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Names of Characters in Mahabharata

I've been reading the Mahabharata for a few days now and I've noticed that the characters don't have 1, 2 or even 10 names. They have, like for example the sun god 108 names. Is there a deeper meaning ...
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Can Ram and Sarayu be brother and sister?

If a kid name is Ram then can her sister name be Sarayu? Please suggest. We require this to name a girl child. We got a dream about Sarayu river after we come to know about pregnancy in last year. We ...
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Anant (Infinite) - Is this Bhagwan Shiv Ji's name or Bhagwan Vishnu Ji's name?

Given that it is said 'Hari Anant Hari Katha Anantha...', and at other places, how Mahadev is Mahakaal i.e. 'beyond time' kind of infinity, and also in the story where Shiv Ji took form of infinite ...
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Meaning of Mayuravarma

I was looking online in search of the meaning of the word - Mayuravarma. This is the name of the founder of Kadamba dynasty. Mayura means Peacock and Varma means Armour. So it means Armour of the ...
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Namimg of Karan in the Mahabarath?

In the Hindu epic of Mahabharat, Karan (Karna) is described as a great warrior. In accordance with the Sanskrit grammar, is the name 'Dhanveera Radheya Karna correct'? Or, if not, how should it be ...
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Any name of Sri Rama with Surya as he is solar race?

Looking for scripturally mentioned appellations for Lord Rama with a name of Surya. Ramchandra is commonly used, but never something like Suryarama, Suryanana, Suryapati. There could be reference to ...
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Cities with multiple names

Kashi has several other names besides Varanasi. Are there other religious cities that have multiple names that denote different aspects of the city (like the name Avimukta Of Kashi = "never ...
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Is Rama called ekapatni vrata in any scripture?

There is circumstantial evidence suggesting he was ekapatnivrata (took only one wife) - but is he explicitly called that in any Ramayana or other scriptures?
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What are the other names Varanasi is called by?

What are the other names Varanasi is called by? "Kasi" is famous - but is "Rudrabhumi" another name of Varanasi? Are there any others?
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Scriptural source for Ganesha's vahana 'Dinka'

Before today, I only knew two names for Ganesha's vahana: 'Mooshika' 'Krouncha' But then I learned of another name for that mouse, Dinka. Searching google for dinka ganesha offers 7 lakh + results, ...
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Should prospective husband and wife have mutually compatible names?

Without having to hurt or offend any sentiments, I would like to know if the names of prospective husband and wife are taken in account before marriage. What if the names are incompatible from the ...
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How do I form an alternate name for myself rooted to my mother's name (Meena)?

In ancient times children were given names derived from their parents' name. For example, Arjun was Kaunteya (from Kunti) and Karn was Radheya (from Radha). Similarly, how would I form an alternate ...
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What is the Sanskrit name for Australia?

Is there a recorded name for Australia in any of the sacred texts? A Google search shows that it is said that "Mahalamka" or "Mahalanka" is the name for Australia. I am not sure ...
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Is Parvati also known as Narayani?

Parvati is the sister of Vishnu. One of the other names of Vishnu is Narayan. Is Parvati also known as Narayani ?
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Why are there multiple names of the same person?

In hindu texts, the same person typically has multiple names. The Vishnu Sahastranamam is the biggest example. Shiva has many names such as Rudra, Neelkanth, Manjunath, etc. Mahadevi has many names ...
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Glory of the name of Shri Ram by Shri Krishna

In which scripture has the glory of the name Shri Ram been told by Shri Krishna?
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Importance of Rama Nama

We all know that the Lord has 1000s of names. But only the name, "Rama" stands out. If we chant, "Rama" once, it is equal to chanting the 1000 names of Lord Vishnu. My question is, ...
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What are some examples of genuine Hindu names that include the alphabets X and Z?

I am working on an ML algorithm to predict the most likely religion of a person based on the names. For example the algorithm would predict Deepika Patel as a Hindu/Jain, Deepika Kaur as a Sikh, ...
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Is there any any naam kirtan of Shiva?

