Questions tagged [itihasa]

This tag can be used for questions regarding the stories of itihasas i.e.,Ramayana and Mahabharata. These two are classified as Itihasas.

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Why does Bhishma condemn the rakshasa vivaha?

This is what Bhishma says in the Mahabharata: Other forms of marriage are seen, practised by men, such as marrying girls after abducting them by force from amidst their kinsmen. Those persons who ...
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Is there any mention of virgin birth in Hindu scriptures?

Virgin birth is being born from a virgin, like Mary who gave birth to Jesus Christ. Is there any story of virgin birth in Hindu scriptures? What I want to know is if any woman gave birth without ...
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From which shastra is the story of a wife and her husband Kaushik who was visiting prostitutes?

The story is mentioned here in wikipedia: A Brahmin named Kaushik from Pratishthan used to visit a prostitute, despite being a Brahmin and having a devoted wife. It's also mentioned on other sites ...
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Who was and what is the time period of Vimuktatma Yati who authored Ishta Siddhi?

Vimuktatma yati was a scholar and sannyasi of advaita parampara. He wrote the famous work Ishta siddhi. Wikipedia says Vimuktatma (AD 1200) (Ishtasiddhi) But Shri Ramanujacharya who lived between ...
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Are there any documented cases of opposite-sex friendships in Hindu scripture?

Are there any documented stories or cases of non-sexual friendship between men and women in Hindu scripture? For reference, the Kama Sutra says sex with female friends is prohibited: Then, here is ...
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Source of Vishwamitra and Vasishta being reborn into Brahmin caste

In Shukra Niti, 80-81st verse it says Vishwamitra, Vasishta, Matanga and Narada and others were elevated to the status of Brahmama by penances and not by birth. I remember reading that Vishwamitra, ...
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Is abortion permissible if life of mother is in danger?

I understand abortion in general is a sin as per the answers to this question here But what if mother's life is in danger due to a complicated pregnancy. In that case is it permissible ? If not ...
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Research question: What are the mentions of seasons along with lunar months or lunar phases in Mahabharata

Research question: What are the citations of seasons along with lunar Hindu months or lunar phases in Mahabharata? This is extremely important tool for dating Mahabharata, using precession of ...
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Why did Kauravas hate Pandavas?

Kauravas were more powerful than Pandavas in many areas. What was the main reason that Kauravas hated Pandavas? Did Pandavas hate Kauravas too?
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Did any major epic or puranic character ever die of natural causes like disease or old age?

Did any major Epic (itihasa) or Pauranika character ever die of natural causes like disease or old age? I have heard of major characters only dying in battles or unnatural deaths due to curses or ...
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References to Varanasi in the Ramayana and the Mahabharata

An ongoing study by IIT Kharagpur shows that civilization may have existed in Varanasi as long as 4500 BC. My question is inspired by this study. What are the references available to Varanasi or ...
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From where can I get Shiva Rahasya Purana's English translation?

Also known as just Shiva Rahasya. This great scripture is also considered Shaiva Itihasa and contains Ribhu Gita which was quoted by Ramana Maharshi. I want to know where can I get full english ...
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Why Vidvat Sannyasa is considered superior as compared to Vividhisha Sannyasa?

I want to know from scripture or from saints why Vidvat Sannyasa (sannyasa taken after self-realization) is considered superior to Vividhisha Sannyasa (sannyasa taken with the desire to gain knowledge ...
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Who were the Kriyashakti Acharyas and who among them was a contemporary of Shri Vidyaranya?

I have read that there were saints called Kriyashakthi Acharyas in Karnataka and one of them was a contemporary of Shri Vidyaranya of Sringeri during the period of Vijayanagara empire. They seem to ...
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Which canonical scripture is this sahasranama part of?

Any Sahasranama is not usually found as an independent hymn/devotional scripture , but as a part of purana , itihasa. etc ,normally traced through its menion in sankalpa vakya(epilogue)(that begins ...
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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 there any mention of the previous birth of Rishi Markandeya?

Does any scripture mentions about the previous birth of Rishi Markandeyaji?
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Are the upanishads later to the Vedas?

