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India, officially the Republic of India,also called as Bhārat (भारत) in Sanskrit, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country with over 1.2 billion people, and the most populous democracy in the world.

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Did Jesus visit Jagannath Temple of Puri?

Levi H. Dowling wrote the book The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ. The title of section VI is: Life and Works of Jesus in India, here is an extract: "And Jesus was accepted as a pupil in the ...
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Why all Avatar's and Grantha's references happened only in India and not elsewhere?

This is more merely an outside question. Many have a conscious feeling that why all Devas, Avataras and incidents written on our text books are confined to Indian Mediterranean, mostly North region of ...
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Authenticity of Sanskrit Verses containing the word “HINDU”

We all know that the word Hindu is a Persian word for the Sindu river and was later used to refer to the region to other side of the Sindu river as Hindustan which then became India. But this page ...
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How is “Patriotism” seen from the Hindu Dharma perspective?

Are there any scriptures (Dharma Shastra-s) or Hindu saints who have talked about patriotism? Related: This post discusses specific to Kshatriya class, Martyr concept in Hinduism
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Why can't we have same calendar?

I'm Hindu and I've noticed that in some places, Sravan month ends a few weeks earlier (eg. in Nepal it's already over), than for other places (e.g my town). Why does this happen? Sravan month is just ...
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What is the truth behind the practice of Sati? How is it related to Hinduism?

Many people use the practice of Sati (सती) as a weapon against Hinduism to point out that it is full of bad practices. I have heard that it was limited to one particular community in one of the states ...
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“If you talk of righteousness, spiritualism, then India comes first”. Why? [closed]

I've transcribed words pronounced by Ramanand Puri during the Kumbh Mela 2001: (Source: see this video from 1:50 to 2:25) "Every place, every society, every country is famous for its specialization....
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Do any Acharyas support a return to Hindu monarchy?

Throughout most of its history, the system of government in India was Vedic monarchy (the claims of P.C. Dharma notwithstanding). But in modern times, India has turned into a democracy. My question ...
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Who is the goddess depicted as “Bharat Mata” & why is she having Indian tricolor flag?

What is the story of Bharat Mata? What's her connection with the Indian national flag?
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Why is India also called Bharata?

Sanatana Dharma originated in India. India also has another name: "Bharata/Bharathavarsha". The term ArshaBharata culture is commonly used for pointing out the Sanatana Dharma in South India. How did ...
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Why there is gap of 15 days in Shravan Maas of North Indians and Maharashtrians?

I'm pretty much aware of Shravan Maas, we don't eat non-veg and alcohol; some people don't even shave but why there is a gap of 15 days in Shravan Maas of North Indians and Maharashtrians?
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Why Lord Vishnu incarnates only in Bharata Varsha (India)?

One question raised in my mind, why lord Vishnu incarnates only in Bhartha Varsha (India)? It is little bit confusing for me, because I can't find any valid resources. Please provide some evidence ...
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Why do Indian women wear bangles?

Why do Indian women, especially married women, wear bangles?
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Where does Atithi Devo Bhava (Guests are equal to Gods) come from?

According to Indian culture, Guests (Atithis) are treated as equal to the God. Did this originate from Hinduism? If so in which text/scripts is this quote mentioned?
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What was the true reason behind the practice of Child Marriage?

In our country Child marriages were done in Hinduism at Large Level and still continuing in a small level. Many people were against this child marriage with scientific basis that it is Bad and was ...
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Who coined the term 'Jambudvipa' and 'Bharat' for India as a country?

I was going through this article in which there is a mention of India or 'Bharat' not being called as a country until in the Third century BC Ashoka used 'Jambudvipa' for 16 mahajanpadas which could ...
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Is the objective of vedas spiritual prosperity or material prosperity?

From the pre-historic time, India is known for the spiritual prosperity. No where in the planet produced this many rishis, Yogi's, jnani's. From the material perspective we were backward. There were ...
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Is there any description of Bharatavarsha in Hindu Scriptures?