Do we have any naam-kirtan of god Shiva similar to the Hare Krishna for Sri Krishna, in the shastras?
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Krishna as Dwarkanath, scriptural references?

I am searching any scriptural references, even mantras, sutras, stotram etc., regarding Krishna as Dwarkanath.
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In which chapter of Mahabharatha, the narrator did not enumerate all names due to complexity?

In many scriptures, if there is a large list of names, the authors or narrators generally do not take the burden of enumerating all the names due to the complexity i.e., the size of the list. While ...
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Is any god name eligible for nama japa?

Although, in general, it takes more time than mantra japa to achieve results in nama japa, nama japa is a great path for all people in Kaliyuga. It is extremely simple and needs no strict rules and ...
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Is there any short and powerful Saraswathi naama/mantra available for Sudras?

There are several names/mantras available for Sudras that are very powerful. I am using the word 'powerful' to stress that the mantra is capable of giving both temporal pleasures and eternal moksha. I ...
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As per Shaiva theology are new Vishnu and Brahmâ are born in every Kalpa?

In the Skanda Purāṇa Verse 7.1.9.8, Shiva explains to Parvati thus - अन्यो विष्णुश्च भवति अन्यो ब्रह्मा भवत्यपि । कल्पे कल्पे मया सृष्टः कल्पे विष्णुः प्रजापतिः ॥ ८ ॥ Shiva Said - A new Viṣṇu is ...
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Is the proper name of Valmiki Ramayana "Srimad Valmikiya Ramayana"?

there are Youtube videos that call it that. the expanded title seems to be the correct Sanskrit name. here is the Gita Press Ramayana https://www.muzaffarpureshop.com/product/gita-press-shrimad-...
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Which active sects/subsects today have names that are not in Sanskrit?

the major sect names like Saiva,Vaishnava etc. are in sanskrit. Some sects have names that end in "Samaj" which is in Hindi. What are the major sects/subsects active today whose names are ...
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Meaning and origin of the word आद्विक

I am trying to understand the meaning and origins of the word आद्विक.
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Why is god Śiva called Mīḍhúṣṭama (मीढुष्टम)? Is there any specific story?

It is well known that god Śiva is called Āśutoṣa (आशुतोष) - the one who is easily pleased or appeased. Recently, I came across another epithet for Śiva - Mīḍhúṣṭama (मीढुष्टम) while going through ...
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What's the significance of the title 'Śrīla (श्रील)' generally used by Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavas?

One may generally observe, that almost all the ācāryas from the Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava lineage (especially the ISCKON) use this term - "Śrīla", as a title, for their ācāryas, and even for ...
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What is the meaning of the word 'Gītā (गीता)'?

Well, it's a no-brainer that etymologically, the word 'gītā' literally means 'that which is sung or chanted'. However, by that logic even Rāmacaritamānasa is sung or chanted, or even a daily ārtī (आरती...
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Is "Kiaan" a Hindu name?

If it's a Hindu name, what is its origin and what does it mean? I have read it at multiple places and it means its the name of Lord Krishna, is it true? This twitter post says it means How Much?
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How is “Om” best name and whom does it represent?

In story of Ajamil, I found out that chanting the name of god destroys the sins. He said “Narayana” when he was dying. In Stayarth Prakash , it is written that “Om” is the best name of god. But it ...
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Does Ganesha have two mothers?

In Ashtottara Shatanaamavali given here, the 5th name is 'द्वैमातुराय' (dvaimāturāya - ie one having two mothers). One mother of Ganapati is Parvati and I am wondering then why he is called द्वैमातुरा...
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What is the meaning of Uma?

Consort of Lord Shiva is mostly known by her name 'Parvati'. But in Vedas, Upanishads, and Puranas we find the name of 'Uma' being used. Right from the 5th Anuvaka of Sri Rudram which starts with 'नमः ...
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Why is Ramana Maharshi referred with the title of "Bhagwaan"?

