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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 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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Meaning of Sat and Asat in the Vedic context?

The Nāsadīya Sūktam is as follows: नास॑दासी॒न्नो सदा॑सीत्त॒दानी॒म् नासी॒द्रजो॒ नो व्यो॑मा प॒रो यत् । किमाव॑रीव॒: कुह॒ कस्य॒ शर्म॒न्नंभ॒: किमा॑सी॒द्गह॑नं गभी॒रम् ॥ It tells us that there was neither ...
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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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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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Meaning of Śrī Madhurakālikāmbā Suprabhātam

Could anyone kindly provide the meaning of this song? https://www.ranjanigayatri.com/srimadhurakaliammansuprabhatam Śrī Madhurakālikāmbā Suprabhātam ।। Om Namaḥ Śrī Dakṣiṇakālikāyai ।। mātaḥ ...
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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 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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What is the meaning of "Svadhyaya"?

I know "svadhyaya" is usually translated as "self-study". But does it mean studying something on your own, without a Guru. Or studying one's own self, as in inner reflection/...
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Srimad Bhagavatam Skanda 6 - Narayana Kavacham. How do I interpret this?

I'm confused about how I interpret these verses form the 6th skanda of the Srimad Bhagavatam. These are from the Narayana Kavacha. ...kṛta-svāṅga-kara-nyāso mantrābhyāṁ vāg-yataḥ śuciḥ nārāyaṇa-paraṁ ...
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Original sanskrit texts

I am looking for original Sanskrit texts of the Mahabharata, Ramayana and Bhagavad Gita. Is it possible to find scanned versions of these texts online?
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Meaning of "ऋतस्य श्रृंगमुर्विया विपप्रथे।"

What would be the translation of this verse and is it from rigved? Is there any commentary available for this? ऋतस्य श्रृंगमुर्विया विपप्रथे।
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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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Seeking the exact shloka in the Bhagavata purana regarding responding to insults against god

There is a shloka I think in bhagvata-puran which says that if someone is insulting god, stop him if you have power, if don't have power to stop him, just go away, never hear words against god i.e. &...
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Transliterate this Sama Veda Mantra

This is from the Sama Veda; Google Translator didn't help me with the transliteration, and I don't speak Sanskrit either. Can someone provide a transliteration.?
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What is the meaning of "Nakshatranemi"?

I know that the word "Nakshatranemi" is an epithet applied to Lord Vishnu. I would like to know the exact, literal translation of the word. Is it "One who moves among the Stars" or ...
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Was this Sanskrit text used for absolute beginners to use grammar if not what level

I found the Paribhāṣāpradīpārcis and the summary states, "Manuscript is an elementary grammatical treatise and commentary." My question is is this Sanskrit text based on the first few ...
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Learning Sanskrit through translated ancient texts for beginner

I dislike the current way information on Sanskrit Grammar is presented. I am wondering if there are good summary books on medieval texts to teach kids Sanskrit from the absolute basics translated into ...
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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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What is the meter of this verse from the Panchatantra?

This is the verse: मनवे वाचस्पतये शुक्राय पराशराय ससुताय । चाणक्याय च विदुषे नमोऽस्तु नयशास्त्रकर्तृभ्यः ॥ I'm not able to figure out which meter this verse was written in. Would appreciate some ...
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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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Which is correct - Shantanu or Shaantanu?

In the Mahabharata book by Gorakhpur press, the name is given as Shaantanu (शान्तनुः), but I've also heard his name as Shantanu (शन्तनुः). Is there a correct version? For the name शन्तनुः, the ...
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A riddle on bhagavad gita?

Someone asked me to help them find a philosophical term from gita which is used in relation with another philosophical term and both of them together make an important term. ( hint is both start from ...
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Anyone learned in sanskrit please translate this verse for me

Śrimad Bhagavatam 8.16.21.: स विधास्यति ते कामान्हरिर्दीनानुकम्पन: । अमोघा भगवद्भ‍क्तिर्नेतरेति मतिर्मम ॥ २१ ॥ sa vidhāsyati te kāmān harir dīnānukampanaḥ amoghā bhagavad-bhaktir netareti matir mama ...
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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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Grantha in order to learn Sanskrit

From a family of southern Tamil descent is it easier to learn Grantha to learn to write and learn Sanskrit or traditional Devanagari. This is a language question, but it is for religious reading help, ...
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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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What is the etymology of the name Vidura?

