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Why is Lanka king Dashanan titled as Ravana? [duplicate]

There are many stories in and among one where the great Lanka king Ravana meets the almighty lord, the symbol of yoga Shiva. Some say until this happened, he was called as the king Dashanan but after ...
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What is the meaning of demon names: yAtudAnAs and AtatAyins?

Demons are also called yAtudAnAs and AtatAyins. What are the meanings of these two terms and why demons are called so.
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Why is it called Karna with such a name instead of Vasushena in Ranbhoomi?

This is something that intrigues me, since according to Vaishampayana, Karna was called "Vaikartana Karna" after donating his armor to Indra (which happens in Vana Parva) but in Ranbhoomi (battle ...
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On what basis Vedas, Upanishads etc. are named?

The names of Vedas are Rig, Sama,etc.. Similarly upanishads like Isha, Kena, Katha etc.. How exactly are they named the way they are? What about brahmanas, samhitas etc?
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On what basis are puranas named?

There are puranas like Brahma purana, Skanda purana, Shiva Purana, Garuda purana. On what basis are these names given to the puranas? Is it that the puranas talk about some god or is that some god ...
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Last name of Shree Ram and Shree Krishna?

I always wondered what were the last name of avatars - Shree Ram and Shree Krishna. I know that Ram was kshatriya and Krishan was nand. But I don't know their real last name. Did they even had one? Or ...
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What is my religion? [duplicate]

I was watching Satguru (Jaggi Vasudev) video on YouTube where he said that Hindu is not a religion, its a geographical identity and that's why all part of India follows different practices and have ...
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What does the word Shambhu mean? [closed]

Shambhu is modified word from Swayam bhu which means "Self Born" and is another name of Brahman or Purush from Upanishads. No other Deity is called Shambhu or has a Nirakaar form like Shiva Lingam. ...
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When Goddess Parvati was the daughter of sage Bhrigu?

Meaning of Bhargavi is female descendant of sage Bhrigu. When checking meaning of names, I figured out that Bhargavi is name of Parvati too because Goddess Parvati was the daughter of Bhrigu, ...
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Various names of Lord Subrahmanya

Lord Subrahmanya is known as Kumaran, Kandan, Murugan, Velan etc. How these names have come?
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What is the meaning of Shivaaya?

We know Shiva is the Lord. But it is not clear what is meant by Shivaaya ? My question is : What is the meaning of Shivaaya ?
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Who is Hari? Is it the only entity named before OM?

We have 108 names of Vishnu which all starts with OM(AUM). But we call it Hari (and then) OM.
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What is Gaṇeśa's birth name? [duplicate]

Gaṇeśa or gaṇapati means "lord or leader of the gaṇas" where gaṇa means "flock, troop, multitude, tribe." This means that Gaṇeśa is a title and not his name. When Parvati create him, wasn't he given a ...
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What is Ahalyā's birth name?

Is 'Ahalyā' the real name of Gautama's wife or is it an acquired name? At least, the Monier-Williams dictionary seems to think it's an acquired one. The word is listed as a + halyā: अ-हल्या (A-...
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Is Panduranga the name of Lord Shiva?

As most people may know, Panduranga-पांडुरंग is another name of Vithoba, who is a Hindu god predominantly worshipped in the Indian states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Goa, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and ...
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one possible meaning of name Ramchandra? [duplicate]

I heard it means "reflector of Brahman" Ram means "Vishnu/Parbrahman". Chandra - moon, thus indicating said person is reflection of god's virtues as the moon reflects sun(light). I was told that ...
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Why is Surya referred to as Martanda?

Rig Veda Book 10 Verse 72 mentions a curious story about Surya's birth: 7 When, O ye Gods, like Yatis, ye caused all existing things to grow, Then ye brought Sūrya forward who was lying hidden in ...
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Shall we name our girl children after the name of rivers?

Nowadays, we can see many girls are named after the names of rivers like Ganga, Narmadha, etc., Is this allowed in our holy books? Provide your answer along with reference.
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Origin of the name of Lord Balaji [duplicate]

Does the name Lord Balaji come from Lord of 'Bal Lao Jee' (please bring hair), which later transformed to Balaji? I am trying to find the origin of this specific name of Lord Vishnu
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What is the meaning of Narayana?

So far I have been breaking the word into nara (नर) + Ayana (आयन) = home of nara (jiva). But lately I have realized I couldn't break it this way because to make it nArAyaNa (नारायण), nAra (नार) is ...
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Shaivism or Shivaism?

What is the correct term to use, Shaivism or Shivaism? I could not find a good source about how the word Shaiva (Saiva, Caiva) appeared and when.
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What are some popular names of Vishnu which are also the names of Shiva in the Shiva Sahasranama?

In the Vishnu Sahasranama (thousand names of Vishnu), the names "Shiva" and "Rudra" are mentioned which Smarthas believe to be indicating nondifference between Vishnu and Shiva. Are there any popular ...
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In which scripture (if any) is Krishna called “ranchor”? [duplicate]

This is in Hindi and not Sanskrit - and so the source is unlikely to be Puranic. Is this only folklore? This question is asking for a scripture that uses the word "ranchor".
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What are the different names of Brahma as per scriptures?

What are the different names of Brahma as per scriptures? Are there 28 names of Brahma?
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Why is sage Krishna DvaipAyana known as Veda VyAsa & what is his relation with Beas river?

In Mahabharata the name "Krishna DvaipAyana" (Dark skinned, Island born) is used quite a lot. Yet the other usage of "Veda VyAsa" is more famous. What's the origin of this second name? Is the Punjab ...
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When was the expression “Sanatana Dharma” first used and what does it mean?

