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What does the meaning of "Vishnu" have to do with the word "Prabhu"?

As I discuss in this answer, the Pancharatra Agamas are the foundational texts of Vaishnavism. Similarly, the foundational texts of Shaivism are known as the Shaiva Agamas, aka the Shaiva Tantras. My ...
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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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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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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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Any scriptural references of Hanuman being known as Giridhara- Upholder of Mountain?

"Giridhara" literally means Holder of the Mountain. When Shri Krishna wanted to break the ego of Indra, Shri Krishna lifted Govardhan mountain on his finger. After this He was given the name ...
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Why does the Yajur Veda call Vishnu the Nikhuryapa and the Nibhuyapa?

The Seventh Kanda of third Prapathaka of the Taittiriya Samhita of the Yajur Veda explains various Yagnas (Vedic fire-rituals), and in particular the third Prapathaka of this Khanda provides some of ...
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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 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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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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What does "Baba" (बाबा) in the "Baba Nam Kevalam" mantra mean?

Many sources translate "Baba" as "beloved". For instance, Yogapedia said This mantra is used for practice of kirtan in Ananda Marga Baba means "beloved," nam means "...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are women named after the goddess Sati?

Like Why people are named after Shantanu? , this is more specific than Why is God's name used for people? . I heard about an Indian woman (possibly Hindu) with a given name of Sati the other day. ...
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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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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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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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Did Balram really call Krishna "Munna"?

I had read around 3 years ago somewhere (can't find that website now) that while Krishna called Balram "Dau" (Brother), Balram affectionately refered to Krishna as "Munna" (Little Boy). Can anyone ...
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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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