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Who are Naman and Murkalan as referred to in Thirumaalai Pasuram?

The Alwars (also spelled Azhwars) are a group of 12 ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu and are famous for their devotional poetry in praise of Vishnu. One of the alwars is Sri ...
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Who owns a Hindu temple according to Hindu scriptures?

Subramanian Swamy said in a video that God owns the temple, and the pundit only acts as a 'trustee'. Is this validated by the Hindu scriptures? Also, assuming it is validated, is this applicable to ...
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Which scripture is the source for this Achamanam?

From this link: 2 acamana Om keshavaya svaha Om narayanaya svaha Om madhavaya svaha I have noticed that this achamanam is popular mostly among Telugu speaking communities. My ...
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Proportion of gunas in four varnas obtained by birth

I read the following lines by Ramanujacharya from this answer The nature of Brahmanas, Ksatriyas, Vaisyas, and Sudras are due to their respective inherent dispositions. The meaning is that their past ...
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Who created god (parabrahman)?

According to Hinduism scriptures, who created parabrahman? Is parabrahman itself created parabrahman (self-creation)? Or is there any other entity created parabrahman?
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Are there any blasphemy laws in the dharma śāstras?

According to some comments & answers to What are the after-effects of insulting gods/goddesses? it appears that in the grand scheme of things, the Karma theory is going take care of all those who ...
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Who is Goddess Nirrti?

Manusmriti Chapter 11: But a student who has broken his vow shall offer at night on a crossway to Nirriti a one-eyed ass, according to the rule of the Pakayagnas. It says if a twice born ...
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Does scripture describe the origin of Mlecchas and outcastes?

I am only aware of scriptures that deal with the origin of the 4 Hindu castes. How about outcastes and Mlecchas?
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evidence silokas: transmigration even among animals and plants and insects or devatas

I need the evidence shlokas that explain that soul's transmigration even among animals and plants and insects or devatas for convincing those who do not believe soul's transmigration among them.
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When does all water become impure as a result of sharing Indra's guilt of brahminicide?

As per the Puranic story being discussed in this post Indra, after killing the demon called Vritra, acquired the brahmahatya dosha. His gulit was thereafter shared by women, earth, water and the trees....
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Do the Vedas themselves talk about the jnAna and karma kAnda?

There is a popular belief that the Vedas have section like jnana kanda and karma kanda. Is there any such statement in the Vedas which talks of such kAndams?
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Which is the oldest commentary on any of the scriptures?

Which is the oldest commentary on any of the scriptures mainly upanishads, any gita or any puranas or brahma sutras? When did the tradition of commenting texts start? Who is the commentator? It can be ...
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Is exhibiting siddhis a sin?

There are many yoga siddhis in scriptures: Anima, Mahima, Garima, Laghima, Prapti, Prakamya, Isitva, Vasitva. I wonder why no yogi exhibit them. I heard several reasons. But I don't know whether there ...
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Are the Sri Yantras that are devoid of color fillings defective?

Sri Yantra is probably the most well-known among all yantras. It is also called the king of yantras. The presiding deity of the yantra is Sri Lalita Mahatripurasundari or Sri Rajarajeswari Devi. A ...
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What are the causes of losing your caste?

Scriptures such as the Manusmriti give us the causes of the loss of varna of a person. What are these causes?
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What scriptures say about sraddha (श्राद्ध) during pitru paksha for untimely deaths?

Is sraddha (श्राद्ध) during pitru paksha for untimely deaths such as suicides, accidents prescribed in scriptures? Some random sources say it's not allowed, and few say it should be done on Amavasya. ...
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Are there any signs (or lakshnas) that determine the ItihAsha scriptures?

We know that the PurAnas have 5 signs or lakshnas. If a scripture does not have those 5 signs then it can not be called a PurAna. These 5 signs are shared by all PurAnas i.e by the 18 major (mahA) ...
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In what circumstances Yagnopavita must be changed? [duplicate]

Janeu the sacred Yagyopavita thread is worn by any dwija who wishes to follow some set of rules. So, what are those rules and in which scripture they are described? In what circumstances a ...
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Is the “I / Me” beyond “Brahman”?

As discussed in this answer, Krishna is a rare philosopher, who related "I / Me" with the ultimate supremacy during the discourse of Gita. That implies that the "I / Me" resides in every being & ...
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How much time it takes for Kundalini activation via padmasana?

Hatha Yoga Pradipika says that it takes 12 years to achieve success in Yoga (activating Kundalini) if the Yogi is doing siddhasana By contemplating on oneself, by eating sparingly, and by practising ...
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Nature of vidya of dice possessed by Shakuni

Shakuni wins over the game of dice against Pandavas. Shakuni declares that no one can defeat him in the game of dice. Does any statement of Vyasa Mahabharata or any other scripture declare that Vidya ...
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Is notion of Pati - Parameśvara (husband is the Supreme Lord) based on scriptures?

In this question: Why a husband is called पतीपरमेश्वर (Pati Parmeshwar)? Whom should a wife devote to at time of death?, one of the answer gives reasons why husband might be considered like the Lord, ...
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Why does Manu Smriti state that meat can never be obtained without injury to living creatures?