I've read about Bharatavarsha in many books, but only found the origin of the term Bharatavarsha. Is there a description of Bharatavarsha (i.e., what constitutes Bharatavarsha), in a holy book?
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Other than ISKCON, who are Vaishnavites?

It seems that Vaishnavism isn't as popular as I had initially expected it to be. What groups venerate Vishnu other than ISKCon? Is there a particular region of India were Vaishnavism is the majority? ...
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Who is the Kshetrapala god who lives on the Pariyatra mountains?

Most people only know about Chanakya's Artha Shastra, a work about Hindu statecraft. What is not as well-known is that it's based on an older work on statecraft called the Brihaspati Sutras, composed ...
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What is the origin of Namaskar? What does it signify?

Namaskar or Namaste is the traditional way of greeting/praying in India. Also in temples we use the same gesture to pray to the Lords. As Hinduism is hiding many unknown facts in it's rituals, curious ...
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What is the most recent reference to wild Sharabhas existing?

Most people only know the story of how Shiva took an incarnation as the half-lion half-bird Sharabheshwara in order to try to subdue Vishnu's incarnation Narasimha, as I discuss here.  What's not as ...
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Why Bharata Varsha (India) alone is called Karma Bhoomi?

According to Vishnu Purana, In Jambu-dwípa, Vishnu, consisting of sacrifice, is worshipped, as the male of sacrificial rites, with sacrificial ceremonies: he is adored under other forms ...
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When did Hinduism spread to south India?

By etymology the word Hindu refers to people living near Sindhu riverbed. So Hindus must have been in North India initially. How and when did Hinduism spread to southern India? Before Hinduism spread ...
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What is the location of Bharata Varsha (khanda)?

I have read somewhere(can't remember the source) the Bharatha Khanda governed by king Bharatha is submerged in the Hindu Mahasagara. Can anyone tell me where is Bharatha Khanda in current yuga? if it ...
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What was the name of 'Hindustan' before 'Bharat'?

Well I know that 'Hindustan' was called 'Bharat' after the name of king Bharat, but curious to know what was the ancient name prior to that?
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Are Puranas rewritten or original?

How many Puranas are there actually and do we have the original ones with us? Most of them are translated by Western scholars who don't even know Sanskrit.
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What is the Kanya region of Bharatavarsha, identified as the only residence of the four castes?

Lalla's Shishyavriddhida Tantra is a Hindu astronomical work dating to the 8th century. In this excerpt from the Shishyavriddhida Tantra, Lalla describes the geography of Bharatavarsha, i.e. the ...
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Which places in India does the authentic “pitru vidhi” happen?

Pitru Vidhi mainly deals with doing ceremony for one's own paternal family ancestors. Usually this leads to their peace. If not done properly then these same ancestors will create minor/major family ...
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Why did India lose to foreign invaders? [closed]

There have been many self proclaimed god men and mystics in India. Most claimed to have supernatural powers. I myself am an astrologer who studied Jyotisha. Why couldn’t astrologers predict the fall ...
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What are the basic requirements to be a Hindu or to be identified as a part of Sanathana Dharma?

Can I still be a Hindu, if I do not believe in any form of rituals or prayers to god? Can I still be a Hindu if I have no knowledge of Vedic scriptures and Sanskrit? So , basically my point is did I ...
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Was education free in ancient India?

In ancient India, we had world famous educational institutions like Takshsila, Nalanda and Benaras etc. My question: How was the education system in ancient India? Did they provide free education ...
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What is the reason behind use of crackers for temple festivals? [closed]

We generally see in temple festivals that use of crackers is a star-attraction. It always attracts a huge crowd. But it may prove fatal too as it is a risk using huge amount of crackers at a time. Do ...
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In which Mahayuga and Manvantara, did King Bharatha, after whom India is called Bhārath, live?

