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I want Gita Gorakhpur press Valmiki Ramayan english pdf

I want gita gorakhpur press valmiki ramayanam english pdf
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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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Timelessness in scriptures

In Hinduism, time is generally called as KAla. Is there any mention in any scripture about the existence of timelessness. I mean where kAla does not exist.
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Who created god (parabrahman)?

According to Hinduism scriptures, who created parabrahman? Is parabrahman itself created parabrahman (self-creation)? Or is there any other entity created parabrahman?
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Did Krishna ever talk about Rama?

Rama and Krishna belongs to tretha and dwapara yuga respectively. Mahabharata has statements about Rama, told by Hanuman, rishi's etc., So it can be inferred that Lord Rama was well known at the ...
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Are there any references in the Vedic Scriptures prohibiting the ostentatious and lavish style wedding ceremonies?

I wonder do Vedic scriptures speak of the simplicity required in the wedding ceremonies? And do they prohibit the lavish and ostentatious display of wealth in marriage ceremonies?
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How old is the scripture Maya Samhita?

Maya Samhita is a scripture deals with shilpas. When this scripture came into existence?
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English translation of Maya Samhita

Is there any English translation of the scripture Maya Samhita available? If not, then in which language it is freely available?
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Who is the author of the scripture named Maya Samhita?

Wikipedia contains the following information about Maya Samhita Maya Samhita (Sanskrit:मय संहिता,Mayasaṁhitā) is a treatise on Hindu Shilpa Shastras. A certain Maya is said to have written this ...
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Niladri mahodaya

Hare Krishna, I want to know about Niladri Mahodaya. 1.Who wrote Niladri Mahodaya? 2.How many chapters are there in Niladri Mahodaya? ...
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Authentic Traditional Texts On Homa Procedures?

Are there any authentic traditional texts on homa procedures like the Ganapathi Homa for example. I know there is a Parashuram Kalpasutra followed by some Sri Vidya lineages. Looking for others as ...
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What is the story of Kartikeya's sons?

While reading the Kathasaritsagara I came across the mention of Kartikeya's sons Shakha and Vishakha: And the gods, together with the Rishis, went to the six-mouthed Kārttikeya for protection, and ...
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Which scripture tells about Saraswati upasana?

Which scripture tells us about the rules and procedures for doing Saraswati upasana?
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Which is the first Hindu scripture that mentions about zodiac signs?

The following are the names of zodiac signs Mesha (Aries), Vrushabha (Taurus), Mithuna (Gemini), Karkat (Cancer), Simha (Leo), Kanya (Virgo), Tula (Libra), Vrushchika (Scorpio), Dhanu (Sagittarius), ...
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What is the story of Lakshmi getting curse to have a elephant head?

Going through this Wikipedia article, I saw about Lakshmi getting a curse to have an elephant head. I never heard this before and Wikipedia is not always reliable. So wanted to know the exact story ...
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Who is the Asura in this Vedic verse?

I came across this book - The Civilized Demons - which basically makes the Harrappans to be the Asuras reviled in Vedas and even the original gods who were replaced by Devas. The writer cited the ...
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The number of legs of creatures/animals

Yayati in his conversation with Ashtaka mentioned about two-legged, four-legged and six-legged animals. "Yayati answered, 'After falling from heaven, the being becometh a subtile substance living ...
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What are the some dynamic Sanskrit shlokas for Lord Shiva?

I have read a shloka for Lord Vishnu - ugram veeram mahavishnum jwalantam sarvato mukham, nrisingham bhishanam bhadram mrityur mrityurnamamyaham. Can anyone will provide me same types of dynamic (or ...
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What are the different kinds of Viveka and how can we develop them?

What are the different kinds of Viveka and how can we develop them? Is questioning enough or is ceiling on desires a must?
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Hindu scriptures discussing “proper education”

Are there any scriptures that discuss proper education or provide instructions or guidance to gurus/parents on providing proper education to children. By "proper education" I mean education that ...
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The yogic or tantric significance of devi mahatmya

What is the yogic or tantric significance of the Durga Saptashati or the devi mahatmya? Specifically, the devi mahatmya prima facie seems to be about the qualities of devi and her confrontations ...
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Which scripture talks about chakras (energy centers) in present in human?

