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Which shloka or scripture states that there are 33 crores of Hindu gods?

Please mention the shloka that explicitly states that there are 33 crores of Hindu Gods. Please do not quote Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, because I think it just states that there are 33 gods. Not 33 ...
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Which famous quotes are wrongly attributed to Bhagavad Gita? [closed]

There are many famous sayings, found in Facebook, WhatsApp & other social media, which are wrongly linked to Bhagavad Gita. Purpose of this Qn is to link all the duplicates in one place. Meta ...
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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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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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Do any scriptures say that Varna is determined by Rashi?

Many people say that Varna is determined by birth, and others say Varna is determined by qualities. But I've seen some websites which claim that Varna is based on Rashi(our birth constellation/star). ...
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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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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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What is the origin of Raksha Bandhan?

Raksha Bandhan is a festival that celebrates the love and duty between brothers and sisters celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu calendar month of Shravana. But what is the origin/story behind ...
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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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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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Source of the Shloka Yad bhavam tad bhavathi

I see this Shloka in many places which means "as you think so you become". The Sanskrit verse is Yad bhavam Tad bhavathi. Is there a scriptural source for this verse?
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Which scriptures portray Lord Ganesha to be the supreme God?

I have seen many scriptures to portray Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva, Lalita Devi and Lord Surya to be the supreme. However, I would like to know whether any scripture portrays Lord Ganesha to be the ...
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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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What do scriptures say about silk?

Silk is worn by many in Hindu rituals and ceremonies. Is it neccesary to wear it? Do scriptures talk about silk? Is there any alternative from wearing silk in rituals and ceremonies? Since, silk ...
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Where is it written that Kshatriyas are eligible to eat meat?

I have often heard from many people that Kshatriyas are allowed to partake non-vegetarian food. Some people who believe Sri Rama took meat (this is due to certain controversial verses present in the ...
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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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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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Which puranas contain the story of the contest between Ganesha and Kartikeya for vighnadhipatyam?

One of the famous stories associated with Lord Ganesha and Lord Kartikeya is their competition between them for the leadership over the Ganas and obstacles. This story is also a part of the Vinayaka ...
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Which Dharma Shastra books is Devdutt Patnaik referring to here? [closed]

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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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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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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Did Kunti explicitly tell Pandavas to marry Draupadi?

Consider the following excerpt from The Mahabharata: SECTION CLXLIII (Swayamvara Parva continued) Vaisampayana continued, Hearing these words of Drupada, the virtuous king ...
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Do any scriptures describe fish to be vegetarian/Sattvic?

Many scriptures forbid the consumption of animal flesh. Some examples of such scriptures are given below: We ought to destroy those who eat cooked as well as uncooked meat and eggs. (Atharva Veda 8....
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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 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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In what text(s) is the Naga gayatri mantra found?

Various sites on the internet list some variation on the naga gayatri mantra, such as the following: ōṁ navakulāye vidhmahe viśadantāye dhīmahi tanno sarpa pracodayāt I've been unable to ...
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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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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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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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Who is Soma Natha?

For Kaliyuga, Lord Shiva has appointed 12 great gurus each for 500 years. Which will keep repeating till the arrival of Satyuga. Therefore, henceforward twelve Great Souls shall uphold My Law ...
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What is the source of this famous verse?

आकाशात् पतितं तोयं यथा गच्छति सागरम् । सर्वदेवनमस्कारं केशवं प्रतिगच्छति ॥ ākāśāt patitaṃ toyaṃ yathā gacchati sāgaram । sarvadevanamaskāraṃ keśavaṃ pratigacchati ॥ Meaning: As the ...
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Does anyone know the name of this Hindu deity?

Does anyone know the name of this Hindu deity? Any help would be most appreciated.
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Are any boons/curses issued in Rig Veda?

The poets pray for cattle and so forth and pray to rudra not to harm them but there doesn't seem to be boons and curses recorded in rig veda. One would think boons and curses would be mostly epic/...
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Who was sage Lomasa?

Got to read about sage Lomasa here while researching about Kamyaka Forest: The Pandavas came back from the Dwaita woods to Kamyaka again for a 2nd time. This time they lived without Arjuna who ...
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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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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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Where do I find this Advait (non dual) philosophical quote by Nammalvar?

Alvars were devotees of Lord Vishnu who propagated Vishnu devotion in ancient India. One of the Alvar named Nammalvar said the following (found from Teachings' of Ramana Maharshi book) - In ...
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Is any scriptures says that, Without chanting the names of the God, we are all living dead?

How does someone considered as a living dead if not chanting the names of God?
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Where is the verse ''sahasra-namnam punyanam… prayacchati'' found?

sahasra-namnam punyanam, trir-avrttya tu yat phalam; ekavrttya tu krsnasya, namaikam tat prayacchati Meaning: If one utters shri-krishna-nama once, one obtains the same result that comes from ...
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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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Does the Mahabharata contain the quote “When is peace not peace?”

Yesterday I was listening to an American political radio show, and I was surprised to hear a reference to Hinduism. An African American activist who was being interviewed said the following: In ...
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Is there any shloka in scriptures, which says “justice for all”

Is there any shloka in scriptures, which says "justice for all" (sabhi ke liye samaan nayaya) ? Quotes from vedas will be preferred, but any other scripture will also be good.
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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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Could anyone locate where the Devi Purana contains the following verse about Chaitanya Mahaprabhu?

This blog post lists out verses from various Smritis that contain predictions of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. The following verse is said to be from the Devi Purana. Nama-siddhanta-sampatti ...
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Can anyone provide me all the verses of Buddha and their translations in the puranas?

From wikipedia, I found Lord Buddha who is said to be the ninth avatara of Vishnu to be mentioned in the following texts: Harivamsa (1.41) Vishnu Purana (3.18) Bhagavata Purana (1.3.24, 2.7.37, 11.4....
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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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Is Dhruva portrayed as a devotee of Prajapati Brahma in any texts?

Dhruva is usually known as a devotee of Lord Vishnu. However, according to some of my relatives, Dhruva was a devotee of Lord Brahma. Do any text portray Dhruva to be a devotee of Lord Brahma?
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Which purana states the story of Neela Devi lending hair to Lord Vishnu for covering scar?

Which Puranas has the story of Neela Devi giving hair to Lord Vishnu for covering his scar on head? This is the story famous for giving hair at Tirupati Venkateshwara temple.