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Questions tagged [identification-request]

Use this tag for questions regarding story identification, verse identification from scriptures and image identification of Hindu God, goddesses and characters from Hindu mythology.

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From what tantric book is this illustration from?

From what tantric book is this illustration from
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Are the birds called chatakas and chakoras mentioned in our scriptures?

In 'Pravodha -sudhaakara' by Sankaracharya, we read as the empty sky fulfills the desires of the chaataka and chakora birds in the form of rain-water and moonlight, Sri Hari inspite of being beyond ...
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Which scripture is the source of the following sloka?

Sri Sri Sitaramdas Omkarnath quotes one line of a sloka in one of His writings: na sikshed yaavanim bhaashaam na gachched jaina-mandiram meaning : One should not learn any European (Yaavani) ...
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From which Gayatri Mantra is this part taken?

The emblem of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission bears a part of some Gayatri Mantra that reads : TAN NO HAMSAH PRACHODAYAT From which Gayatri is this part taken? Please cite proper scriptural source.
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Who is this God in the picture?

I found the below pic in a Facebook post. I know the middle one is Kartikeya and right end one Lord Ganesha. But who is the God in the picture who is seated on the lap of Lord Shiva at the left end ?
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What is the source of this sloka mentioning gravity?

What is the source of this sloka which mentions gravity? aakrishta-shaktishcha mahi tvayaa yat kha-stham guru svaabhimukam svashaktyaa/ aakrishyate tat patatiti khe same samantat kva ...
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Which scripture is the source of Naama-Aparaadha?

According to Srimad-Bhagavatam, chanting of Hari-Naama destroys all sins in the age of Kali. But, the Gaudiya Vaishnava Literature states that no result of Hari-Naama is obtained if one incurs 'Naama-...
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Why Lord Krishna's feet became vulnerable? [duplicate]

From this answer, Brabrika had an arrow that could find the vulnerable spot(s) of a person and was able to find Krishna's vulnerable spot that was His feet's sole. The ash fell on the hair of ...
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Why does the Sudarshana Chakra resemble a tantric yantra in this image?

In the above image, the Sudarshana Chakra looks like a tantric yantra. Is there any scriptural reason behind this?
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Origin of Bajrang Baan

In which scripture Bajrang Baan is mentioned and is there are multiple versions or one version of Bajrang Baan? One version can be found on Hindupedia.com
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Scriptural basis for the spirit of the term 'Daridra-Narayana' coined by Swami Vivekananda

To inspire His countrymen to serve the poor masses of India, Swami Vivekananda coined a beautiful term 'Daridra-Narayana'. Can anyone provide a scriptural shloka or instruction that contains the ...
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What scripture or text is the source of this verse on living on others money such as a woman's wealth?

Uttamam swArjitam vittam madhyamam putrArjitam adhamam bhrAtru jAyAdi stree vittam adhamAdhamam Meaning: One's own income/wealth is the best to live on, it is moderate to live on son's income, ...
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Source of Ramayana Mantra

Please let me know the source of shloka Raghavo Vijayam Dadyad mama sitapatih prabhuh I want to know from where this mantra has been picked
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What is the basis of this image of Goddess Kali?

The dhyana-mantra of Dakshina-Kali quoted in Tantra-saara says that She is holding Kharga in Her upper left hand, chinna-munda in lower left hand, abhaya-mudra in upper right hand and vara mudra in ...
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Question about Mother Parvati and Maa Tara?

i would like some explanation about this picture. The legend tell that Mother Parvati became Maa Tara to save the Lord from the Halahala. My question is: Does this picture represent Mother Parvati ...
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Where is this statement cited by Satadushani found in scripture?

Vedanta Desikan cites a statement the following Shatadushani http://gdurl.com/S8rkW For statements such as the following are found in smrtis: There is no expiation for drinking the milk of a ...
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What is the source of this sloka which is prohibiting keeping pets at home?

I got the following sloka in Sri Sri Sitarama-Kathamrita, a collection of gospels of Sri Sitaramdas Omkarnath, by Kinkar Brahmanda (page 27): kukkuta-swana-marjaran poshayanti dinatrayam/ iha ...
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Which scripture are these verses from?

