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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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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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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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What is the meaning of the word "Shiva"?

Is "Shiva" just a name of a God or does the word actually denote something? In other words, what is the real meaning of the word "Shiva" (also spelled as Śiva or शिव)?
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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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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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Origins of God names - Lord Siva and Lord Vishnu

Who gave the names to the God like Lord Siva, Lord Vishnu, etc.? Are they the writers of the Vedas? Did they ask the god to name them like this so that people can worship them by that name or the god ...
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Why is Shiva called "Bholenath", Bhootnath, Amarnath, Kedarnath, Omakara etc.?

Why is Shiva called Bholenath? What does it mean by Bholenath? Please explain story too if exists. Why is Shiva also called Bhootnath, Amarnath, Kedarnath, Omakara etc.? What does it mean by kedar?
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Why are they called Pandavas and Kauravas?

In Mahabharata, why are Arjuna and his brothers called Pandavas and Duryodhana and his brothers called Kauravas? Is there any reason to call them like that?
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What is the reason/story behind Lord Sri Venkateshwara called as Balaji?

There are many names with which the Lord Venkateswara is called. Of course the sahasranama is devoted to Lord Vasudeva and all his avatars and the one in the question is definitely included. Leaving ...
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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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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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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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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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Who is Krishna? Is it Draupadi or an avatar of Vishnu?

I am confused with the name Krishna. As per my current knowledge, then name of the the Ninth Avatar(birth) of Narayan is Krishan/krishn (not krishna). And Krishna is the name of Draupadi. But we often ...
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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 do some Hindu sannyāsi names end in 'ānanda' e.g., Vivekānanda, Śivānanda etc?

Why do some Hindu sannyāsi names end in 'ānanda' e.g., Vivekānanda, Śivānanda, Chinmayānanda etc.? Is it a mere coincidence or is there a rule or custom?
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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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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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What is the meaning of 'Hara'?

I heard "Har Har Mahadev", that is call for "Mahadev" But I want to know the meaning of "Har" in "Har Har Mahadev"?
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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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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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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 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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Why is Lord Hanuman also referred as "Bajaranga Bali"?

The name "Bajaranga Bali" is quite famous especially in the northern parts of India. There are popular movies made with this name, such as Bajrangbali and Bajrangi Bhaijaan. However these names are ...
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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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Why Yudhishtira is called Ajāta śatru (अजात शत्रु)?

One of the exclusive names of Yudhishtira is Ajāta śatru (अजात शत्रु). Ajāta śatru = Who has no enemies. Why is he called as Ajāta śatru. Kauravas are his enemies. Aren't they? Why is the name ...
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Which Hindu scriptures use the word Ārya and in what sense?

What does the word "Ārya" really mean in the context of Hinduism? And which Hindu scriptures use this word and in what sense? If you think the question is too broad, limit your answer to The Vedas, ...
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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 was the name of 'Hindustan' before 'Bharat'?

Well I know that 'Hindustan' was called 'Bharat' after the name of king Bharat, but curious to know what was the ancient name prior to that?
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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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Meaning of साम्ब ("Samba") with Sadashiva

In some prays to God Shiva, Like "Shiva Aksharmala", there is prefix "Samba" (in Sanskrit सांब) is mentioned. It seems the meaning of word "Samba" (सांब) is "attended by ambA" Source: This Link Now,...
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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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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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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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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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Origin of Ravana's name

What is the story reference of Ravana, who made a loud cry (thus deriving this name ) crushed by Shiva? { When proud Ravana tried to lift and trouble Shiva on the Kailash mountain).
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Why people are named after Shantanu?

Before anyone flag this post as duplicate of why-gods-name-to-people let me clarify that this question is specific to name Shantanu and I am not asking why people name their kids with Hindu God's ...
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What is the significance of the name Kumbhakarna?

Kumbhakarna was the brother of Ravana. What is the meaning of this name? Is there any significance behind this name? Wiki says it means pot-eared. By this logic, Karna was named after an ear. I find ...