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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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Why is Kripacharya known as 'Samitinjaya'

In the Shrimad Bhagwad Geeta, Chapter 1, when Duryodhana describes his warheads to Dronacharya, he uses everybody's name but he refers to Kripacharya as 'Samitinjaya'. Why does he use Samitinjaya (it ...
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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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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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Who composed Chandrashekara Ashtakam? And what is its accurate verbatim meaning?

I want to know who composed this ashtakam and where to find its precise meaning. Not a mere latu sensu translation but a verbatim one with genuine original Sanskrit even polysemic restrictively ...
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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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Does the word Shiva have different meanings and interpretation in different texts?

Upon reading the insightful answer What is the meaning of the word Shiva I was both enlightened as well as perplexed. In the answers, various references to different texts give different meanings to ...
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Do ancient Devanagari / Sanskrit manuscripts avoid ligatures? [closed]

I am looking at (for example) this: In it, each individual character is isolated, as opposed to the "bar" that runs across modern Devanagari text. This got me wondering, are they not using ligatures ...
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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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Why are all mantras still in Sanskrit only even after the emergence of local languages? [duplicate]

If you see all marriage mantras or mantras to praise God are written only in Sanskrit, why can't those mantras be converted to local languages like hindi, telugu, tamil, malayalam etc so that everyone ...
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Why some sentences written in Sanskrita are called Mantra (Powerful)? [duplicate]

Can a normal sentence be powerful ? Why/how a Mantra have power ? Is there any proof ?
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How to learn Sanskrit from scratch? [duplicate]

Is there any resource to learn Sanskrit which uses no other language other than Sanskrit? It may seem like paradox but I want to learn Sanskrit in most natural way which involves no translations. ...
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gender neutral sanskrit word for “Putra” [closed]

What would be a gender-neutral Sanskrit word for "Putra"? Moreover something that can replace putra in one of the Prayers to Lord Ganesh "Banjhan ko Putra det"
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Where is Aum positioned in Devanagari? [closed]

Where is Aum positioned in the Devnagari alphabet? I had assumed that its position was before the vowels and consonants to signify its significance as a sacred syllable. Secondly, Panini, as far as I ...
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Why is an 'a' added at the end to names of Hindu gods and holy books? [duplicate]

Shiv became Shiva, Ram became Rama, Ved became Veda, Ramayan becomes Ramayana, Mahabharat becomes Mahabharata, and the list goes on. Why did the names change? Not just in Hindus but also in other ...
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iikArAnthaH shabda declension of nalinI [closed]

I know that in Sanskrit, there is nadI shabda for IkArAnthaH. For the name, nalinI, which is also IkArAnthaH strIlinga, would the declensions be the following? 1st - {nalinI, nalinyau, nalinyaH}, ...
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Is there a sanskrit term that covers the distinction/similarity between human & non-human nature?

I find it intriguing that in English, nature is used in two interesting ways; that is Nature as in the world around around and all living things; and human nature, which is that conmmon to humanity; ...
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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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Exact meaning of the word “Tejas”?

From the Puranas, one can infer that the meaning refers to either the spiritual aura of a person, facial expressiveness that exudes confidence, vigor or valor, etc. Real Gurus are said be endowed with ...
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Are there any deity names that end in -us/ur or -is/ir

See this for reference: https://ubcsanskrit.ca/lesson9/nouns-as-is-us.html I've never com across any and I find it weird.
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sanskrit mantras and reading doubt? [closed]

i am reading a book and some sanskrit mantras in it is written as 'om namo bhagvate 2 kruna 2 avataram .' what does this 2 means.Thus that mean i have to read the word twice??
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Why are all the names of Kubera so dark?

So I was examining the names of Kubera in an attempt to answer the question, "Who is the supreme deity, Yakṣa form." Then, I realized literally all of Kubera's names have dark associations ...
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What is the authentic Nishpatthi (Etymology) of Samadhi?

According to Wikipedia, Various interpretations for the term's etymology are possible: sam, "together"; a, "toward"; stem of dadhati, "puts, places": "a putting or joining together;" sam, ...
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Which one is more effective, after prayer requesting to god in Sanskrit vs in English? [duplicate]

Sanskrit is Language of Gods.. So say that, after I chant below mantra in mind.. वक्रतुण्ड महाकाय सूर्यकोटि समप्रभ । निर्विघ्नं कुरु मे देव सर्वकार्येषु सर्वदा ॥ after chanting mantra in mind, Now ...
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Can we tell meaning of mantras in other languages instead of Sanskrit in Homam,Sandhyavandhanam,etc? [duplicate]

Why I am asking this is because ,Sanskrit is a language ,why cant we tell the meaning of mantra in other language in ritiuals like Sandhyavandhanam,homam etc because I think god knows also other ...

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