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What scriptures could Shudras read before/during the Treta Yuga?

What scriptures could Shudras read before/during the Treta Yuga? Nowadays in the Kali Yuga there are scriptures like the Puranas, Mahabharata and Ramayana which Shudras can either read by themselves ...
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Who is this deity in the picture?

I found this pic in pinterest. But who is this deity? Is any mention about this deity in Puranas or any Hindu scriptures?
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Identifying correct day based on tithi

Hindu calendar is bit complex than English calendar. For Hindu calendar,time and day do not work like modern English calendar. For example; coming Purnima tithi will start from 11th August, 10:59 a.m. ...
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Can Sandhyavandanam be performed by Sanyasis?

Can Sandhyavandanam be performed by Sanyasis? I am not sure of this topic and there are different answers which state otherwise. Can someone please clarify who and all can perform Sandhyavandanam and ...
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Are there any instances in our scriptures where sagotra marriage was done?

Q:-Are there any instances where sagotra marriage was carried out? Q:-How the outspring of sagotri marriage were looked upon? Q:- Is there any prasyachit for doing sagotra marriage?
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What is the authentic Mula Mantra of Kala Bhairava?

On the Internet, without any difficulties, you can find many different mantras of Kala Bhairava, but the specific source of origin of these mantras (Tantra, Agama, Grantha, etc.) is always not ...
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Reason behind crossed eyes of Gnana Saraswati Devi

In Sanatan Dharma, the forms and shapes of any goddess are not random. Great rishis experience the form and shape of Goddesses along with the knowledge of details of those particular forms and shapes. ...
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Yogic Theory of Intelligence for AI

What are some yogic texts which discuss the precise, scientific nature of the components of the mind and how the human intelligence operates in great detail? I am aware of the Nyaya Sutras, but I was ...
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Is there any mention of virgin birth in Hindu scriptures?

Virgin birth is being born from a virgin, like Mary who gave birth to Jesus Christ. Is there any story of virgin birth in Hindu scriptures? What I want to know is if any woman gave birth without ...
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Does any scripture contain details about the life of Samvarta?

Brihaspathi is well-known as a guru of gods. He has a brother named Samvarta, who is an avaduta. The following lines are taken from the Introductory Note of the scripture named Tripura Rahasyam ...
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Is Ravana Samhita authentic?

There was a note in the International Ayurvedic Medical Journal that the Sanskrit manuscript of the Ravana Samhita is in the Institute of Oriental Studies of Bhandarkar: https://fdocuments.in/document/...
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What is tilak ceremony before marriage?

I wanted to know the details and significance of tilak in hindu marriages. Can the puja or sankalp performed in tilak be broken if one wish ? Or else, is it like breaking a marriage vow as per ...
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Why should we not get haircut and shave (trimming nails) when wife is pregnant

Can someone tell me what are the rituals to be followed by a brahmin when the wife is pregnant? I've heard that we should not cut hair and shave? Is it only shave or haircut also? Should both be ...
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What are the incidents from old scriptures in which Kshatriyas honored the Brahmins?

In Sanathan dharma, there are four varnas: Brahmin, Kshetriya, Vaishya, and Shudra. It is well known that, in general, Kshatriyas and other orders pay respect, and give honor to Brahmins due to their ...
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Do sinners 'directly' get moksha if they die in Varanasi?

The answers to this question clearly say that any person who dies in Varanasi will get moksha. If a sinner dies in Varanasi, will that person get moksha?
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Verses about incompleteness of logic in Vedas

Sanathan dharma gave an appropriate place to the logic, according to me. Logic is called Tarka by the ancients. There are scriptures dedicated to logic in Hinduism. There are several questions 1, 2, 3,...
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Is Bramacharya necessary for spiritual advancement?

Is there any scriptural representation showing that Bramacharya is necessary for spiritual advancement ? How is Bramacharya helpful?
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By performing what acts does a brahmin become outcaste?

I want to know about all the acts on doing which a brahmin becomes outcaste or chandala!
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Correct direction for sleeping? [duplicate]

As per this article on correct direction of sleeping: Which Direction Is Best to Sleep in? According to ancient traditions like vastu shastra, the best direction to sleep in is toward the south. This ...
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Do any other scriptures mention Brahma Tirtha, bathing where non-Brahmins become Brahmins?

Mahabharat, Vana parva, tirtha-yatra parva https://www.wisdomlib.org/hinduism/book/the-mahabharata-third-book/d/doc7362.html. Says: One should next proceed to the excellent tirtha of Brahma. Bathing ...
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does any authentic vedic scriptures depict Sri Ram alone as the ultimate parabrahman

In the present era many people worship Shri Ram as bhagavan , many people see him as merely an incarnation and many people consider him to be just an ideal man. But other than Sri Valmiki Ramayana , ...
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Original sanskrit e-book of 'Tripura Rahasya'

Can someone post me a free downloadable link to the original Sanskrit e-book of 'Tripura Rahasya'? I have the English translation given by Wikipedia. But I was in need of the Sanskrit version. Could ...
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Rules for Tirth Yarta

What rules must one follow while on Tirth Yatra? How must one start and end the yatra? I came across these lines in Brahma Puran, If merely going to a tirtha is enough to purify, then the fish of the ...
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King cobra eating snakes

Is there any stories in Hindu texts about why king cobra eats other snakes ? No other animal species eats its own kind.
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What are some scientific facts described in Hindu scriptures? [closed]

Bṛhat samhita- chapter 35 (6th century CE) describes the formation of a rainbow. This was later proposed by Sir Issac Newton nearly after 11 centuries. The verse is as follows. सूर्यस्य विवधवर्णाः ...
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Which scripture says the initiation by Saraswathi to Nala on Chintamani mantra?

