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 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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What is the significance of Lord Hanuman on flags?

It is often seen that triangular saffron flags have the silhouette of Lord Hanuman on them what is the significance of this?What does this represent, or what is the myth(story) behind this? Edit: If ...
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What scriptures describe Vaishampayana making Janamejaya interested with a single verse?

The second poem of Nammalwar’s Thiruvaimozhi describes Vishnu without actually naming him until the last verse, where it calls him Narayana. Page 13 of this book, summarizing one of the Sri Vaishnava ...
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Who were Varasikha and Abhyavartin Cayamana?

In Rig Veda (RV.6.27.4 & 5) it is described that Indra killed people of Varasikha and drove away VRcis in the aid of Abhyavartin Cayamana. Ralph T.H Griffith's translation follows :- 4 This one ...
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Jataveda and Kravyada forms of Agni, the vedic God of fire

Agni is the vedic God of fire and sacrifice, of divine knowledge,and is also associated with water. Agni is prominent in the hymns of the Vedas and particularly the Brahmanas.In the Rig Veda there are ...
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What scriptures describe the layers of the Earth mentioned by Engalalwan?

This verse in Amsha 1 Adhyaya 4 of the Vishnu Purana describes the aftermath of Vishnu’s incarnation Varaha rescuing the Earth from the water: Uttishtatah tasya jalaardra kuksheh mahaa varaahasya ...
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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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What do the Snake Idols in Binded form Indicate?

In many Hindu Temples we can see Snake Idol which has two Snakes, bound to each other like a DNA. QUESTION : What does this form of two snakes indicate and why do we worship it ? Below is a picture ...
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Indra and Vritra – The Tale of the Vajrayudha

The legend is as follows: Indra, the King of the Devas, was once driven out of Devaloka by an asura named Vritra. This asura was the recipient of a boon which made him invulnerable to any known ...
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What is the story of Budha grabbing the Star Rohini?

During the episode of Sita's abduction in the Valmiki Ramayana, it is mentioned that Budha grabs the Rohini in firmament. इति उक्त्वा मैथिलीम् वाक्यम् प्रिय अर्हाम् प्रिय वादिनीम् || ३-४९-१५ अभि...
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Which Acharyas believe in the two-Kapilas theory and which don't?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school. But there are five other Astika or orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy: Purva Mimamsa, Samkhya,...
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Where is the story of Radha being born blind found?

In which scripture is the story in which Radha was originally born blind, and opened her eyes when she met Krishna found?
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Where are the stories of Chandravali and Ayan found?

Where is the story of Radha’s cousin named Chandravali, and childhood friend and lover named Ayan found?
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Why is Halahala Poison the one that came out of Churning of Ocean depicted in Blue in Shiva's throat?

Why is Halahala Poison the one that came out of Churning of Ocean depicted in Blue in Shiva's throat? Any scripture backing to this?
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What is the story of Grihpati avatar of Lord Shiva?

What is the story of Grihpati avatar of Lord Shiva? Why was he born and who were his parents?
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How did Goddess Sita protect herself in Ravana's palace?

Ravana abducted Goddess Sita with evil intentions to marry her. But he didn't step forward to do so. What protected Goddess Sita from Ravana for more than six months (as far as I know) in Ravana's ...
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Why third eye is vertically placed?

I am bit curious to understand why is the third eye in Shiva/Shakti depicted vertically not horizontally like the other two eyes, is there any specific reason/logic behind that or is it just ...
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What is the story of Samaveda Shakas destroyed by Indra?

While reading one research thesis from Shodhaganga, I've noticed following line at the information about Shakas on Samaveda. According to Śaunaka there were 1000 śākhās, but they were ...
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Did Lord Muruga and Lord Ganesh have their navels from birth?

Lord Muruga (Kartikeya) born from the third eye of Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesh was made as a doll and given life by Goddess Parvathi. So both of them didn't have their own navels. Generally navel is ...
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Why does SB 9.10.9 say that it was Rāma (and not Lakṣmaṇa) that disfigured Śūrpaṇakhā?

Why does the Śūrpaṇakhā incident in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 9.10 differ from the version found in Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa? Canto 9: Liberation CHAPTER TEN The Pastimes of the Supreme Lord, Rāmacandra ...
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What does three steps of Vamana avataar symbolize?

I very well understand the story of Bali and Vamana but as a common man I would like to understand what exactly does three steps of Vamana (Vishnu avataar) symbolize?
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Who were the sons of Varuna killed by Ravana?

In Yuddha Kanda, Chapter 7, when the ministers are eulogising Ravana about his qualities, they say that the four sons of Varuna were killed (defeated?) by Ravana. śūrāḥ ca balavantaḥ ca varuṇasya ...
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Which scripture mention Lord Rama reached Ayodhya on Kaartika Amavasya (Deepawali) after 14 years of exile?

Deepawali is the one of the main festival of India. It is celebrated because Lord Rama has reached Ayodhya on this day after gaining victory over Ravana (mainly in northern part of India). Deepawali ...
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Who was goddess Sita's father? Why are there multiple stories? Which one should we believe?

There have been many accounts as to who actually was the father of goddess Sita. Contrary to what Valmiki's Ramayana says, some of them states that Sita was Ravana's first child whom he abandoned; ...
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Was Rama a god?

