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How do we know whether the BORI people are qualified (to do what they do) and what are their methods?

The Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute or BORI prepares critical editions of Hindu scriptures. They also seem to remove portions from ancient manuscripts deeming such portions as interpolations. ...
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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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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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What are the main texts of pAshupata shaivism?

What are the core texts of this sampradaya ? How many of these are surviving today? Are there any digitial versions of the same ?
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Which recension of Mahābhārata did K M Ganguli use for his translation?

A lot of answers and questions on this site use the translation of Mahābhārata that's freely available at This translation was done by Kisari Mohan Ganguli (a.k.a K M Ganguli) over ...
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Discrepancy in Valmiki Ramayana

I was browsing two sites of translation of Valmiki Ramayana, while engaging in a debate with a western-colonized feminist on Ahalya. Nevertheless, she was defeated because she didn't even have the ...
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What are the differences in the Brahma Vaivarta Purana and the Brahma Kaivarta Purana?

The Brahmavaivarta Purana is one of the eighteen major Puranas (Maha-purana) which centers around Krishna and Radha. Now Wikipedia claims that there is another such Purana available in South India ...
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Do manuscripts of Rāmāyaṇa and Mahābhārata have footnotes in them?

Do manuscripts of Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa and Mahābhārata have footnotes in them? For example, in Rāmāyaṇa at the end of the war, when Hanumān visits Sītā to relay the news of Rāma's victory, she tells him ...
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