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Questions tagged [mythology]

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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What scriptures describe the Rishi Shalihotra cutting the wings off of horses?

The Ashva Shastra is a work of unknown authorship about the nature and proper care of horses. Now this chapter of the Ashva Shastra says that there used to be winged horses, but then Indra asked the ...
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Sahadev method of prediction

It is said that Sahadev used a specific chart for his prediction. May I have a glimpse of same please if available. Also, please share any instruction on how it works
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Where did Ravana keep his Mulabala forces?

Sriraman Bhattachar Swami is the chief priest of the Devadiraja Perumal Vishnu temple in Therazhundur, which is the birthplace of Kamban, the Sri Vaishnava poet who composed the famous Kamba Ramayana. ...
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Why is the idol of a lizard kept in front of the Divine Mother at Dakshineswar?

As the enclosed image shows, there is an idol of a golden lizard (svarna-godhika) to the left of Mother Bhavatarini at Dakshineswar. What is the scriptural reason of this idol of lizard?
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Request to identify swastika motif/yantra seen at temple in Hawalbagh, Almora

I have seen this picture at Hawalbagh, Hawalbagh is a Village and block in Almora District of Uttarakhand State, India. Local people told me that it is a Chakravyuha of Mahabharata where Abhimanyu ...
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How long a day in brahmaloka releative to bhuloka [duplicate]

How long a day eclipsed in brahmaloka when compared to bhuloka and Brahmaloka is nothing but a blackhole??where time passes very slow??
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What is the origin of Bhumihars?

Bhumihars are one of the abundant tribes of UP and Bihar. They are referred to as descendants of Lord Parshuram. As Lord Parshuram was a sage how can he have descendants? If he was married who was his ...
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Who is the god Latavya worshiped by Madhwas?

Madhvacharya’s philosophy or Dvaita divides Jivatmas or individual souls into three categories: Mukti Yogyas or those destined to attain Moksha, Nitya Samsaris or those destined to remain in Samsara ...
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Why did Hiranyakashyap make Prahlad sit on Holika's lap and burn

Why did Hiranyakashyap make Prahlad sit on Holika's lap and burn, I know after that Prahlad survives the fire since he chants Lord Vishnu. Thus Holi is celebrated as Good over Evil.
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Why should not we hang our ancestral (dead) photos near with God's photo?

As a human, I feel that after dead my ancestral soul are bind with God. If so why can't I allow to hang their photos with the God's? Is it abnormal thing to do?
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What scriptures describe the world’s population in earlier Yugas? [duplicate]

This chapter of the Srimad Bhagavatam describes the extremely large number of Yadavas who lived during the time of Krishna: I have heard from authoritative sources that the Yadu family employed 38,...
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How does Mother Parvati change Her form to Mother Sati?

As per the answer to the question : Wouldn't most of the incarnations of Devi be of Sati, not Parvati? Thus after six months of Brahma, present Parvati also leaves her body and then after ...
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Which Sri Vaishnava Acharya called Nammalwar Dirgha Chintayanti?

By far the most famous commentary on Nammalwar's Thiruvaimozhi is the Eedu, aka the 36000 Padi, which was composed by the Sri Vaishnava Acharya Vadakku Thiruveedhi Pillai, father of Pillai Lokacharya. ...
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Did Sanjaya and Barbarika see Krishna's universal form?

We all know that Arjuna saw vishwaroop of Krishna in the mahabharata war but could Barbarika,(the grandson of Bheema, who watched the entire war from the mountain) and Sanjay see the vishwaroop? ...
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What scriptures describe these four types of living beings?

The Paratvadi Panchakam is a five-verse poem by the Sri Vaishnava Acharya Nadadur Ammal In praise of the five types of manifestations of Vishnu described in the Pancharatra Agamas: Para, Vyuha, ...
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Power of mental thought?

It is mentioned in yoga vashisht's books which is translated by Rishi Singh Gherwal that he performed mental Raj-suya Vajna in paragraph 54-56 : *Saint Vashisht answered: "King Lavana was not bound ...
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What was the story of sage Kandu killing a cow following his father's words?

