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Is the proto-indo-european hypothesis consistent with the apaurusheyatva of vedas?

There is overwhelming evidence that sanskrit, greek, latin etc. are cognate languages and that they had all descended from a common ancestral language called proto-indo-european or PIE. It is quite ...
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Did Swami Chinmayananda and Srila Prabhupada ever participate in a debate against each other?

Recently, a friend told me that A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada before having founded ISKCON, had a debate with Swami Chinmayananda, who later founded the Chinmaya Mission. However, I haven't been ...
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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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To which kingdoms did kings supporting Duryodhan belong?

Section 2 of the Shalya Parva of Mahabharat mentions the kings whose support Duryodhan had in the great war: This wide earth is as much ours as it is of Pritha's son. Bhagadatta and Kripa and ...
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What Shakta-like Shaivite sect did Adi Shankaracharya defeat in a debate?

This excerpt from the Madhaviya Shankara Digvijaya, the traditional biography of Adi Shankaracharya, describes the beginning of Adi Shankaracharya's tour of India: Now Acharya Shankara, along with ...
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Mentions of Barbarik or Yalambar in Mahabharata

Is there any story of Barbarik(Bheem's grandson). I see many stories related that Barbarik was King Yalambar(from Kirat Kingdom of Kathmandu Valley) who was the great warrior who could end Mahabharat ...
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Where in Mahabharata is found the story of Vashishta trying to commit suicide in Sutlej river?

Where in Mahabharata is found the story of Vashishta trying to commit suicide in Sutlej river? And Sutlej dividing itself into different channels to avoid that? Does this story has a Vedic ...
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Which Gita verses did Rajinikanth refer, while announcing his entry into politics?

Famous actor Rajinikanth did a grand announcement of his entry into politics on 31st December, 2017. During his speech, he referred Gita in following context: "Karmanye Vadhikaraste Ma Phaleshu ...
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Did Vivekananda prophesy he would die before the age of 40? Why didn't he prolong his life through yoga?

I heard that Swami Vivekananda predicted he would not live beyond 40. Is this true? What were his exact words in this regard? Also, since he was a master practitioner of yoga, what reasons (if any) ...
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What are all the changes the earth will suffer from during the Kali-Yuga? [closed]

What changes the earth will suffer from during the Kali-Yuga? I don't want a very small answer because question is not small. I want to know all the changes the earth will suffer from during Kali-age ...
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Which verses from Gita were referred by J Robert Oppenheimer (the father of atomic bomb)?

Julius Robert Oppenheimer was the son of a German Jewish migrant to USA. Under his supervision, the Manhattan project was carried, which ultimately resulted in first modern nuclear weapons. Eventually ...
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Is there any mention of geeta before sankara bhashya?

Gita is believed to be a chief text of vedanta. It is one of the three fundamental texts of vedanta. It is said that the first mention and commentary of gita is done by sankara which is about 1000 ...
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Was one of Uyyakondar's shishyas a relative of Nathamuni?

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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Did Adi Shankara say that women and low castes cannot attain moksha?

According to a Facebook post, Adi Shankara taught his followers that women and low caste people are exempted from attaining moksha. This is what the bizarre post said: Vedanta holds that this ...
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In what ways vedas give equal respect to women?

Hindu texts present diverse and conflicting views on the position of women, ranging from feminine leadership as the highest goddess, to limiting her role to an obedient daughter, housewife and mother. ...
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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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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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Why did Mandana Mishra defend the Sphotavada theory of language?

Mandana Mishra was a Purva Mimamsa philosopher who became an Advaitin after losing a debate to the Advaita philosopher Adi Shankaracharya. He's often identified with Sureshwaracharya, although that's ...
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What is the significance of amritaghateshwara temple?

The.famous temple of abirami (goddess)-amrita ghateshwara (shiva) at Tirukkadiyur has an interesting fact that it also contains Lord Vishnu temple alongside. It has many miraculous and special stories ...
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Among Hindu Kings who fought invaders how many were Siva worshipers? [closed]

Chatrapati Sivaji of course worshiped Siva's consort Bhavani. https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g297669-d4092699-r455339198-Mammadev_Temple-Kumbhalgarh_Rajsamand_District_Rajasthan.html ...
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Who are these tribes mentioned in Hindu scriptures?

Section LXV of Shanti Parva of Mahabharata mentions a conversation between Indra and Mandhatri that is narrated by Bhishma Pitamah to the Pandavas. It mentions many tribes: Mandhatri said, 'What ...
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What are some hymns elaborating and explaining about dasas in rig-veda?

wether dasas were monsters or they were evil of a man in vedas specially rig-veda. Some verses may show them living beings अकर्मा दस्युरभि नो अमन्तुरन्यव्रतो अमानुषः । त्वं तस्यामित्रहन्वध ...
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Which scripture gives oldest refrence to samudra mathanam (churning of ocean) [duplicate]

we know that samudra mathanam story is popular in epics (Mahabharata, Ramayana) but when its first roots were seen from vedic age and how the story evolved scriptures to scriptures.
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What is dharmic science behind legends about brick walls flying [closed]

In stories about Sant Dyandev and Sant Changdev it is said that Dyandev humbled Changdev, who was coming on a tiger, by meeting him on a flying brick wall. Does anyone have information about the ...
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What is the authentic life story of Ramanuja?