Vishnu Purana says: उत्तरं यत्समुद्रस्य हिमाद्रेश्चैव दक्षिणम् । वर्षं तद् भारतं नाम भारती यत्र संततिः ।। uttaraṃ yatsamudrasya himādreścaiva dakṣiṇam varṣaṃ tadbhārataṃ nāma bhāratī ...
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Why do most of the people visit India to achieve high spiritual state or for becoming great?

I am always curious to know why do most of the people visit India to achieve high spiritual state or for becoming great ? Example Steve Jobs, Mark Zukerburg etc.. the list is long.
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Which Hindu god/deity has most temples?

Is there any authentic data captured by a reputed institute or organization, that clearly shows which Hindu God/Deity has highest no. of temples in India? Does any Government body or NGO keep track ...
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Who coined the term “neo-vedanta?”

Some folks on this site are saying: This term was invented by Western Christian orientalists to denigrate the Hindu religion... Paul Hacker coined Neo-Vedanta for spread of Christianity and ...
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What is the oldest scripture which explains how a temple should be built?

What is the oldest (surviving) Hindu scripture which explains how a temple should be built, maintained, and what should be its day-to-day affairs? Is an English translation of the same available? Is ...
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Religious organizations in India that teach Vedas or scriptures with a day job [closed]

For a person wanting to give up material needs, devote to God and study ancient Indian scriptures (Vedas, Upanishads etc.), are there any religious community organizations in India where he could also ...
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Why is ravana still worshipped in a few places till today despite being the demon king?

I have seen in films, heard tales about how in south India many people worship ravana, surely they must be following a different folklore version which edifies ravana but isn't Ramayana an universally ...
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Are the terms 'secular', 'agnostic', 'atheist' used in today's India?

Are the terms secular, agnostic, atheist applied by Indian people themselves to characterize existing attitudes in today's Indian Hindu society? Added: Due to comment of @Whirl Mind I restrict my ...
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Is the Rama Setu pilgrimage “equally effective” for all pilgrims irrespective of their dwelling places?

The Skanda Purana,Brahma Khanda,describes the greatness of Rama Setu as follows: In the Brahma Khanda of Skanda Purana, Suta Maha Muni addressed a Conclave of Rishis and narrated the significance ...
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Is the Lonar crater lake mentioned in Skanda Purana or Padma Purana?

Is the Lonar crater lake mentioned in Skanda Purana or Padma Purana as the following excerpt from Wikipedia claims? If so, in what context? Historicity The lake was first mentioned in ancient ...
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Are Hindus descendants of Surya and Chandra Vamshis?

Are all Hindus, or at least all Indian Hindus descendants of Suryavamshis and Chandravamshis? Kindly through some light.
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Are Hindu scriptures limited to India? [duplicate]

I found that most of the Hindu scriptures and epics describe places in and around India. Does any Hindu scripture mention about the Pyramids of Egypt or America or Africa?
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Any evidence of Ram Temple in Ayodhya being destroyed before Babri Masjid? [duplicate]

I am looking for clarity on the case, argument or evidence of destruction (non-existence) of the Ram temple in Ayodhya before the Babri Masjid. That is, is there any source that talks about the ...
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Since “india” is Bharat, what is the scriptural term for Indian? [closed]

From what I understand, India is a term that Britain put on Bharat (And in "india", the natives call it Bharat).. So the name of your land (in your native tongue/language), is Bharat, but what is the ...
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Did Max Müller say any positive things about India and Hinduism?

Here is a citation, about Indian culture in general: If I were to look over the whole world to find out the country most richly endowed with all the wealth, power, and beauty that nature can bestow—...
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What is the legend of the Bāhudā river?

How did the Bāhudā river near Kanipakam, Andhra Pradesh, India get its name? Is there a story behind it? Is the river mentioned in any of the scriptures?
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What was the population of India in the age of Lord Krishna?

What was the population of India in the age of Lord Krishna? Was it still overcrowded like it is now? We all know its overpopulated now but was it the same previously?