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Can mantra purascharana be done through manasika japa alone?

Ofcourse, There are majorly three types of mantra japa. Vachika, upamshu and manasika mantra japa. I wanted to know if mantra purascharana can be accomplished only through manasika mantra japa alone ...
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Where can I find some forgotten inventions of our Vedic Era?

I recently watched Sadhguru's video on youtube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxPlm44PCK0) where he said that Pushpak Viman(aeroplanes) was already built by us in Vedic Era. I am aware that our ...
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Is Surya and Surya Narayana Upanishad the same or are they different

I was looking at Openn and found Sūryātharvaśirasupaniṣad and Sūryanārāyaṇopaniṣad. So are these two scriptures the same and if they're different how so? Also is the first Upanishad the Surya ...
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Is there any full manuscript(or printed edition) of Sanatkumar Samhita which is a part of the Samhita version of Skanda Puran available?

In the Samhita version of Skanda Puran, we have the Sanatkumar Samhita, just to clarify, it is not the Panchratra Sanatkumar Samhita, can anyone specify in which library, a full manuscript of the ...
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Where are the original/last known manuscripts of Hindu texts?

Where can one find the original manuscripts of the Hindu texts like the Vedas, Upanishads, Mahabharata, Ramayana etc. ? I mean the ones used for the first English translations in the late 1800s by the ...
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Are there any references for claims that "purush sukta in Rigveda" is an interpolation?

Many people claim that as per many scholarly studies and references, "purush sukta in Rigveda is an interpolation" Can somebody provide references to such scholarly studies and references ?
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Where to find the earliest unabridged version of the Valmiki Ramayana?

Where to find the earliest unabridged version (Not the abridged critical version) of the Valmiki Ramayana with Sanskrit verses? Preferably with translations into Hindi or English and also preferably ...
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Was this Sanskrit text used for absolute beginners to use grammar if not what level

I found the Paribhāṣāpradīpārcis and the summary states, "Manuscript is an elementary grammatical treatise and commentary." My question is is this Sanskrit text based on the first few ...
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Did Hanuman write a Bhashya on Bhagavad Gita?

I was looking through OPenn's Indic Collection of medieval Hindu manuscripts can be found here, Collection Indica and I found a manuscript called Śrīmadbhagavadgītābhāṣyasya hanumadracitasya ...
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Can I do nimajjan or immersion of a shiva lingam in the sea or a lake?

I wanted to know if we can do nimmajan of shiva linga in the ocean or a lake as we are unable to do abhisheka owing to personal reasons(Sutakam). Also the shiva linga might be slightly damaged.
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List of basic scriptures to know about Hindu philosophy

So far I know, Hinduism does not have one master book, rather it is a synthesis of many related religions and/or cultures and/or philosophical points of view, that roots back to Indus valley ...
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What is the significance of HRAAM beej mantra

What is the significance of hraam beej mantra and which god or goddess is the beeja related to?
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What is the meaning of namaha in mantra

I want to meditate on the meaning of a mantra. And most mantras consist of namaha at the end. I have heard it means “I bow down to”. Is it the accurate meaning that I should meditate upon or does ...
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Good and clear photos of original Sanskrit Manuscript of Mahabharata in full

Are there any good photos ie easy to read and good lighting of the whole Mahabharata and Ramayana including the accused "interpolated" options? Please include a Manuscript with headers for ...
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Can astrology (Jyotisha) predict one's destiny?

Can astrology predict or declare one's destiny like the future career or future spouse of a person? What is the role of free will of a person with respect to astrology?
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What are some good powerful stotras that quickly destroy our bad karmas or sins

I believe that our past life sins can be destroyed or reduced through reciting stotras. I have read phalashruti of some stotras having such benefits. I want to know such stotras which are powerful ...
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Right way to learn Shri Ramcharitmanas in Awadhi for someone who does not know Awadhi

I want to read and understand Shri Ramchatrimanas in its original Awadhi language and quite serious about it, tried multiple time but not able to.I can read Hindi but find it difficult to read/...
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Does any sacred Hindu text have knowledge of electricity?

At many places our ancient books exhibit deep knowledge of various branches of maths, and that is discussed a lot. For instance, Yuktibhasha, a 15th century Malyalam textbook of maths teaches ...
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Are there any stotras that i can recite without following a vegetarian diet

I have a health condition that keeps me from being a vegan. I have to consume animal protein almost everyday in moderation. But my consumption of meat etc interferes with my daily recitation of ...
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Fetus hearing sound stories in Mahabharata and Ramayana

Can you list all the stories in Mahabharata and Ramayana where Fetus hears the sound in mother's womb? This includes Shiv Puran, Vishnu Puran & Bal Ganesh mythologies.
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Do our scriptures say anything about how to deal with an abusive parent?

Namaskaram, I am aware that our scriptures tell us to respect our parents. But what should one do is his/her father is totally horrible as a human being, who keeps on abusing and exploiting his family ...
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What is the significance of feeding cows in hinduism

Usually, it is said that feeding cows is equivalent to feeding many gods. Is this just a figurative speech or is the significance of feeding cows, mentioned anywhere in our scriptures?
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Is Bramacharya necessary for spiritual advancement?

Is there any scriptural representation showing that Bramacharya is necessary for spiritual advancement ? How is Bramacharya helpful?
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Is it not unfair for humanity to suffer based upon your past life karma which you aren’t aware of

I just feel its really unfair if life doesn’t give a chance for a human being to redeem his/her past life bad karma. If our past life bad karma can’t be escaped, at least shouldn’t we know what were ...
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How were scriptures, stotras & other texts preserved from the ancient ages to the modern days?