This question is in connection with my previous question related to Puranas and upanishads. It is also a follow up to my another question. Chhāndogya Upanishad verses 7.1.2 and 7.1.4 mention the ...
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Does even a single sacred scripture sanction or even mention a "patnivrata dharma"?

Pativrata dharma is mentioned everywhere. As per this every wife has to obey, worship and serve her husband. She can even be beaten by him if required. But some feminists and apologists are saying ...
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Is there any instance of rape described in the Itihasa or Purana?

Some say rape is a western thing and got introduced in India due to western influence. I was wondering whether any instance of rape was mentioned in Puranas or Itihasas. By the way, I am not ...
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Are the signs of evil possessions on a person given in Vedas, Puranas and Itihasas?

By Vedas I mean all 4 vedas, all their 4 parts and all Vedangas. By Puranas I only mean Mahapuranas. Itihasa means Ramayana, Mahabharata and the Shaiva Itihasa Evil possessions can mean ghosts or ...
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What are the new duties of the 4 varnas as per Saunaka & Bhargabhūmi?

In the Puranas, Manu and his wife had many children and future generations who changed their caste (varna) totally freely. For example, in Brahma Purana Chapter 5 it is given: Vaivasvata Manu (...
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Asuras/Rakshasas who became good?

There were some Rakshasas like Vibhishana who were noble. Were there any Asuras/Rakshasas who were initially evil but eventually became good i.e moved to the side of Dharma?
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Do scriptures mention anyone who is Pratiloma or Shudra born having successfully read and recited Vedas?

To be clear, please don't conflate reading and reciting the Vedas to having understood the Vedas. I didn't come across anywhere in KMG Mahabharata where Karna is said to have read/recited vedas. At ...
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What is the war summary addendum of Mahabharata?

I remember reading a small Sanskrit work which was supposed to be an addendum of Mahabharata, which summarizes the war and gives dates according to Hindu calendar. I can't recall where I read it or it'...
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Is Buddha or Buddhism mentioned explicitly in Mahabharata?

In the famous Mahabharata translation of Kisori Mohan Ganguli, he remarks at the start of Shanti Parva The Santi Parva is a huge interpolation in the Mahabharata, in the genre known as 'wisdom ...
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Is there any mention of Adhika Masa in Mahabharata War?

The online debate for dating Mahabharata is going strong between 3067 BCE and 5561 BCE groups on Twitter and YouTube. Both these years conjecture that there was an Adhika Masa during the year of ...
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Proof of hereditary caste system in Vedas OR Ramayana and Mahabharata

Edit: This is not a duplicate question because this is a specific question asking for proof for caste being heridetary, not just what Vedas have to say about caste. Please understand the difference. ...
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Who edited the Puranas?

Wikipedia says this The content is highly inconsistent across the Puranas, and each Purana has survived in numerous manuscripts which are themselves inconsistent.[4] The Hindu Maha Puranas are ...
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Where has it said in the authentic scriptures, that a year in the Yuga schematic of Manu is actually a Daiva year?

The one of the early mentions of Yuga theory of Satya, Treta, Dwapara and Kali occurs in Manu Smriti. There the Yuga is acutally only 12000 years with Kali Yuga - 1200 years Dwapara Yuga - 2400 ...
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Do Vedas mention that Vedas ALONE are to be followed and Itihasa/Purana should be discarded?

We sometimes hear these arguments : 'Vedas ALONE are truth', and 'Whenever there is conflict between Sruti and Smriti, Smriti must be discarded'. Do the propoents of this argument: know what all the ...
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What is the story of the "Shaiva Itihasa" or Shiva Rahasya Itihasa?

The Shaiva Linga Mahapurana mentions the Shaiva Itihasa in Chapter 1.26 For the propitiation of eighteen Puranas beginning with Brahma, for the propitiation of eighteen Upapuranas beginning with ...
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Which is the Shaiva Itihasa that Linga Purana is talking about?

By Itihasa we usually only mean the epics Ramayana and Mahabharata. But have a look at the following passage/verses from Linga Purana (Tr-J.LShastry-Part1, Ch-26): For the propitiation of the ...
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What is the story of Alambusha, demon son of sage Rishyasringa?