You are supposed to say this mantra (sloka?) after performing any ritual to atone for any errors made: yasya smṛtyā ca nāmoktayā tapojñayākriyādiṣu nyūnaṃ saṃpūrṇatāṃ yāti sadhyo vande tamacyutam ...
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Need help identifying Hindu Goddess

Could someone please help me to identify the Goddess presented in the image? But as you can see, She has two arms, and Her right hand is raised as if She is offering a blessing. Please tell me who ...
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What's the source of this verse (yuktiyuktaṃ vaco grāhyaṃ bālād api śukād api)?

yuktiyuktaṃ vaco grāhyaṃ bālād api śukād api yukti hīnam, vacas tyājyaṃ vṛddhād api śukād api Whatever is based on sound reasoning ought to be accepted, even if it proceeds from a ...
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Were theses verses mentioned in Vaisheshika Darshan? [duplicate]

Rumours are that the 3 laws of motion which are discovered by Newton in 19th century were mentioned in Vaisheshika Darshan. See http://the-hidden-sector.blogspot.com/2011/10/india-discovered-laws-of-...
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Where is this verse from in the Vedas about the Manusmriti?

This verse is said to exist in the Vedas: yad vai manuravadat tad bheṣajam ‘Whatever Manu has said is medicine.’
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Which Hindu episode does this Khmer relief from Beng Mealea show?

The person below the main relief is considered a man lying in the water. It is conjectured that he is Shyavana, a sage meditating in a holy river. What is the story about him? Where is the story told?...
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Has there been any mention of withdrawal of maya sarees by Krishna in any version of Mahabharata?

It is stated in the video by the Swamiji (as narrated to him by his Guru) Lord Krishna supplied unending sheet lengths of saree at first as a rescue measure in the hour of Draupadi's need when ...
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From where is “Niranjano nirakara, eko devo Maheswara” mantra taken from?

Niranjano nirakara, eko devo Maheswara From where is this mantra taken? It seems to be related to the mahamritunjaya Mantra.
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Why did Ravana abduct lord Rama's mother Kausalya?

I heard it for the first time from a purohit around me but I am confused because I have never heard such a story. So, I would like to know what is the story and why did Ravana abduct lord Rama's ...
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Does the Skanda Purana classify Puranas into Sattva and Tamas?

It is well known that Padma Purana classify Puranas into three which is shown below: Sattva: Vishnu Purana, Bhagavata Purana, Naradeya Purana, Garuda Purana, Padma Purana, Varaha Purana Rajas: ...
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What scripture does the sloka 'deho devAlayaH proktaH..' come from?

देहो देवालयः प्रोक्तः जीवो देवस्सनातनः । त्यजेदज्ञाननिर्माल्यं सोऽहं भावेन पूजयेत् ॥ deho devAlayaH proktaH jIvo devassanAtanaH | tyajedaj~nAnanirmAlyaM so.ahaM bhAvena pUjayet || Which ...
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Kakah krishna pikah krishna.. Where this verse comes from?

I don't know much about Sanskrit verses/shlokas, one of my friends found this in social networking web sites and forwarded to me. Is it from any scriptures or modern authors? I just want to know the ...
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Which lines of Mahābhāṣya of Patañjali say that Vedas had 1131 śākhās (recensions)?

This answer quotes Mahābhāṣya of Patañjali as the Vedas having 1138 1131 śākhās (recensions). Originally as per Mahabhasya of Patanjali there were 21 Shakhas of RigVeda, 101 Shakhas of Yajurveda, ...
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Where is this statement “Destiny determines the consequences…” found?

Does anyone know the source for the following quote? Destiny determines the consequences of our actions but not the actions themselves. I heard that this is told by Vidura to Dhritarastra. This ...
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What is the source of the verse “Ajnanta-jnapanam sastram”?

There is a popular Sanskrit phrase Ajñāta-jñāpanam śāstram which means scriptures are meant for something which cannot be known through empirical evidence. What is the source of this phrase?
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What is the source of “Dharmecha Arthecha Kamecha Naathicharami” verse?

Consider the following interpretation of a slokha, which is used during marriages In righteous, wealth and desires, one should follow other and should listen one another The slokha looks like ...
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Who is this Persian-looking man in the Samudra Manthan?

