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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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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? [on hold]

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, musalmaan 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 ...
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Which verse in Ramayana is Devdutt Patnaik referring here?

In this site, Devdutt Patnaik, who recently revealed something about himself, states the following: In mythology, it is said that when Rama was returning to Ayodhya from his forest exile, he ...
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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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How to recognise any incarnation of God? [duplicate]

These days, people label any random person as an incarnation of God. However, I would like to know whether Hindu texts tell us how to recognise any incarnation of God? How can we identify a legitimate ...
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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 ...
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Which is this stotra?

Which is this Sanskrit stotra? (Starts at 24 seconds) https://youtu.be/Tj9d44UrU7c?t=24s
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Origin of Naam Traya Mantra

What is the origin of Naam Traya Mantra? Or in which scripture this mantra is mentioned? The mantra is Om Achutaya namaha Anantaya namaha Govindaya Namaha. I don't know the correct form but these 3 ...
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In which scripture originally 'ahiṃsā sarvathā sarvadā sarvabhutānāḥ manabhīdroha' sentence was written?

अहिंसा सर्वथा सर्वदा सर्वभुतानाः मनभीद्रोह। ahiṃsā sarvathā sarvadā sarvabhutānāḥ manabhīdroha। I read somewhere that it was written by Maharshi Veda Vyasa but the name of scripture in which he ...
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What is the purpose of Navnath? [duplicate]

I heard that Navnath are the 9 saints who were born in Kaliyuga. They were so powerful and full of spiritual energy that even Devas were unable to defeat them. Question is, in Kaliyuga, how those ...
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Where or Which Vedic Text's says “Vikriti Evam Prakriti”?

Herein Wikipedia it says:- Rigveda, one of the four canonical sacred texts of Hinduism says Vikriti Evam Prakriti (Sanskrit: विकृतिः एवम्‌ प्रकृति, meaning what seems unnatural is also natural),...
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Any other slokas suggesting drinking of cow urine

The following statement from Section 81, Anushasana Parva of Mahabharata suggests to drink cow urine "Vyasa said, ... One should for three days drink the hot urine of the cow..." In addition to ...
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Does Bhagavad Gita state that “… Atmaa discards old bodies and assumes new bodies”? [duplicate]

While watching a famous hit Hindi movie Kudarat (1981), I came across a place where the protagonist states below in a court: "In Gita, the blessed lord has told that, how human throws away old ...
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Vishnu's avataras

I would like to ask if somebody can help in identifying some of Vishnu’s avataras and two figures belonging to Shiva in the attached image. The image shows Harihara with Vishnu on the right-hand side ...
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What is the source of “Vriyate iti Varnaha?”

The author of the blog post What's your Varna quotient? uses a certain definition of varṇa: The generic definition of the term 'Varna' comes from 'Vriyate Iti Varnaha' implying that one can choose ...
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Mentioning of Rakhi in Mahabharata

Consider the following paragraph from raksha-bandhan.com Raksha Bandhan finds a mention in Mahabharata when Lord Krishna advised Yudhishthir to perform the ceremony to protect himself and the army ...
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Were the Pandavas's of submissive nature?

In some incidents of Mahabaratha, most of the Pandavas except Bheema reacts less than expected. Were they submissive? Are there any slokas explicitly saying about the submissive behavior of most of ...
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Was there any Rishi/Sant/Saint by the name of Maadan?

I was reading an article about Shukracharya here, which says: There lived Saint Maadan in ancient India, once he visits an Ashram (residential area for saints in jungle) and see beautiful ...
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Where does Adi Shankaracharya explain the meanings of “Shruti” and “Smriti”?

I came across this quote of Shankaracharya: Shankarāchārya says, "Shruti is a means of direct perception [in the sphere of transcendent knowledge], since, in order to be an authority it is ...
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Which Veda verse Narendra Modi referred in relation to Paris climate treaty?

In reference to then US president Donald Trump's allegation of India'a lesser commitment towards saving environment, then Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi told: "I have in simple way ...
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Sources of Krishna's mantra

Please let me know all the sources of the below Krishna's Mantra. It looks like there are 2 or more sources of this mantra. One source that I know of is Gopala tapani Upanishad. So please provide all ...
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When the Sun was lost?

Mahabharata: Adi Parva: Sambhava Parva says the illustrious Atri who illumined the world of old when the Sun was lost.. Where this story can be found in detail which tells when and why the Sun ...
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What do these Mahabharatha shlokas mean and which part of the epic do they come from?

