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Sanskrit an ancient Indo-European language of India, in which the Hindu scriptures and classical Indian epic poems are written and from which many northern Indian (Indic) languages are derived.

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Is it true that trees shouldn't present inside home?

Consider the following statement of Dhaumya from Mahabharatha Under the roots of a tree scorpions and snakes undoubtedly find shelter. Hence, one should never plant a tree within one's abode. [...
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What does the "r" in-between two words mean, especially in Naam-Stotram?

In Nama-stotra I often come across the "r" in between words. What exactly does it serve as or mean? For example, mokṣalakṣmīrmaharddhidā. Could Sanskrit adept please clarify this?
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Sant Dnyaneshwar

Sant Dnyaneshwar Can Saints perform miracles in the 21st century similar to performed by Sant Dnyaneshwar in the 13th century?
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Drupada’s Rite for Dhṛṣṭadyumna

yājas tu havanasyānte devīm āhvāpayat tadā ǀ praihi māṃ rājñi pṛṣati mithunaṃ tvām upasthitam ǁ devy uvāca ǀ avaliptaṃ me mukhaṃ brahman puṇyān gandhān bibharmi ca ǀ sutārthenoparuddhāsmi tiṣṭha ...
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Is there a devanagari or Hindu numerology / gematria?

Searching for devanagari numerology, you find stuff like this which hints at a system. But is there a system, for mapping numbers to the devanagari/sanskrit characters/sounds in Hinduism anywhere to ...
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What is the source/book to learn origin/etymology of sanskrit and Vedic-Sanskrit words?

As the sanskrit language is created by god and every sanskrit word incorporates a huge amount of Hindu philosophy in it. So, I want to know the book or source where I can know about origin or ...
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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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Where can I learn Sanskrit?

I want to learn Sanskrit to understand the words of Vedas,Upanishads. So,is there any reliable source on internet to learn Sanskrit?
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In Which language Upanishads are written - Classical Sanskrit or Vedic Sanskrit?

I want to know in which language Upanishads are written ? - Defunct Vedic Sanskrit or Normal Classical Sanskrit . I am asking this as Vedic sanskrit is defunct language , so it has not been 100 ...
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What does the following Shloka mean and can someone find me a source of this Shloka?

tarti shokmatmavit brahmosanstho mrutvameti I am trying to search for the meaning of the shloka but I am not able to find it so far, it would be helpful if someone can find the reference, and ...
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What is the source of these verses from Adi Shankaracharya Sanskrit movie?

There is this beautiful couple of verses which are sung at the climax of Adi Shankaracharya Sanskrit Movie. This is a metaphorical depiction of dialogue between Shri Adi Shankaracharya and ...
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Interpretation of the word tyaktajīvitāḥ in Sanskrit

I am currently listening to some discourses on the Bhagavad Gita. Today I was learning the meaning of BG 1.9: अन्ये च बहव: शूरा मदर्थे त्यक्तजीविता: | नानाशस्त्रप्रहरणा: सर्वे युद्धविशारदा: || 9|| I ...
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Any good source to teach my self Vedic Sanskrit?

Keep in mind, I'm talking about the archaic form of Sanskrit which is used in the Vedas, I have a desire to learn Vedic Sanskrit
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Where can I find correct source of Mantra Pushpanjali?

I'm concerned about Mantrapushpanjali The doubt is in this sentence: ॐ राजाधिराजाय प्रसह्यसाहिने नमो वयं वैश्रवणाय कुर्महे | स मे कामान्कामकामाय मह्यम् कामेश्वरो वैश्रवणो ददातु | कुबेराय वैश्रवणाय महा...
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Side-by-side (vertical) parallel translation of The Srimad-Bhagavatam and other works?

I'm seeking to learn Sanskrit in order to study a wider variety of Vedic literature that is not always translated into English or other languages. I would like to obtain all 30 volumes of the Srimad-...
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Are 'Subtle Realms' mentioned in the Vedic scriptures?

Is there any scriptural support for the existence of completely non-physical realms? If so, is there a Sanskrit term for it? Sukshma Loka?
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What is Shadashiti Sankranti?

In this answer there is verse, which has word "Shadashiti Mukheshu" which has beem interpreted as Sankramana of Mithuna, Kanya, Dhanu and Meena. Is there authoritative reference which says ...
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Is the ambiguity of words beginning with Mahā like Mahādeva deliberate?

