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Holy Rivers in Hinduism

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Baby's Ashes Scattering Question [closed]

Our Baby boy was born early at 25 weeks. He passed away at 32 weeks. This happened in the US, and we cremated his body. I was advised by some people that babies/children's bodies usually is buried ...
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Who is the river goddess Pampa?

I was reading an article on Vijayanagar empire and came across the mention of a ceremony where the river goddess Pampa is married to Virupaksha or Shiva. Do any scriptures mention this story?
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Geography of Malini river

A river named Malini is mentioned in the Adi parva of Mahabharata. And they then passed a long time there in each other's company. And sporting with each other, just as they pleased, for a long ...
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What is the significance of bathing in river in Hinduism?

The title is clear. Question came to me when I saw the kumbh mela videos which showed pilgrims bathed in river. Similarly during chhath devotees bathe in river while worshipping.
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What is the basis for Vaishampayana's claim that the Saraswati became invisible because of her contempt for Sudras and Abhiras?

As mentioned in the Mahabharata: Vaishampayana said, "Then Valadeva, O king, proceeded to Vinasana where the Sarasvati hath become invisible in consequence of her contempt for Sudras and Abhiras. ...
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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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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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Godavari and Ramayana

I saw a YouTube video in which it is asserted that Godavari once lost its sacredness. The reason given is that the river was witness to Sita's abduction and although Sita asked the river to tell Rama ...
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What is the significance of bathing in the kaveri river during the thula month?

It is spoken highly of. But what is its significance? What are the benefits? Does it wash away all sins?
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Sarasvatii - a goddess or a river first?

Historians (Marxists) claim that Rig Vedic Sarasvati is an imaginary river born out of minds of Rig Vedic Rishis, because there is no physical evidence of this river as Yamuna has. We, the adherent ...
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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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Which are the seven rivers of the Saptasindhu?

The land where the bulk of the Rig Veda was composed is called Saptasindhu or Saptasaindhava. Avestan sources refer to the hapta-hindu. Is the term used after Rig Veda and is there a unique list of ...
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What is the origin of Ganga?

I have heard that Brahma washed Vamana's feet with water he kept in a pot and that ultimately became Ganga. Are there other stories how Ganga originated?
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How is Ganga related to Lord Shiva?

I came across 2 books one of which said that Ganga is married to Shiva while the other one said she is married to a Gandharva. So what is the correct relation between Ganga and Lord Shiva?
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Mentions of River Iravati(ऐरावती) which is from Myanmar(Burma)?

Are there any mentions of Iravati River(irawaddy River in Burmese) in our Hindu scriptures? It is the blood line of Myanmar. We(Hindus) of Myanmar call it Iravati Ganga.
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Why is Gangotri so far from mount Kailash?

As I discuss in this question, Vishnu's incarnation sage Kapila burnt the sons of the Rama's ancestor Sagara to ashes. And at the time there was no sacred body of water in the area to put the ashes ...
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Why is the description of Dwaraka not how shastras tell us?

Vishnu purana, chaturtha anksha, verse 91 Brahma says, "The place of kushasthali will be known as Dwarakapuri" Brahma purana, adhaya 7, verses 29-32 Raja Raiwat, after returning from brahmalok, ...
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Why doesn't the description of Godavari river match with what the shastras tell us?

The story of the origination of Gautami Ganga is written in Varaha Purana, adhaya 71 as: Gautama muni asked Lord Shiva for Ganga. Once he received Ganga, Gautama muni poured ganga jal on top of a ...
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Is Ayodhya's location true?

Valmiki Ramayana, Balakanda, ChaturVimsha sarga, verses 8-9: Mansarovar is on Mt.Kailasa, and from Manasa sarovar flows a river close to Ayodhyapuri. Because this has originated from a lake, saraH,...
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Is Kailāsa mansarovar actually in Tibet, China?

Shrimad Bhagwat Mahapuran, Pancham Skandha , Chapter 16 While describing the character of Mahārāja Priyavrata and his descendants, Śukadeva Gosvāmī also described Meru Mountain and the planetary ...
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How can Jamuna river be in India when shastras say otherwise?

This is what shastras/Purana's say about the Jamuna river- Shrimad Bhagwat Mahapuran, Pancham Skandha , Chapter 16, shlok 16-21: "In Mandarachal, A mango fell from a mango tree into a river changing ...
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What is the legend of the Bāhudā river?

How did the Bāhudā river near Kanipakam, Andhra Pradesh, India get its name? Is there a story behind it? Is the river mentioned in any of the scriptures?
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What do Hindu scriptures say about river worship?

I wish to know about river worship in Hinduism. What do Hindu scriptures really say about river worship?
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What is that sloka which says Tirthas reside in our right ear?

What is that sloka which says Tirthas reside in our right ear? It is said that when we excrete then our whole body becomes impure but even then our right ear remains pure. The reason for this is ...
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What is the story Of River Narmada from Puranas and significance of Narmada Parikrama?

गङ्गेच यमुने चैव गोदावरी सरस्वति । नर्मदा सिन्धु कावेरी जलेऽस्मिन् संनिधिं कुरु ॥ "Gange Cha Yamune Chaiva Godavari Saraswati, Narmada Sindhu Kaveri Jalesmin Sannidhim Kuru" Meaning ...
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Does taking a dip in the Ganges River actually wash away your sins?

River Ganga is considered sacred in Santana Dharma. Padma Purana declares that mānyeyaṃsarvadālokepavitrāpāpanāśinī [Pdm. Pu. - 6.22.9] She is pure, destroyer of sins and always honored in the ...
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Do any of the scriptures mention the story of Badavagni/Vadavagni?

I heard a story in which Shiva sees only demons are left on earth and opens third eye. Saraswati takes powers from shiva's third eye and saves the world. Once Shiva saw the world filled with evil. ...
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Why do certain goddesses exist in the form of rivers?

In hindu mythology, many rivers are referred to as goddesses for example Ganga and Saraswati. Is there any curse given to them so that they all were in river form? What is the story behind it?
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How does artificial confluence of rivers differ from natural confluence of rivers?

The AP Government linked rivers Krishna and Godavari by artificial means. Given that; What does this artificial confluence mean according to Hinduism? Does it signify anything in religious or ...
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How to worship a holy river?

When a river gets pushkaram, I see many people leaving deepam at holy rivers. What are the known ways to worship a river? Why do they do it?
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Where is the Saraswati river according to Hindu scriptures?

According to Hindu scriptures, the three main rivers are Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. As we all know, rivers Ganga and Yamuna are present in India. But where on the current world map is the Saraswati ...
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Are there references to sharks or dolphins in hindu mythology?

Both sharks and dolphins have been known to live in and around India. The Irrawaddy dolphin and the Ganges shark are species that actually live in seas or swim up rivers. It seems like there should be ...
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Why is Ganga considered sacred? Why do so many devotees worship this river?

What is river Ganga considered sacred? Why do so many devotees worship her? Note: This is not a dup. of Historically, when (and why) did Ganga become a holy river? Is it after Sarasvati dried up? as ...