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Are Varna and Caste same or different?

Varnas are mentioned in Vedas. There are four varnas. On the other hand, there are many castes and sub-castes. Many posts on this forum use varna and caste as interchangeable word. Many resources on ...
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What is the physical description of Shukracharya?

How does shukracharya looks like? As per puranas, is he was depicted as an old brahmin or as a young or handsome looking deity picturized in navgrah mandal? Because as per astrology, he (Shukra) was ...
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Is the dharma of giving/offering own wife to others is relative with time?

There are four yugas: Satya Yuga, Dvapara Yuga, Treta Yuga, Kali Yuga. It is well known that dharma is relative w.r.t. the time. Many dharmas which are valid in one yuga may not be valid for the ...
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Can a person achieve Jivan Muktha state without vicharana?

Is vicharana(thinking) a mandatory step for attaining Jivan Muktha state? Is there any such example from scriptures that a person got Jivan Muktha state without any vicharana?
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Which material should be used for incense?

Hindus generally uses different types of sticks for incense. Is there any scriptural recommendation of materials to be used for incense?
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What do Hindu scriptures say about cutting moustache and beard and hair except tuft for reading vedas?

I know that all body hair is shaved only for penances but when I want to read vedas should I cut my beard and moustache ?? What are scriptural references???
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Where does this shloka about epidemic appear in Narada, Vashishtha or Vrahta Samhita?

Where does this shloka about epidemic appear in Narada, Vashishtha or Vrahta Samhita? भूपाव हो महारोगो मध्य स्यार्धवृष्ट य। दुखिनो जंत्व सर्वे वत्स रे परी धाविनी There are lot of videos and ...
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In how many forms do devi/devtha exist to allow upasana as per scriptures?

Humans perform upasana for devi/devtha. Humans attain devi/devtha using mantra. Mantra is sound form of devi/devtha for humans. Humans can also attain devi/devtha using statue. Statue is a visual ...
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Which sayings or Sutras is Vyasa referring in his commentary on Yogasutras of Patanjali?

(After reading Raja Yoga by Swami Vivekananda log ago) I have recently started reading Vyasa Bhashya on Yogasutras of Patanjali. I have noticed that Vyasa is many-times quoting some texts in his ...
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Why does Sage Bhrigu have an extra eye on his foot?

It is a part of folklore that Sage Bhrigu has another eye on his foot. However, it is difficult to find on the internet any authoritative source for this piece of information. The Wikipedia article ...
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Do scriptures mention that a child in womb can learn?

The belief among majority of Hindus is that Abhimanyu had learned about Chakravyuha while he was still in womb. A good number of expectant parents in the previous and current generations consider ...
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What do canonical scriptures say about the Narasimha-Sharabha-Pratyangira Devi-Ganda-Bherunda saga? [duplicate]

This multi-layered saga seems to have been an epic tussle between Vishnu and Siva partisan story tellers. This question is not a duplicate of the question What is the story of Sharaba? in answers ...
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Does the concept of divorce exist in hinduism? [duplicate]

Does the concept of divorce apply in hinduism?
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Who was Parashara and what are the works attributed to him?

I am asking about the original Parashara - not the Srivaishnavite teacher Parasara Bhattar. Which works are attributed to him?
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have any scriptures other than Puranas been classified based on Gunas?

Puranas are supposed to have one of three gunas - Sattva, Rajas and Tamas. Commentators like Ludo Rocher have found this classification to be "fanciful". have other categories of scripture like ...
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Do scriptures say how to distinguish Tamasic, Rajasic and Satvic content of a text?

A chatroom comment goes "Tamasa puranas mean most of content are tamasa. But they also contain sattvic and rajasic contents though at a lower proportion. Similarly, Sattvic puranas are mostly ...
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Should Rudraksha be taken off before going to washroom,having sexual intercourse,masturbating etc? [closed]

I would like to know if Rudraksha should be taken off before going to washroom,having sex/masturbating or in any other impure state. The reason for my doubt is that in this video, Puri Sri ...
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How many Pancharatra texts are extant?

How many are mentioned in scripture and how many are extant? Are there English translations available?
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Has any orthodox Vaidika claimed through supernatural knowledge that a particular verse or scripture is inauthentic or fabricated?

Has any orthodox Vaidika claimed through supernatural knowledge (siddhis) that a particular verse or scripture is inauthentic or fabricated? For example, neo-Vedantins claim that Mahavatara Babaji ...
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vedic scriptures on dreams - helping make use of our time while resting

Disclaimer: I don't know if this would be the technique that one should use and if it is a technique that has been used for meditative purposes, but this is a question just out of curiosity Sleep ...
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Bhuj seer's claim on menstruating women cooking for husbands

Swami Krushnaswarup of Swaminarayan Temple in Bhuj claimed recently, that “menstruating women who cook food for their husbands will take birth as dogs in their next life while men consuming food ...
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Why god choose earth for life, why not others?

I want to know that why god choose earth for life and why not other planet. He is god after all and could have choose to create organism which can sustain as life in other planets the. Why only earth ...
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Sanskrit/vedic text describing relationship between male and female

I wanted to know if there is a sanskrit/vedic text that describes as to why there is these two forms of existence of life i.e. a male and a female and what their relationship is(things like why they ...
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How somebody can get rid of Vyanthara?

I want to know what is Vyanthara and how to get rid from them.
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Texts explicitly for Brahma vidya

Are there any other texts in Hinduism that are explicitly for moksha vidya other than yoga vasista?
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What is the difference between Sāṅkhya Sutras and Sāṅkhya Pravachana Sutras?