It is said that Saraswathi initiated the Nala on the Chintamani mantra at the time of Damayanthi swayamvaram. I heard this from one of the preachings of H.H Sri Siddheswarananda Bharati Swamy. I think ...
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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 Karna is a Sut Putru? Or they just hate him that Karna was a ...
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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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Do inevitable prarabdhas exist?

Prarabdha is a type of Karma that a living organism undergoes during its lifetime. Many scriptures suggest that prarabdha that affects humans negatively (leading to bad experiences) can be avoided or ...
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Is Bhagavad Gita text Shruti or Smriti?

We know that Hindu Scriptures are classified as: Shruti: "Which is heard", divine origin, authored by God. Smriti: "Which is remembered", attributed to an author, derivative work. Now I am confused: ...
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Instances of deity granting improved version of boon

In broad, one can classify the boons granted by deities to devotees into three categories: Boons that enhance the intention of a devotee Boons that diminish the intention of a devotee 1 2 Boons that ...
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What are the components of the word om (ॐ)

Every word in Sanskrit can be further divided into 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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Fasting for health in Hindu scriptures

Fasting is an integral part of Sanathan dharma. It has several benefits. One of the benefit is health. Many people in India still think that fasting is mentioned in scriptures for spiritual benefits ...
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Is there any advantage for a person dying as virgin?

I know staying virgin whole-life really needs good discipline, strong will power et cetera. But what are Spiritual & Material benefits of being Virgin whole life? Id est, dying as a virgin? Do ...
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Did Rama shoot Ravana in the navel or chest?

Some sources indicate that Rama shot Ravana in the navel and not the chest. What is accurate? Do all the different versions of the Ramayana have the same story regarding this? For example, do Valmiki ...
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Does Hindu scripture talk about rights?

Does Hindu scripture talk about fundamental rights of humans like right to speak and others ?
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Is 'nama japa without bhava' automatically converts into 'namajapa with bhava'?

Some sadhanas in sanathan dharma automatically promote sadhaka to the next levels. If a sadhaka shows perseverance and consistency in sadhana, there are more chances for automatic upliftment. I want ...
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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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Why is there no mention of 'life review' after death in any scriptures of Hinduism?

I have come across many accounts of near death experiences (NDEs), Past life regression therapists, Mediums, and Channelers in the West who say that what happens after death is a standard process. ...
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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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Do's and Don't during shravan maas(month) according to scriptures?

I want to know what are the do's and Don't particularly in shravan month according to scriptures
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What is the story of Savitṛ deity?

What is the story of Savitṛ deity? I am really confused between him and Surya, are they related? As per Wikipedia: Savitr disappeared as an independent deity from the Hindu pantheon after the end ...
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Story of Suvarchala asking for a blind husband who can able to see

I read a story of Suvarchala from Mahabharata in the Telugu language. But I cannot able to find the same in this English translation. The following is the storyline There was a viprarshi named Devala....
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Are there any scriptures that portray Lord Rama to be the source of all incarnations including Lord Vishnu?

There are many verses in the Srimad Bhagavatam and the Brahma-Vaivarta Purana which are used by Krishna-centric Vaishnava traditions to show that Lord Krishna is the source of all incarnations, ...
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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 are the principle texts/scriptures of Advaita Vedanta?

I want to learn & study the Advaita Vedanta. So, which are the principle texts/scriptures of Advaita Vedanta? In other words which are the major text/scripture related to Advaita Vedanta. I know ...
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Any side effects of doing pranayam and meditation wrongly or without Guru mentioned in scriptures?

Are there any side effects mentioned on doing Pranayam and/or Meditation wrongly or/and without Guru in Hinduism scriptures?
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Diet for fasting in hinduism

There is a mention of fast in Mahabharata, Anusasana Parva about fasting which is continued for twenty-eight days, which is the maximum number of days of fasting. That man who having fasted for eight ...
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What is the basis for worshipping Sai Baba? Are there are references to him in the Vedas or other Vedic literature?

Recently, Dwarka Shankaracharya, Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati stirred controversy by claiming that since Shirdi Sai was a human and that there are no mention of him any Hindu scripture, he shouldn't ...
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What are the writings of 'devarshi charitha' by Gargeya?

In a conversation between Yudhistrira and Bhishma, I encountered the following statements, which occur in a conversation between a guru and disciple At the end of every (celestial) yuga (when ...

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