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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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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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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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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 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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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 ...
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Do any scriptures apart fom Sabarimala Sthala Purana foretell the birth of Ayyappa?

One of the most popular religious destinations in the world is the Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala; it gets far more visitors per year than Tirupati and the Vatican combined! The story of the temple ...
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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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Why Kukke Subramanya temple has a Madhwa mutt?

This question is specific to kukke Subramanya temple present in Dakshina Kannada District of Karnataka (refer : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kukke_Subramanya_Temple). The main presiding deity is ...
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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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What is difference between Neeti and Dharma

Vidura was known as Neetijnya in english one who has knowledge of Neeti. Neeti word Derives from the word Naitikta in sanskrit, which in english is similar to Morality(proof). Since he was the wise ...
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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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Did Lord Rama really worship Lord Shiva?

Traditionally, the Ramayana is attributed to Valmiki. The Hindu tradition is unanimous in its agreement that the poem is the work of a single poet; the sage Valmiki, a contemporary of Rama and a ...
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What is the source of the Panchakanya sloka?

Does anyone know from which scripture this sloka is cited? Wikipedia doesn't help much. I've heard this sloka almost everywhere so I'm curious and want to find out it's source. अहल्या द्रौपदी ...
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How many kilometers equals to a Yojana

After reading this answer, I am curious to know how many kilometers or miles are equal to one yojana. Below is some of the information taken from the above link. Here a league equals one yojana ...
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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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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 duty of Indra? What is Indraloka?

What is the duty of Indra given by God & what is in Indraloka that all rakhshasas and asuras want to win Indraloka? Do they get any power if they win Indraloka or is there anything like whoever ...
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What scriptures discuss Ghandaberunda, the bird beast created by Narasimha?

The coat of arms of the Indian state of Karnataka depicts a strange two-headed bird: This creature comes from certain versions of the story of Narasimha, the man-lion avataram (incarnation) of Vishnu. ...
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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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What scriptures mention Krishna killing Sakatasura the cart demon as a baby?

One of the most famous incidents of Krishna's childhood is the story of how he kicked over a heavy cart when he was a baby. In popular versions of the story, Krishna's evil uncle Kamsa sends a demon ...
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Geological changes in Hindu Scriptures

In Hinduism there are very large spans of time when yugas are considered. Is there any mention of significant Geological changes? We see the account of a large flood as part of the Matsya Avatara, ...
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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 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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Did the Churning of the Ocean happen again in the Vaivasvata Manvantara?

One of the most famous incarnations of Vishnu is Kurma the tortoise, who helped the gods during the Churning of the Ocean. Now I had always assumed that the story of the churning of the ocean only ...
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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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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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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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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. ...