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Who is Lord Dattatreya and Lord Dakshinamurthy? What is their relation with other avatars? When did they originate? What is their true timeline?

I know many say lord dattatreya and lord dakshinamurthy are guru rupas or avatars of Vishnu and shiva, but are they really? Can someone really tell the truth? Also what were they doing in other kalpas ...
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Can anyone share the complete pdf of bramhanda purana. i've came across many websites but it doesn't contain the full brahanda purana

Can anyone share the complete PDF of bramhanda Purana in Sanskrit or Telugu. I've came across many websites but they doesn't contain the full bramhanda Purana with Bandasura vada story.i want to read ...
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Who is lord varaha?

I have read lots of references about lord varaha but I wanna know the actual truth. From where and whom did lord varaha came from? In which timeline? What happened after? Is he mentioned in Vedas?
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Does dharma and adharma applicable to a Jivan Muktha?`

It is well known that a person who is not a Jivan Muktha is bounded by Dharma and Adharma. That is, one needs to do dharma only as per scriptures. What about a person who achieved a Jivan Muktha state....
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I have torn a book of Bhagvad Gita with my own hands. I think about it everyday. Please show me the right path [closed]

I am born a saryiparin Brahmin in Uttar Pradesh, India. Although raised religiously, i started rebelling against God in my teenage and started questioning the why, how, when, what. My father comes ...
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Which are the 10 Mahapuranas dedicated to Shiva according to Skanda Mahapurana?

The largest Mahapurana, Skanda Purana of Shaiva sect in Kedara Khanda 1 says: अष्टादशपुराणेषु दशभिर्गीयते शिवः। चतुर्भिर्भगवान् ब्रह्मा द्वाभ्यां देवी तथा हरिः॥ or ‘अठारह पुराणों में दस में शिव-स्तुति...
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Number of Slokas in Srimad Bhagavatam? [duplicate]

It's mentioned Srimad Bhagavatam has 18000 slokas but if I count them chapterwise it's around 14000+ Please clarify
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Why are the Vedas not the primary reference for most Hindus today?

From my understanding, the Vedas are the main authoritative texts (shruti) of Hinduism, followed by the prasthanathrayi (the Upanishads - especially the principal Upanishads, the Brahma Sutras and the ...
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What's the Sri Vaishnava stand on non vegetarianism?

What is the stand of Sri Vaishnava parampara/sampradaya on non vegetarianism? Would like to know from a traditional and scriptural perspective, from a traditional Sri Vaishnava.
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Why do we have to wait till next life to reap what we sow?

I wonder if there are any scriptural references or slokas that tell us why the fruits of our actions are faced by us in our next life as any jiva or as a human, and why not in this life itself?
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Biographies of 27 Nakshatras

Nakshatra is the term for lunar mansion in Hindu astrology and Indian Astronomy which are 27 in number. I want to know about the complete biographies of 27 Stars.
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Position of statements by unprophesied famous/great people of kaliyuga in the hierarchy of authority in sanathan dharma

In case of any differences, the well known hierarchy of scriptures (according to scriptures) are 1) Veda 2) Smriti and 3) Puranas There are a lot of great persons in Sanathan dharma, ...
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Is Swami Vivekananda a Jivan Mukta according to the following?

Is it true that Swami Vivekananda was a Jivan Mukta? I am asking the answer from anyone of the three sources: words of Vivekananda, words of his guru RamaKrishna paramahamsa and (prophecy by) ...
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Source of the saying

What is the source of this Hindu saying- "There are hundreds of paths up the mountain, all leading to the same place, so it doesn't matter which path you take. The only person wasting time is the ...
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How to re-energize gemstones? [closed]

I want to know the procedure of re-energizing the gemstones. We wear them for long time so should we re-energize them from time to time? If so then how should we do that?
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Is uttarkand an interpolation theory new or some old texts give references to it? [duplicate]

This is what the blog narayanastra says: objections against the authenticity of these two kANDas are modern. Such objections are fit to be rejected by Vedantins. The Vedantins who commented on the ...
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Do any authentic scriptures other than Valmiki Ramayan talk about Shambuka's story (from Uttara Kanda)? [duplicate]

According to the Ramayana, Shambuka, a Shudra ascetic, was slain by Rama for attempting to perform penance. This act of Shambuka was perceived by Rama as the act in violation of dharma as he believed ...
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Is there any mention about Bhanamati in Puranas?

I was watching Ramanand Sagar Shree Krishna. I found some incidents which I didn't knew. For eg. Krishna went to Yamlok to revive Punardatta son of Sandipani Muni for Guru Dakshina But on the ...
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Why isn't there a female Shankaracharya in Hinduism? [duplicate]

Why are not women made pontiffs in Hinduism or in any other religion for that matter?
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Statements regarding manual labour in Satya yuga

According to Hanuman, there was no manual labour in Krita yuga. The following in a excerpt from the discussion between Bhimasena and Hanuman that contains the statement of absence of manual labour ...
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What type of sacred texts are in form of dialog between an expert (sage?) & a disciple? [duplicate]

Several years ago I read online that there are these texts in form of questions & answers, and I do not remember what are these kind of texts called. My memory told me it was called Upanishads ...
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Where can I get Vrndavana Mahimamrta of Prabodhananda Sarasvati?

The Vrindavana Mahimamrita is wonderful book by the Gaudiya Acarya Srila Prabodhananda Sarasvati. Where can one find the pdf copy of the book?
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Who is the seer/rishi of the mantra Om Namaḥ Śivāya?