Rama was born as the eldest son of Kausalya and Dasharatha and become the ruler of Ayodhya Kingdom. Can Rama be considered as Lord.
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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 is the oldest version of Ramayana? [duplicate]

I am not looking for answer based on faith, like Valmiki Ramayana is oldest because Valmiki was Rama's contemporary. I am looking for reference from academia comparing different versions of Ramayana ...
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Who made Lord Hanuman immortal?

From what I've read, I've concluded that Lord Hanuman is one of the seven * Chiranjeevis.* (Immortals). But I am not sure who made Lord Hanuman immortal, and why? I've heard many rumours that Lord ...
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What is the story of Kali the demon?

There is a demon names Kali on whose name Kaliyuga is there. In which of the puranas his story is given? What is the story of the demon Kali?
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How exactly is the Indra-Ahalyā affair narrated in Ṣaḍviṃṡa Brāhmaṇa?

This answer claims the Ṣaḍviṃṡa Brāhmaṇa attached to Sāmaveda also mentions the Indra-Ahalyā affair. But how exactly is the story narrated in Ṣaḍviṃṡa Brāhmaṇa? Is it any different from the version ...
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Which Alwars mention the gods whom they're incarnations of?

The Alwars (also spelled Azhwars) are a group of 12 ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu and are famous for their poetry in praise of Vishnu. The collection of their 4000 poems, known as ...
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What is the story of Sharaba?

I found most of our religious books speak about Lord Vishnu's avatars and there are much fewer books that I know of about Lord Shiva. If Lord Vishnu has 10 avatars then how many avatars do Lord Shiva ...
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Why did Laxman get injured by Indrajit's 'shakti' weapon?

In Ramayana, Indrajit was able to hit Laxman by his special weapon named Shakti. Due to this Laxman went very near to death. Now Lord Hanuman went to Himalaya & brought Sanjivani. This way Laxman ...
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What scriptures describe the story of Vishnu's general Vishvaksena?

It is well-known that Shiva's son Ganesha is the general of Shiva's army of Ganas. What's not as well-known, however, is that Vishnu also has an army, led by the god Vishvaksena. Vishvaksena plays ...
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Do the eight immortals (Including Lord Hanuman) still exist in Kaliyuga?

Hindu scriptures contain a mantra about the Eight immortals: अश्वत्थामा बलिव्र्यासो हनूमांश्च विभीषण:। कृप: परशुरामश्च सप्तएतै चिरजीविन:॥ सप्तैतान् संस्मरेन्नित्यं मार्कण्डेयमथाष्टमम्। जीवेद्वर्षशतं ...
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When did Vibhishana stop being king of Lanka?

In this chapter of the Yuddha Kanda of the Ramayana, after Ravana's death his brother Vibhishana is coronated as the king of Lanka: Hearing the words of the great soled Rama, Lakshmana replied, 'so ...
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Where is the story of Yashoda's complaining not witnessing Krishna's marriages found?

There is a story in relation to Lord Balaji that mother Yashoda could not witness Krishna's marriages and when she was at death bed, she desired that she may witness Krishna's marriage at least in ...
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What is and where is story of Ahobila Nava Narasimhas found?

There are 9 deities of Narasimha in Ahobilam. What is the story of each Narasimha and name of each deity? Is Ahobila kshetra described in any puranas?
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How is 'Vishwa Virat Swaroop' of Lord Krishna described in Mahabharata?

I want to know how the 'Vishwa Virat Swaroop' of Lord Krishna was described in the Mahabharata. It was shown by Lord Krishna to Arjuna while he was giving the Gita Upadesha to Arjuna prior to the ...
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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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Karma & Rebirth: If you're too attached to your pet and are reborn as that pet, what happens to your karma?

According to Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam a.k.a Bhāgavata Purāṇa, King Bharata a.k.a Jaḍa Bharata was reborn as a deer at some point because he was too attached to the deer which he adopted when it was still ...
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Is Balarama an Avatar of Vishnu or Adiseshan (or both)?

Balarama is traditionally considered to be an avatar of Lord Vishnu by those who do not consider Buddha to be one. However, I have also frequently heard that He is an avatar of Adiseshan, the multi-...
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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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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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Why does Thirumazhisai Alwar say the Pandava Thoothar statue of Krishna is older than him?

The Alwars (also spelled Azhwars) are a group of 12 ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu and are famous for their devotional poetry in praise of Vishnu. The collection of their 4000 poems, ...
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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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When did Chandra defeat the Asuras with Arjuna's chariot?

As I discuss in this answer, the Adi Parva of the Mahabharata describes how Agni the fire god once needed to consume the Khandava forest in order to get over a malady, but Indra kept using rainstorms ...
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How was the Madhu Vidya passed down before Dadhichi?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school, which bases its tenets on the doctrines laid out in the Brahma Sutras, a work by the sage Vyasa ...
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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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During what Yugas did Hiranyakashipu, Mahabali, and Ravana rule?

This excerpt from the Prabhasa Kanda of the Skanda Purana describes how long different demons ruled the three worlds for: Hiranyakashipu shone as the king for one hundred seven million two hundred ...