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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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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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What Mleccha languages are used in the Vedas according to Purva Mimamsa?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school, which bases its tenets on the doctrines laid out in the Brahma Sutras, a work by the sage Vyasa ...
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Where is Surapadman in Sanskrit scriptures?

Kandha Puranam is a very revered Tamil scripture that talks about the glories of Lord Muruga (or Kartikeya). It was written by Kachiyappa Sivacharyar as the Tamil equivalent of Skanda Purana, and ...
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Which Alwars praised Vishnu in Sanskrit?

The Alwars (also spelled Azhwars) are a group of 12 ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu and are famous for their poetry in praise of Vishnu. The collection of their 4000 poems, known as ...
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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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Is Khubja a wife of lord Krishna?

Consider the following story about Kubja(Trivakra), whose previous life is Surpanakha, from the scripture Garga Samhita. Shri Bahulashva said: What severe austerities did the maidservant Kubja ...
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Orthodox written form of Sanskrit character Kleem?

I'm preparing a Yantra with which one can do "inner" Tratak on Kleem during the Sadhana of Kleem. One needs to draw a triangle pointing downwards with Kleem inside of it. Now I'm not sure enough which ...
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Why did they invent Sanskrit as Veda language not any other script?

I've a doubt since long time, I thought this is the best place to ask. How did Sanskrit has become main language in ancient times? Why did they choose Sanskrit as Veda language? Does those Veda hymns ...
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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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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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Where I can find Gita-mahatmya in original devanagari script (7 slokas in Devanagari script) from Introduction to Bhagavad-gita of Srila Prabhupada

(1) gītā-śāstram idaṁ puṇyaṁ yaḥ paṭhet prayataḥ pumān viṣṇoh padaṁ avapnoti bhaya-śokādi-varjitaḥ (2) gītādhyāyana-śīlasya prāṇayama-parasya ca naiva santi hi pāpāni pūrva-janma-...
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What's the meaning and origin of the phrase 'Vyasocchishtam jagat sarvam'?

What's the origin of the phrase Vyasocchishtam jagat sarvam? I've heard different meanings of the phrase some of which are: There is nothing under the Sun that Vyasa has not touched upon. Whatever ...
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Where can I locate/download/purchase the "Tara Ashtakam"

Where can I locate/download/purchase a sanksrit copy of the tara ashtakam (तर अष्तकं)? I've seen several english translations and even this sanskrit translation, which seems to contain errors and who'...
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Where is the Dakshina Kalika Stotram taken from?

The Dakshina Kalika Stotram in Sanskrit is a regularly recited hymn in many Bengali households, especially among Shaktites, that constitute the majority of Bengal. It is mentioned in almost all ...
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Scriptures defining 'Kayavyuha' in Yoga that can nullify karmas quicly

There is a siddhi in yoga called Kaya-Vyuha. I read recently about it. Yogi, after attaining this siddhi can present at multiple places with different bodies. The purpose of such manifestations is to ...
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Is there any mention of practice of writings during Ramayana or Mahabharata?

Did people use to write down things in Sanskrit or Prakrit during Ramayana or Mahabharata period? Had the concept of written language been invented?
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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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Is there any verse in Scriptures or by any Acharya that says that Brahmanas are not Apaursheya?

I got this verse- Sayanacharya in his commentary on Taitariya Samhita: यद्यपि मंत्र ब्राह्मणात्मको वेद तथापि ब्राह्मणस्य मंत्र व्याख्यान स्वरुपत्वाद् मन्त्रा एवादौ समाम्नताः। Though Mantra and ...
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How to read the sutras in the Astadhyayi of Panini?

I have this Amazon copy of Astadhyayi of Panini, which shows pages like these: What does, for example, this mean? 1.1.7 ha̱Laḥ=ánantarāḥ saṁyogáḥ I assume the sutras are what are numbered with the 3 ...
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Languages of Mahabharatha and Ramayana

What were the languages of communication among ordinary people in times of Ramayana and Mahabharata? During war and in courts, marketplaces and travel Sanskrit could not have been used as it is more ...
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Namimg of Karan in the Mahabarath?

