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For questions about stories that are part of Hindu religious beliefs. Hindu mythology can be found throughout Hindu scriptures like the Vedas, Puranas, Ramayana, and Mahabharata.

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Difference Between Puran vs Granth [duplicate]

What is the Difference Between Puran and Veda? Vedas give importance to yagna, and mantras and their chief gods are Indra Agni and Rudra. A granth is an old scripture. Vedas Puranas Upanishads are ...
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What is the origin of Somvansh? [duplicate]

Did the Somvansh theory originate with Hindus and spread to the Central Asia / Turkish people or was it independent of our concept? Is it also possible that the mythology of Somvansh (Lunar Dynasty) ...
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From which dimension of existence did Matsya take the Sapatarishis? And to where?

In scriptures, it is stated that Vishnu took Matsya avatar again during end of previous Manu, and there was a pralaya on Earth. If that's the case, from which place did Saptarishis in boat travel? ...
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Norse mythology and hindu scriptures

I don't have a question but I was reading about J.R.R. Tolkien and it's books, and I found many similarities with our scriptures. I am not even sure that is it debatable or not. Now like, most of the ...
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Where does this story come in hindu scriptures?

According to this site - This story about human languages in a hindu myth/story, my question in which scripture does this story come from- The Hindu World Tree According to one Hindu myth, ...
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Does hindu scripture discuss south india, dravida desa and languages?

Sanskrit shows no affinity to dravidian, unlike european languges even though dravidian being in its vicinity, is there any purana which discusses the differences between north-south india, or its ...
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Garuda purana Is it a myth to create fear in humans? [closed]

There are 28 types of punishments mentioned in Garuda purana.If seen in detail all are cruel. Hope these are told because humans will not do any bad things during their lifetime. In other words to ...
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Want to know after death [duplicate]

Can the soul meet the souls of his beloved ones? Can I after my death meet my parents' souls? Will they have feeling when they were alive and shall I have feeling as I have now? If yes, how the ...
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Which practice existed during the reign of Lord Rama, either Kanyasulkam or Varakatnam(Dowry)?

At present we follow giving Dowry to the grooms which is considered as social evil. What Lord's do is considered right because they will have a particuar reason behind it. So I want to know what they ...
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Do gods and fairies not blink?

Few years before I read an article which belongs to some fairies story. And I came to know that fairies/god's/deities doesn't blink like as human. Is it true or an artificial story? If it is true, can ...
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Why in Aashadamaasa and Dhanurmaas no auspicious things happens?

Why in Aashadamaasa and Dhanurmaas no auspicious things happens? People follow some rituals during these time by not doing any auspicious functions. All business, marriages, home construction stops or ...
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Did Ravana ever attack the Ikshvaku king Dasharatha?

During the final stages of the great war, between Lord Sri Rama(and army consisting of brother Lakshmana and vanaras) and Ravana( and his demon soldiers), Ravana could foresee his final defeat at the ...
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Why did Ikshvaku king Anaranya curse Ravana ? [duplicate]

During the final stages of the great war, between Lord Sri Rama(and army consisting of brother Lakshmana and vanaras) and Ravana( and his demon soldiers), Ravana could foresee his final defeat at the ...
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Why God Shiva used trident on Kashyapa's son? and why could not he save his own son (Ganesha) from curse? [duplicate]

Kashyapa cursed Shiva: "Just as you pierced my son's chest with a trident, your son's head will be chopped off one day," said Kashyapa. My question is, Why God Shiva used trident on Kashyapa's son? ...
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Where does Vishwamitra's parallel creation of constellations of stars and galaxies exist?

From my answer to a previous question, it was pointed out that Vishwamitra himself attempted to create a parallel world in addition to Brahma's, in which to transport Trisanku in his mortal body. ...
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What is the symbolic meaning of the multiple serpent heads of Sheshanaga? [duplicate]

Vishnu rests on the body of Sheshanaga and Sheshanaga like Paramahansa rests on the ocean of bliss known as Prakriti. His being is depicted as having 5 or 7 or 1000 serpents. What is the symbolic ...
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What is the story of Vasishtha's sister?