According to this answer https://hinduism.stackexchange.com/a/44832/22493: Manu Smriti 5.48. Meat can never be obtained without injury to living creatures, and injury to sentient beings is ...
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Are the rules of eclipses (grahaṇa) still valid if the eclipse is not visible from the observers' place?

There was a recent Lunar Eclipse (Chandra Grahaṇa) - the first for the year 2021. The full eclipse began at 11.11 am UTC, which was around 4.41 pm IST. But the total lunar eclipse was not visible in ...
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Does any scripture give reasons for non-inclusion of Neem leaves in the list of 21 leaves for Ganapati puja?

Today is Sri Ganapati chaturdhi. After performing the puja, I got the following doubt. The List of 21 types of leaves used for Ganesha puja, is as follows. These leaves are stated to have medicinal ...
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Sanskrit references for the usage of the word varna for a given sense

The word Varna has been used by scriptures in different senses/meanings based on the context. This question is restricted to usage of Varna in Humans only. I know at-least five senses: Varna assigned ...
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What was the “Purpose” behind Shiva's banishing Brahma's worship?

We all know Shiva cursed Brahma not to be worshipped. We all know the many stories behind it. But what is the "Purpose" of this- banishing Brahma's worship? If Shiva has done this, there must be ...
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What is the meaning of Atharva Veda 6.77.1, 6.44.1, 13.1.6, 6.88.1?

I provide some translation by Griffith here: Atharva Veda 6.77.1 Firm stands the heaven, firm stands the earth, firm stands this universal world Atharva Veda 6.44.1 Firm stood the heaven, firm stood ...
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Men are treated as god for women or both treated as same according to hinduism? [duplicate]

I have listened to both of them true. but I want to know what the Hindu scriptures say about it. Is there any scripture says that men are equivalent to god for women? and Is there any scripture ...
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Which scripture does Pillai Lokacharya reference in which Shiva enjoins a devotee to offer (temporary) human sacrifice (later restored to life)?

In Pillai Lokacharya's Prapanna Paritrana, Shiva is said to enjoin his devotees to offer human sacrifice. Nor again is Rudra any better. For he is to begin with the Destroyer par excellence. Water ...
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What's the difference among “Shiva” vs “Shankara” vs “Rudra”?

According to below post "Shiva" is different than the "[Lord] Shankara": Are Lord Shiva and Lord Shankar two different deities? According to Gita "Shankara" is one of the "Rudra"-s: 10.23 Among ...
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Is Dhruva portrayed as a devotee of Prajapati Brahma in any texts?

Dhruva is usually known as a devotee of Lord Vishnu. However, according to some of my relatives, Dhruva was a devotee of Lord Brahma. Do any text portray Dhruva to be a devotee of Lord Brahma?
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Shri Krishna arpan mastu [duplicate]

Why at end of all rituals and prayers we chant श्री कृष्ण अर्पण अस्तु (Sri Krishna arpan mastu)? Can Rama or Shiva names replace Krishna's name? From which scripture is this phrase taken?
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Why don't Sudras wear a sacred thread?

According to caste-system based on Manu-smriti, only the first three categories i.e., Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas are allowed to wears the sacred thread. Why are Sudras not entitled to wear the ...
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What is the varna of Jambavan? [duplicate]

Many people in South India say that Jambavan is a dalit. Is it true? What do Ramayana and other scriptures say?
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Pithru karya and modern purohits [duplicate]

Nowadays Pithru Karya is not being performed with proper religious injunctions. What will happen if: one does not perform the Pithru Karya at all or on the other hand if performed by a Purohit who'...
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When a lizard makes noise whatever we think may happen --Is it a myth or true?

Generally when we are in house thinking some good things or bad things, if a lizard makes noise, there is a saying that whatever we thought at that time will happen. Good things or bad things may ...
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Where to find the full story of King Muchukunda?

In Joseph Campbell book "The Hero with a Thousand Faces", he wrote: an ancient Hindu warrior-king named Muchukunda. He was born from his father's left side, the father having swallowed by mistake a ...
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What do the scriptures mention about sleeping postures and mattresses?

Do the scriptures mention about sleeping postures and mattresses?
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Why do Bramha sutras say that Shudras cannot listen to Vedas?

Bramahasutras mention that it is forbidden for Shudras to listen to Vedic Mantras. Any specific reason for this?
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Does any scripture provide any inner meaning of worshipping Devi Durga to appease Rahu?

In Hindu astrology Rahu represents materialism, mischief, fear, insatisfaction, obsession and confusion/illusion. Rahu is also associated with politicians and occult sciences. There are many questions ...
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Is Vinayaka an individual or a position like Indra?

We know that Indra is a position attained by different persons. Present Indra is Purandara. This answer by explains how he attained the position of Indra. There are occasions where he lost the throne ...
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Which texts talk about alchemy?

Alchemy is the study of transmutation of matter, conversion of base metal into gold and development of the elixir of immortality. I have heard that Tantra talks about alchemy and I wish to do some ...
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Are there scriptural citations denigrating old age?

As mentioned in another post, Vishnu's human avataras don't seem to age beyond young adulthood. Are there scriptural verses putting down old age?
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What do scriptures say about planet mars? [closed]

What do scriptures say about planet mars? Is there any mention about that anywhere in Hinduism context?

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