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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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How did Varaha's son Narakasura become evil?

One of Krishna's most famous deeds is his killing of the demon Narakasura, which is the inspiration of the holiday Deepavali. Narakasura was tormenting the gods and had even stolen the earrings of ...
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How has Lord Vishnu's understanding developed and what was his role initially?

I've recently come by an excellent research on how the understanding of Shiva has been evolving through the ages and I wonder whether such a research has been made with respect to Vishnu. The book I ...
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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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Is Kusha (kush) son of Lord Rama?

According to Wikipedia, Lord Rama and Sita have twins named Lava (Luv) and Kusha (Kush). From childhood I have also learnt that Lord Rama had twins. While reading this question, I came across this ...
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During his lifetime, did Rama know that he was a God?

Was Rama aware that he is an avatar of Vishnu (during his lifetime) and acted as normal or he just tried to be good human being?
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Why does Lord Ganesha have an elephant head?

A lot of Hindu gods have human heads. However, this is not the case with Lord Ganesha, who has an elephant head. Why does he have an elephant head?
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What scriptures describe the story of Krishna killing Ekalavya?

Most people only know about how Ekalavya, the Nishada prince, was rejected by the Pandavas' teacher Dronacharya and then willingly cut off his own thumb at Dronacharya's request. What's not as well-...
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Does the Jataka account of Krishna have any basis in Hindu scripture?

The Ghata Jataka, one of the Jataka Tales that form part of Buddhist scripture, recounts the life of Krishna in a way that mostly parallels conventional Hindu accounts, except for one notable incident ...
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What is the story of Hiranyakashipu's son Mandara?

In the Anusasana Parva of the Mahabharata, in the course of recounting to Krishna the boons that Shiva has bestowed upon various people, the sage Upamanyu describes a certain son of the demon ...
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Who is the Samaveda-singing Brahmin incarnation of Vishnu prophesied in the Skanda Purana?

As I discuss in this question, one of the early movements that was important in the development of Vaishnavism was the ancient Pancharatra movement, whose sacred texts consisted of detailed procedures ...
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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 did Ravana get the golden city of Lanka?

In the Ramayana, we know that Ravana was the King of the golden city of Lanka. How did he get this city? I know very little other than that it was offered by Shiva.
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Can anyone explain the family tree of Pandavas?

We are aware of Draupadi as the wife of Pandavas whereas Subhadra is the wife of Arjuna and, Hidimbi is the wife of Bhima. Besides Draupadi, are there any other wives of Yudhisthir, Nakul and Sahdev? ...
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Why was Surya killed by Lord Shiva?

I heard of an incident in which Suryadev was once killed by Lord Shiva. Can somebody explain to me what is this incident and what Surya's mistake was? And also, please let me know how he became alive ...
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Why is Ganga considered sacred? Why do so many devotees worship this river?

What is river Ganga considered sacred? Why do so many devotees worship her? Note: This is not a dup. of Historically, when (and why) did Ganga become a holy river? Is it after Sarasvati dried up? as ...
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Who are the seven immortals (Chiranjeevi)?

Please tell me about the seven immortals in Hinduism? How did they become immortals?
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Were there any incarnations of Lord Brahma?

We hear a lot about incarnations of Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva and other Gods, but were there any incarnations of Lord Bramha too?
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Who all changed sides in the Mahabharata battle?

I have heard that there were some people who changed sides from the Pandavas' army to the Kauravas' army and vice versa during or just before the battle. Can anyone please name all such people and ...
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What happened with the dead body of Lord Shree Krishna?

In the Mahabharata, I know how Lord Shree Krishna had the end of material life as well as his body, but what happened to his body?
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Why didn't Krishna take a more active part in Battle of Kurukshetra in Mahabharata?

Why didn't Krishna take a more active part in Battle of Kurukshetra in Mahabharata? Krishna was the Saarthi (Charioteer) of Arjuna and rode his rath (Chariot) around during battle and was a ...
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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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What form did Vishnu take in the Battle of Ten Kings?

According to the Rig Veda Anukramani, the seer of Mandala 7 of the Rig Veda is the sage Vashishta, and in the following verse from Mandala 7, Vasishta addresses Vishnu: What was there to be blamed ...
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Why did Lord Krishna kidnap Rukmini to get married?

As per the Vedas, getting married to a girl after kidnapping is considered devil or daemon (दानव dānava) Vivaha (marriage) which isn't righteous (धर्मानुकूलन dharmānukūlana). And Lord Krishna ...
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Why did Lord Rama and Lakshmana separate?

I know at the end of Ramayana, Lord Rama and Lakshmana separated. But what is the reason for that?
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What are the four legs of Dharma?

