Questions tagged [mythology]

Mythology is the "study (logia) of myths (mythos)", it has Greek origins. Myths do not necessarily mean false or imaginary, it means stories, legends, folklore, tradition, etc. So it should be used for asking questions about stories/tales that are part of Hindu tradition, custom and beliefs.

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Why did Bhima kill Duryodhana unfairly?

Why did Bhima kill Duryodhana unfairly by hitting him below the waist during their final battle in the Mahabharata war?
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Who was Barbarika?

I think Barbarika was son of arjun and came from patal lok of ancient time, Lord Khatu-Shayam is the same Warrior who was killed by Lord Krishna. Who trained Barbarika to become so powerful, in a ...
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What is the origin of Brahma's four heads?

Brahma, the creator of the universe, is depicted as having four heads. Is there a story behind it?
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How did Shri Krishna get the Shankh named Panchajanya?

As I know, Shri Krishna used to announce the end of the battle for the day in great Mahabharata battle using a Shankh named as Panchajanya. Does anyone know how He got this Shankh?
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Afterlives of Vasudeva, Devaki, Nandagopa and Yashoda

Do we have any account of the afterlives of Vasudeva, Devaki, Nandagopa and Yashoda? I generally hear about Nandagopa and Yashoda's last incident to be while they were being separated from Krishna, i....
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Who shot the first arrows to start the battles of the Ramayana and Mahabharata?

I have heard that shooting the first arrow to start the battle is very important to every battle. Who shot the first arrow to start the battles of Ramayana and Mahabharata respectively?
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Is Pandu's last wish, not to burn his body but eat it away, real?

On Wikipedia, it is given that Pandu asks his sons to eat his flesh and only Sahadeva does so because of which he gains ability to see the future but Krishna asks him not to reveal anything to anyone. ...
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Sequential Order of Puranas

We all know that there are 18 puranas in the Hindu mythology. The puranas were composed one after the another. What is the sequential order of the puranas, from the first to the last?
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Is Krishna mentioned in the Chandogya Upanishad?

This chapter of the Chandogya Upanishad makes a rather curious statement: taddhaitadghor āṅgirasaḥ kṛṣṇāya devakīputrāyoktvovācāpipāsa eva sa babhūva so'ntavelāyāmetattrayaṃ ...
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Why does Vishnu have eight arms when Krishna and Arjuna go to see him?

Most people only know of occasions in which two different incarnations of Vishnu met, for instance the encounter of Rama and Parashurama as described in the Bala Kanda of the Ramayana. What is not as ...
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What will happen if two people fight Vali together?

Vali was famous for the boon that he had received, according to which anyone who fought him in single-combat lost half his strength to Vali, thereby making Vali invulnerable to any enemy. Source: ...
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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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On what basis vritra is referred to as a snake/dragon?

On what basis vritra is referred to as a snake/dragon? Is there any proof from the vedas? And if not then what was he? NOTE:— VEDIC VERSES ARE REQUIRED PROVING
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Why are Apsaras always sent to distract sages?

Why are Apsaras frequently sent to distract a sage from his ascetic practices? This theme seems to appear over and over again in many Puranic stories. Is there any significance attached to this theme ...
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Why does the Yajur Veda call Vishnu overlord of the mountains?

The main Yagna (fire-ritual) described in the Vedas is the Soma Yagna, where a drink taken from a plant (whose identity was lost) is offered. But the Vedas also describe some less important Yagnas, ...
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What are the beliefs related to lunar and solar eclipses?

What are the beliefs related to Lunar and Solar eclipses according to Hindu culture? I have heard that they are the result of trouble making by Rahu and Ketu by devouring the sun/moon for a while.
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Why are women not allowed to enter Sabarimala temple?

What is the story/concept behind denial of fertile women (aged between 12 and 50) from entering the Sabarimala temple? Isn't this a discrimination against women? Is it a sin to allow women into the ...
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Do any scriptures say that the hunter Jara was a rebirth of Vali?

As I discuss in this answer, Krishna departed the Earth after he was shot by a hunter named Jara. Now there's a popular story that this Jara was actually the next birth of Sugriva's brother Vali, ...
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What scriptures describe Parashara asking for Moksha for everyone?

In 7 minute mark of this lecture, the Sri Vaishnava lecturer U. Ve. A.S. Rajagopalan Swami explains the importance of Sharanagati, or complete surrender to Vishnu as a means of getting Moksha, using ...
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Sudarshan Chakra's failures

Vishnu's Sudarshan Chakra is a very powerful weapon. Most of Vishnu's battles were won through the Chakra. Now, I want to know what were the instances in which Sudarshan Chakra had to face defeat. I ...
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Did the divine architect Vishwakarma cause the Earth to submerge?

Vishwakarma, AKA Tvashta, is the architect of the gods. He built, among other things, Indra's city of Amaravati, Krishna's city of Dwaraka, and Ravana's city of Lanka. His daughter Sanjana married ...
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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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Why is Moon on Lord Shiva's head only shown as crescent?

The story that of, how the Moon god ended up in Lord Shiva's hair, goes like this: Moon god had to get relief from the disease that he got by his own fault. He came to know that the only remedy for ...
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Was a Brahmastra ever fired on Vishnu, Shiva or Brahma? If not, what would happen if fired on them?

I have read many incidents in which the Brahmastra was invoked and then later revoked. But was a Brahmastra ever fired on Vishnu, Shiva or Brahma or it came close to being fired on one of them? If ...
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How did Nahusha marry Viraja, daughter of the Pitris?

