Questions tagged [mythology]

Mythology is the "study (logia) of myths (mythos)", it has Greek origins. Myths do not necessarily mean false or imaginary, it means stories, legends, folklore, tradition, etc. So it should be used for asking questions about stories/tales that are part of Hindu tradition, custom and beliefs.

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Who is Lord Dattatreya and Lord Dakshinamurthy? What is their relation with other avatars? When did they originate? What is their true timeline?

I know many say lord dattatreya and lord dakshinamurthy are guru rupas or avatars of Vishnu and shiva, but are they really? Can someone really tell the truth? Also what were they doing in other kalpas ...
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Avatar cycle that matches the zodiac

Has there ever been an avatar cycle that matches the zodiac? This doesn’t quite make sense except with animals crab, Scorpio, Aquarius, etc. it makes sense mostly. Another way to phrase my question ...
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Who is lord varaha?

I have read lots of references about lord varaha but I wanna know the actual truth. From where and whom did lord varaha came from? In which timeline? What happened after? Is he mentioned in Vedas?
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I have torn a book of Bhagvad Gita with my own hands. I think about it everyday. Please show me the right path [closed]

I am born a saryiparin Brahmin in Uttar Pradesh, India. Although raised religiously, i started rebelling against God in my teenage and started questioning the why, how, when, what. My father comes ...
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MoolRamayanam how to get a copy

Many years ago (mid 60s) the sahitya syllabus of the pramana patriya course at the Sanskrit University in Benaras included the Moolaramayanam. A very slim volume which summarised the whole epic in a ...
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Is it common in the previous yugas for a women to have multiple husbands? Like Draupadi had [duplicate]

Draupadi had five husbands but no where in the Mahabharatam its described as out of the ordinary, as of my knowledge, or its described as a sin. Is it common in those eras to have multiple husbands ...
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What/where is the origin of “every time I carry you this way”

I was recently reading Heinrich Zimmer's Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilization and encountered his explanation of the cycles of Yuga's. He recounted from one of the Puranas the description ...
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How is it fair that kali yug is the only bad yug

How is it fair that kali yuga is the only bad yuga because Dwapara Yuga, Treta Yuga, and Satya yuga have most dharma while Kali yuga has the least dharma
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Importance of Guru [duplicate]

The scriptures tell us that the only way to God is through the mercy of a Guru. Is having a Guru and being tutored by him important and required to get liberation from the material world? Is God only ...
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Visvaksena : a jivaatma or a Visnu tattva?

There's a nityasuri of Lord Visnu called Visvaksena who is described as being the Commander-in-Chief of Lord Visnu's army. There's also an incarnation by the same name. Are these two the same Person? ...
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By killing mosquito/bedbugs take us to hell? [duplicate]

Some castes don't consume meat because of some religious traditions and practices. But knowingly or unknowingly we all have killed insects. For example, even microorganisms that enables curd from ...
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What were Kauravas doing during geetopadesham from Sri Krishna? [duplicate]

When Arjuna was feeling bad to fight against Bheeshma and his Guru Dronacharya, Shri Krishna tries to enlighten Arjuna by preaching Geethopadesha when they are in the middle of the war field. What ...
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What happened to Ekalavya? [duplicate]

We have heard the story that Ekalavya just by peeping the training of Dronacharya to Arjuna, he became master in archery. But once Dronacharya found that Ekalavya is greatest Archer than his favorite ...
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Why only after brahmopadesham, marriages are done in Brahmins?

Some does Brahmopadesham to their kids at very early age and some in the middle and some just before marriage. But why is this mandatory before marriage? What if it’s not done at all?
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Why there was so much hatred towards Karna on the part of Bheeshma and Dronacharya?

During the time of war also, they did not let Karna do war. They always insulted every given chance against Karna. Is it just because Karma is a Sut Putru? Or they just hate him that Karma was a ...
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Was there no role of Parashuram in Mahabharatha war?

Parashuram taught Bhishma, he was also Chiranjeevi and incarnation of Vishnu. But how did Vishnu take the role of both Parashuram and Krishna in the same period? Where was Parashuram during the time ...
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How does Brahma look?