It is said that Dharma has four legs (pillars) and it is depicted in the form of vrushabham (nandi). What are those four legs? As far as I know, cow's four legs are also seen as four legs of Dharma. ...
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Why did Lord Hanuman forget that he has special powers?

Somehow Lord Hanuman forgets that he could fly, and has other special powers until Jaambavant reminds him of them. How and why did this happen? I've also heard that Lord Hanuman wasn't actually ...
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Why did Rukmini stop Lord Krishna from eating beaten rice given by Sudama a second time?

In one of the popular stories from the Bhagavatam, Sudama visits his old friend Sri Krishna at his palace with beaten rice. When Lord Krishna was going to eat the beaten rice a second time, suddenly, ...
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When was Mahabali (Asura King Bali) booned about being the next Indra?

I read in a question about the fact that the Asura King Bali will be the next Indra and that he is still alive. Untill now, I have only heard of the story of the Vamana incarnation of Lord Vishnu ...
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Meaning of Krishna's advice to Yudhisthira before Drona Vadh

With popular belief Krishna advices Yudhisthira to tell lie to Drona about "Killing of Ashwatthama" for the sake of saving remaining Paandava army from being annihilated. But according to this text, ...
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Were Kauravas and Pandavas the biological decendants of Vyasa?

This confusion came into my mind after watching Ekta Kapoor's 'Kahani Mahabharat Ki..' TV serial. I saw this story that Rishi Vyasa was the biological father of Dhitarashtra and Pandu, or something ...
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What exactly is the basis/reason behind calling Hindu epics such as Ramayana and Mahabharata as myths/mythology

Many people (specially left-leaning) like to call Hindu epic books such as Ramayana and Mahabharata as myths. So my question is what is the exact reason for the use of this word myth or mythology ...
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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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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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Who were the previous Indras that incarnated as the Pandavas?

It's well-known that the Pandavas were all sons of gods: Yudhishthira was the son of Yama god of death, Bhima was the son of Vayu the wind god, Arjuna was the son of Indra king of the gods, and Nakula ...
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What is the story of surya's wives?

I know Surya is associated with Sanjana and Chayya but I have known so many variations of the story from local books. So I want to know what is the story of Surya's wife from scriptures, are ...
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What scriptures describe the story of Rama visiting Vishnu in Vaikuntha?

Most people only know of occasions in which two different incarnations of Vishnu met, for instance the encounter between Rama and Parashurama in the Ramayana. What is not as well known, however, is ...
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Why does Lord Jagannath suffer from fever?

It is believed that Jagannath suffers from a high fever after the Snana-Yatra. During this time, devotees are prevented from seeing Him. After taking special care, the deities gets cured and the ...
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Time spent in heavenly planets

We are under classic assumption that a soul with lot of good karma do spend long time in heaven. It will take long time for it to be reincarnated back on earth. We also know that pandava heroes are ...
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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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Who is commentator Pishacha on Brahma Sutras?

Narayana Panditacharya gave a list of 21 commentators on the Brahma Sutras who preceded Madhvacharya. Here is the screenshot of 21 commentators: I want to know who is this commentator Pishacha? The ...
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What is the story of Yashoda's daughter fighting the rebirths of the demons Shumbha and Nishumbha?

As I discuss in this answer, the demons Shumbha and Nishumbha once defeated the gods and took over the three worlds. The gods went to Mount Kailash to ask Durga for help. After they said a prayer to ...
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When was Shiva a disciple of sage Angiras?

One of the most famous wars between the gods and the Asuras (demons) was the Tarakamaya war. The war was started when Chandra the moon god kidnapped Tara, wife of Brihaspati guru of the gods. (...
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Is there any story behind Lord Krishna's death?

I have heard many stories regarding the end of lord Krishna. How exactly did lord Krishna die? I also heard that some arrow killed him and that arrow also have some history. Is that true?
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Why did Hanuman fight with Lord Rama?

I heard there was one occasion where a god and his devotee fought a great battle against each other. It's the case of Lord Rama vs. Hanuman. Being a true devotee, why did Hanuman fight against his ...
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Did lord Hanuman have a son?

As per a previous question asked on this site, we know that Lord Hanuman was a bachelor, Surya grants him a boon that he will still be a bachelor even after marriage as a Prajapatya Brahmachari ...
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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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Who all were the different Ved-Vyas?

We all know that the Mahabharat was written by Ved-Vyas, but what many of us don't know is that Ved-Vyas was not the name of the person but the title. This title is given to the one who add/modify/...
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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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Why did all the Pandavas marry Draupadi?

Why did all the Pandavas (i.e. Yudhisthira, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva) marry the same woman i.e., Draupadi? What was the circumstance under which they had to marry Draupadi?
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Did Ravana have ten heads?

Did Ravana really have ten heads? Or is it a mythical concept? If he really had ten heads, who gave him this and what is the story behind it?