When were Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism marked as separate religions?

Historically, Buddhism and Jainism were just some of the many sects or philosophical schools in ancient times. When was the separation of religions happened and when were all vedic and non-vedic sects ...
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Who are the immortals(semi) mentioned in our scriptures? [duplicate]

I heard that there are 7 (or 8) immortals mentioned in our scriptures like Hanuman and Ashvathaman, I know only two of them, and I want to know others, with their brief enlightenment. I used the word ...
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Do the same avatars repeat in each chaturyuga?

The Manache Shlok in Marathi mentions that Ramayana happens once in a Kalpa. मना कल्पना कल्पिता कल्प कोटी| नव्हे रे नव्हे सर्वथा रामभेटी|| मना कामना राम नाही जयाला| अति आदरे प्रीती नाही तयाला|| ...
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What exactly is the basis/reason behind calling Hindu epics such as Ramayana and Mahabharata as myths/mythology

Many people (specially left-leaning) like to call Hindu epic books such as Ramayana and Mahabharata as myths. So my question is what is the exact reason for the use of this word myth or mythology ...
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When exactly did the Hinduism become extinct from Afghanistan?

Gandhar was a great kingdom for thousands of years. I know that Sindh was first won in 712 AD by Muhammed Bin Kasim from the last Hindu king of Sindh, Dahir. But I have never heard of extinction of ...
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Was the Sarangapani temple ever converted from Thenkalai to Vadakalai?

The conversion of the great Kanchi temple from Thenkalai to Vadakalai is a well known fact (lot of documentation in the court cases). Can somebody provide historic records (court records etc) or ...
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When did the Gayatri-Mantra appear?

The Gayatri-Mantra appeared in the Rigveda, which was composed between c. 1700–1100 BCE. This Mantra has probably been transmitted from masters to disciples, a long time before being written. ...
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Did the science of mathematics begin with the Vedas?

The History of Hindu Mathematics (Bibhutibhushan Datta and Avadesh Narayan Singh) vol.1 p.1: The earliest works available, the Vedas (c. 3,000 B.C. or probably much earlier), although consisting ...
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What are some good reference texts on history of Hinduism? [closed]

I am asking about books written by historians on the state/nature of Hinduism through various centuries.
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Are there any strong evidence that Hinduism religion is an ancient one?

This question seems a bit off-topic to me even though I am daring to ask because it is a must to know. There are many believes that the present days Ayodhya, Kurukshetra, Ram Sethu and many other ...
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Where are the original versions of the Vedas?

Where are the original versions of the Vedas? Are our oldest scriptures lost in the history of time? Some say that they were lost due to the religious war which happened in the earlier days and some ...
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What is the earliest record of the Kali Santarana Upanishad, source of the Hare Krishna Mantra?

As I discuss in this answer, the Hare Krishna mantra, popularized by Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and his Gaudiya Vaishnava followers (especially the organization ISKCON), originates from the Kali Santarana ...
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Where and when do Lord Shiva's legends originate?

My question is specifically about the earliest times and location of the origin of Lord Shiva's legends. What are the earliest recorded stories about him, do the legends of Shiva originate within ...
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Nag Panchami and its importance?

There are a few questions in my mind regarding Nag Panchami: What is the history and importance of Nag Panchami? Why do we worship Nagas or Snakes in Nag Panchami though we're afraid of them? Why do ...
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Origin of the Law of Karma

The Law of Karma can be said to be the cornerstone of Hindu philosophies. Where in Hindu scriptures do we find the first mention of the Law of Karma? Does it have mention in Vedas?
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Did Tamil Vaishnavites (Iyengars) descend from Shaivites (Iyers)?

Wikipedia article on Iyer has a passage without citations which says: The title 'Iyer' was used as a designation for all Tamil Smartha Brahmins during the medieval period, during which they were ...
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Is it true that Lao-Tzu is actually Siddha Bhoganāthar?

Marshall Govindan wrote the book Babaji and the 18 Siddha Kriya Yoga Tradition. Here is the summary of Chapter 8. Siddha Boganathar: An Oceanic Life Story. A mission to China and ...
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When did Hinduism spread to south India?

By etymology the word Hindu refers to people living near Sindhu riverbed. So Hindus must have been in North India initially. How and when did Hinduism spread to southern India? Before Hinduism spread ...
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Who gave boon to Vikramaditya to live for 2000 years and why?

It is said that King Vikramaditya lived for exact 2000 years. How did he managed to live so long? was that a boon from some God? or was it a trick?
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Is anything available in hinduism history about the incident of karbala?

I have seen many Hindus who call themselves as hussaini brahmins who worship Imam hussain and his 72 companions. So is the incident of Karbala present in any historical books of Hindus? The thing ...
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Origins of the dowry system

In many religions, a practice/custom or tradition starts with a noble intention, mainly due to prevalent social needs. But with time it is corrupted, or digresses or even becomes obsolete. With that ...
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Why there is gap of 15 days in Shravan Maas of North Indians and Maharashtrians?

I'm pretty much aware of Shravan Maas, we don't eat non-veg and alcohol; some people don't even shave but why there is a gap of 15 days in Shravan Maas of North Indians and Maharashtrians?
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Fulfilled prophecies in Hinduism?

Have there than any recorded prophecies in the Bhagavad Gita or other major Hindu writings that, according to a significant number of Hindus, was later fulfilled in an event known to history?
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Who are the seven immortals (Chiranjeevi)?

Please tell me about the seven immortals in Hinduism? How did they become immortals?
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Is 'yojana' a colloquial unit of measurement?

I see the unit of measurement "yojana" being used frequently in excerpts mentioned on this site. But Mainak, the golden parvat, 100 yojana in width, took shelter of vayu and then consequently was ...
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Did Adi Shankaracharya lose a debate against the Buddhist philosopher Vasubandhu?

This website, of dubious reliability, claims that Adi Shankaracharya lost in a debate against the Buddhist philosopher Vasubandhu: Towards the end of his short life, defeated in debate by the ...
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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 led to a unified Hinduism?

There were (and still are) many divisions in Hinduism. According to historical facts, these divisions were very deep rooted in the society during the Medieval period. It is also known that there were ...
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Are women allowed to be Hindu sanyasis/monks?

Many religions have a history of disallowing women (or men, in some cases) from being religious leaders. What level of leadership are women allowed to hold in Hinduism? Is there anything ...
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Why and how Rath-yatra in Ahmedabad started?

As today is the day (29th June 2014) when Lord Krishna, Subhadra and Balram goes on a Rath yatra and that's famous in Jagannathpuri. Since last 137 years that's happening in Ahmedabad, Gujarat as ...
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When did Hinduism begin?

It is known that Hinduism is one of the oldest religions. But why is it so difficult to date the beginning of Hinduism. We have a lot of scriptures and texts which give us a lot of information but ...
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How and when did astrology become a defining aspect of Hinduism?

Many aspects of Hindu rituals are closely tied with astrology, star gazing and charts. How and when did this start to happen?
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What was the education system in the Gurukuls like?

We have all heard that kids were sent to Gurukul returned as educated men. I wonder what life in a Gurukul was like, what subjects did the kids study, and what activities filled a typical day?
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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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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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