Rama is known as embodiment of Dharma. He followed his father's words and went to exile for 14 years. When Rama was ordered to leave the city to leave to forest, his mother Kaikeyi and his brother ...
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Why Lord Krishna's feet became vulnerable? [duplicate]

From this answer, Brabrika had an arrow that could find the vulnerable spot(s) of a person and was able to find Krishna's vulnerable spot that was His feet's sole. The ash fell on the hair of ...
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How could Sri Rama communicate with the monkeys?

How could Sri Rama and Lakshmana communicate with the monkeys? It seems just impossible to any sensible person.But as it is written in our scriptures, it must have some deep inner meaning. Can ...
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Where in the Mahabharata does Krishna discuss Archa forms of Vishnu?

The Tattva Matrika is a work by the Sri Vaishnava Acharya Vedanta Desikan about the Sri Vaishnava philosophy of Visistadvaita. Among the topics discussed are the five types of manifestations of ...
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What Sri Vaishnava works discuss Dasharatha's Sharanagati to Parashurama?

The Rahasyaratnavali is a short work by the Sri Vaishnava Acharya Vedanta Desikan on the subject of Sharanagati, complete surrender to Vishnu as a means of attaining Moksha. And Vedanta Desikan ...
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Which name came earlier, Bharata or Bharati?

As per Devi-Bhagatam, Devi Saraswati was named Devi Bharati after appearing in Bharata as per What is the meaning of Saraswati? But 'Bharati' means speech in Sanskrit, which is consistent with Her ...
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Which Sri Vaishnava works discuss Parashara’s Sharanagati for all Jivas?

The Sri Vaishnava sect has two sub-sects, Thenkalai and Vadakalai. Vadakalais follow the teachings of Vedanta Desikan, whereas Thenkalais follow the teachings of Pillai Lokacharya. My question is ...
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Is there any relation between Kolasura killed by Devi and Kola-viddhangshi mentioned in Devi Mahatmya?

Is there any relation between Kolasura who was killed killed by Devi and the 'Kola-viddhangshi' group mentioned in the Devi Mahatmya?
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How was Mahisasura, the demon killed by Mahalakshmi, (Mother Goddess) born?

What does the Puranas say about the birth of Mahisasura who was killed by the Mahalakshmi (Mother Goddess)?
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Can somebody provide authentic description of fifty-one Shaktipeethas?

There are conflicting evidences regarding the fifty-one Shakti-peethas in different scriptures. The locations and descriptions available on net and youtube are full of mistakes and showing false ...
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What was the population of India in the age of Lord Krishna?

What was the population of India in the age of Lord Krishna? Was it still overcrowded like it is now? We all know its overpopulated now but was it the same previously?
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How does Vedanta Desikan interpret Ramanujacharya’s statement about Brihaspati’s brother Samvarta?

The Satadhusani is a work by the Sri Vaishnava Acharya Vedanta Desikan consisting of 100 refutations of Adi Shankaracharya's philosophy of Advaita. One chapter of the work is devoted to refuting the ...
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Resources to Astronomical references in Hinduism

I'm a grade teacher, who is going to introduce astronomy to 12 year olds. I want them to have a phenomenalogical understanding of the subject. From there I want to present the models in existence. In ...
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Why the name 'Salagrama' shila?

Why are the Vishnu Silas found from Gandaki river called 'Salagrama' Silas?
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Are mythologies real (historical) or merely allegorical?

Are all mythologies real or are they stories or symbolic things meant to teach us something higher? I know that we (individuals) too are not so real as far as Vedanta is concerned. All is one. But ...
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What scriptures describe Mahabali stealing Vishnu’s crown and Garuda giving it to Krishna?

The Sri Vaishnava sect has two sub-sects, Thenkalai and Vadakalai. Vadakalais follow the teachings of Vedanta Desikan, whereas Thenkalais follow the teachings of Pillai Lokacharya. My question is ...
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How exactly did the killing of Abhimanyu violate the agreed-upon rules of war?

Many on one - Abhimanyu was a Maharathi or something - I believe they can be attacked by many at the same time. He fought till the end and never surrendered. The Kauravas didn't come looking for him - ...
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Apparently good yagnya by Daksha

The author of popular Lingashtakam stotram extolled Shiva as destroyer of Yagnya conducted by Daksha (father in-law) describing it as suyagna that is contradiction in its very terms. Can we explain ...
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What scriptures describe Kapila, Panchashikha, and Durvasa carrying Sanyasi staffs?