I know conventional thinking is it is one or another, but this leads to ambiguity and inconsistency. For example, Mahādeva is conventionally taken as maha+deva, but Mahāsura is taken as maha+asura. Is ...
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Does "Sadgati" mean a more fortunate/higher birth in one's next life?

Due to good deeds and such. Puri Shankaracharya mentioned this word in one of his videos.
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How to type पत्ते with half त् as in त्य [closed]

I know this is not directly related to Hinduism but as this community seems to have a background of typing in in Devnaagari / Hindi / Sanskrit. I have searched a lot. I hope someone will answer... I ...
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Difference in Acharya, Upadhyaya, Guru

While explaining duties, Bhishma explains to Yudhistira that: One Acharya is superior to ten Brahmanas learned in the Vedas. One Upadhyaya is again superior to ten Acharyas. The father, again, is ...
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How should I start to learn everything about Sanaatan (Hindu) Dharma and Sanaatan (Hindu) Pauranika stories? [duplicate]

I want to know the sequence of reading Sanaatani (Hindu) scriptures to know everything about Sanaatan (Hindu) Dharma. I've heard that translated books often contain misinterpretations and opinions ...
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Are there any possible senses(meanings) for the word Varna wrt humans other than the ones given?

I recently asked a question requesting Sanskrit verses containing the word Varna in different contexts. I provided the five senses: Varna assigned by Krishna for each individual based on guna and ...
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Sanskrit references for the usage of the word varna for a given sense

The word Varna has been used by scriptures in different senses/meanings based on the context. This question is restricted to the usage of Varna in Humans only. I know at least five senses: Varna ...
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Shudras and learning Sanskrit

Were shudras not allowed to learn Sanskrit in the past times? If yes, then around when did this practice of not being allowed start?
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What is the meaning of Lakshmi?

Each word in Sanskrit can be interpreted in myriad ways, and thus a single word can have several different and unrelated meanings. A famous example of such "multiplicity" would be the word, &...
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What are good Hindi or Kannada translations of Jayadeva's Gita Govinda (Sanskrit)?

I'm looking for a verse-by-verse prose translation of Jayadeva's Gita Govinda. Similar to what Gorakhpur Gita Press has done for Valmiki Ramayanam, Mahabharata, and others. Any suggestions welcome!
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Sanskrit mantra of Sarasvati in agni purana to expand intelligence

Consider the following verses from Agni Purana regarding the goddess Sarasvati The chief mantra, that is (known as) Sarasvati (Goddess of learning), that which has the letters that have the directive ...
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What are the purification rites for mixed castes mentioned by Manu?

Consider the following question and answer from the Mahabharata "The serpent said, 'O king, if thou recognise him as a Brahmana by characteristics, then, O long-lived one, the distinction of ...
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Meaning of "Yaa" in Rudram first Anuvaka, second verse

This the second verse of Sri Rudram yAta ishus-shivatama shivam babhUva te dhanuH / shivA sharavyA yA tava tayA no rudra mRRiDaya // The first word in the first line can be divided into या | ते | ...
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Who are some ancient Singers of Sanskrit in the past? [closed]

Sanskrit is a phonetically active language that vibrates brain and heart and makes the environment positive. Could you suggest a few Sanskrit singers of ancient India whom one may listen to? Thanks!
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Who is it possible that gita is written in classical sanskrit and not in vedic sanskrit?

The Baudhāyana sūtras are a group of Vedic Sanskrit texts which cover dharma, daily ritual, mathematics, etc. They belong to the Taittiriya branch of the Krishna Yajurveda school and are among the ...
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Why do people divide the great Sanskrit language into Vedic Sanskrit and Classical sanskrit?

Is the language of Vedic era Sanskrit, different from the Classical era Sanskrit? I have heard, read and listened at almost all the forums regarding this prevalence of difference. Some of the people ...
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Is it Dhruva padam or Dhruta padam in Dhyanam before Rudram?