What is the etymology of the name Vidura? Is there a verse that in the Mahabharata that indicates the meaning of his name and how it arose?
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What is the meaning of this Krishna mantra? [duplicate]

What is the meaning of this Krishna mantra - कृष्णाय वासुदेवाय हरये परमात्मने। प्रणत क्लेशनाशाय गोविन्दाय नमो नम:
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Does hindu scripture discuss south india, dravida desa and languages?

Sanskrit shows no affinity to dravidian, unlike european languges even though dravidian being in its vicinity, is there any purana which discusses the differences between north-south india, or its ...
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What is the meaning of the word Hastinapur?

The city Hastinapur from the Mahabharata is where the Kauravas reside. What is the meaning for this word? Is there any source for it?
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How to search for Mahabharat Book, Chapter, Verse?

As in, which site do I use to search Book-wise, Chapter-wise or Verse-wise? For example, some book I'm reading on Google Books quotes Shanti Parv (which is Book 12) but mentions Verse 6930. How do I ...
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Which is the earliest scripture to use the word "varna" to denote caste?

The Rig Vedic Purusha Sukta mentions Rajanya, Brahmin, Vaishya and Sudra, but doesn't call them Varnas. Which scripture first uses the word varna for the classification-scheme?
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What is the source of this Sanskrit Shloka?

This Sanskrit shloka on Mathematics has intrigued me and I would like to know the source of this shloka. था शिखा मयूराणां नागानां मणयो यथा। तद्वद् वेदांगशास्त्राणां गणितं मूर्ध्नि संस्थितम्॥ The ...
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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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Where can I find a searchable text of Mahabharata online?

I want to be able to search across the entire Mahabharata for certain words or phrases. I have seen pages where you have to click to different pages to navigate through. But I want to be able to ...
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Learning Sanskrit

As an English speaker, what way can I easily learn Sanskrit for free online is learnSanskrit.org any good? I want to be able to read works like the Bhagavad Gita, Nyaya Sutras and other Nyaya works.
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Where can I find a searchable text of Valmiki Ramayana online?

I want to be able to search across the entire Valmiki Ramayana for certain words or phrases. The IIT Kanpur webpage has divided the text across sargas which you have to click to different pages to ...
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Why we put 'a' after each Hindu name?

For example: Yog becomes Yog'a' or Krishn -> Krishna; same way Ram -> Rama
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What in language, is the difference between Jaya and Vijaya?

Please excuse me, I don't know much about Hinduism. If my question is silly or offensive, I'm willing to delete it. Starting from wikipedia, I learned about Narashima, and from that I came to hear ...
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Proof Gol means ball in Sanskrit

Is their proof Gol means ball or sphere in Hindu text is it used to refer to a ball a rock of sorts, or a clearly spherical object?
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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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Tirth-Yantra Parva

So on Wikipedia the Vana Parva has this Ajagara Parva on Yudishtir and the snake, yet in this digitized version of the Mahabharata it is in the Tirtha-Yantra Parva. Here is the link: https://www....
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If only Sanskrit has to be used for prayer/rituals what is the value of works composed in Apabhramsha,Tamil etc.?

The phenomenally popular Hanuman Chalisa authored by Tulsidas in the Awadhi language The Divyaprabandam and Tevaram in Tamil are examples of powerful scriptures that are not in Sanskrit. Do they have ...
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Where is this statement written - "त्वमेव माता च पिता त्वमेव...." [duplicate]

There is a popular Sanskrit Stanza त्वमेव माता च पिता त्वमेव, त्वमेव बन्धुश्च सखा त्वमेव। त्वमेव विद्या च द्रविणं त्वमेव, त्वमेव सर्वम् मम देवदेवं। What is the source for it ? And for whom it is ...
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Combining and Splitting Words in Sanskrit

I am trying to learn and apply some basic word combining and splitting rules. Consider the first word in verse 15.7 from the Bhagavata Gita. ममैवांशो जीवलोके जीवभूत: सनातन: | मन:षष्ठानीन्द्रियाणि ...
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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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Pronounciation of Sanskrit words [closed]

Sanskrit is a very pure language and care must be taken when pronouncing its words in a Sloka or a Mantra. Are there any websites or resources that help in learning the "correct" ...
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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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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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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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