In multiple portrayals of the Samudra Manthan, a man is seen in the waters, pulling from neither side. His dressing style makes him look like a Persian. Who is this?
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Which Dharma Shastra books is Devdutt Patnaik referring to here? [closed]

In this article on his website, Devdutt Patnaik says: The Dharmashastras need to be located in this context. They were books that speculated on appropriate human conduct. They focussed more on “...
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Which scripture is Zakir Naik referring to here?

In his website, Zakir Naik claims that the name Allah appears in Upanishads: "Allah" in Rigveda Book 2 Hymn I verse II Even in the Rigveda which is the most sacred scripture of the Hindus, one ...
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Which verse in Ramayana is Devdutt Patnaik referring here? [duplicate]

In this site, Devdutt Patnaik states the following: In mythology, it is said that when Rama was returning to Ayodhya from his forest exile, he noticed that the kinnaras, or queer people, were ...
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Which scripture is Devdutt Patnaik referring to when he says “Yagna is not a contract. Devata has no obligation”

While explaining about Yagnas according to the Vedas, I have heard from elders that the Devata is bound by mantra (Devadhinam jagat Sarve mantraadhinam cha Devataa). However, in an article on his ...
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Which verse of Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa is Devdutt Pattanaik referring to?

This Indian Express article quotes Devdutt Pattanaik as saying: On tradition vs modernity Modern people invent tradition. Because modern people want to feel “liberal” and “modern”, they will ...
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Which Manusmṛti verses were written exclusively for vaiśyas and śūdras?

In his column What exactly is the Manusmriti?, Devdutt Pattanaik makes the following claim. Of the nearly 2,500 verses, more than a thousand are for brahmins, more than a thousand for kings, ...
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Which rules are not applicable for Ganga river?

Somewhere in Mahabharata Pandavas tell to Gandharvas that Ganga river can get served at any time and there are no rules for Ganga to get service like other rivers. Please give those reference and the ...
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Did Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu also write a Shivashtakam?

I have seen in atleast three places saying that he has written a Shivashtakam (apart from the one by Sri Adi Shankaracharya). 1. backtogodhead (cites the source "Recorded in Murari Gupta’s Sri ...
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Who is the goddess Ahoi worshipped on Ahoi Ashtami?

Today is Ahoi Ashtami in northern India in which women keep fasts for their children's well-being just like they do for their husbands on Karva-chauth. While they break the fast on Karva-chauth after ...
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About this Goddess -Skull Cup and Paasam in HER hands

Has any one heard about this Goddess, who is having "Paasam" in one hand and "Skull-cup" in another hand and having 3 eyes and sitting on a Lotus. "kamalaasanastham" ... Is this goddess a ...
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What is the source of Sat Chit Ananda mantra?

|| Aum Sat Chit Ananda Parabrahma Purushothama Paramatma Sri Bhagavati Sametha Sri Bhagavate Namaha || What's the source of this Mantra?
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Is there any mythological/scriptural reference linking Periyachi with Narasimha

I recently came across the deity Periyachi Amman (See pic). The iconography is very reminiscent of Narasimha (see other pic), though the story is rather different. However, the net import of the story ...
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Those who do certain things will undergo the same

In Mahabharata, Krishna told a sentence with similar meaning Those who do the things in a particular context will have to face the same things on the same circumstances These lines may be the ...
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Is Padma Purāṇa the source of this verse on Ṛṇānubandha (relationship due to one's past deeds)?

The following verse has been used in a couple of answers here and this blog post claims the verse is from the Padma Purāṇa although it doesn't mention the chapter # or the context. Definition [of ...
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Which are the 118 worlds as described in Fifteen verses of Wisdom?

One of the verses from Fifteen Verses of Wisdom (bodhapancadasika) by Abhinavagupta, the great master of all aspects of Kashmir Shaivism, is as follows: In this way the Lord, Bhairava, the essence ...
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Where is the meeting of Rama and Hanuman in their childhood mentioned?

I have read somewhere that rama firstly met hanuman when he was 5, As per the story Lord Shiva took a madari form and took Hanuman with him to let him meet his lord. and later when they arrived ...