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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 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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Why are the names of Lord Krishna and Lord Rama superior to the name of Lord Vishnu?

Though Krishna and Rama are said to be incarnations of Vishnu, many scriptures tell us that names of Krishna and Rama are superior to the name of Lord Vishnu. In the Padma Purana Lord Shiva tells Mata ...
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What is the origin of the word "Hindu"?

It is a fact that the term "Hindu" derives from the river "Sindh". But most of Hinduism's tenets and teachings derive from the Vedas. Why wasn't it named after the Vedas, but it's rather given a name ...
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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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Who is Rudra deva?

I know Rudra is Lord Shiva. But why is Lord Shiva called as Rudra deva?
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Why we put 'a' after each Hindu name?

For example: Yog becomes Yog'a' or Krishn -> Krishna; same way Ram -> Rama
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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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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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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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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 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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Why is Lord Surya also called Suryanarayana?

Narayana (Nara+Aayna) is the one who rests on water. But why is this Narayana, epithet of Lord Vishnu, used as suffix for Lord Surya, the Sun God? Is there any story behind this name?
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We say Siya Ram and Radheshyam why we say Shiv Parvati why don't we say Parvati Shiv?

There is always name of female before male like Siya Ram, Radheshyam then we say Shiv Parvati not Parvati Shiv.
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Why is Indra called vAsava?

Sri Krishna says in the Srimad Bhagavad Gita the following: वेदानां सामवेदोऽस्मि देवानामस्मि वासवः। इन्द्रियाणां मनश्चास्मि भूतानामस्मि चेतना।।10.22।। Vedanam, among the Vedas; I am the Sama-veda. ...
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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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How to identify the shannavathi (96) days of an year for tharpanam?

Shannavathi Tharpanam - means 96 days of oblations to our elders. While this answer beautifully explains how the count 96 is arrived, I am still perplexed on how to identify them on the calendar/...
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What was Duryodhana's actual name?

I have come across two opinions on this: This was his actual name His actual name was Suyodhana and he was later on known as Duryodhana. What was Duryodhana's actual name?
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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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Why is God's name used for people?

Names of many Indians are derived from names of various Hindu Gods. Even here on Hinduism.SE, we have many users with such names, for example, Keshav Srinivasan, Krishna, Ram, Hari, Damodaran, Shiva, ...
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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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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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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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Is the etymology of the name Yudhishthira correct?

As we know, the eldest of the Pandavas is Yudhishthira (IAST : Yudhiṣṭhira and Devanagari: युधिष्ठिर). It is said that he got his name due to his steadiness in war. This is also a famous one. From ...
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Who are the Aśvinī-kumāra brothers?

I want to know who are Aśvinī-kumāra brothers? What are their names and what is the role of Aśvins or Ashwini Kumaras in our mythology? Are they demigods?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?