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Why does Swapneshwari Devi give us seemingly nonsensical dreams?

Lots of dream meanings are given in Hinduism but some dreams are just pure nonsense! So who is giving Swapneshwari Devi the order to give these dreams and with what objective? Why does she send ...
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Prahlada ruled kingdom being a jivan muktha

Yoga Vasistha contains the story of Prahlada in detail. It is present in Upasama khanda. The important point needed for this question is that Prahlada rules his kingdom till the end of the kalpa being ...
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Benefits of 'Durga' naam jap with proofs from sāshtras

I want to know the benefits and results of chanting Durgâ name only. Can we chant Durgâ name without guru dikșha? And, what if I chant it constantly for some years? Can I get siddhi from it? Will my ...
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Any sins committed when Bilva tree is desecrated in any way?

Does the scriptures enjoin any sins with cutting the Bilva tree and it's leaves, done either deliberately or by mistake?
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Is it said in hinduism that food served before an individual should not be consumed with more delay?

Many parents complain that food should not be taken with more delay. This may be told as of a reason that "annam parabrahma swaroopam" and delaying the food by engaging in other activities ...
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Are there any Hindu historians? [closed]

Are there any Hindu historians? If so, are their writings available?
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What are the resricted tithis for a women to take oil bath?

What are the restricted tithis for a women to take oil bath? Are there any scriptural references? If so, can you please provide them with some scriptural references? The verses has to be explicitly ...
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What exactly is Vamachara?

For any great verses or naamas in scriptures, there can be different kinds of interpretations. Dharmic, vedic etc., are the types of interpretations. I heard that there can be another type of ...
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What is the story of suryagrahan and chandragrahan as per scriptures?

I have read in a quora answer that rahu and ketu desired to eat surya and chandra as revenge for what happened to them. They chased surya dev and chandra dev who took surrender in lord shiva. Seeing ...
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Did the four Vedas originate from Shiv Sutras?

I am curious to know and understand if the four Vedas did originate from Shiv Sutras? Please do cite references from authentic sources, if any.
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Which is the best time prescribed to have a meal for a yogi? [duplicate]

Recently, i read a post about diet here. As it was backed up by shastras, according to it, grihasthas eat twice a day while yogis or people in vanaprastha stage used to eat only once. My question is ...
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Do shastras support the idea of 'good omens' and 'bad omens'?

Is it just superstition or mentioned in shastras? Is there any event when omens are considered?
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Details on the Original Upāṅga viz. Dharmaśāstra of Prajāpati Manu and the abridged one by Sumati

Understanding Scriptures - Part 1 Summary: through this question I would like to gain as much insight as possible about the original Dharmashastra of Manu containing 1,00,000 verses and also try to ...
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Are places like Gyanganj and Siddhashram mentioned in shastras?

Gyanganj and Siddhasram are said to be mystical places which only very advanced spiritual aspirants can enter.
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Are vedas we have are complete? [duplicate]

Does any shastras mention shortening vedas with yugas? Like satyug having full version, then treta yuga having abridged and then dwapar having further abridged version and kali having the same. Or ...
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Cursing young children in scriptures

We come across many curses in scriptures. But, all the curses I do remember are for adults or old people. Are there any instances in scriptures where someone cursed young children? Do curses act for ...
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What is the meaning of term “ignorance” in Upanishads and Vedas?

The word ignorance is related to knowledge of Brahman or what.
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Best and easy methods to earn lots of punya

Any method to earn lots of punya which is not required to be done regularly. It should be some sort of one time activity or anything which can be repeated again and again but there shouldn't be any ...
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What is the exact purpose of Yog Nidra?

I would like to understand the exact purpose of Yog Nidra? Plus where is it stated in our scriptures? Are there any specific techniques stated in the scriptures for it?
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Any scripture mentions naagmani? [duplicate]

Is naagmani a fictional thing or mentioned in scriptures? Also what about those special kind of naags?
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Is cutting branches or leaves of plants prohibited after sunset?

This question is not about special plants like Tulasi. I am asking about other plants that may not be as important as Tulasi. Is it allowed to pluck leaves or cut branches from plants or trees after ...
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Is there any way to cancel or take back pran(vow)?

A pran/pratigya(vow/serious promise) taken in front of photo of God just by saying that the person will restrain from doing something.
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Signs of exaltations for all planets

There are nine planets in Hindu astrology. They are Surya, Chandra, Mangal, Budha, Guru, Shukra, Shani, Rahu, Ketu. What do sign of exaltation for a particular planet signify? And what are signs of ...
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Complete and correct version of Siddha Kunjika Stotra

Can anyone please help with the complete and correct version of Siddha Kunjika stotra from Rudrayamala Tantra. In famous publications like Geeta press, complete version is not given. This is the ...
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Are there sources other than this Mahabharata verse where Shri Veda Vyas is told to be reincarnation of Sage Apantaratamas?

In Brahma Sutra Bhashya of Shri Shankaracharya, while writing Bhashya for 3.3.32 Acharya says apAntaratamo nAma muniH kali-dvApara-sandhau vyAsatvena sambabhUva A sage named 'apAntaratamas' ...
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Which scripture mention that dattatreya belongs to fifth ashram?

