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Which texts narrate about Gopeśvara Mahādeva (Śiva as Gopa) and are there versions of it in non-vaishnava texts?

This website: The Gaudiya Treasures of Bengal, describes "Once, deep in meditation on the sacred Mount Kailash, Lord Shiva was enraptured by the sweet melodies of Krishna's divine flute. ...
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What is the Śruti status (Prāmāṇya) and dating of Mahopaniṣat? Is it accepted by sects other than Vaishnava-s?

The text seems to be of a much later date than mukhya and other old upaniṣads complied before common era (BCE) e.g. Mahānārāyaṇa, Śvetāśvatara etc. as it is supposedly the conversation between Śuka ...
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Was Aryavarta a Vedic/Hindu rashtra in ancient times?

Was Aryavarta a Vedic/Hindu rashtra in ancient times according to Vedic scriptures?
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Can one wear the Janeu after marriage?

Suppose someone due to a lack of substantial knowledge about religion, did not undergo certain traditional rituals like wearing the sacred thread (Janeu) at a young age. Now, with a deeper ...
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Were Chandalas forced to do the abominable work or did their families do it and so it is tradition?

So my question is were Chandalas forced to do such abominable work or did their family out of hereditary profession do such and it just carried on? Please provide verses of where a Candala could ...
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Cow and the use of perceived foul substances

everyone I understand various byproducts, and not just milk were consumed for ritual and purification purposes. My question is what was both the practical and religious significance of cow explained ...
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In scripture is self-defense when a man is faced against a female assailant permitted to fight

In Hinduism based on scripture can a man fight a woman if she is trying to do bodily harm to him? If not why..?
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Can I do nimajjan or immersion of a shiva lingam in the sea or a lake?

I wanted to know if we can do nimmajan of shiva linga in the ocean or a lake as we are unable to do abhisheka owing to personal reasons(Sutakam). Also the shiva linga might be slightly damaged.
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Do any scriptures give us any methods to worship the Mohini Avatara of Vishnu?

Do any scriptures give us any Puranik and Agamik methods to worship mohini Avatara of Vishnu. The Vaishnava Puranas, Upanishads and pancharatras provide upasana vidhis for many avataras such a Rama, ...
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Is there an Advaitan text which explains the relationship of different aspects of the absolute reality

Is there any explanation of the relationship between Brahman, Ishvara, Atmans, and Prakriti in this world? Obviously, we are all within Nirguna Brahman, but details in regards to these aspects also ...
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IS the beej mantra mentioned in this video authentic and will it work..?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqgBLCibUqQ please guide on this matter .. if not authentic can you please tell what mantra to chant to collectively please all planets and if know please recommend ...
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Is it possible to have two Gurus at once?

Are there any scritptural references to such situation ? What is the recommended course of action if there is an official Guru and other spiritual master is in contact for some reasons?
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Are there any mantras of arunachala shiva

Just like the above question. I want to know if any specific mantras exist for lord arunachala of Tiruvannamalai
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Was any verse in bori Mahabharata in which Shiva said that he was born from Vishnu or Vishnu said that Shiva born from Vishnu

Was there is any verse in bori Mahabharata in which Shiva said that he was born from Vishnu or Vishnu said that Shiva was born from him
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Who exactly is the progenitor of Kāyasthas?

It is firmly believed that the Kāyasthas are descendants of Lord Citragupta who's the scribe of Yama Deva. However, after going through the Skanda Purana's Chapter 139 - Greatness of Citrāditya (Citra-...
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An English Version of Shiplashastra on Art and making practical things

Is there a shilpashastra online with English translation which deals with sketching devtas and doing artwork as well as making practical things like clothes and tools. I am also wondering if men can ...
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List of characters who have been able to Withstand Lord Vishnu's chakra or Shiva's Trisula?

Do the epics and Purānas mention any characters who have been able to resist and withstand the effects of Lord Vishnu's chakra or Lord Shiva's Trisula in a battle? If possible, please provide a ...
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Any mantra/strota to increase courage and have a warrior like will?

Is there any mantra / strota which make you fearless and give warrior like courage
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How many Shiva Sahasranama is there in Mahabharata, Purana, Agama, Tantra?

How many versions of Shiva Sahasranama is there in Mahabharata, Purana, Agama, Tantra ? Send all with exact location...
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Bhairava Agamas: English translations of available manuscripts

Are there any legit available archived manuscripts of Bhairava Agamas that have been preserved? It is well known that there were 64 of them, but a lot of them had been lost, Abhinavgupta, in his ...
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Is Apostasy considered a punishable offence in Hinduism?

If someone decides to Leave Hinduism and become atheist, do any the scriptures (Vedas, Smritis, Puranas) consider it an offense worthy of punishment and prescribe any punishment for it? Just like how ...
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Ekadasi falling on a equinox

Tomorrow, Amalaki Ekadasi will be falling on the Autumnal equinox (here in South Africa). Ekadasi is based on the lunar cycle while Equinoxes are solar events. I want to find out if scriptures mention ...
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Reference Request: Wild boar and a foolish son of a king who later became wise

What's the source of this story? I don't remember the exact wordings - but I am somewhat familiar with certain lines of it A rishi angered, cursed a king that his son would be born as a murkha (or ...
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Scriptural reference mandating Joint application of Urdhvapundra and tripundra?

The Urdhvapundra tilaka and the tripundra tilaka both are validated by scriptural proofs of their own. But my question is does any scripture actually allow one to don the urdhva pundra and tripundra ...
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An online version of Tattva Bindu of Vacapati Misra

I am interested in the works of Vacapati Misra I am wondering if I can get a free, english translation of his work Tattva Bindu where he summarizes his reasoning.
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The Metaphsyics of Varna

Clarification of Metaphsyics A clarification: By metaphysical I mean more the system in which it's decided and the various aspects of it ie what differs a Brahmin-Brahmin from a Brahmin-Chandala and a ...
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What does hindu scripture say on following law and order which sometimes is bad and against ethical and moral reasons?

