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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?

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?

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?
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Information on list of Sri Vishnu's weapons requested

Sri Madhvacharya, the propagator of Dvaita siddanta and the Brahma sampradaya, has authored a book called TantrasArasaMgraha. In the same book, under adhyAya 4, verse 18-20, Sri Madhvacharya lists ...
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Source of the Sanskrit shloka- Om Sarva Mangala Mangalye

The sanskrit shloka given below is a prayer to Goddess Durga. Om Sarva Mmangala Mangalye Shive Sarvaartha Saadhike Sharanye Tryambake Gauri Naaraayani Namostute" Sarva Mangala Mangalye - To ...
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Who is the headless god in this picture?

I recently came across this picture of Vishnu's incarnation Narasimha being worshiped by various Devas: Most of these Devas are recognizable. Starting from the top left and going counterclockwise, I ...
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Story in which Gautama or Satananda changed the order of Tretayug and Dwaparyug?

As per this story, the order of Yugas was Satyuga-Dwaparyuga-Tretayuga-Kalyuga. It was Gautama who changed the order of Dwaparyuga and Tretayuga. In another version of this story it was Satananda (...
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Is “Vishishtadvaita” a scriptural term? Is there any instance where it is used in scriptures?

There is a philosophy having the name Advaita and there is also a philosophy called Dvaita. Both these terms- Advaita, Dvaita- are found in scriptures, including the Upanishads. Now, there is yet ...
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What did humans do that Brahma took away their divinity?

According to an ancient Hindu legend whose author is unknown, there was once a time when all human beings were gods but they so abused their divinity that Brahma, the chief god, decided to take it ...
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In which book the story of Adi Shankara entering the king's body is mentioned first?

When Adi Shankara defeated Mandana Mishra, his wife Ubhaya Bharati said he also have to defeat her in debate. In order to turn the debate towards her, she started asking about Kama Shastra. But as a ...
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Please, can anyone give me the exact source of ṛte jñānānna muktih?

Please, can you give me the exact source of ṛte jñānānna muktih (ऋते ज्ञानान्न मुक्तिः)?
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Where in Padma Purana the following verse about parampara is located?

Sampradaya-vihina ye mantras te nisphala matah Atah kalau bhavisyanti catvarah sampradayinah catvarah sampradayinah Sri-brahma-rudra-sanakah vaisnavah ksiti-pavanah Catvaras te kalau bhavya ...
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Please identify temple in this photo [closed]

I wish to paint following in future. What temple is this? Where is it located? Here is the webpage I found it, https://www.aryagezi.com/gezi/204/tum-renkleri-ile-nepal-ve-hindistan
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Did Krishna warn Bhishma not to interrupt any actions of Kauravas and Pandavas during the game of dice?

In Peter Brooks play/movie adaptation of Mahabharat the following conversation ensues between Krishna and Bhishma before the game of dice was to commence;[Given here below. Shortened/edited by me, but ...
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What are the symbolisms associated with the fingers of the hands?

I read somewhere recently that with your palm facing you and going clockwise (anti-clockwise if left hand), starting from the middle finger, the Panchabhuta in order of creation are represented. To be ...
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Is taking Ganga's name at the time of death another way to attain liberation from rebirth?

From "India and Its Faiths: A Traveler's Record": Page 36: He who calls, O Ganga! Ganga! While life is flickering in the throat, goes when dead to the City of Vishnu and is not born again on earth....
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How should a devotee respond to bigotry towards his or her ishta?

Following some attacks on certain deities on this site, a question has arisen on my mind on how such statements should be responded by devotees. For example, if a person comes to a devotee and ...
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Which work of Basavanna contains this statement?

From this site: Basavanna says: I will pour insects in the mouth of one who identifies, Hari (Vishnu) with Hara (Siva) Hari has ten births and death, Brahma has countless births and ...
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What are some popular names of Vishnu which are also the names of Shiva in the Shiva Sahasranama?

In the Vishnu Sahasranama (thousand names of Vishnu), the names "Shiva" and "Rudra" are mentioned which Smarthas believe to be indicating nondifference between Vishnu and Shiva. Are there any popular ...
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Is there any mention of the Mahamrityunjay Mantra in the Puranas?

The Mahamrityunjay Mantra is a famous verse found in the Rig Veda which glorifies a "three-eyed deity". According to Shaivites, the mantra refers to Lord Shiva whereas Vaishnavas believe it to be ...
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Reference for “Dayanand Saraswati rejected Brahmanas (of Vedas) and Aranyakas (of Vedas) and Upanishads”

Observation 1 Book "Discovering the Rigveda" By Geerpuram Nadadur Srinivasa Raghavan, Pg 73 says Dayanand Saraswati rejected Brahmanas (of Vedas) and Aranyakas (of Vedas) as wild imaginations." ...
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In which section of the Brahmanda Purana, is the advent of Swaminarayan supposedly predicted?

Some members of the Swaminarayan sect often quote the following verse supposedly from the Brahmanda Purana to prove Sahajanand Swami (more commonly known as Swaminarayan) to be an incarnation of Sri ...
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Are there any references for claims that “purush sukta in Rigveda” is an interpolation?

Many people claim that as per many scholarly studies and references, "purush sukta in Rigveda is an interpolation" Can somebody provide references to such scholarly studies and references ?