Recently I was in a discussion with a friend who had visited Chidambaram Temple and he was telling me about the legend of Vyaghrapada mentioned in this question but my curiosity was piqued by another ...
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In Mahabharat who were Dhitrashtra & Pandu incarnations of? [duplicate]

The Sambhava Parva of Mahabharat mentions which gods and demons incarnated on earth at the time of Mahabharat giving details about even obscure kings. Curiously enough it does not mention anything ...
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Why should a sister get married first before brother in a family? what does hinduism and shastras say about this?

My boyfriend is waiting for his younger sister to get married since they will not allow male kids to marry before sisters get married. what is the reason behind this culture in Hinduism?
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Did Maa Saraswati help manthara convince Kaikayi?

Is it true that Maa Saraswati helped manthara convince Kaikayi by poisoning her mind and seek the throne for Bharat coz else Rama not knowing what was the purpose of his birth would have ruled as king ...
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How were the physical characteristics in the Mahabharata?

In Kaliyuga, we human have a defined set of normal physical characteristics like height and weight based on the gender male and female. Similarly, were there any mention of standard physical ...
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Why did Maharishi Maitreya curse Duryodhana?

It is known that Duryodhana was killed by Bhima during the Mahabharata war. It is heard that a Maharishi named Maitreya, had earlier cursed Duryodhana, that Bhima would kill him during the ...
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Which scripture says Shiva first created Brahma-Vishnu and delegated rest of the creation to them? [duplicate]

I watched a serial that narrates how Shiva created Vishnu and Brahma to create and save Earth and all the souls. I have not read this in any of the scriptures but could someone point me to the source ...
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What are the details of the story of Indra giving the Crest-jewel(chudamani) to king Janka?

The son of the wind-god,Hanuman, apprised Sri Rama(avatar of god Vishnu) about the discovery of Sita(avatar of goddess Lakshmi),on returning to Kishkindha (from Lanka).Then Hanuman delivered to Sri ...
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Why does Prakirti / MahaKundalini Shakti descend from her blissful state into worldly phenomena?

The descent of prakriti essence via her beautiful creative power known as Maha Kundalini Sakti is there for all those who have eyes to see. The world of phenomena has been created and her work is done ...
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Kundalini - the serpent in the bowl

Kundalini is commonly said to be a coiled serpent - snake of immense power resting - asleep - torpid in the bowl at the base of the spine. Is she really there and Why is She coiled, or should I ask is ...
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How does God/Goddess choose their vehicle? [duplicate]

In Hindu Mythology, Almost every God/Goddess have their vehicle and they are symbolised by that . for example Lord Ganesh vehicle is Mouse. Lord Kartikey vehicle is Peacock. Lord Yama vehicle is Bull....
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Who is the Rishi Lamagayana, relative of Agni’s wife Svaha?

This excerpt from the Gopatha Brahmana of the Atharvana Veda describes the goddess Svaha, wife of Agni the fire god: Svaha was born of truth, she was made by the Brahman, and she is of the same ...
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Did prince Yudhishthira obtain boons from Yama for successful completion of Agyatvaas?

When it was time for the Pandavas to pass the period of unrecognition(Agyatvaas) during the thirteenth year of exile(in king Virata’s kingdom), they chose their names and disguised identities, with ...
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Has there been any figure in the scriptures which travelled back in time?

I have seen topics which mention time dilation in Hinduism but I am specifically looking for travelling back in time.
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What is the story of the woman who lifted a mountain?

Parashara Bhattar was a famous Sri Vaishnava Acharya who became the head of the Sri Vaishnava sect after Ramanujacharya departed the Earth. He was the son of Ramanujacharya’s shishya Kurathalwan, and ...
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What were the boons given by Goddess Durga to prince Yudhishthira?

It is heard that during the exile period of the Pandavas, prince Yudhishthira did meditation and invoked the blessings of Goddess Durga. Goddess Durga appeared infront of prince Yudhishthira and gave ...
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Story of a blue-eyed mongoose that came on completion of the Ashvamedha Yajna of king Yudhishthira?

King Yudhishthira performed the Ashvamedha Yajna(horse-sacrifice) under the guidance of Maharishi Vyasa. There is a wonderful story of a blue-eyed mongoose which came at the conclusion of the ...
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What are the details of Karna’s fight with king Jarasandha?

