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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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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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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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Why is Lord Vishnu called Aravamudhan?

Lord Vishnu is called Aravamudhan in Kumbakonam and parts of Tamil Nadu.What does the name mean and signify?
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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 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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Is the ocean (sāgara) named after King Sagara or is it the other way round?

This morning I was simultaneously reading and listening to this śloka from Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa and this question occurred to me. येषां स सगरो नाम सागरो येन खानित: । षष्टि: पुत्रसहस्राणि यं यान्तं ...
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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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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 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 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 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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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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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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Why Krishna is called Kunj Bihari?

I want to know why Lord Krishna is called Kunj Bihari.
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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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Correct gender version of Sanskrit name तेजस्वी or tejasvī

Not sure if this is a relevant question for this site. Is Tejasvi, a masculine or feminine term or name in Sanskrit? Any references from Hindu scripture or Sanskrit literature on how this word is ...
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Does Dirghatamas ever call Vishnu Keshava in the Vedas?

One of the most popular names of both Krishna and Vishnu is my name, Keshava. There are two common explanations of the name: "one who has Keshu", i.e. long hair, and "the killer of Keshi", a demon ...
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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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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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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 was the surname of the Pandavas?

Please somebody tell that what was the surname or title of the Pandavas? Was it Chakraborty because they were also called "Chakraborty Samrat"?
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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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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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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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Why is Lord Krishna called Upendra?

Why is Lord Krishna called Upendra? Any scriptures which mention the reason?
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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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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 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 Bhagvan Shiva known as Virupaksha?

There is Virupaksha temple in Hampi - Karnataka, dedicated to Shiva. It is also part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Similarly, there is a Virupaksha temple in Pattadakal, Karnataka. Virupaksha ...
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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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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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What is the meaning of Kamakshi

What is meaning of the word 'Kamakshi'? What does the word 'Kama' here refers to ?
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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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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 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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Does the Vishnu Sahasranamam call Vishnu Amaritasha or Amritamsha?

In the ISKCON commentary on the Srimad Bhagavatam, various scriptural quotes are given in support of Gaudiya Vaishnava beliefs about the forms of Vishnu and his incarnations. In particular, 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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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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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 ...