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Where is Pitru Loka among the 14 lokas?

My dear son Nārada, know from me that there are seven lower planetary systems out of the total fourteen. The first planetary system, known as Atala, is situated on the waist; the second, Vitala, ...
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What is the story of Prahlada being slain by Indra?

In Mahabharata, Santi Parva, SECTION XCVIII, it is said by Indra himself that he has slain Prahlada. Having slain in battle Jambha, Vritra, Vala, Paka, Satamaya, Virochana, the irresistible Namuchi,...
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Are there any popular works attributed to Govinda Bhagvatpada?

Govind Bhagvatpada was Guru (teacher) of Adi Shankaracharya who has preached Advaita (one of the most popular philosophy/doctrine of Vedanta). According to Advaita Guruparampara, he was Shisya (...
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Which Tantric scripture classifies the Agamas into SAttvic, RAjasic and TAmasic categories?

It is a well known fact that the PurAnas have a classification based on the TriGunAs (Sattva, Rajas and Tamah). That is, there are SAttvic PurAnas, RAjasic PurAnas and TAmasic PurAnas. Now, for the ...
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How does artificial confluence of rivers differ from natural confluence of rivers?

The AP Government linked rivers Krishna and Godavari by artificial means. Given that; What does this artificial confluence mean according to Hinduism? Does it signify anything in religious or ...
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Scriptural reference for the statement "gods reside towards our right side"?

Quoting from an article hosted at kamakoti.org "VEDA DHARMA SASTRA PARIPALANA SABHA (Regd.), Kumbhakonam, Publication No. 50": MORNING ROUTINE Everyone should get up from bed in Braahma ...
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Is it acceptable to sleep in same room as Murti (Idol)?

Naively speaking one might expect that it would be acceptable to sleep/ live in same place as a Murti of some God or Goddess, as can occasionally be seen in some temples. For example, the question ...
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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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Does Shri Vaishnava sannyasa rules restrict their monks to enter into Shiva temples?

I read in a book on Kinkar Madhav Ramanuj Jeor that ShrinVaishnava saints are NOT permitted by the sect to enter into Shiva Temples. We know that both Shiva and Vishnu say in different scriptures ...
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Do we have scriptural reference on Ashta Bhairava incarnations?

Lord Shiva took the avatar of Kala Bhairava to kill the ego of Lord Brahma is the first Bhairava avatar of Shiva. Do we have reference to Ashta Bhairava stories in our texts?
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Which scriptures are available for Artha and Kama?

In one of his speech, Pandit VijayShankar Mehta says: Ramayana teaches us जीने की कला (art of living) Bhagavad Gita teaches us कर्म करने की कला (art of doing) Bhagavatam teaches us मरने की कला (art ...
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Is there any planetary arrangement described for end of the world in Hindu scriptures?

Is there any planetary arrangement described for the end of the world in Hindu scriptures? If yes then please describe.
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What are the weapons created by Sage Dadhichi's bone?

I have heard a story that many weapons including Indra's Vajra was created with Sage Dadhichi's bone. Was only one weapon (Vajra) created? If no, then I want to know exactly which weapons are created?...
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What is this ancient animal called Yali?

I have been told that Yali is a fierce animal of ancient times. I have seen this in temple sculptures: It is beyond doubt that this animal is extinct now, but my questions are as below. Which Hindu ...
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Are there any references for claims that "purush sukta in Rigveda" is an interpolation?

Many people claim that as per many scholarly studies and references, "purush sukta in Rigveda is an interpolation" Can somebody provide references to such scholarly studies and references ?
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Does the different texts within Vedas follow a certain hierarchy or any known order of authority?

In Vedas there are texts such as Aranyakas, Brahmanas, Upanisads, Samhitas etc. so in the case of differing views of various texts is there a certain order of which text view should be taken first? ...
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Do all astika schools of thought in Hinduism believe that itihaas(Ramayan and Mahabharata) are really historic and not mythology?

