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Questions tagged [name]

For use in questions involving reason behind names of people, Devas, places and just about anything related to Hindu mythology, scripture, culture, etc.

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How many names does ravan have?

I have this question arises because of some unrealible source I have heard, as we know ravan is known to many countries in indian sub continent from afghanistan to indonesia. How many and what were ...
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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?
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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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Why is Kubera called dhanadena?

Kubera is also called dhanadena. It can be seen from first sarga of Bala Kanda of Valmiki Ramayana विष्णुना सदृशो वीर्ये सोमवत्प्रियदर्शनः | कालाग्निसदृशः क्रोधे क्षमया पृथिवीसमः || १-१-१८ ...
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What is the first name (Adi Naam) of Lord Vishnu?

Anyone/Anything in the universe/brahmanda get an initial name as soon as it initiates itself and later on it gets multiple names by its environment. Like me and you get a name after our birth, and ...
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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 '...