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Cannot find source of this Surya Mantra. Can anyone help please?

A very soothing surya mantra was part of Sri Krishna series serial. A show based on 'Shrimad Bhagwat Mahapuran' glorifying Lord Krishna's immortal and eternal life. Don't know from where this mantra ...
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Who composed the stotra on Ramanujacharya starting “Punyambhoja Vikasaya”?

I heard a stotra in the opening credits of Tamil movie Ramanujacharya which hails Sri Ramanujacharya starting with "Punyambhoja vikasaya" The stanzas which I could understand are as follows. ...
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What is the source of the verse “Krishnam Vande JagadGurum”

What is the source of this verse? Also what does it signify? Does this mean that Sri Krishna is first Jagadguru or something else entirely?
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Where does the “Achyuta Anatha” shloka come from? [duplicate]

Achyuta anantha Govinda Namocharana Bheshajat Nashyanthi Sakala Roga Satyam Satyam vadamyaham Satyam Satyam Puna Satyam Udritya Where does this shloka come from?
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Who does this statue represent?

I recently inherited this little statuette, yet with my little knowledge of Hinduism, I don't know who it is.
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Which form of Shiva is in the attached picture?

Which form of Shiva is it in this picture? Why did he take this form?
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Can someone identify the source this story which mentions about relativity of time

The below text is a rough outline of a story from Hindu Purana. But I don't know the exact story and the source text of that story. My interest in that story is that, it gives us an hint about ...
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Where in Brahmanda Purana it is mentioned about Parthasarathy Temple?

The official website of Parthasarathy temple's history section states that according to Brahmanda Purana, king sumathi requested Venkatesha to grant him darshanam of Geethacharya. I would like to ...
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Is there any such shloka present in adi parva of Mahabharata?

भवान् वा विधिवत् पाणिं गृह्णातु दुहितुर्मम। यस्य वा मन्यसे वार तस्य कृष्णामुपादिश।। I got this shloka from an online website where it's mentioned that it's 50th shloka from 32nd adhyay of Adi parva. ...
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Which scripture classifies the 18 mahapuranas based on the three gunas (sattva, tamas and rajas)? [duplicate]

We all know that there are 18 Mahapuranas and have also heard that 6 each are categorized in different gunas - sattva, tamas and rajas. I would like to know the reference if any of the purana or ...
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What is the the mantra being chanted in this video?

Could someone please tell me what mantra the person in this video is chanting? If you do know could I have the words for this chant please.
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Wherein the Shatapatha Brahmana it was mentioned about 8.64 lakh alphabets in Vedas?

It was stated in one of the books of Agniveer that Shatapatha Brahmana states that Vedas have 8.64 lakh alphabets. Can anyone quote the actual text from Shatapatha Bahmana, wherein it was stated so?
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What text/scripture does this commonly propagated verse appear in - 'aaputrasya gatir nasti svargo naivaca naivaca'?

It is commonly quoted during discourses on vAlmIki rAmAyana, but I cannot find any verse in vAlmIki rAmAyana that contains this often quoted verse, which means 'without a son you have no chance of ...
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Which Vedic verses say that human life-span is about 100 years?

I'm looking for a list of all Sanskrit verses and their translation from all four parts of the Vedas (i.e., saṃhitās, brāhmaṇas, āraṇyakas and upaniṣads) that suggest either directly or indirectly ...
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Can anyone help me find this verse in the Atharva Veda?

I have found this verse quoted many places, but so far have not been able to verify that it is from the Atharva Veda. If anyone can help me I will be very grateful! "A brahmana's house without a ...
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Is a similar statement on 10th topic of a purana from Bhagavata found in any other purana?

Bhagavata 2.10.1-2 reads: (1) S'rî S'uka said: 'In this [book, the S'rîmad Bhâgavatam] the following [ten] subjects are discussed: primary creation [sarga], how the interactions of life and the ...
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Where else is the movement of living entity within the womb is narrated apart from Bhagavata? [duplicate]

Canto 3 of Bhagavata Purana, chapter 31 describes the movement of the soul in the womb of a human mother. Is it described in any other purana in greater detail?
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Source of the story Mrigari - The Hunter and Narada?