There are many schools of thought in Hinduism So, do all astika schools of thought believe that Ramayan and Mahabharata are real history and not mythology?
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Scriptural references for Hanumāna Jyotish

I came across this book, Hanumāna Jyotish ( हनुमान ज्योतिष ) which has been compiled by various astrologers under several different publications and all of them, supposedly attributes the original ...
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Does any scripture mention about Chanakya other than the Srimad Bhagavatham?

Srimad Baghavatham has an indirect mention to Chanakya A certain brāhmaṇa [Cāṇakya] will betray the trust of King Nanda and his eight sons and will destroy their dynasty. In their absence the Mauryas ...
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Who were the custodians of scripture in different eras?

In the Vedic period they were called Rishis, then we hear about Sutas. Was the occupation of scribe known in Hinduism?
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Different methodologies for teaching to students and their sources

I have heard there are 20+ methodologies mentioned in some upanishads like Taittiriya about how to impart education/learning to students some go like: samvAda / discussion sambhAShana / group ...
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What is the oldest text on Gandharva Veda?

In this answer, it is told that Gandharva Veda (Music Theory) is one of the four Upa Vedas, the other three being Ayurveda, Dhanurveda and Arthashastra. What is the oldest text on Gandharva Veda?...
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What do the scriptures say about the eight generals of Lord Rama?

I am currently reading the Yog Vasishth and it is throwing up a lot of interesting details. In Chapter 2 of Book 1 we find the following statement: 28-29 The eight ministers of Rama — Dhrishta, ...
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What were the 7 previous births of Brahmarishi Vasishtha?

The Yog Vasishtha narrates the fascinating story of an immortal crow named Bhushunda who is met by Brahmarishi Vasisth. In Chapter 22 while reminiscing about his past lives, the divine crow tells ...
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What classes of scripture are claimed to be apaurusheya?

It is well known that Vedas are claimed to be apaurusheya or not of human origin. Hindu scripture has been continuously produced since the Veda-Samhitas – Brahmanas, Aranyakas, Upanishads, Itihasas, ...
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Which scriptures describe swayambhu linga lakshanas (signs) and what are those?

I have a small book called Shiva Tattva PradipikA which discusses the various facts associated with Lord Shiva by quoting from scriptures like Vedas, Upanishads, Puranas, Agamas. In it we find the ...
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In which worship are these organs mentioned in YajurVeda offered to Lord Shiva?

Association of various bodily organs to Lord Shivas AsthaMurty form (8 forms) are mentioned in YajurVeda. Here is passage from YajurVeda Taittariya Samhita 1.4.36: चित्तम् संतानेन भवं यक्ना रुद्र ...
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Which scriptures talk about the Kurma avatar of Vishnu?

I would like to know more about the Kurma avatar of Vishnu. I know that Vishnu took the form of a tortoise to facilitate Samudra Manthana. Although, no other details are known. The Wikipedia article ...
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Is the Satvata Samhita, the oldest Pancharatra text, available online in English?

Before the time of the sage Vyasa, people had a very different understanding of which gods were important than the understanding we have today. The Vedic mantras had not yet been compiled into the ...
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Is there any explicit concept of working hours in scriptures?

In the current society, every one has a profession which provides her money and resources for survival. For a person having enough amount of money or other resources may consider the profession for ...
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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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Procedure for getting mantra siddhi without Guru initiation

In general, guru is mandatory for mantra initiation. Siddhi may never happen without (physical, living, human) guru initiation. But recently I heard that, if there is no availability of physical ...
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Does the Adiyogi of Sadhguru have a scriptural basis

Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev has a large following in India and abroad. His main sculptural work is the Adiyogi Statue in Velliangiri hills, Coimbatore. Does the Statue have any Sthala purana or is it ...
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Does Mimasa philosophy believe in Ithihasa and Puranas?

Though various devatas and gods are mentioned in Karma Kanda of Vedas, Mimasa doubts their existence. But there are many Puranic characters mentioned in Samhitas. Even Brahmanas of Vedas contain ...
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Why the act of accepting gifts at sacred places (Tirthas) is considered a bad Karma?

In the Devi Bhagavata Purana's 9th Book's 34th Chapter, Savitri (wife of Satyavan) asks Yamaraja: Sâvitrî said :-- “O Bhagavân! What is, according to the S’âstras, Brahmahattyâ (murdering a ...
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What are the differences in teachings between Yoga Vasista, Ashtavakra Gita, and Vivekachudamani?