So, both of these shlokas are used in the bollywood movie Vaastav. I deduced that these shlokas must have come from Mahabharatha and not the Geeta because I felt it is inconsistent with the Geeta ...
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Which scripture says Shiva first created Brahma-Vishnu and delegated rest of the creation to them? [duplicate]

I watched a serial that narrates how Shiva created Vishnu and Brahma to create and save Earth and all the souls. I have not read this in any of the scriptures but could someone point me to the source ...
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Regarding definition of Truth according to Upanishads?

In which context of which Upanishad, the following statement is present? Bootha hitha yathartha bashanameva satyam Provide reference, if available. Watch this for a minute for more details (in ...
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Identifying a Hindu Goddess

I have been gifted a statuette by a friend of mine, but based on my limited knowledge of the Gods and Goddesses in the Hindu pantheon, and their varied iconography, I have not been able to identify ...
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Is Vayu identical to Pavan in Dvaita philosophy?

Is the Vayu deva (Mukhya Prana) in the Devata taratamya of Acharya Madhwa identical with Pavan deva or is he someone different?
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What does it mean to see dead relatives in dreams? [duplicate]

Agni Purana provide details about various dreams and their meaning. Similarly, Markandeya Purana and Vayu Purana also mention many dreams and their meaning. But I couldn't find the meaning of seeing ...
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What is the origin of the Roga Nivaran Stotra?

Can anyone let me know the origin of the below Stotra? अच्युतानन्त गोविन्द नामोच्चारण भेषजात् | नश्यन्ति सकल रोगः सत्यं सत्यं वदाम्यहम् || अच्युतानन्तगोविन्द विष्णो नारायणामृत | रोगान्मे नाशयाशेषान ...
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At what point of time the SanAtana Dharma was started to be known as “SanAtana Dharma”? [duplicate]

"Hinduism" is typically known as a religion or set of religions . In broader sense, it's also called a "way of life". See: Do any Hindu scriptures say that Hinduism is not a religion but simply a way ...
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Source of Sanskrit shloka - Avidyayamantare Vartamanah Svayam Dhirah Panditam-manyamanah

Shloka अविद्यायामन्तरे वर्तमानाः स्वयं धीराः पण्डितंमन्यमानाः। दन्द्रम्यमाणाः परियन्ति मूढा अन्धेनैव नीयमाना यथाऽन्धाः II Transliteration Avidyāyāmantare vartamānāḥ svayaṃ dhīrāḥ ...
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Which goddess (Ishta devi/Kula devi) sits legs folded & holding shiva linga?

Goddess sitting and holding shivling on one hand. And sitting folding both legs.Please help me find this goddess and details about the temple I'll find her if possible.
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Which is pronouncement of Lord mentioned in Vivekachudamani?

Vivekachudamani is one of the popular works of Adi Shankaracharya. 233th verse of Vivekachudamani is as follows: ईश्वरो वस्तुतत्त्वज्ञो न चाहं तेष्ववस्थितः । न च मत्स्थानि भूतानीत्येवमेव व्यची...
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What scripture descibes the story of Goddess Kalikrishna?

According to this website, there is a place in Bengal where Goddess Kaali is worshiped as Lord Krishna and Her name is KaliKrishna. It says, once Radha was caught by Her husband when She was with Lord ...
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Source of Sanskrit shloka - Yadetaddhṛdayaṃ Tava Tadastu Hṛdayaṃ Mama

यदेतद्धृदयं तव तदस्तु हृदयं मम । यदिदं हृदयं मम तदस्तु हृदयं तव ॥ Transliteration: yadetaddhṛdayaṃ tava tadastu hṛdayaṃ mama yadidaṃ hṛdayaṃ mama tadastu hṛdayaṃ tava Translation by Max ...
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From where the lyrics is taken for the following song? Shri Radhe Sharanam Mamah

The song found on Youtube sung by Pt. Jasraj ji Full lyrics Lyrics for Shri Radhe Sharanam Mamah by Pandit Jasraj shree radhey sharnam mamah chaturmukhadi sanstutam samasta satwatanutam ...
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Who is Gajasura whose head is attached to Lord Ganesha?

There is a popular story on how Ganesha got an elephant head. There was an ardent devotee called Gajasura. He does severe penance Lord Shiva beheads Lord Ganesha who was guarding the entrance of ...
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Is it true that the next life depends on our thoughts while dying?

I heard from many preachings that whatever the person thinks while dying, will eventually decide the persons next life. Is it true?