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What are the important texts of Shrouta Shaivism?

Srouta Shaiv Siddhant or Shrouta Shaivism is an Shaiva tradition. One important scripture i am aware is Srikantha's Bhashya on Brahmasutra (?) What are the important scriptures of Shrouta Shaivism ...
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Is it true that trees shouldn't present inside home?

Consider the following statement of Dhaumya from Mahabharatha Under the roots of a tree scorpions and snakes undoubtedly find shelter. Hence, one should never plant a tree within one's abode. [...
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In which chapter of Mahabharatha, the narrator did not enumerate all names due to complexity?

In many scriptures, if there is a large list of names, the authors or narrators generally do not take the burden of enumerating all the names due to the complexity i.e., the size of the list. While ...
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What are the examples for sadhakas who achieved results through 'nama' japa in scriptures?

There are several ways in Sanathan dharma to achieve the ultimate moksha. They are Yoga marga, Bhakti marga, Gnana marga, and mantra Japa, etc., Although they are not mutually exclusive, one can be ...
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Scriptural basis for the Shodashopchar Puja?

What is the earliest reference to Shodashopchar Puja in scriptures? Which scriptures gives the exact details of its procedure?
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Is there any relation between (nama) Japa and breath?

Nama Japa is an excellent path for people, especially of kali yuga, to get any benefits in life and also to get moksha. In ashtanga yoga, there is a step called pranayama, which regulates breathing. ...
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Are we(atma) god himself or amsh(part) of god?

Some saints say we(atma) are god itself and some say we are amsh(part) of god! For eg lets take the verse from nirvana shatakam composed by shri adi sankaracharya Mano buddhi ahankara chittani naham ...
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Which other scriptures say that inter-caste marriages can give better children?

In a discussion between Yudhishthira and Yaksha, Yudhishthira says that children from inter-caste couples can be treated better compared to the same caste couple if the inter-caste couple undergoes ...
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Is Indra's vehicle Airavata a Naga?

According to Astika Parva section XXXV, Airavata is the third son of Kadru and Kashyap Sesha was born first, and then Vasuki. (Then were born) Airavata, Takshaka, Karkotaka, Dhananjaya, Kalakeya, the ...
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What is the exact time to live as a human before getting moksha?

Consider the following words of Indra from the Mahabharatha From the order of brute life one attains to the status of humanity. If born as human being, he is sure to take birth as a Pukkasa or a ...
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Is prana shakthi a form of Saraswathi according to scriptures?

Today, I heard from a person that the following picture of ma Saraswathi has some deep interpretation according to scriptures.                                        We can see that goddess has hamsa ...
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Please let me know correct scriptural reference which mentions that Ram naam jaap or bhakti is necessary to worship Hanuman?

Is it necessary for a Hanuman devotee to worship Shri Ram. If yes, please provide scriptural reference as a proof.
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Is any god name eligible for nama japa?

Although, in general, it takes more time than mantra japa to achieve results in nama japa, nama japa is a great path for all people in Kaliyuga. It is extremely simple and needs no strict rules and ...
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Are there two different rishis kutsa and kutsat?

I belong to kutsat gotra. I know about kutsa rishi but i want to know was there any kutsat rishi in past or kutsat and kutsa rishi are one and the same?
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Conch use in Mahabharata and Ramayana

Conch Shankha Can you provide all references in Mahabharata and Ramayana where Conch was used? I feel during the start of Mahabharata war, every day and last day the couch was used. Was the Conch used ...
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Can we have a vision of 'any' god with 13 crore nama japa?

It is well known that the Rama Nama Japa is capable of giving moksha and the number is also given by Ramdas to be exactly 13 crores. Sri Samarth Ramdas assures the aspirant that if he takes ―Sri Ram ...
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Which things should be kept in mind while wearing rudraksh mala?

Which things should be avoided while wearing a rudraksh mala according to scriptures?
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What is the source of "Japatho nasthi pathakam"?

The continuous repetition of sacred words such as god names, mantras, etc. is said to be a Japa. Japa is so much powerful. It is crore times more powerful than Puja and Stotra. You can read more about ...
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Is there any short and powerful Saraswathi naama/mantra available for Sudras?

There are several names/mantras available for Sudras that are very powerful. I am using the word 'powerful' to stress that the mantra is capable of giving both temporal pleasures and eternal moksha. I ...
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From which scripture are these shlokas?

From which scripture are these shlokas from? स्थितस् तत्र जना यूका इव सीमन्त-संस्थिताः ॥ This earth here is the body of a giant living being, self-supported in empty space. On that are situated the ...
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What scriptures, other than the Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita, mention Maitri, Karuna, Mudita and Upeksha?

I know that these are mentioned in Buddhist scriptures, but I'm specifically interested in their occurrence in Hindu scriptures.
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What is the story of Vasista changing his caste through penance?

It is almost impossible for an individual to change her caste in her lifetime. It will take at least five generations to change the caste. ‘Caste becomes elevated during the fifth or the seventh ...
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What are the possible names of 'others' who changed their own caste?

It is almost impossible for a person to change one's own caste during her lifetime. Bhishma said, 'The status of a Brahmana, O Yudhishthira, is incapable of acquisition by a person belonging to any ...
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Is it prohibited in scriptures to sleep at the sandhya time?

Is there any scripture asking not to sleep at sandhya time or giving reasons about why to not sleep at sandhya time?
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How do advaitians interpret this verse from padma purana (Patal Khand 77.60) [v21]?

The Padma Purāṇ states: yannakhenduruchir brahma dhyeyaṁ brahmādibhiḥ suraiḥ guṇatrayamatītaṁ taṁ vande vṛindāvaneśhvaram (Patal Khand 77.60) [v21] “The light that emanates from the toenails of God’s ...
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Are there any scriptures available (or mention) that are related to GyanVapi mandir?