The four ashramas in sanathan dharma are: Brahmacharya (student), Grihastha (householder), Vanaprastha (forest walker/forest dweller), and Sannyasa (renunciate). I heard that Dattatreya does not ...
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Who maintains temples according to scriptures?

This answer says that temples are not owned by any one. But, do scriptures mention anything about a maintainer? Is it king? Is it a person from a particular lineage? or other? Maintainer can be viewed ...
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Why is our universe the smallest kind in existence?

I read that our universe is the smallest kind, because the Brahma in this universe only has four heads, while in larger universes Brahma has for example, a million heads. Why does a universe kind ...
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What type of torch is used during Mahabharata times?

There are several statements in Mahabharata that mentions the usage of torch, which provides light, mostly at night times. Consider the following instances mentioning the usage of torch Dhananjaya, ...
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Are there any pandemics (like covid-19) in scriptures other than the one by Visuchi

Yoga Vasistha contains the story of Visuchika and the details of pandemic caused by her. Visuchika killed many humans for several years by entering through nostrils of human in form of very small ...
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Can ashes be stored in house?

I was told that if one is unable to disperse ashes in river immediately then the same needs to be hung from tree. But should not be stored in house. Are there any scriptural references on what should ...
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Does any scripture other than Mahabharata say that plant experiences pain?

It is mentioned in Mahabharata that plants also have five senses and also experience pleasure and pain. I am focusing on pain part only in this question. As one can suck up water through a bent lotus-...
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What verses talk about other universes in the Puranas? [duplicate]

Which verses in the Puranas talk about countless other universes?
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What are the components of the word om (ॐ)

Every word in Sanskrit can be further divided in to letters that cannot be divided further. In this context, what are the letters, that are further indivisible, used to form om ॐ in sanskrit?
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What do scriptures say about aligning with unrighteous people for righteous cause?

For a dharmic cause can one align with a known unrighteous person if the latter happens to be in favor of this particular cause. Please note that in general the unrighteous person goes against dharma ...
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Can a menstruating women prepare food for herself?

It is well-known that a rajaswala cannot prepare food for her family. It is highly discouraged to eat food prepared by a Rajaswala. But, does it apply to herself also? Can't she cook for herself and ...
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People born on Amavasya

There are many beliefs regarding the people who born on Amavasya. Do scriptures comment about people who born on Amavasya? If yes, what are those comments?
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Is there any relationship between fasting and karma?

I am eager to know and understand whether or not there is any sort of relationship between fasting(either food or water) and karma? Does any scripture clearly states that fasting helps in eliminating/...
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Reason for offering young unmarried womens

Consider the following statement from Mahabharata king Yudhishthira the just gave unto each of those Brahmanas thousands of kine and beds and gold coins and damsels. [Section 32, Rajasuyika Parva, ...
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Is there a tradition of using mantras in Ayurveda?

Jyotish has a tradition of prescribing mantras as remedies to target a particular situation. Does Ayurveda have a similar tradition of prescribing mantras to remedy a particular condition of the ...
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How to know interpolation in Puranas? [duplicate]

How to know interpolation in Purana And how to know right translation of slokas
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Is an evil, but devoted, person more valued by the Gods than a good, but an atheistic, person?

The example of Ravana comes to mind, because he was a Bhakta of Prabhu Shiva. It seems like an awful lot of terrible people, like Ajamila, are forgiven just due to their devotions, and their sins are ...
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Are the first/early members of each varna mentioned in the scriptures?

Verse 1.31 from the Manu Smriti But for the sake of the prosperity of the worlds he caused the Brahmana, the Kshatriya, the Vaisya, and the Sudra to proceed from his mouth, his arms, his thighs, and ...
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Is there anything in scripture that is explicitly called fictional or imaginary?

Do astika schools of thought in Hinduism believe that itihaas(Ramayan and Mahabharata) are really historic and not mythology? This question asks whether scripture regards the epics as real. But the ...
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Do scriptures change over time? Or they're static but different for each Yuga? Can customs of one Yuga be ridiculed by people in earlier or next Yuga?

It is well known that laws & customs change over time, according to people, society and events. Some people claim that religious scriptures also change over time. But the wise say that religious ...
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Does Hindu Scripture say that only mantras of Karma Kanda need to be pronounced exactly?

There is a famous story in which "Indrashatru" could either mean Indra's enemy or one who has Indra for his enemy depending on the accent. In this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
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Hinduism on sexual desire and its conceptualisation

Hinduism seems to be the oldest supporter and spreader of Celibacy. But as far as my little readings are concerned, Hinduism doesn’t distinguish the sexual desire from other material desires, it just ...
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Is Ralph T. Griffith's translation of the Vedas reliable and correct?

Is Ralph T. Griffith's translation of the Vedas reliable and correct. Can I read Ralph T. Griffith's translation of the Vedas? If not why?
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What's the general views of both the modern and of past's, recognized gurus, with regard to accepting the presence of different kinds of sexuality? [duplicate]

I'm not asking if it's forbidden or not, or if its sin or not, I'm asking that, if the presence of whole spectrum of sexuality (LGBTQI) with Male and Female pinned as two binary opposite points of the ...
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A person capable of knowing anything and everything

In sanathan dharma, Sarvajna stands for a person who realizes that everything is Brahman. So, Sarvajna is not the person I'm asking for. I know that saguna brahman satisfies the property mentioned in ...

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