Most people are only familiar with the lunar dynasty king Yayati, who was cursed with old age by Sukracharya (guru of the Asuras) and regained his youth by giving his old age to his youngest son Puru. ...
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What are the differences among Rakshasas, Daityas, Danawas, Pisachas?

Puranas say that these species are born from different wives of Maharshi Kashyapa. Kashyapa + Danu = Danavas Kashyapa + Diti = Daityas Kashyapa + Krodhavasa = Pisachas In Hymn 87 of the tenth ...
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What scriptures mention the “Vaikuntha-Kamalaja” form which is Half Vishnu & Half Lakshmi?

We all know "Ardhanarishvara" form of Shiva & Shakti . Similarly. Vaikuntha-Kamalaja is depicted as Vishnu-Lakshmi ,half male and half female, split down the middle. The right half is the ...
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What is the story of the gods disappearing from the Earth?

The Agnihotra is a twice-daily Vedic Yagna that is required to be performed by all Dvijas. (It's not as commonly practiced nowadays, because it can be substituted with Naivedyam, which constitutes a ...
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Who is Sarasvati's daughter Kotara?

According to this extract from the Uttarakhanda of Padma Purana there is a Goddess named Kotara/Kotaraksi that was worshiped by Aniruddha (Krishna's son) during his battle against Banasura. Krishna ...
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Do the Brahmanas of the Rig Veda mention Brahma and Vishnu's contest?

This excerpt from the Vidyeshwara Samhita of the Shiva Purana relates a famous story involving a contest between Brahma and Vishnu. (To read the whole Shiva Purana, see my answer here.) In this ...
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What happened to Vishnu's incarnation Narayana after his Pancharatra Yagna?

As I discuss in this answer, one of the most prominent incarnations of Vishnu in ancient times was the sage Narayana, twin brother of the sage Nara and son of Yama god of death. Nara and Narayana ...
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How many days did Ravana keep Sita confined?

How many days did Ravana keep Sita confined? I have searched many sites over the internet but wasn't able to find an answer to this question. Can anyone help me?
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Is Lord Shiva dark in complexion?

We know that the complexion of Lord Vishnu / Krishna is dark (shyam varna) but what is the complexion of Lord Shiva, dark or white?
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How did Ashoka Vana remain unaffected by the fire?

When Hanuman set the entire Lanka on fire, how is it that Ashoka Vana escaped it. Was it because Hanuman put out the fire, or due to Sita's power or the fire did not reach there?
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Why Ravana of Ramayana is worshipped like god and also considered as a demon?

Why Ravana of Ramayana is worshipped like god and also considered as a demon? I know he was a great king who kept his kingdom and administration in an organized manner. He was also a Shiv bhakt. But ...
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Ravana - Who were his parents and siblings?

Who were the parents of Ravana? What were the names of Ravana's brothers and sisters? And who is the real king of Lanka? Ravana or Vibhishana?
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What is the story behind Kumbhakarna's sleep?

I've heard a lot about the Sleep Lover, Kumbhakarna. Why was he sleeping for so many days continuously? Is there a story behind this?
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Did Yudhishthira lie more than once?

From the childhood I was knowing that Yudhishthira had lied just once at the time of Guru Drona Vadha and that was also the half truth half lie. But recently, I came to know that Yudhishthira had also ...
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Do Shaivites believe in something greater than Sadashiva?

In this excerpt from the Vayaviya Samhita of the Shiva Purana, various time scales are described: Brahma's one day is equivalent to a kalpa. He is of unmanifest origin. A thousand kalpas make a ...
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How Maharshi Vyasa knew all the story of Mahabharata?

It is said that Mahabharata is story of 5 generations, then how Maharshi Vyasa knew all the story of Mahabharata, does he survive through all 5 generations?
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Why is Brahma depicted as old in pictures?

I have seen many pictures and photos (such as above) of Chaturmukha Brahma with white hair and white beard. Why is Brahma shown as an old person? All the devatas are known to be drinking elixir (...
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Why did Lord Krishna end Karna's life in such a way?

Karna was the only person who was able to defeat Arjuna. Karna was stronger and kinder than Arjuna, but still he got an undeserved death at the hands of Arjuna,on the advice of Lord Krishna. What is ...
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Does Kunti pray to Krishna to always give her troubles so that she would always remember him?

I remember this as folklore - does this occur in any scripture?
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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 did Ravana say to Lakshmana?

When Ravana was dying in the battlefield after getting hit by Lord Rama, Lord Rama sent Lakshmana to Ravana. Ravana and Lakshmana had some conversation. What was it all about?
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Is there any account of life stories/life styles of ganas of Lord Shiva?

So far I have primarily heard about Nandi and Veerbhadra, about how they were born and about their other deeds but are there any other ganas being described in any texts regarding their birth stories ...
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How is Mount Kailash, the abode of Lord Shiva, described in Hindu scriptures?

Sacred Mount Kailash (कैलाश) is the abode of Lord Shiva. Shiva, who embodies the destroyer aspect of the trinity of God {Trimurti} is said to reside at Mt. Kailash. How is this Kailash mountain ...
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Who wrote or composed (put together) the Puranas?

I want to know who has written our Puranas? Where in our scriptures, is it mentioned about the author? Are the Puranas created and composed ('put together out of existing material') by the same person(...
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How did Vali defeat Ravana? What's the story?

There is a mention in the Ramayana that Vali defeated Ravana badly. When and how did it happen? During the duel, why didn't Ravana use any of his divine weapons? I think Vali did not possess any ...
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Is killing justified in the Bhagwad Gita?

How according to Krishna's teaching to Arjuna, was the war between the two sides justified? Isn't fighting over a kingdom petty compared to the lives that would be lost? Isn't killing (be it human ...

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