Does it mean it has existed forever and would exist forever? Does it mean it is changeless? The evidence shows that India is now only 80 percent Hindu and there are all kinds of forces trying to ...
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how many different names of Karna are mentioned in Mahabharata?

I listen total 10 or 13 names are there but not knowing the names. I listen one or two like Radheya,Vashusena. So I want to know how many different names of Karna are mentioned in Mahabharata? Is ...
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Was Laxman Kumara named after Lakshmana?

Laxman Kumara was the only son1 of Duryodhana and Bhanumati. He battled in the Mahabharata war and did perform many acts of bravery, like saving King Bahlika, killing Shikandi's son, etc. He was later ...
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What is the meaning of Saraswati?

Devi Saraswati is the Goddess of knowledge, learning and creativity. But what is the etymological meaning of the name Saraswati? How does Nirukta explain the name Saraswati? I guess it's related to '...
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Why is Sita mata also known as Vaidehi?

In Ramayana, when and who named Sita mata as Vaidehi? What is the meaning of the name? Update: I found that Sita mata was called by the name "Vaidehi" only during the exile period. Is that right?
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Name of Ballia on Raja Bali and his yagna

I am a resident of Ballia district of Uttar Pradesh . I have read somewhere that it has been named after Raja Bali the demon king who was sent to Hell by Vaman avatar of Lord Vishnu. It is said that ...
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Is Balrama (Baldeva) mentioned somewhere as VAsudeva (Vaasudeva)?

I am referring VAsudeva (Vaasudeva) as son of Vasudev and not the ancient name of Lord Vishnu. Like Vaivasvata means son of Vivasvat (Surya). And not only 7th Manu (i.e Manuvaivasvata who is also ...
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How many ekadashi are there in a year?

How many Ekadashi are there in a year? How many days after one another Ekadashi comes? and why? Does each one different from each other? why is it different? Does the sequence of Ekadashi remain ...
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Is Hanuman really 'Hanumat' in Sanskrit Ramayana?

Bibek Debroy says in his Ramayana translation, 'Hanumat is a case in point, where Hanuman seemed to be too contrary to grammatical principles'. What grammatical principle is that? Is it really ...
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Which Rakhasa has taken away Sita mata before surpanakha meet them?

Is there any story that a Rakhasa has taken away Sita mata before surpanakha meet them, and later lord Rama and Shri Laxman fight with him and recover Sita mata?
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Why did the ancient Indians name Mars as “Angaraka”?

The ancient Indians (Vedic) named Mars as Angaraka which means Son of the Earth. Is there any mention of the "Angaraka" in the Vedas?
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Who is Kevat who helped Lord Rama and sita to cross a river

Who is Kevat in ramayan, who helped Lord Rama and sita to cross a river. When and which river they meet? After crossing the river, When Lord Rama was praise him giving a golen ring, then how did ...
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How many types of marriages are there according to Hindusim?

Are there any scriptures that talk about different types of Hindu marriages? How many such types are there and what are their names and what are their descriptions?
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Which is correct name Krushna or Krishna?

I have listen from one of the preist after some discussion about god and he suggested me to say as krushna instead of Krishna. I wondered and said that both are same. But he insisted and I was treated ...
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What is the difference between Shrimad Bhagavatam and Bhagavad Gita?

Is Bhagavad Gita tells about one avatar and Shrimad Bhagavatam tells about all the Avatars? Are they equivalent to each other or both are different? Which is first written? And when and why the ...
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How the original name of “Jai Samhita” changed to “Mahabharat”?

I heard that the original name of Mahabharat was "Jai Samhita". Who had originally named as "Jai Samhita" and why? Who had changed the name to "Mahabharat" and why?
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What does “Avatar of Kali Yuga” and “Avatar of Dwapara Yuga” mean?

I can understand lord Rama and lord Krishna are Avatars of lord Vishnu. But when I listen that, Duryodhana was Avatar of "Kali Yuga" and Shakuni was the Avatar of "Dwaapara Yuga" which I could not ...
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What are graha and Nakshatras?

What are graha and Nakshatras? Is there any story how they are created? What are their effects to human? How many graha and Nakshatras are there? Is there a specific God for each of them? What are ...
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Is Sanvi one of the other names of goddess Lakshmi?

There are different opinion on web about this. I am not able to get any confirmation. In case of yes, it is in which language?
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Why “Rama” Nama is called Taraka mantra?

At Manikarnika Ghat of Varanasi (Kashi), Lord Shiva liberates the dead by saying "Taraka mantra" in ears of the dead. Many Puranas assert this fact. Chapter 30, Purvavadha , Kasi Khanda of Skanda ...
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What is the story behind the name of Indrajit?

What is the story of Indrajit (Meghanada) who defeated Indra and hence received his title.
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What are Char Dham?

What is the meaning of dham? Why there are 4 only i.e char-dham. If someone visit to char-dham, then will their sin be erased? Means why people visit there and what do they get there?
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Are there temples where the deity is simply called “Vishnu”?

All Vaishnavite temples I have been to - the deity is called something other than "Vishnu", like "ranganatha" or "Venkatachalapati".
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What is the sanskrit name for the “Star of David”?

Is there a Sanskrit name or term for the "Star of David" itself, since archeological evidence shows it being part of Vedic culture in India?
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What is the original name for “O bull like heir of Bharata”?

What is the original name used in the ancient MahaBharata for the translation: "O bull like heir of Bharata"? I find the English translations as in the title given above many times in the MHB ...