The story of Mrigari - The Hunter transformed by association of Narada muni is briefly recollected in Chaitanya Charitamrita, madhya lila, 24th chapter from verse 229. I found it in Stories from the ...
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Is the statement 'Gods love the mysterious' also found in the Vedic Samhitas?

The following is from Aitareya Upanishad. तस्मादिदन्द्रो नामेदन्द्रो ह वै नाम। तमिदन्द्रं सन्तमिंद्र इत्याचक्षते परोक्षेण। परोक्षप्रिया इव हि देवाः परोक्षप्रिया इव हि देवाः ৷৷ 1.3.14 ৷৷ ...
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Is “dharmosmat kuladaivatam” from the Shastras?

Dharmosmat Kuladaivatam (translated by the source as, "Charity, Our Household Divinity") is the motto of Malayala Manorama, a leading Malayalam Newspaper. Is this phrase from a Hindu text?
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What is the scriptural source of the dhyana sloka of Lord Shiva given below?

“dhyayennityam Mahesham rajatgirinibham charuchandra vatansam Ratnakalpojvalangam parshu mrimgvarabhitihastam prasannam Padmasinam samantatstutamaganairvyagrahak- rirtim vasanam ...
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What is the story of the scene carved on wood? [closed]

Can someone enlighten me on the scene carved in wood here? Seems very interesting but I'm quite new to Hinduism.
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Is Śukla Yajurveda 26.2 also present in Kṛṣṇa Yajurveda?

Is this verse from Śukla Yajurveda also present in Kṛṣṇa Yajurveda? TITUS White Yajur-Veda: Vajasaneyi-Samhita (Madhyandina) Part No. 26 Verse: 2 Sentence: a yátʰemā́ṃ vā́caṃ ...
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Need to know the verse numbers from Padma purana

I'd like to know the following 2 shloka's verse number from Padma purana: avaiṣṇava-mukhodgīrṇaṁ pūtaṁ hari-kathāmṛtam śravaṇaṁ naiva kartavyaṁ sarpocchiṣṭaṁ yathā payaḥ One should not ...
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Which puran describes about the curse of kashyap rishi by which Shiva had to behead his son?

I have not found any description in shiv puran, that Shiva was cursed by kashyap rishi, by which he had to behead his own son Ganesha? Then which puran describes about it?
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What is the reference for the following from Bhagavad geeta?

Which sloka in bhagavad gita says: Arjuna: How do I know that it is Dharma, O Keshava? Krishna: When the Adharmic lament, know that Dharma has manifested.
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Where is the verse “harer nama harer nama…gatir anyatha” found?

The verse quoted here harer nāma harer nāma harer nāmaiva kevalam kalau nāsty eva nāsty eva nāsty eva gatir anyathā In this Age of Kali there is no other means, no other means, no other ...
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Scriptural basis for Ramakrishna's claim about 'inner nerve of memory' (medhā nāḍī)

In The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna / Volume 1 / Rules for Householders and Monks, Ramakrishna Paramahansa makes the following claim. MAHIMA: Sir, why does a man become deluded by worldly ...
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What is the meaning of the verse which Tirumazhisai alwar reminded to the Brahmins?

Tirumazhisai Azhwar is one of the twelve azhwars (or alwar), a group of Vaishnava saints who sang devotional poems on Lord Vishnu. Those poems are collectively known as Naalayira Divya Prabhandham. ...
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Where is the verse “rakshasah kalim ashritya” found?

In the 10th chapter of Jaiva Dharma by BhaktiVinod Thakur, a verse from Varaha Purana is quoted. raksasah kalim asritya jayante brahma yonisu In the Kali-yuga demons take birth in the families ...
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Where is the verse “ami sarvatmanayam atrapi srimad dasarathatmajah” found?

