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Is there any specific significance attached with green colored Hanuman-murtis?

Found this photo online, and this is unlike any color depiction of Hanuman, I have seen yet. Mostly, red or orange depictions, I have come across. Is this depiction a canonical one? Or based on any ...
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Saraswati mantra for students who have lost concentration in studies

There is a 2 line Saraswati mantra and the first word is very long and it starts with 'k'. This is all I know about the mantra. Can someone guide what is the mantra, its meaning, and in which book it'...
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What is the name of this Tilaka (तिलक)?

Most of the times, in religious-practice, I encounter people using this Tilaka predominantly with red kumkum, but also with yellow kumkum (turmeric derived) dot on the top of the red tilaka followed ...
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What scriptures mention the goddess Linga Bhairavi?

Sadhguru, of the Isha Foundation, promotes worshipping the 'Linga-Bhairavi' form of the Divine Mother goddess. As per the Isha Foundation's official statement: Linga Bhairavi Fire of the Feminine ...
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Which texts contain the following verses regarding the arrival and departure of goddess Durgā during Navarātris on different Vāhanas?

As per this blog , we have the following verses in reference to the Vāhana (vehicle - mount) of goddess Durgā on which she’s said to arrive and depart during the Navarātris. Arrival शशिसूर्ये गजारूढ़ा...
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What is the source of the Navadurga Stotram and Stuti?

The Navadurga stotram comprises of nine/ten verses, with each verse describing one aspect of the nine-formed goddess. Quoting from the document hosted by Sanskritdocuments नवदुर्गास्तोत्रम् । देवी ...
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In which scripture did Shankaracharya mentioned not to say "Aham Brahmasmi"?

I heard that it is not recommended to say "Aham Brahmasmi" in a vague sense. It is because of the reason that Adi Shankaracharya told to split the tongue of one who says "Aham Brahmasmi&...
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What's the source, and context of this verse - 'vāmā bhūtvā yajet param (वामा भूत्वा यजेत् परम्)'?

In some articles I encountered this - वामा भूत्वा यजेत् परम् vāmā bhūtvā yajet param If I understand this correctly, this basically means - Every aspirant has to realise the 'latent female ...
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What is the name of asana in which Lalitha devi sit?

Consider the following picture of Lalita Devi She sat in a particular asana. I want to know the exact name of the asana here. What is the name of the asana in which the Lalita Tripura Sundari sit?
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What does the following Shloka mean and can someone find me a source of this Shloka?

tarti shokmatmavit brahmosanstho mrutvameti I am trying to search for the meaning of the shloka but I am not able to find it so far, it would be helpful if someone can find the reference, and ...
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What is the source of the song "Jagadisha Sudisha Bhavesha Vibho"?

What is the source of the song "Jagadisha Sudisha Bhavesha Vibho"? Link:- https://m.soundcloud.com/jaisanth/sounds
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Where's this quote come from "अहिंसा परमो धर्मः" ? What is complete version of it? [duplicate]

We keep hearing in many forwarded WA msg and other tweets that अहिंसा परमो धर्मः is not complete quote and the complete quote is अहिंसा परमो धर्मः, धर्महिंसा तदैव च! So my question is where this quote ...
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Which character from Mahabharata is the one who have this history?

I was remembering a character from the Epic, he was a sage(who was a Rishi) who didn't want to do marriage (he didn't have any interest in Woman) but then, at last, his father or some other relative ...
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What is the source of the verse that says that everything is established in yajna (fire sacrifice)?

yajneshu devastisthanti yajne sarvam pratisthitam| yajnena dhriyate prithvi yajnastarayati prajah|| annena bhuta jibanti parjanyadannasambhavah| parjanyo jayate yajnat sarvam yajnamayam tatah|| ...
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What is the source of Saraswati Stotram?

श्वेतपद्मासना देवी श्वेतपुष्पोपशोभिता । श्वेताम्बरधरा नित्या श्वेतगन्धानुलेपना ॥ १॥ श्वेताक्षी शुक्लवस्त्रा च श्वेतचन्दनचर्चिता । वरदा सिद्धगन्धर्वैरृषिभिः स्तूयते सदा ॥ २॥ स्तोत्रेणानेन तां देवीं ...
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Looking for scriptural reference of Shanta Durga

There is a form of mother Durga by name Shanta Durga which is worshiped almost everywhere in Goa. In fact, many houses name are after mother's name. When we enquire there about it from local people, ...
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Which Goddess is this whose idols were discovered recently in Kashmir?