It is said that every mantra that is available to us on our planet was brought to us by some seer. The seer of the mantra is called the rishi of that mantra. It means the one who saw. So I want to ...
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Where can one find the original bengali book of Bhaktivinoda Thakura's Jaiva Dharma?

I am look for the book Jaiva Dharma by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, an important Gaudiya Vaishnava Acharya. Any idea where i can find it?
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Quotes regarding children

Are there any hindu quotes in scriptures describing the divinity of children, holiness of children or any other quote regarding children, normal children , not gods?
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Origin for six ways to make chitta pleasant

Consider the following six ways to achieve pleasant chitta quickly Ekantha vaso (Being alone) Laghu bojanadi (Taking enough food) Mounam (Maintaining silence) Nirasa (Lessening desires) ...
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heaven exists without havan

With link to my previous question , it is verified that whatever is given in havan(yagyas etc) is what is the nourishment for heaven. But, in this day and age where the havans and yagyas are so ...
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Does any sacred Hindu text have knowledge of electricity?

At many places our ancient books exhibit deep knowledge of various branches of maths, and that is discussed a lot. For instance, Yuktibhasha, a 15th century Malyalam textbook of maths teaches ...
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Will guru approach me if I read guru charitra for a fixed number of times?

I heard from one of my friend that If I read Sri Guru Charitra for fixed number of times then guru will surely approach me. Is it true according to scriptures? If yes, then how many times I need to ...
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what does Jivatma mean

Is Shiva jivatma? Shiva does neither born or die. In the Vaishnav parampara, it is said that Siva is jivatma. Could you please illustrate this providing some relevant scripture from reliable ...
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Ancient texts/ scriptures on matas

Some of the texts that I know of are devi bhagwat mahapuran, devi mahatmya. What are some other texts dedicated to matas?
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Where can I find the book Ujjvala nilamani of Srila Rupa Gosvami?

I am looking for the book Ujjvala nīlamaṇi. It is by Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī and has commentaries as well. Where can I find?
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May some blessed brother help me find some shloka from Upnishad or other scriptural text that may depict the content of passage of Brih .Up 3:8:9?

Br Up passage 3:8:9 ( Atasya vaa aksharasya - -pitro nvayattah) --the content of this passage is so revealing. It's not only inferential rather experiential also on the contemplation of The Universal ...
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Does the tradition of writing Rama Koti have any scriptural basis?

Rama Koti is a practice in Hinduism in which a devotee of Rama writes the name of Rama in a book for one crore times. Is this tradition of writing rama koti mentioned anywhere in the scriptures or ...
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concept of runanubandha

Runanubandha is the physical memory that a person carries within himself. I think most of the information about this issue is given by Jaggi Vasudev. I am intrigued by this topic and want to know in ...
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Can anyone provide download links of Shabar mantra books?

Download links of real shabar mantra books.
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difference in relationship between a human mother and the divine mother

I'd really like shlokas from scriptural sources to verify your ideas. And as the question states, what is the difference in relationship that a son has with his mothers, his human mother and his ...
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Scriptures that are explicitly dedicated for mantras

In Hinduism, there are different types of scriptures based on their nature. Most of the scriptures consist of more about a particular aspect and cover other aspects of Hinduism partially. Suppose if ...
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Which scripture discuss about anjanam in detail?

There is a procedure called anajanm, which was usually practiced in villages. It was used by villagers to know who committed to thief or to know information about incident that takes place in ...
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response to vulgarism and it's origin and definition

Bad, good, vulgar, non vulgar might actually come down to perception but when it comes down to society and culture(sanskriti/sanskar), social norms, boundaries and values, then there is definitely a ...
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Why only after brahmopadesham, marriages are done in Brahmins?

Some does Brahmopadesham to their kids at very early age and some in the middle and some just before marriage. But why is this mandatory before marriage? What if it’s not done at all?
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Why there was so much hatred towards Karna on the part of Bheeshma and Dronacharya?

During the time of war also, they did not let Karna do war. They always insulted every given chance against Karna. Is it just because Karma is a Sut Putru? Or they just hate him that Karma was a ...
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The correct Kali Gayatri mantra

Does anyone know the difference between these 3 Kali Gayatri mantras? The First one: om pishachadwajayai vidmahay shoolahasthaya dhimahi tanno kali prachodayat Second: oṃ mahākālyai ca vidmahe ...
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How does Brahma look?

Does Brahma look like an old deity, having white hair? What is his body complexion - red, golden or something else. Does he use rosaries for chanting? If so then which rosaries does he use(rudraksha ...
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Which is the best translation of the Upanishads in English?

I'm currently studying a course on Hindu scriptures and would love to read the Upanishads. Please can someone guide me to the best translation there is available. Many Thanks !
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Is the concept/phenomenon of eka santha grahi mentioned in scriptures?

In general, people who can understand any concept from any branch of knowledge after listening or reading or analyzing a single time are called eka santha grahi. Is there any mention or details of ...
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Is there any recommended asana for a student studying any branch of knowledge from a book?

It is customary to study from a book for gaining knowledge. Is there any asana recommended by Hindu scriptures in this context?
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Do the scriptures mention of a particular period of the year more suitable for birth of progeny or for copulation?

As the question says, do the scriptures mention of a particular period of the year more suitable for birth of progeny or for copulation? Any Rutus/months/weather which is better suited?
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What is the scriptural origin of Shakti Panchakshri mantra Om Hrim Namah Shivaya?

Shakti panchakshri mantra is Om Hrim Namah Shivaya
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What is the scriptural origin of Dashakshri mantra hum pavannandanaya swaha?

Hum Pavannandanaya Swaha is Hanuman mantra and it is also called Veer Sadhna mantra.

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