Alambusha, AKA Shalakantaka, was a Rakshasa (demon) who fought on the Kaurava side in the Mahabharata war. As described in the Bhishma Parva of the Mahabharata, he was the one who killed Arjuna's son ...
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Do advaita vedanta believes that itihaas(Ramayan and Mahabharata) are real history?

Do advaita vedanta believes that Ramayan and Mahabharata are real history or they believe Mahabharata and Ramayan are mythology of legendary stories?
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Is there any scriptural basis for the claim that Europeans/White people are vanaras and belong to Hanuman's lineage?

According to some Europeans, they were treated as untouchables in the 17th century in India. According to the Nepali civil code of 1854 they were "Pani Na Chalne Chhoichhito Haalnu Naparne" ...
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Did Bhishma (or any other characters in Itihasas) know he was born on earth due to a curse?

The Ashta-Vasus were cursed by Vashishta to be born as humans because they stole cow Kamadhenu. 7 of them were spared by a quick death after birth, but Prabhasa alone would have to live a long, ...
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Any scripture mentions naagmani? [duplicate]

Is naagmani a fictional thing or mentioned in scriptures? Also what about those special kind of naags?
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Is the hierarchy of the precedence of testimony only dependent on the category of scripture?

It is generally believed that Vedas can override Epics if needed and Epics override Puranas if needed. But a recent question arose - "in the same scripture is there a hierarchy of testimony , perhaps ...
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Which incarnations of Lord Vishnu are mentioned in the Rāmāyaṇa?

Like the Mahābhārata has several explicit references to various incarnations of Lord Vishnu, including that of Shri Rāma, What about the Rāmāyaṇa? Which all incarnations of the Lord, have been ...
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What's the story of Shravan Kumar's parents?

As discussed in this QnA, the name "Shravana Kumara" (श्रवणकुमार), as is genrally captured in our popular imagination, is not actually found in the Valmiki Ramayana based recensions. The old ...
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Are mythologies real (historical) or merely allegorical?

Are all mythologies real or are they stories or symbolic things meant to teach us something higher? I know that we (individuals) too are not so real as far as Vedanta is concerned. All is one. But ...
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What is the most probable date for Mahabharatha War? [duplicate]

Mahabharatha War is an event of tremendous religious and traditional significance to all Hindus and an important historical event in Indian and World history. To this day, the date of the event ...
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Ganapati Gayatri Mantra | In which Shastra it is contained this mantra and who wrote it firstly?

This very mantra for Shree Ganesha Who wrote it for first? Which Shastra- Veda or others- contain that? Dhanyawaad Thank you https://www.thedivineindia.com/ganpati-gayatri-mantra/5889
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Help me find this verse from Mahabharata

So I am reading Hindu superiority by Sarda Har Bilas and in that Mr Sarda puts this verse Time is the root of all created beings, And uncreated. of pleasure and of pain. Time creates existence. Time ...
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Why aren't other religions detailed in Puranas and other scriptures?

Why don't Hindu texts talk much about other religions? Some people say no other religion existed at the time of Santana Dharma but as per holy books of other religions their religions existed right ...
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Were there public events for sports and recreation which were followed in Ancient India? [duplicate]

In both Ramayan and Mahabharath, there are references to marriage alliance being made through tests of skill. If so, were there public events like the Olympics or World Cups of today which were ...
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Why did Vyasa seek the help of Lord Ganesha?

It is widely known that Mahabharata was written by Lord Ganesha under the dictation of Sage Vyasa. Quoting from Wikipedia: The first section of the Mahabharata states that it was Ganesha who ...
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Oldest scripture that mentions Lord Parashurama?

Which scripture (Itihasa, Purana, etc.) mentions Lord Parashurama for the first time?
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Hydrogen & Oxygen mentioned in Vedas and Itihasas?

In the link given below I found some details about Ancient Batteries, Hydrogen & Oxygen discovered by Sage Agastya in India. Ancient Batteries, Hydrogen & Oxygen discovered by Sage Agastya in ...