I know that there are colors and mantra (or sound) associated with each chakras (energy centers) in subtle human body. Which scripture mentions about it? I am interested in the oldest source of that ...
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On the status of other religions, between the sages of Advaita and the scriptures

The "modern" sages of the Advaita are part of the Traditionalist School: for them, the other religions are other valid paths to the Absolute. I will quote from Sri Râmakrishna to illustrate this ...
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Which Hindu scripture is saying that sun does not rise or set?

The boldified text of the following sentence is a well known fact about sun now The sun stays in its position at the center of our solar system. It doesn't rise and set. But it appears to rise ...
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Do the days of forbidding non vegetarian food depends on the time of birth?

It is well known from scriptures that one should avoid non vegetarian foods on the festivals, special days such as Sunday, full moon, new moon etc., But other than those that are common to everyone, ...
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Can anyone throw light on ancient weights and measures mentioned in Hinduism scriptures?

I am interested to know about ancient weights and measures mentioned in Hinduism scriptures. Can anyone throw light on this subject?
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Where can I learn about Hinduism? [duplicate]

I've always had a keen interest in Hindu music. From this liking, I've seen stories such as the churning of the ocean of milk and of Rama and Sita. They are all very archaic and beautiful and so I ...
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What predictions of Bhavisya Purana have come true yet? [closed]

Bhavisya Purana mentions the future predictions including Kalki avatar. As it has more than 14000 slokas, what are the predictions among them that have come true yet?
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Should Eclipses be considered as an auspicious and divine event or as an inauspicious occurrence?

Most Hindus just view eclipses as something which is an inauspicious thing and also believe negative energies are radiated from it. The word 'Grahana' itself also induces a sense of fear to many. ...
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In a conflict between Guru and Shastra, what should be precedent?

It is often observed subjectively in various instances, teachings of many Gurus may contradict Shastra. In such a case, what should be considered superior? What does Shastra itself say about this?
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Books recommended for learning about all of the different branches of Sanatana philosophy in brief

Which books do you recommend for learning about all of the different branches of Sanatana philosophy in brief? I have a copy of Sarva Darsana Sangraha written by 14th century Hindu scholar Madhava ...
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Books recommended to learn about atheist and/or agnostic schools of Sanatana Dharma in details

Which books do you recommend to learn about atheist and/or agnostic schools of Sanatana Dharma? I haven't got any good references. I have heard about the book known as Sarva Darsana Sangraha written ...
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Looking for mentions in our scriptures of leading life with practicality even if it means breaking sacred principles written in the holy scriptures [duplicate]

The answer to this question will cement my values in life forever! I learned from Bhisma's life that simply being the most honorable, noble person on Earth doesn't guarantee any good at all! I ...
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Do the reason or consequences behind bad dream of killing snake mentioned in scriptures?

From this answer, we can notice that dream of killing snake is a bad dream Bad dreams are a shaven head of one’s own, wearing shabby clothes, drinking oil, house collapse, angry Gods or Brahmanas,...
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Experiences of pregnant mothers in the scriptures who had notable children [closed]

What are the stories and experiences during pregnancies of to-be-mothers mentioned in the scriptures, who had notable children like krishna, rama, arjuna, ravana, karna, etc.?
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Bringing metals into home on Saturday

There is a popular belief that one should not bring metals (iron afaik) into the home on Saturday. Is this belief a valid one according to scriptures? If yes, what are the metals mentioned and is ...
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Scriptures about announcement of possessing mantra siddhi

Suppose a person attains siddhi over a particular mantra. Is it recommended by scriptures to hide about possession of such siddhi from public?
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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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Is there a scripture that refers to the circumambulation (kora/parikrama) around Mt Kailash?

Hi I am researching the religious reason behind the walk around Mt Kailash and am looking for some hindu text that refers to the salvation they receive from taking part in the walk.