There was an occasion when Karna( king of the Angas) was about to sever king Jarasandha’s body into two parts, using his bare arms. But then, king Jarasandha offered his hand of friendship to Karna ...
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How do gods/devatas procreate?

I have found people claiming that gods do not procreate like humans but procreate without any bodily union on Quora, does this idea have scriptural backing?
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What was the name of the Sage in the story narrated by Sita?

Sita narrated an old episode about a Sage(Rishi) to Sri Rama, in the Dandaka forest.The narration is as under:- Once upon a time, oh, dexterous one, there was a pious and true worded hermit in some ...
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How can Wind, Sun and Fire be living beings?

There are many hymns dedicated to Wind, Sun, Fire in the Vedas. There was also a yajna done to please them. Sun is called Aditya, meaning son of Aditi and Kashyapa Rishi. How can a star be born from a ...
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Is the verse about Indra forcing himself upon Ahalyā present in the Critical Edition of Rāmāyaṇa?

The translation of Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa on this site says Indra forced himself upon Ahalyā: BOOK 7: UTTARA KANDA SECTION 35 ... Thereupon she propitiated the ascetic Gautama saying, "O ...
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Swa-dharma of Sri Rama and queen Kaikeyi's boons

The second boon which Queen Kaikeyi asked from King Dasharatha was- Sri Rama's exile to Dandaka forest and live the life of an an ascetic.The details are as under:- यो द्वितीयो वरो देव दत्तः प्री...
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Who is the headless god in this picture?

I recently came across this picture of Vishnu's incarnation Narasimha being worshiped by various Devas: Most of these Devas are recognizable. Starting from the top left and going counterclockwise, I ...
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How do gods decide when to incarnate and when to assume a human form bypassing the birthing process?

In both Rāmāyaṇa and Mahābhārata, we see Indra taking a human form during what appears to be emergency situations. When Indra wants to rob Gautama off of his ascetic power he suddenly decides to take ...
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What did humans do that Brahma took away their divinity?

According to an ancient Hindu legend whose author is unknown, there was once a time when all human beings were gods but they so abused their divinity that Brahma, the chief god, decided to take it ...
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Was Śatānanda the son of Gautama or Indra?

It is generally believed that Śatānanda was the son of Gautama and Ahalyā. But was Śatānanda born before Indra had the brief affair with Ahalyā? How do we know Śatānanda was not the son of ...
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Why Sita had ornaments with her during her stay in Exile

After meeting Sri Rama at Mt. Rishyamuka, Sugreeva promises to bring back Sita from whatever place she is held captive. He informs Sri Rama that he has seen Sita travelling overhead in the sky while ...
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Sita's reply to Maha Sati Anasuya-Advice on Stri-Dharma

Sri Rama and his consort Sita, met Maharishi Atri at the Maharishi's hermitage, during the early part of their exile. After introducing his wife Anasuya as a great ascetic, the Maharishi requested Sri ...
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Why did Pundalika order Lord Krishna to stand on the stone?

I have heard the folk story about Pundalika. He was busy with doing some work and suddenly Lord Krishna came to his home. He ordered Lord Krishna to stand up on the stone. If this is true, then I ...
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What is the meaning of Karni Mata's description as a woman with a head in her hand?

What's the meaning of Karni Mata's depiction as a woman with a head in hand, a lion behind her and rats on the floor? What is her story? Also known as Shri Karniji Maharaj, she is worshiped as the ...
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What was the chat between Lord Krishna and Arjuna in Kurukshetra when Yudhishthira insulted Arjuna's Gandiva?

When Yudhisthira once insulted Arjuna and his bow Gandiva, Arjuna tried to kill Yudhishthira because he had a vow that if anyone spoke badly about his Gandiva then he will kill that person. Lord ...
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Where was Yudhisthira's Rajasuya?

Where is the sacred place near Indraprastha upon which Yudhisthira's Rajasuya-yajna occured?
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What was the story behind the Wealth rain(dhan varsha) of Kuber?

When king Raghu(ancestor of Lord Rama) Asked for money from Kuber at that time Kuber did wealth rain for Raghu. I didn't know the full story. Is there any scripture reference to it?