Shivling has been found in Gyanvapi, Varanasi of Uttar Pradesh, and the supreme court today ordered to seal the area The Supreme Court Tuesday asked the Varanasi District Magistrate to protect the ...
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Ucchista and its rules- when, how, what?

When one eats food from a few vessels, the food as well as those vessels become Ucchista (उच्छिष्ट) (the food and hand touch the mouth, the same used hand touches those vessels to take new food from ...
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Worship God via Image – is one passage sufficient?

It is said that the below quote confirms that one has to worship the image – also see link to the question Is there anywhere in the scriptures where it say we should worship God through an Idol? Gita ...
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Which scriptures deal with Hanuman's life before he joined up with Rama?

There are lots of TV serials that have incidents like Hanuman fighting Siva, trying to swallow the sun and so forth. Are there canonical scriptures that are centered around Hanuman?
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What are all the entities that are induced by ones kula (कुल)?

The word कुल is used across scriptures in different contexts. I am using the meaning of family here. Many entities are induced in an individual born in a kula. I want to know all the entities that are ...
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Is this event present in itihasapuranas or other canonical Sanskrit scriptures?

https://www.sadagopan.org/pdfuploads/Sundarabahu%20Stavam%20v2.pdf ya: jAtakraSimA malI ca SirasA sambhAvita: SambhunA sa: ayam yaccaraNASrayI SaSadhara: nUnam nakhavyAjata: | pUrNatvam vimalatvam ...
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Are there more than 1 maha mantra? If so, tell me more about them

Because I had read there are 7 crore Maha-Mantras in the Hindu scriptures Is it true?
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Are there any similar statements from scriptures that reject "setting up of religious standards"?

Consider the following question and answer from the scripture named Mahabharatha The Yaksha asked,--'... what is hypocrisy?... Yudhishthira answered,--'... The setting up of a religious standard is ...
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What are the ways of acquiring viveka (discriminative faculty) according to the scriptures?

For eg:- Goswami Tulsidas-Ji in his Ramcharitmanas says- बिनु सत्संग विवेक न होई। रामकृपा बिनु सुलभ न सोई।। Without satsang, discrimination is not awakened and without Rama's grace it's not possible ...
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Does any scripture other than Mahabharatha has the story of Savitri and Satyavan?

Markandeya tells the story of Savitri and Satyavan to Yudhishthira in Mahabharatha. It is such a great story in which a woman named Savitri brings the kingdom and vision to her father-in-law, life to ...
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How is the name Shiva connected with the aspect of the Supreme Lord?

Lord Shiva is called by many names and the name 'Shiva' is one of the most popular names! The names Maheswara, Parameswara, Ishana, Isha, Pashupati, etc denote that Lord is Ruler due to these names ...
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Do scriptures consider marriage to be hindrance to achieve moksha?

I have listened from many saints that marriage is bondage and it is only a laboratory(prayog shala) to achieve vairagya! Do scriptures also have same view regarding marriage?
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If a parent has one and only child, will he not be able to learn to play the flute?

My father said, "If mom and dad have only one child, then that child will not be able to learn to play the flute." I asked, "Who told you that ?" He said it was forbidden in ...
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Do scriptures say to take sannyas only after permission from wife or mother?

Can sannyas be only taken after prior permission from family? Were there any instances of sages who took sannyas without permission from their spouse or mother?
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How were scriptures, stotras & other texts preserved from the ancient ages to the modern days?

We have two main itihasas, ramayan and mahabharat and hundreds of stotras which actually say in viniyoga that they were given by many ancient rishis or figures like bhishma or various gods and ...
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Is the notion of goddess Sarasvati sitting atleast once per day on every beings tongue found in scriptures?

It is generally said, at least so have I heard in my area, from elders, that goddess Sarasvati sits on every human's tongue, at least once a day. Therefore we should always try to speak about good ...
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Do scriptures say one mustn't lie their age to be less?

Generally people tend to lie about their age, mostly telling the wrong numbers in smaller figures than the actual age. Recently, I heard an elder saying that lying about age with smaller figure ...
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What is the History of Nāgavaṃśa? Is there any mention of them in the Puranas or other texts?

A lot of jati-s claim descent from the Naga-s, I wanted to know more about their History
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Which is the oldest scripture of astrology?

Is the oldest scripture of astrology Brihatparashara Hora Shastra or is it Bhrigu Samhita? If neither of these, then which was the oldest?
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From which scripture the following "108 names of Subrahmanya" is taken?

Subrahmanya ashtothara sathanaamavali is popular among the ashtothara namas of several deities. I am asking this question about the 108 names of the Subrahmanya swami that start with Skandaya. You can ...
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Is Vanaprastha Ashrama prescribed in the Kali Yuga?

Is it recommended to enter the Vanaprastha Ashrama in the age of Kaliyuga, as per scriptures? Please answer using authoritative texts.
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Are east and north facing homes considered best while west and South facing an ill omen?

Local people tell that as per Vastu, a house built must face its main entrance towards the North or most importantly East. They tell West is avoided while South facing home is bad luck and evil and ...
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Age of boy and girl for marrige in Hinduism [duplicate]

I searched a lot, but couldn't find it. I want to know if a Hindu boy marries to 20 days elder girl, would the marriage be valid (शास्त्र सम्मत) according to Hinduism? Can anyone give me examples from ...
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Why cooked food is not to be eaten on holi before holika dahan?

What is the significance behind it and does it has foundation of scriptural reference? Why cooked food is eaten only after holika dahan?
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What is importance of satsang according to various scriptures?

I want to know scriptural verses which glorifies satsang and saints.
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