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Who is this Rishabha mentioned at the end of Ramyana?

This excerpt from Uttara Khanda of Ramayana mentiones that someone named Rishabha will civizilite Ayodhya again, long after the end of Rama Avatar:- The enchanting City of Ayodhya, having remained ...
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Guide for Brahmins

Is there any book or guide related to the daily conduct of Brahmins? Covering day to day activities, mantras , how-to-articles (yagna, Puja etc) , methodologies, basically everything a janeu dhari ...
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From which scripture does the story of a king and Brahmin comes?

Does anyone know which scripture has the below story about a king and a Brahmin? A Brahmin had daughter whom he wanted to get married, since he was poor and can't afford, he decided to steal. He ...
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Where can I get an online version of the Chidambaram Mahatmya?

Where can I get an online version of the Chidambaram Mahatmya? I think it's in Tamil. Looking for an English translation. Thank you
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Differnce between between ahankara and psychological ego

Ahankara is mentioned as a klesha or affliction in Yoga Sutras. At the same time, in the modern psychology when talking about "strong ego" it means, among others, good ability for mind-...
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Long hair for men

I have been thinking about growing my hair long , what does Shastra think of men having long hair ? Or they have neutral stance on keeping long hair ?
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Can a householder without a mantra initiation, perform homa regularly at home?

Can a householder do homa of a deity without initiation into a mantra of that particular deity? Also if initiated into the mantra, Is purascharana of mantra compulsory before homa?
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What is the source of the motto of the Border Roads Organisation (B.R.O), Shramena Sarvam Sadhyam?

Is it mentioned in any of the hindu scriptures? If yes, then which one exactly? If no, then where did this idea even come from?
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What's the original source of this popular Krishna bhajan?

Achyutam keshavam krishna damodaram Ram narayanam, Janki vallabham' There's also an extended hindi version, which goes something like this 'Achyutam Keshavam Krishna Damodaram Rama naraynam Janaki ...
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The motto of the Indian Army 'Seva Parmo Dharma' is derived from which hindu scripture exactly?

I tried searching the web for answers, but it doesn't seem to have one, expect for some claiming that it's a verse from the Bhagvada Gita, but failing to cite the exact chapter and verse.
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Mantras for the peace of mind

When I try to sleep I am unable to sleep but feel very tired and want to sleep. Is there any mantras so that my mind can have some intense peace and rest to work for the next day? What are some ...
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Prayaschitta for various sins committed by a person

What are the methods of expiation given in the Hindu texts for the various sins one has committed and genuinely want to rectify them and become sinless. Sins like beating someone ,using very vulgar ...
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Has anyone cursed anyone to go to naraka?

Has anyone in history of Sanatana Dharma cursed to go to naraka?
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What is Hinduism say about Gluttony and Sloth?

Well, we known, Kama (lust), Krodha (anger), Lobha (greed), Mada (pride), Moha (delude), and Matsarya (envy) are deadly sins from our Hinduism. But, several days ago, i have learned that gluttony and ...
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What is the source of this śloka starting with "viprāṇāṃ daivataṃ śambhuḥ"?

विप्राणां दैवतं शम्भुः क्षत्रियाणां च माधवः । वैश्यानां तु भवेद् ब्रह्मा शूद्राणां गणनायकः ॥ "Śiva is the deity of the Brāhmaṇas, Viṣṇu of the Kṣatriyas, Brahmā of the Vaiśyas, and Gaṇeśa of the ...
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Identify Tale: King kills Wife Out of Distrust Goes Blind then Regains Sight

Read a this tale long back need help identifying King. It goes like one day King kills wife out of jealousy & distrust. Loses sight due to this event. Goes on penance realises his mistakes after ...
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Can a chanter hear his own whisper or muttering of mantra during upamsu japa

I want to know if a chanter can hear his own whisper or muttering of mantra during upamsu japa. Or if the lips of the chanter should move but no sound should come out.
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About these demons from Mahabharata

This chapter of Santi Parva from Mahabharata mentions the demons who have corrupted people's righteousness with sins and then Lord Shiva destroys them with their leader. Having achieved great ...
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Why isn't Ekadashi fasting mentioned in the dharma shastras?

Why isn't Ekadashi fasting mentioned in the dharma shastras? What is the earliest text that mentions Ekadashi fasting? Is it the Vaishnava scriptures?
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Nyaya's defense of Ashwamedha Yajna

The Charvakas criticized the Vedic text for rituals they considered nonsensical and weird particularly Ashwamedha. Nyaya likely had some interactions with Charvakas seeing as they considered them ...
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Ashvamedha Yajna Misunderstood

In many cases, the more controversial practices of the Ashvamedha Yajna aren't seen in other texts like Mahabharata and Ramayana. Also, in many cases in Satapatha Brahmana the animal is allegorical to ...
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Doesn't the Aswamedha sacrifice debunk Vedic Hinduism completely and show that the rishis and Vedas were not divine?

Aswamedha sacrifice is an important sacrifice. It was done by Dasaratha, by Rama in Uttara Kanda, by Yudhisthira on recommendation of Krishna, by Indra, and by several kings. And in that, there is ...
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Are Shudras required to perform Shraddha ritual?

Are Shudras required to perform Shraddha ritual? Or is the Shraddha ritual only meant to be performed by the first three varnas (Brahmin, Kshatriya and Vaishya)?
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In which scripture is this found?

Venkatesa samo deva na bhuto na bhavisyati? Venkatesa samo deva bramhande nasti kinchana?
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Verses on efficacy of prayer over rituals

Whatever little amount of scripture has been read shows that while they speak much on importance of rituals, sadācāra & siddhānta, very few mentions were obtained about prayer. In these times, ...
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Which scripture should I read to know more about Mother Kali?

