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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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Is the word " Kanjar (कंजर /कंजड़)" found in the scriptures?

These days it's not uncommon to hear the word Kanjar/kanjaḍa (कंजर/कंजड़) being used as either a sarcastic insult or a nominal derogatory insult against the other person. However, as per Wikipedia: ...
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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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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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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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Meanings for the names HAHA and HUHU

Haha and Huhu are the names of two sons of Pradha and Kasyapa. And it is also known that this Pradha of great fortune, through the celestial Rishi (Kasyapa, her husband), brought forth the ...
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In what context is the word Bhavin(भाविन) used in Hindu scriptures? [closed]

I would like to know if the Sanskrit word Bhavin(भाविन)is mentioned in Hindu scriptures and in what context is it used?
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Why "Radha-Krishna" and not "Krishna-Radha" [duplicate]

I hear people saying "Radha-Krishna", "Sita-Ram" etc. People tend to put the name of the male diety after the name of their female consort. Is their any meaning for this order of saying the names? One ...
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Why is an 'a' added at the end to names of Hindu gods and holy books? [duplicate]

Shiv became Shiva, Ram became Rama, Ved became Veda, Ramayan becomes Ramayana, Mahabharat becomes Mahabharata, and the list goes on. Why did the names change? Not just in Hindus but also in other ...
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Why is Sri Krishna called as Kalamanika?

What is KalaManika? What is the significance of referring Lord Krishna as Kalamanika? Edit Reference A village student of 7th class studying in Oriya medium, once asked me this question. This ...
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16 Names of Lord Vishnu [duplicate]

In the following verse, 16 names of Vishnu given and mentioned that on which occasion/activity we should chant which name. Aushadhe Chintayét Vishnum Bhojané cha Janardanam Shayane Padmanabham ...
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Is there any meaning for the name Nala?

There is a Nala in Mahabharata. Vrihadaswa said, "There was a king named Nala, the son of Virasena. And he was strong, and handsome, and well-versed in (the knowledge of) horses, and possessed ...
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Is any name of Vishnu Siva?

Vishnu has several names over scriptures such as Sahasranamam. Is any name of Vishnu is mentioned as Siva?
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What are all the titles conferred to Ramanujacharya?

Ramanujacharya is a Sri Vaishnava acharya, philosopher who propounded Vishishtadvaita in his work Sri Bhashyam. He is famous for bhakti movement. He removed the caste barrier of achieving moksha ...
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Which form of God is referred to as 'Hari'?

Which Form of God is referred to as 'Hari' in our scriptures? Does 'Hari' mean the Formless Brahman also?
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How did shiva get the name Trikagni kaala?

Shiva stotram has a beautiful stanza at the ending which goes: Namaste astu bhagwan vishweshwaraya, mahadevaya, tryambakya, tripurantakaya, TRIKAGNIKALAYA, kalagni rudraya, neelkanthaya, ...
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What is the scriptural logic behind the equality of 'Naama' and 'Naami'?

The Bhakti literature emphasizes on the equality of 'Nama' and 'Naami'.For example, they say Lord Krishna and His name(Krishna) are one and the same. What is the scriptural logic behind this? Also, ...
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Why is Lord Kartikeya called 'Devasenapati'?

I have heard two explanations of 'Devasenapati' as an adjective of Lord Kartikeya. He is the husband of DevasenA, ie 'DevasenA-pati'. He is the Chief of the Divine Army, ie 'Deva-senApati'. Which ...
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Who is Hiranygarbha and what is the meaning of it?

Who is Hiranygarbha? Is it a name of god? If yes, to which god it refers to? What is the meaning of the word Hiranygarbha?
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Why Lord Shiva called as Samvatsarakara?

In Shiva Sahasranāmstrotram, one of names of Shiva is Samvatsarakara. Why is he called so? Is/Was there a calendar associated with Lord Shiva?
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Why do Brahmins have such surnames?

In Uttar Pradesh Brahmins have common surnames as Chaturvedi alias Chaubey, Dwivedi alias Dubey and Trivedi. Are these surnames which have "Vedi" included in them have something to do with the Vedas. ...
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Is Manda another name for Saturn (Shani)?

According to wiki, Manda is name of the wife of Saturn. But in some texts, Manda is used as another name of Saturn. Which is true among both?
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Which name came earlier, Bharata or Bharati?

As per Devi-Bhagatam, Devi Saraswati was named Devi Bharati after appearing in Bharata as per What is the meaning of Saraswati? But 'Bharati' means speech in Sanskrit, which is consistent with Her ...
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Where did the following name of Vishnu has been taken from?

Vishnu can be called by name श्रिहान. It is not present in Vishnu Sahasranamam. Which scripture contains the name and what is the actual meaning of it? 2, 3, 4 ....
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Is there a tradition that girls shouldn't be named after rivers? [duplicate]

I remember an orthodox gentleman whose son married a girl called "Narmada" and he tried unsuccessfully to get it changed.
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Is Brahmaputra the only river with masculine name?

Normally we have all major rivers in Bharat with feminine names for instance: Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswati, Godavari, Narmada, Gomti etc but Brahmaputra seems to be an exception with masculine name. My ...
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Is "Tamasi" a name of Durga?

Where does this name come from? Is the name being used in an endearing or otherwise positive manner?
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Is Sri Vaishnavism the only Vaishnavite sect that claims "Narayana" is a proper noun that can ONLY denote Vishnu?

This is a celebrated case - the claim that Panini's grammar makes "Narayana" with the retroflex n at the end a proper noun and that only the Vaishnavite God can be meant. Obviously this cannot be a ...
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Are there rules how Hindus should be named?

Many non-Hindus on conversion take on Sanskrit-based names connected with Hinduism. On the other hand I know of at least one gentleman who has converted to Sri Vaishnavism and has kept his Christian ...
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