According to his Wikipedia: Ramana Maharshi was an Indian Hindu sage and a jivanmukta (liberated being). He was born Venkataraman Iyer, but is mostly known by the name Bhagavān Sri Ramana Maharshi. ...
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What is the meaning of Lakshmi?

Each word in Sanskrit can be interpreted in myriad ways, and thus a single word can have several different and unrelated meanings. A famous example of such "multiplicity" would be the word, &...
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Who conferred the " Śhrî Śhrî " honorific on the hindu âchârya, Ravi Shankar?

Any information on who conferred the double honorific titular epithet (" Śhrî Śhrî ") on the hindu âchârya, Ravi Shankar? And on what basis? Also, what are some other instances of people ...
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Few questions about Lord Venkateshwara temple [closed]

Priests in venkateshwara temples chant in Tamil like 'palland palland...' In other temples, slokas chanted might chant in sanskrit. Priests allotted in venkateswara temples are mostly tamilians. And, ...
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Are static and mobile mounts of Gods called by different names?

Vishnu lies on Adisesha but uses Garuda to move around. Garuda is called "vahana" I believe, but how about Sesha? What is Sesha considered?
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What's the name of the current Brahmā (ब्रह्मा)?

According to popular scripture views, Brahmā ( ब्रह्मा ) is a post, much like the Manu, Indra, Sapta-Rishis, etc., although with a huge difference in terms of their lifetime span. Again, by some ...
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how did yamaraj sabha had 100 Dhritrashta , 100 Bhimas and 200 Bhishma?

From Mahabharata, Sabha Parva - "a hundred kings of the name of Dhritarashtra, eighty kings of the name of Janamejaya; a hundred monarchs called Brahmadatta, and a hundred kings of the name of ...
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Which form of god is referred to as Dhanakapuri Dakurnath in Hinduism?

I was curious about the origin of the name Dakurnath, specifically. It is my priest's given name after my birth and initiation to a Hindu family. I googled it and found google book like 'Dhanakapuri ...
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Why did Gandhari name her children with the prefix "dus"?

Monier Williams दुस् ind. a prefix to nouns and rarely to verbs or adverbs (Pāṇ. 2-1, 6; 2, 18 , Vārtt. 2, Pat.; iii, 3, 126 &c. ) implying evil, bad, difficult, hard [Printed book page 488,2] ...
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Is Kiranya a name of goddesses

I saw the name किरणः in some sahastranaamas of goddesses. Is Kiranya the name of any goddesses in Hinduism according to scriptures? Is it related to किरणः?
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Is the order of names of deities important?

A diety has several names. Ashtottara shatanamavali, Sahasranama etc., Do the order of names in such collection has any importance?
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Why is Lord Krishna called Upendra?

Why is Lord Krishna called Upendra? Any scriptures which mention the reason?
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Why the word "baba" was used for Lord Shiva?

I have listened from many peoples, they are calling Lord Shiva as baba, baba vishwanath etc. Does this word have an Urdu origin? Is there was a specific reason behind calling him baba & when it ...
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Bharatas in Hinduism scriptures

I do know about three prominent Bharatas from Hindu scriptures namely Mahabharata, Ramayana and Srimad Bhagavatam. Bharata from Mahabharata was a son of Dushyanta and Sakunthala. Bharata from ...
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Is Kanha/Kanhaiya name of Krishna?

As per the original Vishnu Sahasranamam as detailed in Anushasana Parva of Mahabharata, names like Gopal, Rama and Govinda are mentioned for Lord Krishna/Vishnu, but not Kanha/Kanhaiya. So, from which ...
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Who is the author of the scripture named Maya Samhita?

Wikipedia contains the following information about Maya Samhita Maya Samhita (Sanskrit:मय संहिता,Mayasaṁhitā) is a treatise on Hindu Shilpa Shastras. A certain Maya is said to have written this ...
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