Among the six Darshana Sutras, Sāṅkhya can be said to be oldest one which is written by Kapila. Most of people read or refer Sāṅkhya Karika to study Sāṅkhya philosophy probably because it is the ...
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vedic texts about the art of dancing or art in general

Are there any vedic texts that describe/teach the art of dancing? If not is there a vedic text that describe the dance of lord Nataraj?
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What Hinduism says about the judgment day? [closed]

Are there any references to judgement day in Hinduism? Judgement Day, as per Abrahmanic religion refer to the day when the earth is destroyed. Everyone will be resurrected to be judged about what ...
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Are there non-Mahabharat references to Chakshushi powers in Hinduism scriptures in detail?

A gandharva explains about powers of Chakshushi vidya concisely to Arjuna in Mahabharata. The powers explained by him are Listen now to its power! One may see (by its aid) whatever one wisheth to ...
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Size of Hindu Gods?

Are there any scripture references for the size of Gods? Did Rishis who had Darshan of Gods, describe their size? Example: Mahabhrata Pandavas; were they of today's human size?
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Why is there no mention of 'life review' after death in any scriptures of Hinduism?

I have came across many accounts of near death experiences (NDEs), Past life regression therapists, Mediums, Channelers in the West, who say that what happens after death is a standard process. ...
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Deities associated with various organs in Human body?

I need a scripture reference for Deities associated with various organs in Human body. This site gives information about it. Is it real or made up by website author? Is there any Verse which gives ...
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Name of ability to view past and future

We can find many people in Hinduism scriptures who has an ability to view the events from past as well as future. Is there any special name for such capability?
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Story of Godess Saraswati?

Why is She called Vidyadatri (Goddess who provides knowledge) Vagdevi (Goddess of speech) Veenapani (Goddess carrying veena in her hands) Hansavahini (Goddess who sits on swan) Is there any ...
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Do we have complete knowledge/texts of Shaivism & Vaishnavism?

Bharata is a country where many invasion took place: Alexander, Chengiz Khan, Mohammed Bin Qasim, Timur, Nadir Shah, Ahmed Shah Abdali, and British etc. And, many of them tried to destroyed our ...
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Maha Ganapathi moola mantra Nyasa needed ( inlcuding Bija, Shaktih and Keelakam please)!

Maha Ganpathi moola mantra nyasa mantras varies . Please suggest the most popular or authentic Bija, Shakti and Keelakam to be used prior to japa of 28 syllable mantra Thanks in advance
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Did Yajurveda contain titles like “Satarudriya”?

I have 2 quick questions. Did the original yajur veda always have chapter titles like "SataRudriya" and so on or were they given by Rishis? What's the meaning of "SataRudriya" as a word?
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Hydrogen & Oxygen mentioned in Vedas and Itihasas?

In below link I found some details about Ancient Batteries, Hydrogen & Oxygen discovered by Sage Agastya in India Ancient Batteries, Hydrogen & Oxygen discovered by Sage Agastya in India I ...
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Alternatives to doing Krcchra penances

In modern age doing proper Krcchra penance is very tough and not always practical. Are there any alternative to Krcchra penances suited to modern age recommended in the scriptures? I have heard ...
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Which all works are attributed to sage Shaunaka?

The name of Sage Shaunaka is often heard in the Puranas. The Puranas are narrated by Suta Mahamuni to the sages headed by Shaunaka. Besides being the listener to the Puranas, he has also authored ...
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How should one honor the birthplace of guru?

The birthplace of avatars like Krishna, Rama are considered very auspicious. Are there any references about birthplace of an acharya/guru? How should one honor the birthplace of guru? Please provide ...
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Did any major epic or puranic character ever die of natural causes like disease or old age?

Did any major epic or puranic character ever die of natural causes like disease or old age? I have heard of major characters only dying in battles or unnatural deaths due to curses or conspiracies. ...
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How a Teenage student should behave?

Is there any specific quote or reference in Hindu scripture related to the behavior and lifestyle of young Lerner. I understand that Sanatan Dharma is never about to-do and don't list but I believe ...
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Life on other planets in our solar system

Do Hindu scriptures mention anything about life on other planets of our solar system?
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What is the story of Shiva's grandson Adi?

While going down the rabbit hole of identification movie question long back I fall on this Wikipedia page which mentions about Asura Andhaka's son Adi (also Shiva's grandson) who takes the form of ...
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Hindu scriptures before Mahabharata about thinking capability of head

Consider the following excerpt from the Shalya Parva of The Mahabharata Indeed, the son of Pandu, filled with rage, struck off that head which was the root of the evil policy of the Kurus, with ...
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Are there any vedic statements saying that one can be called brahmin by behavior [duplicate]

There are some people who keep claiming that one can be called brahmin by karma and give the reference of Yaksha Prashna in which Yudhishtra talks about brahmin-hood and claims that brahamana hood ...
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Who is Vetala and which scripture contains it?

A vetala (Sanskrit: वेताल vetāla) is a revenant in Hindu mythology, usually defined as an evil spirit that has taken possession of a corpse at charnel grounds. Do Hindu scriptures contains this term?...
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Is there any historical evidence that Britishers interpolated Hindu scriptures? [duplicate]

For many years, there is a lot of influence of British in India. East India Company 1612–1757 Company rule in India 1757–1858 British Raj 1858–1947 Partition of India 1947 ...
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Which body can become smallest of the small after attaining anima siddi?

Anima is one of the eight siddhis and is generally defined as Aṇimā: reducing one's body to the size of an atom To which body, the anima siddhi occurs? I mean whether the physical body of the ...

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