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 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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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 were the ascetic austerities undertaken by Princess Amba to obtain a boon from Lord Shiva?

Princess Amba was abducted by Bhishma from her Swayamvara(self marriage ceremony at the kingdom of Kashi).Salva(king of Saubala) who was earlier in love with her, subsequently refused to accept her as ...
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Why did Bhishma fight with Lord Parashurama?

In the Mahabharata, there is a story where Bhishma fought with his guru (teacher) Lord Parashurama. What was the reason behind fighting with his guru? And who won the fight?
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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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What is the mystery of ayOnija (अयोनिज) births?

We will come across Sita in Valmiki Ramayana, as ayOnija - अयोनिज, a non-uterine birth. Similarly, in Mahabharata, we read about Draupadi and Dhristadyumna, who are also ayOnijas, borne out of fire. ...
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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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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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Boons given to Ravana by Lord Shiva

Ravana was said to be a staunch devotee of Lord Shiva.And it is said that Ravana obtained some boons from Lord Shiva, after doing a lot of penances. What are the boons given to Ravana by Lord Shiva?
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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 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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Are punishments mentioned in Garuda Purana real or just myths to create fear in humans? [closed]

There are 28 types of punishments mentioned in the Garuda Purana. If seen in detail, they are all cruel. Hope these are told because human beings will not do any bad things during their lifetime. In ...
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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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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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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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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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Why is Vishnu described as holding a vessel and a mirror?

When a mantra is given in the Puranas, it's usually preceded by a Dhyanam, which describes the appearance of the god whom you're supposed to meditate upon before reciting the mantra. For instance, in ...
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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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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 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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After Dhritarashtra, why was Yudhishthira and not Duryodhana considered the next in line to be the king?

Duryodhana was the son of a king and should be made the next king but still generally all people consider Yudhishthira to be the righteous owner of the throne. Why should Yudhishthira be the crown ...
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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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Was the story of adultery of Indra in the story of Ahalya a PRAKSHIPTA?

If Lord Indra is a "womaniser" as described as in the Puranic Literature, can anyone tell as to how many women fall prey to him? Only Ahalya's story occurs to me. So we have to closely examine the ...
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Who is Kutsa and how did Indra beat him?

Book 4 Hymn 26 of the Rig Veda says begins with this verse: aham manur abhavaṃ sūryaś cāhaṃ kakṣīvāṃ ṛṣir asmi vipraḥ | ahaṃ kutsam ārjuneyaṃ ny ṝñje 'haṃ kavir uśanā paśyatā mā || I WAS ...
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Any connection between Brahmastra and Brahmadanda?

I was reading an article here that states: Brahmastra (Sanskrit: ब्रह्‍मास्‍त्र, Brahmāstra) was a weapon created by the creator Brahma, for the purpose of upholding Dharma and Satya (truth). ...
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Do the Gorkha people from Nepal have their ancestral origin in the people who were once the part of Gorakhnath's army? [on hold]

I heard somewhere that some king of Nepal was forcefully converting Hindu Sadhus to Buddhism. When Gorakhnath heard about it, he built an army from clay then made that army alive and defeated the king....
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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? [duplicate]

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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Why did Shiva cry and showed such grief when Sati died as he is a god and a god is free from all the Maya which is created by him?

I could not understand, why Shiva showed all the worldly emotions like he cried and showed grief when Sati died, then he married Parvati and then lived with family. If he was a god and it is believed ...
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Who are Yakshas?

We have heard and read lot of stories involving Yakshas like Kuber was a Yaksha, there was an encounter of Yudhisthir with Yaksha who asked seven questions to him(ofcourse that was revealed to be ...
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Why did BORI excise the Vyāsa-Gaṇeśa conversation from its critical edition of the Mahābhārata?

The following extract is from the introduction to The Mahabharata: Volume 1 by Bibek Debroy. There are many different versions or recensions of the Mahabharata. However, between 1919 and 1966, ...
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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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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 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 ...