We have two main itihasas, ramayan and mahabharat and hundreds of stotras which actually say in viniyoga that they were given by many ancient rishis or figures like bhishma or various gods and ...
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What is the best way to overcome or get rid of pitru dosh

What is pitru dosha according to scriptures and How to get rid of the pitru dosha?
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Are any ancient team sports (not games or athletics) mentioned in our scriptures? [duplicate]

I wish to know if team sports existed in the ancient times. Especially in Ramayan and Mahabharat. By sports I don’t mean swimming, archery etc. I’m looking for something like football and cricket ...
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Does naming a person according to vedic astrology have any benefits

I have seen so many astrology sites suggesting names for specific kundali. Does naming someone according to vedic astrology hold any specific benefits according to the so called swara siddhantha.
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Who was the author of the Manusmriti?

Who was the author of the Manusmriti? Now many of you might say "Manu", but it's actually not quite clear from the text itself. First of all, the word "Manusmriti" means "recollection of Manu", ...
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What is kedar-kalpa?

Here it says - The Kedar-Kalpa is a relatively little-known Shaiva text; What is the origin or source of this text, and what all information is available about it? Any extant manuscript? Is it some ...
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If it is so difficult to see god through mantra japa, why should we do it

What is the use of mantra japa if it’s really difficult to attain siddhi of any mantra for physical interaction or getting any wish fulfilled by god. If materialism doesn’t matter in our lives, what ...
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Oldest Garuda Purana manuscript?

How many versions of Garuda Purana are available ? From which manuscript, the present form of Garuda Purana is printed ? How many manuscripts are there?
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What is brukta rahita taraka raja yoga

I have come to know about it a few days ago. But I’m kinda surprised that we haven’t heard anything about that philosophy in any scriptures. Do any scriptures mention details of shambhala or brukta ...
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Can prayers manifest a wish? Is there any significance to prayer according to hinduism

Do prayers hold any real benefit and significance with respect to the karmic functioning of the universe. Can communal prayers i.e. numerous people praying or asking for something manifest a wish?
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When one cannot escape one's prarabdha karma, why do some stotras say that they can clean up the sins of the last 7 births

Recently I have come across a few stotras with phalasruthi saying that these stotras can cleanse the past life sins. I'm citing Dwadasa jyotirlinga stotra as an example. एतानि ज्योतिर्लिङ्गानि सायं ...
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Is lord Dattatreya a Chiranjeevi?

I have read somewhere that guru Dattatreya still resides in the Sahyadri mountains. Is this true
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What is chakshumati vidya for healthy eyes?

I have heard that chakshumati vidya is good for curing eye problems and eye sight. I wish to know what is the origin of it and the details and procedure of chakshumati vidya, along with the stotra.
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Is doing a good deed conscious of the resulting karmic reaction, bad?

If one wants to do some good deeds like feeding stray dogs,and he/she is consciously well aware that they are accumulating good karma based on the karmic law, Does the deed count as good karma?
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Does any manuscript provide guidance about what to do with spent up cows

The beauty of our sanatan is that we worship the nature. Cow worship is just an example of it. But now a days, after a cow becomes spent up, ( when the cow is not fit for breeding anymore) they're ...
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Are there any mantras for each of the twelve jyotirlingas

Are there any specific japa mantras for each of the twelve jyotirlingas? Are they mentioned in any sacred text?
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What does Yoga vasishtha say about karma? Can present life good karma trump past life karma

According to yoga Vashishtha, can past life karma be trumped by present life good deeds? In this world whatever is gained is gained only by self-effort; where failure is encountered, it is seen that ...
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Are there any scriptures which prescribe any remedy against fear of suffering?

I'm talking about the fear of suffering. Not particularly death. Personally, I had been through many sufferings in life and I'm still going through mental and physical sufferings. I really want to ...
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Since the existence of many universes is said to be valid and true, are there different trimurtis for each universe

I have read that there are multiple brahmas; One each for a universe. Also heard that there are multiple vishnus too. So does that mean there are multiple shivas as well? P.s :I know that the concept ...
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What is the difference between pronounciation of alphabets श and ष in mantras [closed]

There are many mantras with the above two alphabets. Obviously both of them cannot have the same sound. What is the exact difference in their pronounciation. Official references are welcome.
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Who was the most powerful asura in history [closed]

I want to know if there is any asura who is touted to be the most powerful of all. Like top tier asura.
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Are there any particular food macros instructions given in our vedas

I would like to follow a strictly sattvik diet. I would like to know if there are any instructions given in the vedas or scriptures about the proportions of protein carbohydrates and fats to be ...
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What is meant by "revolution of Sun's apogee"?

While reading Translation of the Surya Siddhanta and of the Siddhanta Siromani(1861) - Bapu Deva Shastri, I stuck in the follwing. Chapter I, verse 41 & 42 In a KALPA (4.32 billion years), there ...
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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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What verses talk about other universes in the Puranas? [duplicate]

Which verses in the Puranas talk about countless other universes?
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How old is the Mahabharata manuscript? [closed]

Many people say that the Mahabharata is from 5000 B.C How old is the Mahabharata? Is there any proof that Mahabharata is as old as 5000 B.C? Is the Mahabharata manuscript written by Ganapati available ...