Does Brahma look like an old deity, having white hair? What is his body complexion - red, golden or something else. Does he use rosaries for chanting? If so then which rosaries does he use(rudraksha ...
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What was the age differences between Kauravas brothers?

When we here about Kauravas, we hear a lot of Duryodhana, Dushyasana, and Karna story itself. There were 100 Kauravas, so where were other 98 Kauravas excluding Karna, and what were their roles? What ...
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Did Rantideva kill cows and cook in his kitchen to feed the hungry?

I was listening to Mahabharata audio podcasts. My doubt was when Rishi Kaushika met the butcher in Mithila nagara, did the butcher mention that king Rantideva also killed many animals including cows ...
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Is the story of Agastya and Vatapi in scripture?

The story goes In the forest to the south of the Vindhyas, lived two wicked demon brothers, Vatapi and Ilvala. They had magical powers. They would wait for travellers passing through the forest. ...
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Are Itihasas and Puranas the only classes of scripture in which celestial weapons are used?

Ramayana, Mahabharata and many Puranas relate conflicts in which Divyastras like Brahmastra get used. Do these weapons occur in earlier scriptures like Vedas and Brahmanas or any scriptures written ...
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is the notion of the earth asking for the burden of humans to be reduced found in scripture?

I have heard of the earth complaining to the Gods about "bhubhara" - the weight of living things carried by her. The Gods then make tremendously destructive wars happen to reduce the earth's burden. ...
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Where are imperishable personalities from Mahabharata?

The characters listed below are Chiranjeevi's or imperishable personalities from Dwaaparayuga that means they are immortal. So where do they exist in Kaliyug? Is there any evidence or documents ...
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Any one is there kundalini awakening monks [duplicate]

Any monks are awakening kundalini in present
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What is the earliest reference to identifying/differentiating Siddhartha Gautama and the Buddha Avatara?

Hindu scripture describes two Buddha Avataras of Vishnu born to deceive people. One Buddha Avatara took place during the Tripura incident. Another Buddha Avatara took place in the present Kali Yuga. ...
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HELP - The book that illuminates the learnings/ideas/message that Mahabharata and Ramayana seek to portray through their stories and characters

I want to read Mahabharata and Ramayana but I also want to know the underlying messages or learning that they seek to illustrate so Is there any book which illuminates the learnings and ideas of ...
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Why does nobody recognize Karna to be a Kshatriya warrior despite his having divine Kavach and Kundala?

Karna was born with divine Kavach and Kundala which is said to be brilliant and unique among all the astra shastras. So, how come throughout all stages of his life, nobody inquired/acknowledged that ...
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is Parasurama Kund a holy place and is this the correct location?

There is a place called Parsuram Kund and I wonder if it has something to do with Lord Parasurama. This place is on the Brahmaputra River, as you can see on the picture below. Click on the image for ...
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Which language Kauravas and Pandavas were speaking? [duplicate]

What were the spoken languages during the time of Mahabharata?
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Had Ravan tried would he have been able to lift Angad's feet?

In the Ramayana, there is an incident in which Rama sends Angad as his associate for a final try of avoiding war. Then seeing Ravan's ego and attitude Angad challenges all the warriors in his palace ...
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Who was Kavyamata (Shukra's mother)? [duplicate]

Is Kavyamata (Shukracharya's mother and Bhrigu's wife) the same person as Khyati? If not, whose daughter was she - Devhuti or Prasuti or someone else?
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Are Devas like Indra god?

I heard many stories about deeds of Indra and other gods in Puranas. For e.g. rape of Ahilya by Indra, rape of Tara by Saima etc. So my question is how can a God do this? Are they really God? If ...
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How Kartikeya was Born?

I have read some stories and often they contradict themselves regarding birth of Kartikeya. In some stories, it has been said that he was born with carnal desires of Shiva and Parvati. How kartikeya ...
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What scriptures describe Lakshmi’s serpent Kalyana?

The Sharanagati Gadyam is a prose hymn by the famous Sri Vaishnava Acharya Ramanujacharya on the subject of Sharanagati, complete surrender to the lotus feet of Sriman Narayana as a means to attain ...
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Do Rama's sacrifical posts still exist in Ayodhya?