I am fascinated by 10 Mahavidya forms of omnipotent mother Jagad-Amba and out of 10, I am captivated, enchanted, and bewitched by the form of Mother Kali. Is there any Granth which explicitly talks ...
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Is consensual incest between a brother and sister wrong (sinful)?

According to Hinduism. Is consensual incest between a brother and sister allowed? For example let's say the siblings are of same age, they love eachother romantically, and wish to be together. Is this ...
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Where is the story of rishi Panchami in scriptures?

In which scripture is the story of Rishi panchami described?
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Why did some Hindu gurus like Vivekananda tell people to serve humanity and do charity when it is banned in Hinduism?

Vivekananda, and several other 19th-20th century Hindu gurus, were known for how much they stressed on service to humanity and doing charity. Vivekananda said: It is a privilege to serve mankind, for ...
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What are the verses that suggest Sri Krishna is the Supreme Personality?

As preached by the followers of Nimbarka Sampradaya & Brahma-Madhava-Gaudiya Sampradaya followers, Krishna is the Supreme Personality. One verse that they refer is the ŚB 1.3.28: एते चांशकला: ...
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Why does Krishna say he is not responsible for one's deeds yet he says he controls everything and is in everything?

BG 5.15 The omnipresent God does not involve Himself in the sinful or virtuous deeds of anyone. The living entities are deluded because their inner knowledge is covered by ignorance. Here, he says ...
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Is the word "niragodha" mentioned in any scriptures?

I have recently learned "Niragodha", the Sanskrit word for Water Dragon. But, does any scriptures mention the word "Niragodha"?
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I have question regarding marriage

What if wife refuses to return to her husband after staying in inlaws house for sometime and going to visit maika..And the father of girl is not willing to send his daughter back? Is'nt it equivalent ...
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Reasons for polygamy amongst the Dvija

As Medhatithi's Manubhashya states, "This however is not right; because in regard to men there is a distinct sanction—(a) ‘Those who act through mere lust, etc.,’ (b) ‘the barren wife shall be ...
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Do any scriptures mention Ayudha Puja?

Most of us celebrate Ayudha Pooja at the ninth day of Navaratri. But, does any scriptures mention about Ayudha Puja? If yes, which scriptures mention it?
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Is Sarswati embodied in a computer?

So my school computer was in front of my feet and while sitting and watching the TV I gently rested my legs on it. My mother told me not to put my legs on Sarswati and that all knowledge systems are ...
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Books Defending Caste and Untouchability

It is obvious that today's historians never place themselves in the shoes of past people and have a very one-sided and biased view of history looking at an individual over a societal level. I am ...
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Is Bhagavath Gita part of Jaya, Bharatha or Mahabharatha?

The Mahābhārata itself (1.1.61) distinguishes a core portion of 24,000 verses: the Bhārata proper, as opposed to additional secondary material, while the Ashvalayana Grihyasutra (3.4.4) makes a ...
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What is the procedure for Sandhyavandanam for a Krsna-Yajurvedin Nambudiri of the Taittiriya Sakha and Baudhayana Sutra?

Please inform me, what is the exact procedure of Prataha, Madhyandinah, and Sayam Sandhyavandanam for a Krsna-Yajurvedin Nambudiri Brahmin of the Taittirya Sakha and the Baudhayana Sutra?
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Who provides the best Akhand Ramayan Path services?

Discover the unparalleled Akhand Ramayan Path services offered by Samskara. As your ultimate destination for all puja needs, we streamline the process for seekers. Choose from a variety of packages, ...
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Can Ekadashi be auspicious for starting new things despite less auspicious astrological events?

Ekadashi is often chosen as an auspicious day to start new things, but is this also true even if there are astrological events that suggest otherwise? For example, tomorrow is Mohini Ekadashi. At the ...
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If every Purana is written in different Kalpa, then the incidents of Ramayana written in these Puranas are also according to the same Kalpa?

Every Purana contains a description of all the incarnations, and every Purana is written in a different Kalpa, so how can we understand which event has happened when?
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Are the changes of Upanyanam regarding age actually recorded?

So, many people argue the age of Rama and Sita are older since both got their Upanyanam and were Dvijas? I am wondering if going through studentship actually changes the age as some people mentioned ...
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Is Surya and Surya Narayana Upanishad the same or are they different

I was looking at Openn and found Sūryātharvaśirasupaniṣad and Sūryanārāyaṇopaniṣad. So are these two scriptures the same and if they're different how so? Also is the first Upanishad the Surya ...
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Rulelessness in Hinduism: Fact or Fiction?

Many a times Hindus today are heard saying that there are no rules in Hinduism. Hinduism doesn't provide any scriptural injunction whether you are in 'Bramhacharya', 'Grihastha', 'Vanprastha' or '...
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Does the idiom 'Vinaash kale viprit buddhi' comes from any actual hindu scriptures?

Is it some kind of a shloka mentioned in some scripture? If yes, then which one?
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Patriarchy, Matriarchy and Hinduism

Is Hinduism a patriarchal religion? Or is it matriarchal? If it not either patriarchal or matriarchal, are there 'Sampradayas' which are patriarchal and 'Sampradayas' which are matriarchal? If so, ...
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Does Agasthyagama lizard mentioned in any scriptures?

When, i heard that there was lizard named, "Agasthyagama". I was surprised that this creature's name is in Sanskrit and make sense that this creature can be mentioned in any of our ...
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Why does shreemat bhagvatam padam puran ghord puran narad puran said that vyas appear before shree ram

In shreemat bhagvat mahapurana padam puran ghord puran narad puran said that vyas appear before shree ram why does these puran said this because vyas appear in treatayuga
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Brihaspati and Siddhi Dharma

Is this true I mean realistically is their a Siddhi Dharma and this many forms of Brihaspati.
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