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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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Where is the Panchvati mentioned in Ramayana located in present day India?

Is Panchvati in present day Nasik or in Parnashala? Where was Sita mata abducted by Ravana?
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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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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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Are there any curse associated with Padmanabhaswamy temple & Sabrimala of Kerala, India?

Padmanabhaswamy kshetra and Sabrimala area are 2 of the most sacred places in the state of Kerala, India. In recent years, there have been certain controversies associated with them, where the ...
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Is Manipura, mentioned in Mahabharata, the same place as the current Indian state of Manipura?

Arjuna married Chitragnda - the princess of the Manipura. Is this the same place as the current Indian state of Manipura?
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Where is the Kishkindha region of Ramayana located?

There seem to be a two candidates for the location of Pampa, the area where Shri Rama performed his Aranya Kanda leelas. One is in Karnataka, a very recent development. The other is in Kerala which ...
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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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Some questions on 'Dharma vs Sanatana Dharma'

As to burn is the dharma of the fire, the dharma of a being is to be of it's own nature. If dharma is 'the execution of' laws of nature, why is sanatana dharma not applied out of India? According to ...
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Is it mandatory for Hindus to treat constitution of the country as a smriti? [closed]

Smritis are the scriptures of sanathan dharma, providing the rules and regulations to lead life. In general, a Hindu should follow the smriti texts by Rishis. There is no ambiguity in it. Every ...
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Can someone please list some Linga shaped mountains/hills? What are their stories?

To give an example, here are 2 Linga peaks - Kailash (which is associated as abode of Lord Shiva) and the birthplace of Hanumanji, Anjaneri How many more mountains and hills have this kind of shape ...
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Estimation of number of Jivanmukthas in Indian society

According to Krishna in Geetha, one can guess that a single Jivan Muktha may exist in atleast 10,00,000 people Amongst thousands of persons, hardly one strives for perfection; and amongst those who ...
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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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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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What attributes of Hinduism allowed it to survive centuries of proselytisation by Muslims and Christians?

To start with, no hard feelings against anyone who subscribes to Islam or Christianity. When the Muslims invaded 'Iran' or 'Egypt' they were able to convert the whole population to Islam in a few ...
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What are the sastras or Vedas or Upanishads of taxashila or Nalanda University destroyed by foreigners? [closed]

I have heard most of the people saying some Greek, Persians etc invaded India and burnt Vedas Upanishads etc or the knowledge present in the form of books. Why and who destroyed them? And, what ...
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What is the exact location of nagesh jyotirlinga?

There is a controversy regarding the location of Nagesvara Jyotirlinga. Is it in Jageshwar, Almora (Uttrakhand)? Or is it located in Nageshwara or Darukavana, Dwarka (Gujrat)?
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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? Institutions willing to provide free ...
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Why did God choose India? [duplicate]

I know that God is all pervading according to Advaita Vedanta, but I want to know why the Vedas and Upanishads originated in India and why the puranas revolve around the Indian region.
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Did Basavanna really conduct inter caste marriage?

Some leftists argue that Basavanna was a social reformer and did not see difference in castes. They also argue that Basavanna did not worship temple Gods ,but Veerashaivas argue that these facts are ...
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Is it true that Adi SankarAcharaya cursed Hindus of Kerala?

I read somewhere that Adi SankarAcharya cursed Keralite Hindus. Basically, the post claimed that dwindling numbers of Hindus in Kerala is due to Adi Sankara's curse to Kerala that the people there ...
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How did ancient Indonesians and other South East Asians become Hindus? [closed]

While Hinduism is a non proselytising religion and Brahmins were neither allowed to cross oceans nor to marry mlecchas ,how did Hindus convert Indonesians to Hinduism ? And how were Varnas Created in ...
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On what basis does the author of Ancient India say that the original Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa contained only 6,000 or 12,000 verses?

