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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 many scriptures do we have right now? [closed]

I've heard from my mother, during the Mughal expansion, all except 4 scriptures were burnt to ashes. And the remaining were Bhagvad gita, ramayana, bhagavat puran and the Mahabharata. Is this true?
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Since the left hand path weaker is a mercer killing acceptable? [closed]

The left and right hand path in Hinduism are fairly unique to the religion. Are the specific in any way similar to a mercy killing? For example are immortals that go down during a solar eclipse left ...
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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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Are Nala and Damayanti mentioned in all the eighteen Puranas?

Nalopakhyana Parva is a famous parva from Vana Parva of the Mahabharata. It contains the story of Nala and Damayanti. Seetha mentions names of Nala and Damayanti in Sundara Kanda of Valmiki Ramayana. ...
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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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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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