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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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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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Duplicate does not satisfy me [migrated]

Suppose i asked a question on stack and the site contains duplicate question.My question will be marked as duplicate What if the accepted answer of duplicate question does not satisfy me. So even ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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What was Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's opinion on Madhvacharya?

Brahma Sampradaya is one of the 4 major sects of Vaishnavism. The sect is said to have been taught Vishnu worship by Lord Brahma himself and hence the sampradaya named after him. The Brahma Sampradaya ...
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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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Do any verses in the Vedas declare Agni to be the Highest Brahman?

After seeing this answer, I wish to know whether there are any verses declare Agni to be Highest Brahman (since he is frequently mentioned as Indra). Are there any such verses?
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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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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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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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Are there any scriptures that portray Lord Rama to be the source of all incarnations including Lord Vishnu?

There are many verses in the Srimad Bhagavatam and the Brahma-Vaivarta Purana which are used by Krishna-centric Vaishnava traditions to show that Lord Krishna is the source of all incarnations, ...
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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 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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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 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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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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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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Who said this “suta putra” quote about Karna and what does it mean?

This theme for Karna was used in Star Plus Mahabharata which is in Sanskrit. Can anyone tell the meaning of the Sanskrit shloka. Also primarily, I want to know where the verse is actually from & ...
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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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Are the three laws of motion (which is attributted to Sir Isaac Newton) really present in the Vaisheshika Sutras of Kanada?

Certain web articles such as this one, over the past few months have been claiming that the three laws of motion which are attributed to the famous British scientist Sir Isaac Newton, were actually ...
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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-...