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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sri Rama and squirrel.. where did this story originate?

There is a famous story about a squirrel helping Sri Rama in building the bridge (Rama setu) to go to Lanka. A squirrel sees Vanara army accumulating boulders and rocks for the bridge. A squirrel ...
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Did Vivekananda say “God does not create man in his image; man creates God in his image”?

This document says that: Swami vivekananda had said that "God does not create man in his image; man creates God in his image. If we were camels we would have conjured up a ...
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Are Uranus, Neptune and Pluto mentioned in any scripture?

According to this website, the planets Uranus, Neptune and Pluto were mentioned in the Mahabharata. The site cites the following verses: Vishesheena hi Vaarshneya Chitraam Pidayate Grahah….[10-...
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What scriptures mention chanting Runa Vimochana Narasimha Stotram relieves debts?

There is a belief that if anybody chants the Runa Vimochana Narasimha Stotram he can be relieved from his debts. Is that belief mentioned in any scriptures? EDIT: Here is the Stotram: ॥ श्रीनरसि...
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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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Did Chaitanya Mahaprabhu indeed say Mahavishnu was an incarnation of Krishna?

Any proof in the Chaitanya Charitamrita that Chaitanya Mahaprabhu says Mahavishnu is an incarnation of Krishna? Apologies to anyone offended by my question.
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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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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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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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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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Mythological character in the Hindu newspaper logo

In the national newspaper the logo at top of newspaper a character is depicted at left. It was believed by some to be Kamadhenu from Hindu mythology. But why those wings?... so much like the Ahura ...
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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's the meaning & relevance of LIC logo “yogakshemam vahamyaham”? [closed]

What's the philosophy of "yogakshemam vahamyaham" & how is it relevant to LIC (Life Insurance Corporation of India)? अनन्याश्चिन्तयन्तो मां ये जना: पर्युपासते | तेषां नित्याभियुक्तानां यो...
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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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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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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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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 created this shloka? “kar charan krutam va kayajm karmajm va”

Who created this shloka? What is its source? करचरण कृतं वाक्कायजं कर्मजं वा । श्रवणनयनजं वा मानसं वापराधं । विहितमविहितं वा सर्वमेतत्क्षमस्व । जय जय करुणाब्धे श्रीमहादेव शम्भो ॥ karacharaNa kRRitaM ...
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In which text Om mangalam Bhagavan vishnu mantra is found?

The famous mantra is मङ्गलम् भगवान विष्णुः, मङ्गलम् गरुणध्वजः। मङ्गलम् पुण्डरी काक्षः, मङ्गलाय तनो हरिः॥ This is famous mantra Of Lord vishnu composed in weddings,so I want to know in which ...
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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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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 is name of tiger in vedic-age? Is he present in rig-veda?

What is name of tiger in vedic-age? Is he present in rig-veda? If no then only refrence other vedas and scriptures. UPDATE Is simha a word used for both tigers and lions in rig-veda and other ...
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Which verses for god indra in vedas mention him as friend of all human beings?

Which verses for god indra in vedas mention him as friend of all human beings? His myths and adventures in the Vedic literature are numerous, ranging from harnessing the rains, cutting through ...
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What are some of the famous patriotric hymns/verses about Bharatavarsha found in Hindu scriptures?

Are there any famous patriotic/nationalist hymns/verses about Bharatavarsha found in the Vedas, Itihasas or any Hindu scriptures?
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What is the source of mantra: Om Shreem Shree Dharaya Trailokya Mohanaya namaha?

What is the source and all the information of this mantra: Om Shreem Shree Dharaya Trailokya Mohanaya namaha?
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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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Which scripture is the source of the chant 'Asatoma Sadgamaya Thamaso Maa Jyothir Gamaya…?'

From this link, I found the following verse. Which Hindu scripture is the source of this verse? Asatoma Sadgamaya Thamaso Maa Jyothir Gamaya Mrithyor Maa Amrutham Gamaya Aum Shanti ...
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Is this a real sloka?

Aum Tacchayora Vrneemahe Gaathum Yajnayaa Gaathum Yajna Pathayè. Sthirayrangayi, swastinastunaha. Swasthir manushebyaha. Urdhvam jigathu bheshajham Shamno asthu dwipadhe sham ...
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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 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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Do Rigveda samhita mention himalyas and mount-kailasha?

Do Rigveda samhita mention Himalayas? or the Himalayan range? Vedas mention Kailasa as adobe of lord Rudra in Yajurveda but does the Rigveda mention 1. Himalayas 2. Mount Kailasa (as in Yajurveda ...
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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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Where in the Padma Purana are these verses located?

Where in the Padma Purana are the following verses located? Na śūdrā bhagavad-bhaktās te tu bhāgavatā matāḥ Sarva-varṇeṣu te śūdrā ye na bhaktā janārdane A devotee should never be considered ...
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What scripture has the story of the death of Yama and the creation of the night?

I have read a story in blog of Yama dying and entering the afterlife where he becomes the lord of the dead and Yami mourning over him. The gods try to pacify her but she says "Yama died today!" So ...
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Who is this figure depicted between Shiva and Parvati?

Edward Moor's book "The Hindu Pantheon", published in 1810, provides numerous pictures of Hindu gods. Here's one such picture, depicting Shiva and Parvati: My question is, who is the small figure ...
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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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'Whatever happens, happens for good, is this verse found In any scriptures?

Many of us have heard this even in Hindi Jo hota hain acha ke liye hota hain. Is this concept found in any scriptures of Hinduism? Is this really part of Hindu philosophy or not? Is it shown ...
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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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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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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....