I've seen two versions of dhyanam before Rudram (Namakam). āpātāḷa-nabhaḥsthalānta-bhuvana-brahmāṇḍa-māvisphurat- jyotiḥ sphāṭika-liṅga-mauḷi-vilasat-pūrṇendu-vāntāmṛtaiḥ | astokāpluta-meka-mīśa-...
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Sanskrit's correct reading details

I am sorry for maybe so basic question, but I do not have alive teacher to consult. My question is if this र reads as "ra", then this रा, reads as "rā", and if this म reads as &...
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What is the meaning of "bhīma-karmā vṛkodaraḥ" in Gita 1.15?

In Gita 1.15 Bhīma is called "bhīma-karmā vṛkodaraḥ", or something along the lines of "tremendous-deeds wolf-bellied". Are there any particular stories about Bhima's tremendous ...
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What is this special character? [closed]

In some youtube sites I can find this word in Sanskrit: नॉनस्टॉप, which reads as "nonstop", but when I learned to read Sanskrit, the teacher (I got couple of them) did not mention the second ...
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What is the meaning of "abhyahanyanta" in Gita 1.13?

Here's sloka 1.13 of the Gita: tatah sankhas ca bheryas ca panavanaka-gomukhah sahasaivabhyahanyanta sa sabdas tumulo 'bhavat Gita as it is translates it thus: After that, the conchshells, bugles, ...
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Historically, did the sanskrit varnamala contain two 'la' vyanjan varnas?

Historically, did the sanskrit varnamala contain two 'la' vyanjan varnas? It seems there was one in the 'ya' varga and another one in the 'sha' varga. Current texts on sanskrit or hindi grammar and ...
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Pronunciation of diphthongs ऐ and औ in sanskrit

I've just started studying Sanskrit with Charles Wikners 'A Practical Sanskrit Introductory' and have questions on the pronunciation of ऐ and औ. For the ऐ he writes: The ai sound arises when e is ...
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In Lingashtakam, does "Sanchit Paap" refer to "Sanchita Karma" or are these two separate concepts?

In this verse of Lingashtakam, कुङ्कुमचन्दनलेपितलिङ्गं पङ्कजहारसुशोभितलिङ्गम् । सञ्चितपापविनाशनलिङ्गं तत् प्रणमामि सदाशिवलिङ्गम् ॥५॥ What does "Sanchita Paap" refer to? Is it the same as ...
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Does Shankara's Advaita Vedanta really assume the world to be an illusion?

In popular media and layman books, it is assumed that Vedanta states that the world is an illusion and Brahman alone is the reality. However, I think this position has been made popular by the British ...
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Does the Bhagavata Purana ignore Sanskrit grammar?

The Bhagavata Purana is one of the most celebrated Puranas in the Indian tradition, with extensive commentaries from various Acharyas across the centuries. Being a popular scripture, it has inspired ...
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What is the right English word that can explain " Dharma" [closed]

I'm currently working on a spiritual book. I want to know the exact replacement for the word 'dharma'. I know dharma refers to righteous Order. But I just can't find the exact feel of dharma in any ...
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Interpolations in puranas according to Bhusunda

There is a great conversation between Bhusunda and Vasistha in the scripture Yoga Vasistha. In that conversation, there is a verse about Puranas, which has been told by Bhusunda. The verse is as ...
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Please translate Muṇḍaka Upaniṣad 1.2.10 [closed]

Namaste. Could someone translate this: tasmād etad brahma nāma-rūpam annaṁ ca jāyate [Muṇḍaka Upaniṣad 1.2.10] , please.
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definition of ākāśa in Sanskrit. Does ākāśa mean śūnya? [closed]

I'd like to know that in Sanskrit or in Sanskrit dictionary if "ākāśa" have the meaning of "śūnya",nothing or void or zero? Some Buddhist claim that ākāśa mean śūnya. Therefore ...
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Which yuga did Panini live in?

Which Yuga did the sanskrit grammarian Panini live in according to Hindu tradition?
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Is Kuvera Rākṣasendra? Where is Rākṣasendra mentioned in the Mahābhārata? What is the source [Ann.111]?

Source: https://www.wisdomlib.org/definition/rakshasendra. It says it means Rāvaṇa (I find this unlikely), or Kuvera (which would bring about more questions, but will also answer a few). Where in the ...
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Is there any scriptural precedent for praying in the second person (using "you")? Is this from outside Hinduism?

In modern times, when people pray, they do it overwhelmingly in the second person. In scriptures, however, the third person (or no person) is overwhelmingly the person the prayers are in, and I have ...
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