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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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Which yuga did Panini live in?

Which Yuga did the sanskrit grammarian Panini live in according to Hindu tradition?
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RIG VEDA Texts Question

I was listening to this beautiful video https://youtu.be/sMHeBEVnKL8 I found these parts : 1) Gananam Tva Ganapatim - from Rig Veda (2.23.1) 2) After that become : praNo devee saraswatee ...
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Is Sanskrit the oldest language? Is it older than Pali?

Hindu texts are written in Sanskrit, were Hindu texts written before Pali texts?
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Is Brahmi Script older than Devanagari Script? If yes, how this can be reconciled with ॐ Parvat?

Sanskrit Language is believed to have no written native script. History says Brahmi Script was used for Sanskrit Language during the reign of legendary Emperor Ashoka which was around 3rd century BC. ...
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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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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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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 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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Guidance to read and understand Hinduism [duplicate]

I have keen interest in Hinduism and I want to read all the vedas and upnishads. So I have some questions to start : Best resource to teach myself sanskrit so that I can understand vedas and ...
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Anecdote about KalidAsA [closed]

I'm reading this famous anecdote about KalidAsa, the great Indian poet. However it is written in Sanskrit and so, I have certains gaps in my interpretation. Here's how I've interpreted the story in ...
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Do Nastika and Astika have direct translations in English? [duplicate]

We have a gross translation of Astika and Nastika as theism and Atheism. However, the etymology of Nastika (na-asti-ka) seems to indicate 'someone who does not believe in what exists`. Is there an ...
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How can an elder address a teenager in a respectful way? [closed]

If in normal English, an elder wants to refer to a teenager in a respectful way, he can say something along the lines of "This young gentleman", what are the different ways the same can be done in ...
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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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Is it “Bhagavad (भगवद्)” — “GitA/Gitā (गीता)” or “Gita (गीत)”? [duplicate]

As already discussed here: Why we put 'A' after each Hindu name?, the subsequent "a" in an English transliteration word, is to interpret the Sanskrit word for full pronunciation. Example: ...
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What does the first stanza of the Aswhamedha sacrifice mean?

This is the first stanza of the Ashwamedha yajna in the Taittiriya Brahmana. What does it mean in English? Thanks.
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How to gain mental strength?

Any Mantras, Shlokas, Stotras related to gain mental strength, overcome mental disorders. Which God is related to mind, related to these mental aspects like mental strength, mind related disorders. ...
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Where are drona and shiva used as meters, what other meters are there similarly?

I learned recently about Koorathaazhvar and Kulothunga Chola's apparent argument, although I'm not interested in the context it was used, I'm curious about the question, as what and when are these ...
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What is the role of pronunciation superiority while chanting Ramraksha or Atharvashirsha?

What role does superiority in pronunciation play in case of getting benefits of chanting Ramraksha or Atharvashirsha? If some pronunciations (say 30-40%) get mispronounced due to Sanskrit language ...
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What is the exact scriptural meaning of Shraddha?

In chapter 4 verse 39 of Geetha, lord Krishna told that a person with Shraddha achieves gnanam. In this context what is the exact meaning of Shraddha according to scriptures?
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What is Meaning of Omkar [duplicate]

What is meaning of Sanskrit word Omkar/Aumkar and Omkareshwar. Please don't tell me that its jyotirlinga, I already know it, I want to know the meaning of word Omkar.
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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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Sanskrit Names of Naivedyams [closed]

I was searching for Sanskrit names of various naivedyams offered in our rituals (in all regions and traditions) like pulihora, chakra pongali, and various fruits and juices etc. Is there any book that ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why is the Gita called “GitA” instead of 'Gitah' or 'Gitam'?

GitA (in sanskrit language) is a feminine-gender-word. My question is : Why, instead of named 'Gitah'(masculine Gender) or Gitam (neuter gender), it is named GitA? Puranas are called 'PURANAM' by the ...
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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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What's the source of this verse (yuktiyuktaṃ vaco grāhyaṃ bālād api śukād api)?

yuktiyuktaṃ vaco grāhyaṃ bālād api śukād api yukti hīnam, vacas tyājyaṃ vṛddhād api śukād api Whatever is based on sound reasoning ought to be accepted, even if it proceeds from a ...
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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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Is Sanskrit a normal Language or It is a must to know language to reach god? [duplicate]

Can Sanskrit be simply treated as a language the one which is used for communication or It is a must to know language to reach god.
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What is the meaning of “san/sam” in Sanskrit? [closed]

I'm aware of traditional translations as "refined", "well-done", "perfected", "accomplished" etc. The point is that these adjectives make sense only in comparison to something else and so to fully ...
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What is the difference: Tapas (तपस्) vs Yajna (यज्ञ)? [duplicate]

What's the terminology difference between Tapas-austerities and Yajna-sacrifice/perseverance? Also when to choose one over the other?
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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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Is maya connected to the notion of love?

'Maya' as used in the Bengali language, in ordinary usage, as 'affection'. Is it connected to the philosophic notion of Maya ie delusion/illusion. In the Bengali dictionary I looked at there were ...
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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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Can anyone transliterate this text? [closed]

I got down the first part, it's Om namo Bhagavate. But the handwriting is confusing.
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If Rigveda is often believed to be a still mostly undeciphered text , then how come there're still translations of it openly available?

If its really as tough to translate or understand as some say because of its archaic sanskrit, then how so many people, including some foreigners have translated it in english ?
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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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Can anyone share the complete pdf of bramhanda purana. i've came across many websites but it doesn't contain the full brahanda purana

Can anyone share the complete PDF of bramhanda Purana in Sanskrit or Telugu. I've came across many websites but they doesn't contain the full bramhanda Purana with Bandasura vada story.i want to read ...
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What is the meaning of the “…vidmahe…Dhimahi…prachodayat” formula?

Here is an example I took from another post here: bhaskaraya vidmahe mahaddyutikaraya dhimahi | tanno adityyah pracodayat There are lots of variants of this formula. What is the context in which ...
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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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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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Difference between jiv, jiva, jivo [closed]

Many places in Sanskrit Slokas you see the three words - Jiv, jivo, jiva (जीव, जीवो, .. ) What does the three words mean? How does the suffix make a difference in their meaning?
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Pure sanskrit grammatical literal meaning of “ईक्षतेर्नाशब्दम्”

ईक्षतेर्नाशब्दम् । -1/1/5 Brahma Sutra Can somebody please grammatically split this phrase into different Sanskrit words that it is composed of and give the meaning of each word either in Hindi or ...