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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Sources validating Rāvaṇa’s plan to build a staircase to heaven

There are several pages out there claiming a legend of Rāvaṇa planning to build a staircase in order to get to heaven (or, the region of the moon) without performing Vedic rituals. All of the sources ...
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Do demons (Asuras, Rakshasas, Pisachas, Nagas, etc) reveal false religions to humans according to Hindu scriptures?

According to the Puranas, Vishnu as Buddha revealed a false religion, which we know today as Buddhism, to deceive the Daityas who were using the Vedas to acquire power. Similarly, do Hindu scriptures ...
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Are there any signs (or lakshnas) that determine the ItihAsha scriptures?

We know that the PurAnas have 5 signs or lakshnas. If a scripture does not have those 5 signs then it can not be called a PurAna. These 5 signs are shared by all PurAnas i.e by the 18 major (mahA) ...
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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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Do any Puranas or Itihasas explicitly state that Vishnu incarnated as Kapila to delude the masses?

Various Puranas and Itihasas explicitly mention Vishnu incarnating as Buddha to teach an anti-Vedic doctrine in order to deceive certain Asuras from their righteous path. Kapila, the founder of the ...
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Are there other instances of agni-pariksha in vedic scriptures?

We all know the famous agni-pariksha of Srimati Sita Devi from Sri Valmiki Ramayana, so I was wondering are there any other instances of Agni-pariksha described in vedas, puranas or itihasas?
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Are there instances in Hinduism where Dharma is cited to both support and oppose an act?

For example - the killing of Duryodhana is condemned by Baladeva and celestial beings showered flowers on the fatally wounded Duryodhana when he chastised Krishna for his acts of treachery throughout ...
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Is there a systematic theory to the symbolism in Hindu itihasas and puranas?

I have noticed for some time that certain themes occur in different forms in the itihasas and puranas. The characters and the settings may change in the stories or depictions, but there is an ...
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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 mention of the previous birth of Rishi Markandeya?

Does any scripture mentions about the previous birth of Rishi Markandeyaji?
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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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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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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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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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Does any Purana describe Dasharajna war?

I read about the Dasharajna war in Vedas. But, in Vedas the description of the war is very less. Does any other scripture like Itihasa or purana describes about Dasharajna war?
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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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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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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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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 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 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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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 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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