Yoga Vasistha (योग-वासिष्ठ), Ashtavakra Gita (अष्टावक्रगीता), and Vivekachudamani (विवेकचूडामणि) are teachings about Enlightenment and (Moh)Maya. What are the Philosophical differences between these ...
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Which scripture claims to be essence of all Aranyakas?

Each Veda has been subclassified into four major text parts – the Samhitas, the Aranyakas, the Brahmanas, and the Upanishads. Now, Essence of all Samhitas --> compiled as Devata Kanda Sutras ...
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Where can I read Manusmriti along with all its commentaries in English?

Manusmriti has more than six commentaries so far (Bhāruci, Medhātithi, Govindarāja, Kullūka, Nārāyana, Sarvajnanarayana, Nandana, Raghavananda, Ramacandra). Only Medhatithi's commentary which has been ...
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Which is the oldest known reference to a 7 day week in Hindu scriptures?

I thought of this question after reading about day-wise restrictions on shaving/haircut These weekly day-wise restrictions must have started after a 7 day week was established. Which is the oldest ...
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Lost Sri Vaishanva Literature/Works

How many or I can say which Sri Vaishnava works(literature) are lost or exist as citations in other literature?
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Where do Vedas state that Destiny is the nature of Time?

Shiva Purana Kailasha Samhita chapter 13 (13.29-30) states; मायां तु प्रकृतिं विद्यादिति माया श्रुतीरिता । तज्जान्येतानि तत्त्वानि श्रुत्युक्तानि न संशय ।।29 It has been propounded in the ...
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Are the planets of our solar system ( like Brihaspati, Shukra, Chandra etc) Devas or the abodes of the respective Devas?

We all know that Brihaspati is Teacher of Devas. Shukracharya is also teacher of Daityas. Mangal Deva etc. Are also Deva. So are the planets and sun moon just their abodes or is Surya Deva really a ...
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Do our scriptures declare that if God has to descend on earth then that place has to be somewhere in India?

Do our scriptures declare that if God has to descend on earth then that place has to be somewhere in India? Are there any shlokas in scriptures that confirm that God's avatar(human birth) will only ...
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Where is the mention of Surya Loka(सूर्य लोकं) in Hinduism?

One of the famous stotras for Lord Surya in Hinduism is श्रीसूर्याष्टकम् (Surya ashtakam). In the last line of this सूर्याष्टकम्, there is a mention of Surya Loka. स्त्रीतैलमधुमांसानि ये त्यजन्ति ...
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Who composed "Lingashtakam" & what are the "Asta Daridras" mentioned there in it?

The Lingashtakam is one of the most popular Ashtakams(a Stotram with 8 verses) dedicated to Lord Shiva which praises Him in the abstract "Lingam" form. You can read it here. However,till date,i ...
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What scriptures describe the story of Vishnu's Ranganatha statue?

As I discuss in this answer, the oldest Vishnu statue in the world, and probably the oldest Hindu statue in the world, is the famous Ranganatha statue in Sri Rangam. The story of Ranganatha goes ...
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Is burning bamboo sticks really prohibited in Hinduism?

There is a popular Zee News video circulated around claiming that burning bamboo sticks are prohibited in Hindu religion. That video also shows how harmful it can be for the environment inside the ...
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Does karma kshyam (nullification of karma) happen for pisachas?

It is well known that karma kshayam happens for humans and other species. There are some states to be experienced by sinners other than the living species listed above. It includes pisacha state. I ...
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What is Tvarita Rudra? Where is it found?

Linga Purana (chapter 64) states worship of Lord Shiva done by Parashara using various Vedic Suktas which I also mention in my answer here. The verses are as: अदृश्यंति वशिष्ठं च प्रणम्यारुन्धतीं तत ।...
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What is the concept of Kendra & Trikona in a Kundali (horoscope birth chart)?

Several times when we visit a Jyotiṣhī āchārya, they frequently mention the words "Kendra" & "Trikoṇa", while discussing our janma-patrikā Kuṇḍalī. For instance, the ...

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