There was recent news about the accidental discovery of two idols of Devi Durga in Kashmir, one of which has been dated 1200 years old while the other is 1300 years old. 1,200-year-old Goddess Durga ...
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In which war related to Bhuvaneswari or Lalitha, devas did not respond?

I heard the following story related to either Bhuvaneswari devi or Lalitha devi. In a war between devas and asuras, devas and asuras started fighting each other. Asuras applied some weapon on the ...
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Where is the Kishkindha region of Ramayana located?

There seem to be a two candidates for the location of Pampa, the area where Shri Rama performed his Aranya Kanda leelas. One is in Karnataka, a very recent development. The other is in Kerala which ...
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Is it true that pre colonial Hinduism never taught that all religions are same?

A few days back, prominent Hindu rights activist,Shefali Vaidya shared a post on her facebook feed. It had a message from Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya. Here it is- As I travel the nation delivering ...
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Where is mention of famous Mantra Sarve Sukhino Bhavantu in Scriptures?

Where is this prayer mentioned? I checked in Shanti Mantras of Upanishads but couldn't find reference Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah Sarve Santu Niramayah Sarve Bhadrani Pasyantu Ma Kaschid-Duhkha-Bhag-...
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Which scripture mentions the verse "Sanghe Shakti Kali Yuge" used by RSS?

The verse "Sanghe Shakti Kali Yuge" means " Unity is strength in Kali Yuga". It's mostly used by RSS(which is also known as Sangha) and other Sangh Parivar organizations ...
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What is the scripture verificiton of the sine-wave based seven vedic gods concept?

some of These picture everyone can see flying around the net, tellings about 7 modes of the supreme bhrahman realities. i thinks , There is some of the peculiar answers in several platforms regarding ...
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Where is this verse attributed to the garuDa purANa found?

I was reading excerpts from a book called sva-dharmAmR^ita-sindhu, which gives many instructions about worship and daily practice for devotees of the nimbArka sect. In one place, it talks about the ...
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Is the phrase "Sanatana Dharma" (सनातन धर्म) found in the Vedas?

The phrase "Sanatana Dharma" seems to imply the eternal duties. So, is the phrase found in the Vedas because I have seen many people saying that they are Sanatani and their religion is ...
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Who wrote Rajyabhishek (coronation) song in Mahabharat?

I am currently watching Mahabharat on Hotstar online streaming service and I am very much loving it. I have heard this coronation song first during Bhishm’s coronation, then during Pandu’s coronation ...
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Who are the different gods/ people in the cosmic from of Shri Krishna?

In this Image there are many heads with all different faces some I can identify like Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesha. But others I can't. So who are they?
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Is this shloka in Brahma Vaivarta Purana?

“sri radha nama mantrena murcha sanmasiki bhavetnocarreta mata spastam parikshit hit krn munih“ Is this shloka in Brahma Vaivarta Puran, if YES, then please tell the shloka/addhyay?
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Who is Queen Choladevi?

Who is Queen Choladevi and what is she doing with Sage Angiras in this painting?
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What scripture says "sandhyAheenaha asuchihi nityam anarhaha sarvakarmasu; yadhanyatkurutE karma na tasya phalamaSnutE"?

I know that SandhyA vandanam is not a Shruthi (veda samhitAs) concept, but is a Smriti & Sutras driven tradition (please correct me if I am mistaken). However, someone threw this verse at me ...
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Identification and significance of this mudra

In this video at 2:20, while reciting "Guru Bhrama,Guru vishnu...." He keeps his hands on head by forming a perticular Mudra. (Maybe it's not a mudra) What is it? What's its significance? ...
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Reference of this Sanskrit quote

I read this Sanskrit shloka in a book. पृथिव्यां त्रीणि रत्नानि जलमन्नं सुभाषितम्। मूढ़ै: पाषाणखण्डेषु रत्नसंज्ञा विधीयते।। Prithivyaam trini ratnaani jalamannam subhaashitam | Mudeih paashaan-...
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Persons without emotions