In the Hindu epic of Mahabharat, Karan (Karna) is described as a great warrior. In accordance with the Sanskrit grammar, is the name 'Dhanveera Radheya Karna correct'? Or, if not, how should it be ...
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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 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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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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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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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 the Rig Veda text was formatted originally when first codified into Sanskrit

The Rig Veda has formatting like this (with the | pipe characters): को अद्य युङकते धुरि गा रतस्य शिमीवतो भामिनो दुर्ह्र्णायून | असन्निषून हर्त्स्वसो मयोभून य एषां भर्त्यां रणधत स जीवात || क ...
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Was the name mArIcha (मारीच), a demon in Raamayana, adopted from the word marīcikā (मरीचिका)?

marīcikā (मरीचिका) means mirage. https://www.sanskritdictionary.com/?q=mar%C4%ABcik%C4%81&iencoding=deva&lang=sans&action=Search Mirage means an unrealistic hope or wish that cannot be ...
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Clay Sanskrit Library and Mahabharata

I am not fully sure whether this is the most appropriate site to ask this question. If it is not, please suggest a more proper one. I am currently learning sanskrit and have been meaning to acquire ...
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Metre(s) in Mahabharata

Are different poetic metres used in the Mahabharata? In particular, are the Bhagavad Gita and Vishnu Sahasranama in the same metre as the rest of the Mahabharata?
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English translation/interpretation of text given in photo.

Yesterday I visited Maa Mahakali's temple in my city where I found this text written in Sanskrit and Urdu. Can anyone please help me translate this given text in English?
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In the Vedas, does the word 'manuṣya' ever have a special meaning?

The Sanskrit word 'manuṣya' ordinarily means 'a man, a human being'. In the four Vedas (Rigveda, Yajurveda, Samaveda & Atharvaveda), are there any situations or contexts where the word 'manuṣya' ...
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Where are the Sanskrit texts of Upanishads referred by Dara Shikoh?

Wikipedia states : Dara Shikoh subsequently developed a friendship with the seventh Sikh Guru, Guru Har Rai. Dara Shikoh devoted much effort towards finding a common mystical language between ...
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What is difference between The Sanskrit used in Ramayana, The Sanskrit Used in Mahābhārata, The Sanskrit Used In Bhāgvata Geeta and Paninian Sanskrit

I have been exploring the variations in Sanskrit used across different historical texts and would appreciate some detailed insights. Specifically, I'm interested in understanding the linguistic ...
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commentry on durga dwatrimsha namavali stotram

Can anyone share a reference on some good commentary on durga dwatrimsha namavali stotram? Most the references i find directly gives meanings without root word or sandhi.
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Question about sanskrit song

I'd like to have the proper lyrics of the following song Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya by Deepak Ram & Tara Devi, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjvB-7AoTO8 The lyrics shown in that video are ...
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Understanding Vishnusuktam

तद्विष्णोः परमं पदं सदा पश्यन्ति सूरयः । दिवीव चक्षुराततं । ।१.२२.२०.। तद्विप्रासो विपन्यवो जागृवांसः समिन्धते । विष्णोर्यत् परमं पदं ।।१.२२.२१.। अत्र रावणभाष्यं । विष्णोर्व्यापनशीलस्याऽपि परमात्मनः ...
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Why was Nakul named after a mongoose?

The word Nakul means mongoose in Sanskrit. Is there any story behind Nakul being named after a mongoose?
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What do these two words mean? In a Shloka of Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra?

I was looking at BPHS and couldn't make sense of these two padas: भागा दश त्रयोऽष्टाश्व्यस्तिथ्योऽक्षा भमिता नखाः । I get these meanings: 10, 3, 8...*, 15 (tithis), 5(Akshas/sense organs), 20(Nails ...
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Any reference for this particular mantra performed during the Ashvamedha?

According to Wikipedia, the mantra (sacred recitation) at the end of the annahoma ("food-oblation rite") performed during the aśvamedha and uttered just before-, during-, and just after ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Was the Archimedes Principle known in India earlier? Any texts which describe it earlier?

Just as the Pythagoras Theorem is formulated in Baudhayana Sutras, was the Archimedes Principle also formulated in any texts?
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