What does hindu scripture say on following law and order? I want to know that is there anywhere written in hindu scripture to boycott law and kill lawmakers when law is discriminatory and colonial . ...
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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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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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Does Lord Shiva have any Mace (Gada)? Did Lord Shiva ever fight with mace?

As we know that Narayana has a mace named Kaumadi.. in the same way, does Lord Shiva also have a mace? Does Lord Shiva know mace fighting?
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A specific number which represents Vishnu based on Scriptural sources

Is there an abstract numerical number directly representing or connecting with Vishnu as per scripture, please don't say an answer like Dashavatar unless it says the number 10 of the dashavatara ...
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A question about hearing abuse of saintly persons?

I read somewhere in bhagavatam probably that if a ksatriya hears abuse of saintly persons then he should kill the abuser and commit suicide and if brahmana hears abuse then he should go away from ...
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What are the most solid evidences to prove that the Puranas and Upapuranas have undergone interpolations over time? [duplicate]

What are the most solid evidences to prove that the Puranas and Upapuranas have undergone various accretions, additions, subtractions and interpolations by various individuals over the millennia?
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Manu on verse 8.33 on stealing lost property

As per Manu 8.33 it states, "Property that has been lost and found should remain in the charge of specially deputed (officials); and the thieves that he may detect in connection with this, the ...
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Why Jainism, Buddhism and Sikhism require to do blasphemy against our dharma and God like shri ram,hanuman and shri krishna to promote their faith? [closed]

I have respected Jainism, buddhism and Sikhism from childhood, but now, I only tolerate them (due to current law)because their scriptures are blasphemous against shri hari and mahadev avtars. Now ...
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A form of Vishnu with all Navagrahas

I know there is a Nakshatrapurusa or form of Vishnu with all Nakshatras, but is there one with all Navagrahas or a Navagrahapursa of sorts?
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What is the source of creativity and intellect according to the scriptures?

I have always been fascinated by human creativity and intellect. Their achievements in science, architecture, art, storytelling etc is truly inspiring but not all can achieve these feats. Is their any ...
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What's the mount of Goddess Kali? Is it Lord Shiva? Who is it?

Who exactly is the mount of Goddess Kali? Please do not say lion as it is the vahana of Ma Durga.
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The Vedas - where to start and how to start

I want to read, understand and comprehend The Vedas, but I do not know about the mystical or nuanced aspects of the language and terms used in these hymns. Kindly suggest me with good resources to ...
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List of basic scriptures to know about Hindu philosophy

So far I know, Hinduism does not have one master book, rather it is a synthesis of many related religions and/or cultures and/or philosophical points of view, that roots back to Indus valley ...
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Why does Narsimha Tapini Upanishad say that Knowledge of Maya leads to liberation?

Narasimha Tapini Upanishad states the following - स होवाच प्रजापतिर्माया वा एषा नारसिंही सर्वमिदं सृजति सर्वमिदं रक्षति सर्वमिदं संहरति । तस्मान्मायामेतां शक्तिं विद्याद्य एतां मायां शक्तिं वेद स पा...
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Do any Scriptures mention the Shaivite Ritual of Linga-Dharana?

Do any Vedas, Puranas or Agamas mention the Shaivite ritual of Linga-Dharana?
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What exactly are the Hindu laws for 'avarna' or dalit people?

I want to know that in Hindu scriptures from Vedas to Puranas to Smritis to Shastras, what are the laws regarding avarna people (people outside of varna system)? I want to see some actual quotes. I ...
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Is the Prasada / Nirmalya of Shiva impure and leads to hell?

Padma purana Uttara khanda Chapter 255 mentions the following - 98-101. Therefore, brāhmaṇas should always eat the remnants of the food offered to Viṣṇu. The remnants (of food offered to other gods) ...
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Are there any Scriptures that describe Maha-Sadashiva, The 25-headed form of Shiva?

I was wondering. Is this form of Lord Shiva mentioned in any Puranas or Shaiva Agamas?
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Seeking Clarifications and Insights on a Particular verse of the Markandeya Purana

Markandeya Purana 99.19 विसृष्टौ ऋङ्मयो ब्रह्मा स्थितौ विष्णुर्यजुर्मयः ।रुद्रः साममयोऽन्ते च तस्मात्तस्याशुचिर्ध्वनिः । । १९ The Various Translations of this Verse I came across are as follows - ...
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Vishnu Yantra and other abstract symbolism

Is there a Yantra or other abstract form of Vishnu I can draw for protective or devotional purposes, but others as well? Other examples are numbers and letters found in scripture.
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Are their any known and mysterious Vedic/Post-Vedic scriptures which aren't available to the public?

I am wondering if their are any mysterious, known of existing, but not available in full for the public and what these scriptures consist of. I am looking for scriptures which have secret or esoteric ...
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How do Vaishnava traditions (other than Madhva) explain this pancharatra verse which affirms the existence of an Eternal hell?

The Pancharatra Agama Prakasha Samhita has this verse - शिरमर्मग्रन्थिकूटजलनीरोधनादयः । सन्त्येवाष्टोत्तरशतनरकाः पातकालयाः ॥३९॥ अनित्यनरका एते तामिश्रन्धतामिश्रकौ । **नित्यौ द्वौ नरकौ** तत्र गतायान्ति...
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What is the meaning of namaha in mantra

I want to meditate on the meaning of a mantra. And most mantras consist of namaha at the end. I have heard it means “I bow down to”. Is it the accurate meaning that I should meditate upon or does ...
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