The Sankalpa Suryodaya is an play by the 13th century Sri Vaishnava Acharya Vedanta Desikan. At one point in the play, a king goes around the world in a Vimana looking for a good place to meditate. He ...
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What do Sri Vaishnava commentaries say about Dasharatha's use of “śrīmān”?

In the Ayodhya Kanda of the Ramayana, when Dasharatha decides to make Rama the Yuvaraja or crown prince, he makes the following announcement to the people of Ayodhya: caitraḥ śrīmān ayaṃ māsaḥ ...
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How Grahas were made and assigned their task

I see Chandra(lord moon) is the son of Atri and Anusuya, how he was made as graha and to rotate around earth Lord surya is the sun of kashyapa, how was this earth before surya was born
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What scriptures describe juice coming from Ganesha's cheeks covering Kailash?

The Sankalpa Suryodaya is a play by the 13th century Sri Vaishnava Acharya Vedanta Desikan. At one point in the play, a king goes around the world in a Vimana looking for a good place to meditate. He ...
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What scripture is Manavala Mamunigal referencing where the Devas do Sharanagati after being defeated by the Asuras?

The Sri Vachana Bhushanam is a work by the 13th century Sri Vaishnava Acharya Pillai Lokacharya on the subject of Sharanagati, complete surrender to Sriman Narayana as a means to attain Moksha and ...
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Who is Madhavi, performer of Sharanagati?

The Sri Vachana Bhushanam is a work by the 13th century Sri Vaishnava Acharya Pillai Lokacharya on the subject of Sharanagati, complete surrender to Sriman Narayana as a means to attain Moksha and ...
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Why is Manavala Mamunigal covered with a hood of Adi Shesha?

Sri Vaishnava acharya Manava Mamunigal (also known as Varavara muni or Manavala Mahamunigal.) is always depicted to have covered with hoods of snake. The snake is Adi Shesha. There are many idols and ...
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Mythology vs itihasa?

What is the more appropriate English word to be used when we talk about Ramayana, Mahabharata, or puranas and other scriptures? The use of the word "mythology" is quite common but I hear that "...
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How did Satyavati die and how old was she at the time?

I read somewhere on this site that Bhishma's age was around 140 years when he died. But Satyavati was his mother, so, she must have been ~160 years old if she was alive when Bhishma died (I could be ...
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Did Nakula and Sahadeva really treat Karna after donating his armour?

Star Plus Mahabharat (S20 E7) shows that when Karna is in a lot of pain after cutting off his armour and ear-rings and donating them to Indra, Nakula and Sahadeva cure him of his wounds. Karna then ...
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Is it adharma for a daasi to be stripped by her swami?

Yes, you got it right, in Star Plus Mahabharata, it's said by Duryodhana, that since Draupadi is now his daasi ('female servant or slave') she has to accept his orders and he can strip her since he's ...
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Did Pandavas really complete their ajnatavasa?

Did the Pandavas really complete the terms of their ajnatavasa (living in concealment)? Or were their hidden identities revealed before its completion and hence it was adharma to fight against the ...
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The strongest warrior of all time in the time of Mahabharatha [duplicate]

I just watched this video today and got mesmerised: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0Qw1HAVMtI&t=71s what sadhguru has stated. A man from south India with just 3 arrows came to fight war, When ...
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Did Karna think that it was adharma to not appoint Duryodhana as king of Hastinapura?

In Star Plus Mahabharata (e.g., S11 E7), it is shown again and again that Karna believed that it was adharma to not appoint Duryodhana as King/Yuvaraja (crown prince) of Hastinapura. Did Karna really ...
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Did Dhritarashtra really give death punishment to Arjuna?

StarPlus Mahabharat (S11 E6) has a scene that shows that after their first exile when the Pandavas return to Hastinapura with Draupadi, Duryodhana insults Draupadi saying how can a woman that can have ...
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What is the story of Lord Vishnu hiding himself in roots of plants?

I recently came across a story of Lord Vishnu, where he hidden himself from gods in root of the plants. So my questions are: What is the story of Lord Vishnu hiding himself in root of plants, why he ...

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