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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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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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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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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Source of Ramayana Mantra

Please let me know the source of shloka राघवो विजयं दद्यात् मम सीतापतिः प्रभुः । राघवस्य यथत्द्वन्द्वं दद्यात् वैभवम् ॥ raaghavo vijayam dadyAt mama sItApatiH prabhuH| raaghavasya ...
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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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What manuscript is this illustration from?

What manuscript is this illustration from?
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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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What is the source of “Bootha hitha yathartha bashanameva satyam”?

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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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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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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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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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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Where is Subrahmanya Sahasranamam mentioned in the Skanda Purana?

I am unable to find the exact portion in the Skanda purANa where Brahma composes the Sahasranamam for Lord Subrahmanya- It says Eswara Proktam in the Skanda Purana, but I cant find it in the Skanda ...
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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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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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Do the Vedas claim that Moon is farther from the Earth than the Sun?

Wikipedia article on Brahmagupta, the Indian mathematician and astronomer, claims the following. In chapter seven of his Brahmasphutasiddhanta, entitled Lunar Crescent, Brahmagupta rebuts the idea ...
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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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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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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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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 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 source of the Panchakanya sloka?

Does anyone know from which scripture this sloka is cited? Wikipedia doesn't help much. I've heard this sloka almost everywhere so I'm curious and want to find out it's source. अहल्या द्रौपदी ...
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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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Where is this story of death of a Hindu avatar found?

As a child I heard this story about a Hindu avatar which has stayed with me as I find it very interesting. It's regarding death of one of the Vishnu's avatar (or that of an another Hindu god). The ...
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What is implied by the Tribhanga form of God or Goddess?

Lord Sri Krishna is known as 'Tribhanga MurAri', as shown in the enclosed image. As per the Dhyana-Mantra of Goddess Durga, She is also having a Tribhanga form. What exactly is meant or signified by ...
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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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Sarpa Dosha Nivarana Mantra in Mahabaratha

The following is Sarpa Dosha Nivarana Mantra. Anantho Vasukee Seshaha Padmanaabhascha Kambalaha Sankhapaalo Dhaatharaastraha Takshaka Kaaliyasthatha Ethaani Navanaamaani Nagaanaam cha ...
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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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Origin of कराग्रे वसते लक्ष्मीः (karaagre vasate lakshmi)

One of the most popular and widely used Shloka in Hinduism is कराग्रे वसते लक्ष्मीः करमध्ये सरस्वती । करमूले तु गोविन्दः प्रभाते करदर्शनम् ॥ karAgre vasate lakShmIH kara-madhye sarasvatI ...
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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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Are these verses really present in the Skanda Purana?

According to this site, mantra diksha not taken under a Vaishnava Guru are unqualified in worshipping Lord Vishnu. The site has cited the following verses which are supposedly from the Kartika-...
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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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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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Did Lahiri Mahasaya defeat Swami Dayanand Saraswati in a debate in Kashi?

I heard recently from a friend that the famous yogi named Lahiri Mahasaya had once debated with Swami Dayanand Saraswati in Kashi and successfully defeated the founder of Arya Samaj (An organisation ...
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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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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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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 ?
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What are the qualities of a true Vaishnava?

According to the Chaitanya Charitamrita, a true Vaishnava has to have the following 26 qualities: He is very kind to everyone He does not make anyone his enemy He is truthful He is equal to everyone ...