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manu is a title accorded to the progenitor of mankind, and also the very first king to rule this earth, who saved mankind from the universal flood. He was absolutely honest which was why he was initially known as "Satyavrata" (One with the oath of truth).

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What are the purification rites for mixed castes mentioned by Manu?

Consider the following question and answer from the Mahabharata "The serpent said, 'O king, if thou recognise him as a Brahmana by characteristics, then, O long-lived one, the distinction of ...
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Details on the Original Upāṅga viz. Dharmaśāstra of Prajāpati Manu and the abridged one by Sumati

Understanding Scriptures - Part 1 Summary: through this question I would like to gain as much insight as possible about the original Dharmashastra of Manu containing 1,00,000 verses and also try to ...
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Did the rules of Manusmṛti apply to Svāyambhuva Manu, Śatarūpā and their immediate descendants?

Traditional Hindus believe that Svāyambhuva Manu (or the current Manu) being the first of mankind laid down the rules for humanity in his Manusmṛti. But did these rules apply to Manu himself and to ...
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Who is Manu of Manu Smriti?

The Manu of Manu Smriti is same as Manus of Manvantar or he is any rishi? Also, which Manu he is if he is Manu of Manvantar?
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Where is the verse(s) about Sāvarṇi (a name of the first human) in the Ṛgveda (Rig Veda)? Who are Sāvarṇya and Saraṇyū?

I tried control-f-ing to find the mention of Sāvarṇi but it did not work.
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What were the acts of the first human between the Svāyambhuva Manvantara and Vaivasvata Manvantara. (Manvantaras 2-6) What do other humans do then?

In the long period of not hearing about the first human a lot, he was born by the names Svārociṣa, Uttama, Tāmasa, Raivata, and Cākṣuṣa. What was that Sāvarṇi up to during those times? How did his ...
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What does it mean when Shukadeva says IKSHVAKU was born from nose of MANU?

Srimad Bhagavatam Chapter 9.6 shloka 4 . क्षुवतस्तु मनोर्जज्ञे इक्ष्वाकुर्घ्राणतः सुतः । तस्य पुत्रशतज्येष्ठा विकुक्षिनिमिदण्डकाः ॥ ४॥ What did shukadeva mean when he says that ikshavaku was born ...
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What is the text called Mantra Upanishad chanted by Manu as per Bhagavata Purana?

In the 8th Canto (Skandha) of Bhagavata Purana, Shukadeva described stories of diffrent Manus to king Parikshita. In the story of 1st Svayambhu Manu, it is narrated that he practiced austere penance ...
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Who was the Manu that Rig Veda referring to?

Rig Veda II.10.6 says जञेया भागं सहसानो वरेण तवादूतासो मनुवद वदेम | अनूनमग्निं जुह्वा वचस्या मधुप्र्चं धनसाजोहवीमि || jñeyā bhāghaṃ sahasāno vareṇa tvādūtāso manuvad vadema | anūnamaghniṃ ...
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Is manusmriti applicable on descendants of Brahma's mind born sons?

As we know some of Brahma's mind born sons also had progeny. So technically not all humans are descendants of Manu. Is my understanding correct? And if so, is manusmriti applicable on them?
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Age of River Vaigai

During Meenakshi Thirukalyanam, Ganga is supposed to have flown out Lord Sundareshwarar's locks (Lord Shiva) to quench Gundotharan's thirst. And this stream came to be known as Vaigai. Meenakshi ...
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How pure were the castes at the time Manu-Smriti was written?

http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m13/m13b012.htm Mahabharata seems to suggest caste-mixing was already happening: "Bhishma said, 'The Brahmana, the Kshatriya, and the Vaisya are regarded as the ...
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Which is the most authentic english translation of Manu Smriti?

Which is the most authentic translation of Manu Smriti preferably literal word to word one?
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Is the Manusmriti written to favor a particular class of the society?

Critics say the Manusmriti is pro-Brahmin, and written by casteist Brahmins by favoring particular section of society and thereby oppressing Shudras, women, and other lower castes. Is this argument ...
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Who was the wife of Manu who was sacrificed by the priests of the Asuras?

I came across an interesting story while reading the Shatapatha brahmana regarding Manu's encounters with the priests of Asuras about whose identity I had asked a separate question. These two had ...
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Who were the two priests of Asuras (not Shukracharya)?

