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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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What scriptures describe night being caused by mount Meru?

Lalla's Shishyavriddhida Tantra is a Hindu astronomical work dating to the 8th century. In this chapter of the Shishyavriddhida Tantra, Lalla attempts to refute various astronomical theories he ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Who coined the word Hinduism? [duplicate]

The word Hinduism is very popular, but who used it first? There are some references in during British era ,but when exactly this word was used.
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Why India is Known as Karma-Bhumi? [duplicate]

I often heard the term Karma-Bhumi, and also heard that India is Karma-Bhumi? So any one Know or is there any evidence in scriptures? Kindly share.
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Who travelled southwards first? Agastya or Parashurama

In Hindu Puranas, there are two mentions of southward spread of vedic civilization, one was by Agastya Muni and the other by Parashurama after he decimated 21 generations of Kshatriyas. Is it known ...
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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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Is Hinduism a religion? [duplicate]

There are number of religions present today in the world. Every religion has its Holy book except Hinduism E.g Bible, Quran etc. So which is Holy book of Hinduism? Also some people says that Hinduism ...
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How did India get its name as Bharat? [duplicate]

I tried to google this question and in Wikipedia it is not very clear. The above link suggests that India is called Bharat because of Emperor Bharata (son of Shakuntala and Dhushyant) whereas this ...
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Young Jesus' India visit [duplicate]

Did Jesus Christ visit India when he was aged between 13 and 30? Is there any ancient record about his connection to life, culture or religion of India? Please give an objective unbiased referenced ...
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Was Kosala under the control of Kashi in the time of Bhishma?

In the Mahabharata, Adi Parva, Chapter 105 when Satyavati coaxes her son Vyasadeva to give her grandchildren, he say this: 'If the princess of Kosala can bear my strong odour, my ugly and grim ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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“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....