In Ancient India, which served as a textbook for Class XI students in India during the 1980s, the author, Ram Sharan Sharma, makes the following claim about Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa: The two epics and the ...
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Why did King Shantanu wait to see his seven sons die at the hands of Brahmaputri Ganga and not marry another woman?

I am watching B.R Films' series on "Mahabharat". In Episode 1 of which the union between King Shantanu of Hastinapur with Brahmaputri Ganga has been shown. She goes on to kill the sons born ...
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Did sports/athletics games and competitions exist in mythological and ancient India?

I was the reading origins of the ancient Olympics and realized that athletics was not a just part of ancient Greek history but also a part of their religious mythology. I could not find athletics in ...
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Is it a fact that the city of Shimla is named after Goddess Shyamala?

Is it a fact that Shimla, the capital city of Himachal Pradesh is named after Goddess Shyamala? What is the image of the Goddess?
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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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Is Hinduism a foreign belief system in India? [closed]

As far as I know, Aryans migrated from Asia Minor (Anatolia or Turkey) to Indus valley. And, in order to rule over the local and indigenous people, they created the caste system. They also created ...
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Are advaitha peetadhipathis necessarily jivan mukthas?

Is it mandatory that the Peetadhipathi of Advaitha Peetas has to be liberated?
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What is a jambu tree?

I am reading 'The Wonder That Was India' by A.L.Basham. In chapter 1, Introduction the author mentions as a footnote that, The ancient Indians knew their sub-continent as Jambudvipa (the continent ...
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Is Kṛṣṇasāra mentioned in Manusmṛti 2.23 the spotted deer (Axis axis) or the blackbuck (Indian antelope)?

Ganganath Jha translates 'kṛṣṇasāra' as 'spotted deer': kṛṣṇasārastu carati mṛgo yatra svabhāvataḥ | sa jñeyo yajñiyo deśo mlecchadeśastvataḥ paraḥ || 23 || But the region where the spotted ...
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Has the current day India become a mlecchadeśa? Is it still fit for sacrifices?

Commenting on Manusmṛti 2.23, Medhātithi says: In fact, the name ‘mlecchadeśa’ is to be taken literally, in the sense that it is ‘the country of mlecchas’; so that if mlecchas happen to conquer a ...
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Who is Jalangiman Chetti and what powers did he possess?

Swami Vivekananda in one of his talks mentions a person, Jalangiman Chetti, claiming he acquired some special powers from constant repetition of certain mantras. Who is this person and what powers ...
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is Parasurama Kund a holy place and is this the correct location?

There is a place called Parsuram Kund and I wonder if it has something to do with Lord Parasurama. This place is on the Brahmaputra River, as you can see on the picture below. Click on the image for ...
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Why do Indian women wear bangles?

Why do Indian women, especially married women, wear bangles?
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Why all gods are blessed or born only in India? Why USA/UK is superior than India (Bharatha khandam) presently in 21st century? [duplicate]

How was the America/USA/UK during previous yuga before Kali yuga? Who were ruling those places? why god never born in USA/UK/Aus/NZ/china geographic region (non-India) during Satya, Thretra yuga,...
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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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Geography of Malini river

A river named Malini is mentioned in the Adi parva of Mahabharata. And they then passed a long time there in each other's company. And sporting with each other, just as they pleased, for a long time ...
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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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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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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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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?
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Does any scripture predict the Muslim invasion of India?

Does any scripture predict the Muslim invasion of India? Does the scripture like the Bhavishya Purana or some other Purana predict an invasion?
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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 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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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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Do scriptures say about authentic living person(s) for Hinduism for current time?

I am asking the question in respect to current time. Do scriptures provide any living people who can be treated as authentic (for decisions) in Hinduism without any doubt?
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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 was the guru of Chanakya? [closed]

We all know Chanakya a.k.a Kautilya, the author of Arthashastra. I would like to know that, who was his Guru and which school of thought did he follow?
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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 ...