I came across an interesting story while reading the Shatapatha brahmana regarding Manu's encounters with the priests of Asuras: Manu was in possession of a bull. Into him had entered an Asura-...
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Who is vaivasvata manu (Manu of present manavantara)?

I am reading Bibek Debroy's english translation of Harivamsha. Chapter 8 of this book says that Vivasvan (Sun) had 3 children. 1 daughter - Yamuna and 2 sons - Vaivasvata prajapati and other is ...
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Are Brahma, Hiranyagarbha, Prajapati and Manu manifestations of the same God?

Brahma, Hiranyagarbha, Prajapati and Manu –– all seem to be connected with creating living beings and play same role. Are they all incarnations of the same God?
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Do Vedas mention the various people holding the title of Manu?

Many people would be aware that Manu, like Indra, is not the name of a person but a title that is passed on to different people from time to time (to be specific, after a Manvantar). It is also ...
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How was manu born according to Vedas?

In bhagvata purana and vishnu purana it mentions that he was born from body of brahma, along with satarupa, what do Vedas say?
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What is the correct birth story of Chakshush Manu of the 6th Manvantar?

According to the Markandeya Purana Chakshush, the Manu for the previous Manvantar was born to Anmitra and Giribhadra. Chakshush had manifested from the eye (Chakshu) of Lord Brahma in his previous ...
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Who is Svayambhuva Manu's mother?

Refer this Prajapatis – the 10 sons of Lord Brahma It is said that Prajapatis are believed to be the fathers of the human race. Since all these sons were born out of his mind rather than body, they ...
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Manu 2.14 - Any examples of conflicts in Vedic texts? Is Manusmṛti itself a Vedic text?

Manusmṛti 2.14 says: श्रुतिद्वैधं तु यत्र स्यात् तत्र धर्मावुभौ स्मृतौ । उभावपि हि तौ धर्मौ सम्यगुक्तौ मनीषिभिः ॥ १४ ॥ śrutidvaidhaṃ tu yatra syāt tatra dharmāvubhau smṛtau | ubhāvapi hi ...
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Relation between Bhrugu and Manu

While reading history book, I found that Manu had 10 sons. Sharyati (son of Manu) also had one son and daughter named Anart and Sukanya respectively. Where Sukanya married with Chyavan Rushi. Now, ...
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Deluge in Hinduism - some clarifications needed [closed]

Trying to understand the great deluge in Hinduism, I am in need of some clarifications. Do not assume any prior knowledge. When did this great deluge exactly happen according to Hindu scriptures? Are ...
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Who are the seven sages (Sapta Rishis) of current Manvantara?

I want to know who are the seven sages (Sapta Rishis) of current Manvantara?
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What is difference between the roles of Manu and Prajapati?

It is said that Vishnu created Brahma, Brahma opened the Golden Egg and created the Universe and the Heaven. He also created the 4 children from his brain or head. He then created 9 Prajapatis and 14 ...
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Role of Prajapathi

The role of distinguished characters occupying the seat of Prajapathi are attributed to many things ranging from King of Booloka, Law giver, maker and protector of forests and the species in them, etc....
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Manu and the great deluge

In Satya Yuga, Manu creates a boat to save the 7 sages from the great deluge/flood and Lord Vishnu assumes the avatar called as Matsya avatar and pulls the boat. But why does the great deluge/flood ...
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Who were the previous Indras that incarnated as the Pandavas?

It's well-known that the Pandavas were all sons of gods: Yudhishthira was the son of Yama god of death, Bhima was the son of Vayu the wind god, Arjuna was the son of Indra king of the gods, and Nakula ...
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How many Manus have been there?

Before coming to this site, I only knew of one King Manu who was chosen by Lord Vishnu's Matsya avatar to save some of the different type of species to start the life again after the Pralaya. But ...
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Why is Nahusha's last name Manava?

Most people have only heard of the lunar dynasty king Yayati, who was cursed with old age by Sukracharya (guru of the Asuras) and temporarily regained his youth by giving his old age to his youngest ...
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Where does Manu currently live?

Manu is supposedly the progenitor of mankind. Even the English word "man" is derived from his name. There are 14 Manus in each day of Brahma. The current Manu is Vaivasvata, and he is currently ...