I came to know that most of the life stories of rAmAnuja are actually Hagiographies which were written centuries after his life. Further, there are also sectarian Hagiographies on him. Several ...
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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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Is the practice of killing a cow for a guest (गोघ्न | goghna) still followed?

The footnotes of this translation of Āpastaṃba Dharmasūtra says: Manu III, 119 and 120; Yājñ. I, 110;: Weber, Ind. Stud. X, 125. A guest is also called goghna, 'cow-killer,' because formerly a cow ...
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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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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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Were there “Awards” during ancient times?

In today's times, for every aspect of life, there is an award -- be it films, companies, schools, science, literature, arts, sports, competition, talent and so on ... In ancient times, according to ...
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What is the definition of Yudhishtira Saka and when does it start with respect to the Mahabharata war?

Yudhisthira Saka is used in many historical texts. Can anyone tell what is the context behind this Saka and the start of the Saka with respect to Mahabharata war?
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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 did India lose to foreign invaders? [closed]

There have been many self proclaimed god men and mystics in India. Most claimed to have supernatural powers. I myself am an astrologer who studied Jyotisha. Why couldn’t astrologers predict the fall ...
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what is the thithi, nakshatra, lunar month details of Adi Shankara's birth as documented by any mutt?

I am clarifying my previous question again since without reading the details someone send it to duplicate.
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How was nudity treated in Hinduism

Is there any mention of attire for women/men in any ancient texts ? How was nudity treated in Hinduism ? Did other religion deeply influence the people of India ?
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What are the eight forms (Ashtamurti) of Lord Shiva?

Lord Shiva pervades the entire universe through various forms like that of Ekadasha Rudra, or PanchaBrahma and also through Ashtamurti form. Lord Shiva is also called by the name Ashta Murti, for eg. ...
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Value of Yojana in Sayana's commentary on Rig Veda

In his commentary on Rig-Veda, Sayana has talked about speed of light in terms of "Yojana". Historically, this term has had many different interpretations as described here. So what was the value of ...
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In which year did Varahamihira write his Brihat Samhita?

Varahamihira is considered one of the Navaratna's in King Vikramaditya's court. I would like to know if anybody has authentic ancient reference to when he or King Vikramaditya lived and which year was ...
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Did the term “blind support” originate from Mahabharata?

DhritarAshtra was physically blind and implicitly supported wrongdoing of his son Duryodhana. GAndhAri blindfolded her eyes to follow the distress of her husband & never objected Duryodhana. ...
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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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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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References of Sage Lagadh in scriptures and/or oral tradition

Sage Lagadh is the author of Vedang Jyotish, which dates back to atleast 1400 BCE. I wanted to know where all, has he been mentioned in other scriptures of Sanatan Dharm and oral history.
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What is the oldest scripture that mentions horoscope?

I've seen conflicting views about horoscope being true by some great people like Vivekananda. I want to know how old the tradition of horoscope is. I want to know the oldest scriptures that mentions ...
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Did Vedavyasa ever write his own commentary on the Brahma Sutras?

The Brahma Sutras were compiled by Vedavyasa, and subsequent acharyas such as Ramanujacharya have written commentaries on them. But is it known if Vyasa ever wrote his own commentary on them?
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Did any Samkhya philosophers believe in a different Prakriti for each Purusha?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school. But there are five other Astika or orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy: Purva Mimamsa, Samkhya,...
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What is the most recent reference to wild Sharabhas existing?

Most people only know the story of how Shiva took an incarnation as the half-lion half-bird Sharabheshwara in order to try to subdue Vishnu's incarnation Narasimha, as I discuss here.  What's not as ...
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What is the Guru Parampara of the Samkhya philosopher Ishwara Krishna?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school. But there are five other Astika or orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy: Purva Mimamsa, Samkhya,...
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What are the eight defects or handicaps in Ashtavakra?

Ashtavakra is a greatly celebrated sage and composer of Ashtavakra Geeta. His name means- Eight(Ashta) bends with(Aavakra)- One with Eight Bends or bodily defects or handicaps. So what are his ...
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Do any Acharyas support a return to Hindu monarchy?

Throughout most of its history, the system of government in India was Vedic monarchy (the claims of P.C. Dharma notwithstanding). But in modern times, India has turned into a democracy. My question ...
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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?