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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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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 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 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 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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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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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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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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What is the meaning of the name 'Malolan'?

The god in the Ahobila temple is called 'Malolan'. Can someone with the knowledge of Sanskrit enlighten me on what the word means?
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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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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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Why is Krishna called Chola Putri Priya

Why is Krishna called as Chola Putri Priya, is there a specific reason?
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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 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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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 sanskrit name for the "Star of David"?

Is there a Sanskrit name or term for the "Star of David" itself, since archeological evidence shows it being part of Vedic culture in India?
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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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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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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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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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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 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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Who is Kevat who helped Lord Rama and sita to cross a river

Who is Kevat in ramayan, who helped Lord Rama and sita to cross a river. When and which river they meet? After crossing the river, When Lord Rama was praise him giving a golen ring, then how did ...
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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 Muruga also known as Thanikachalan?

What is the meaning of Thanikachalan which the name of Lord Muruga?
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Why is Kripacharya known as 'Samitinjaya'

In the Shrimad Bhagwad Geeta, Chapter 1, when Duryodhana describes his warheads to Dronacharya, he uses everybody's name but he refers to Kripacharya as 'Samitinjaya'. Why does he use Samitinjaya (it ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Sanatana dharma or Hindu [duplicate]

From somewhere I came to know 'Hindu' is a geographical word, it is not a religious one. Original word is 'Sanatana'. Is it true?
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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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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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Which one God have more maximum names? Krishna or Shiva?

I read that Shiva have 1008 names and also know that Krishna have also various names. My question is which one God have more than names others?
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Is it compulsory to give name according to Rashi in Hinduism?

Is it Compulsory to give name(to Baby) according to Rashi (राशि) in Hinduism ?
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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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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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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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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 did Hindu's call themselves before 'Hindu'? [duplicate]

What did Hindu's call themselves before they were referred to as 'Hindu' from other cultures? I read that it was foreigners that referred to people from India or near the Indus river as 'Hindi' or ...