The Satadhusani is a work by the Sri Vaishnava Acharya Vedanta Desikan consisting of 100 refutations of Adi Shankaracharya's philosophy of Advaita. One chapter of the work is devoted to refuting the ...
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Did Bhima have the strength of 10000 elephants?

I remember a story to that effect - is it in the Mahabharata?
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Which Puranas say Kalki will be born in Tamil Nadu?

Among the Dasavataram or ten prominent incarnations of Vishnu, the last one, Kalki, has not happened yet. Hindu scripture provides many details about him, e.g. he'll be born in the end of the Kali ...
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What scriptures discuss Krishna's time in relation to the Yuga Sandhi periods?

It is commonly said that Krishna departed the Earth in 3102 BC and the Mahabharata war occurred in 3138 BC, a little over five thousand years ago. But I just found indication these events may have ...
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Why should Kubera(a Yaksha) worshipped, when real goddess of wealth is Shri Laxmi? [duplicate]

Kubera is a Yaksha, so why should he worshipped and not alone Goddess Laxmi for granting us wealth? Which scriptures asks to worship Kubera and why?
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What is the source of this sloka where Vyasa apologises to God for making three errors while writing the Srimad Bhagavatam?

Could someone provide the source of the following sloka where Vyasadeva apologises to God for the following three errors He committed in the Srimad Bhagavatam: i) He has assumed that God has a form ...
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What does “belief in the Vedas” actually mean?

What does belief in the Vedas or accepting the authority of the Vedas actually mean? Vedas have some mythological stories like women accepting the boon of menstruation from Indra (YV II 5.1). Then ...
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Godavari and Ramayana

I saw a YouTube video in which it is asserted that Godavari once lost its sacredness. The reason given is that the river was witness to Sita's abduction and although Sita asked the river to tell Rama ...
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Why called Akala Bodhana

In chapter 10, sloka 12 of Sri Sri Chandi, devi says : शरत्काले महापूजा क्रियते या च वार्षिकी meaning that in the sarat (autumn) seaon, my great annual puja is done. So in the very Chandi, ...
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Why do some Vaishnavas not consider Radha as Sati or the Mother of the world & mention Her only as the Hladini shakti?

The well-known pranama mantra of Sri Radha reads नवीनां हेमगौरांगीं पूर्णानन्दवतीं सतीम्। वृषभानुसुतां देवीं वन्दे राधां जगत्प्रसूम्॥ Meaning: I bow down to Goddess Radha, who is young, ...
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When did Sri Krishna worship Goddess Durga?

In the Argalastotra of Sri Srri Chandi (which is a part of the Markandeya Purana) we get: कृष्णेन संस्तुते देवि शश्वद्भक्त्या सदाम्विके Meaning : O Goddess! Lord Krishna worshipped you ...
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Which Hindu episode does this Khmer relief from Beng Mealea show?

The person below the main relief is considered a man lying in the water. It is conjectured that he is Shyavana, a sage meditating in a holy river. What is the story about him? Where is the story told?...
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What are the three forms not explicitly mentioned in the Shanti Parva of Mahbharat?

I found this passage in Shanti Parva of Mahabharat: Assuming a form that is manifest, I dwell, at present, in the heavens. At the end of a thousand Yugas I shall once more with-draw the ...
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What do Hindu scriptures say about Doppelgängers?

A "doppelgänger" is an entity that takes the form of a living person. In western traditions, it has been often seen as a malicious entity with harmful intentions and said to signify doom. My question ...
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Was Radha aunt of Krishna?

In this answer, there is a statement which says that Krishna cohabited with Radha who is His aunt, And this blog also says same. So my question is, was Radha Krishna's aunt?
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How do the stories of Prahlada and Hanuman show invisible effects of visible causes?

The Paramathabhanga is a work by the Sri Vaishnava Acharya Vedanta Desikan which refutes rival schools of Indian philosophy, both inside and outside of Hinduism. In this chapter of the Paramatha ...