In Yoga Vasista, I remember a story whose summary is given below A powerful Rakshasa creates two persons, who have no emotions at all. Devas find it hard to defeat both of them. Then they ask brahma ...
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Shaivism influences on Bhagavad Geeta

Are there editions of the Bhagavad Geeta or inside the Bhagavad Geeta itself are there shlokas which proves to have received influences from Shaivism or Kashmirian Shaivism ancient scriptures?
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Different dharmas of different aspects of our existence

I heard something like below Hunger, thirst, increasing, decreasing, etc., are the dharmas of the body. Sad, happy, etc., are the dharmas of manas........................ I didn't remember the whole ...
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Which form of lord Vishnu is it?

Here in this picture bhagwan vishnu is shown as snake headed. Which form is this? Or is it some other God like sheshanaga?
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Shiva showering gold coins, which form of him is it?

In this picture Shiva is shown showering gold coins just like mother Lakshmi is shown in many pictures of her. Which form of Shiva is it? I think God and Goddess who are receiving golds are Kubera and ...
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Does anyone know which deity this is?

Need help identifying the deity in the below image. I’m thinking this is image of Shiva sitting in the cremation grounds?
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Shloka of below translation from Devi Bhagvatam Book 11 Chapter 1

I'd like to know the shloka of below translation from Devi Bhagvatam, Book 11, Chapter 1: "Nârâyana said :– S’ruti and Smriti are the two eyes of God; the Purânam is His Heart. Whatever is ...
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What is scriptural reference for the concept of Brahma Rakshasa?

As per this wikipedia article Brahma Rakshasha are Sprit with quality of brahmin as well as Rakshasha. Can someone please tell what is Origin of the concept Scriptural reference where this concept is ...
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Sanskrit shloka of Padma Purana Srsti-khanda 19.336

I'd like to know the Sanskrit shloka of Padma Purana Srsti-khanda 19.336. Here is the English translation; "Listen to the essence of dharma, and after listening, put it into practice: Do not ...
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What is the earliest scripture mentioning the word Nirvāṇa?

The word nirvāṇa literally means extinguishment. It implies the extinguishment of self. Bhagwat Geeta also mentions the word, लभन्ते ब्रह्मनिर्वाणमृषय: क्षीणकल्मषा:| छिन्नद्वैधा यतात्मान: सर्वभूतहि...
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What is the source of this verse attributed to Madhavacharya?

This answer cites a verse supposedly written by Madhavacharya: Swami Vidyaranya (aka Madhavacharya) the 12th Jagadguru of Śringeri Śarada Pītham from 1380-1386 who is credited for founding the ...
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Is Kuvera Rākṣasendra? Where is Rākṣasendra mentioned in the Mahābhārata? What is the source [Ann.111]?

Source: https://www.wisdomlib.org/definition/rakshasendra. It says it means Rāvaṇa (I find this unlikely), or Kuvera (which would bring about more questions, but will also answer a few). Where in the ...
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Can some one explain this painting of Fire God with people watching?

Can some one explain this painting of Fire God with people watching? looks like a painting from 1500 AD. I found it in my home. can some one explain what is happening here?
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Can anyone identify as to the scripture in which Sri Sankara stated sloka?

The following is from Letters from Sri Ramanasramam. Sri Ramana Maharshi quoted therein a sloka from Sri Adi Sankara. Can anyone identify as to the scripture in which Sri Sankara stated so?
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Was Manasa the daughter of Shiva or sage Kashyapa?

I am little confused here, I thought Manasa was the daughter of Shiva but wiki says she was daughter of sage Kashayapa: The Puranas are the first scriptures to speak about her birth. They declare ...
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History behind Daridraya Dukha Dahana Shiva Stotram?

I was listening to this stotram on YouTube. Wanted to know more about it! For knowledge sake just wanted to know some facts about it for instance: Who wrote it and when? What was the prime reason ...
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Where in the Vedas is the verse Sītā refers to in Ayodhyā Kāṇḍa found?

In Ayodhyā Kāṇḍa of Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa, while trying to convince Rāma that he should let her accompany him to the forest, Sītā makes the following statement wherein she refers to a verse/mantra from the ...
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Which book or books contains all the Stotra of Bhairav

Books or Scriptures which contains all the stotras of Bhairav
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