Rupa Goswami quotes this verse from Brahmanda purana in Laghu Bhagavatamrita: tatha hi brahmande sri krsna vakyam antaranga svarupa me matsya kurmadayas tv ami sarvatmanayam atrapi srimad ...
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Is the quote “Don't let others lead you, decide your own path” really from the Vedas?

According to several sites, the following quote is from the Vedas. Some state that it is from the Atharva Veda but the verse no. is not mentioned. "Do not be led by others, awaken your own mind, ...
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How exactly is the Indra-Ahalyā affair narrated in Ṣaḍviṃṡa Brāhmaṇa?

This answer claims the Ṣaḍviṃṡa Brāhmaṇa attached to Sāmaveda also mentions the Indra-Ahalyā affair. But how exactly is the story narrated in Ṣaḍviṃṡa Brāhmaṇa? Is it any different from the version ...
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Where in the Vedas do we find : 'aharahah sandhyAm upAsita'?

In Ahnik-Krutya, Shyamacharana Kaviratna Vidyavaridhi mentions that 'aharahah sandhyAm upAsita' (Sandhya should be worshipped everyday) is a Vedic instruction. But he did not mention where exactly in ...
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In the painting shown who is the person standing on stairs in front of the throne?

In the painting shown who is the person standing on stairs in front of the throne?
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What is the source of “ārādhanānāṁ sarveṣāṁ viṣṇor ārādhanaṁ param” (of all methods of worship, Viṣṇu worship is the topmost)?

Prabhupāda, starts a lecture in August, 1972 by quoting a verse from the Śiva Purāṇa. To strengthen his argument he cites another verse (ārādhanānāṁ sarveṣāṁ viṣṇor ...) supposedly from the Padma ...
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What is the source of the following sloka?

The following lines I got in Ahnik-Krittya by Shyamacharan Kaviratna Vidyavaridhi (that supports the members of HisE offering bounty!:)) sreyo'rthino hi purushAh paratushi-hetoh kashtarjitani api ...
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What are the three types of languages of the scriptures?

In a book I got mention of the three types of languages used in scriptures: samAdhi-bhasha prathmA loukiki_iti tathA parA/ tritiyA parakiyapA_ iti shastrabhasha tridhA smrita// Meaning : There ...
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What is the source of this symbol?

What is the significance and source of the upper symbol? It is used on ghata at the time of worship and is also drawn on walls in Bengal. I do not know whether it is used in other parts of India.
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What is the full form of the following sloka?

Swami Vivekananda has once quoted one line from a sloka which is most probably from the Manu-samhita, that reads charen mAdhukarim vrittim api mlechchhakulad api, Meaning : [a monk] should ...
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What is the full form of this sloka?

To support His opinion that as per the scriptures, a sannyasin has NO restrictions on food, Sri Advaita Acharya, a friend of Lord Sri Chaitanya quotes the following part of a scriptural sloka: ...
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What does this symbol mean?

The above images shows Swatika in the centre with different astras and a deity around it. What does it signify? Please provide the scriptural reference.
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Who is this Devi?

Who is this Devi holding parrot in one hand? Kindly provide the authentic dhyana sloka.
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Request to identify swastika motif/yantra seen at temple in Hawalbagh, Almora

I have seen this picture at Hawalbagh, Hawalbagh is a Village and block in Almora District of Uttarakhand State, India. Local people told me that it is a Chakravyuha of Mahabharata where Abhimanyu ...
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Is Cat the vahana of Devi Shasthi according to any scripture?

In Bengal, a cat is shown as the Vahana of Devi Shasthi, as shown in the enclosed image. But I did not find any Dhyana-Mantra of Devi Sasthi mentioning this. Can anyone provide the scriptural ...
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Whose Idol is this?

In the Sri Sri Taraknath temple,Tarakeswar, West Bengal (a very very famous Shiva Temple of Bengal), an idol with two hands holding a trident is seen just beside the anadi-linga of Baba Taraknath. So ...
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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.