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Who are adhikara(eligible) to read Manusmriti?

In sanathan dharma, there is a concept called 'adhikara nirnayam'. It says about who all are eligible to read or recite or hear a particular scripture or stotra etc., Most of the scriptures mention ...
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Smriti vs Purana

Which Shastras are more authoritative,the Smritis(Dharma Shastras) or the Puranas? from here it is clear that smriti is superior than purana and if differences occur then smriti is to be believed . ...
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Ganesh idol not disolving in water, next course of action

We had made small Ganesha idol from modeling clay (we are based outside India). We did the visarjana pooja and immersed the idol in a steel container containing water. Later I realized that the idol ...
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Is bharatavarsha the entire planet or only indian subcontinent?

I am bit confused whether Bharatavarsha refers to the entire globe or only india. Because in the puranas sometimes some names of rivers or the mountains are unfamiliar and many times it also says ...
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What do scriptures say about transgenders?

And about their way of living? Is their begging for money justified?
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Copy of the Sukti Sudhakar

I tried searching online for an English copy of the Sukti Sudhakar, but I could only find Hindi copies. Can anyone provide a link to an English version (or a Sanskrit to English version) of this book? ...
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Do these criticism of Lord Ram Character by Ambedkar well founded or he is just maligning his character?

The Website I found the criticism , it says it's in his book , Riddles of Hinduism Rama’s birth is thus accompanied by general debauchery if not in his case certainly in the case of his associates. ...
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Who are Upa Brahmins?

Came across this verse in Jatibhaskar By Jwala Misra.It mentions Kayasthan as one of the types of Upabrahmins,who were Upbrahmins ? And who does this Kayasthan refer to ?
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What is prayopavesa?

I would like to know what our scriptures say about prayopavesa. If deciding to end one’s life is wrong, why is it prescribed in our scriptures?
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why is adultery allowed in kamasutra? [closed]

Adultery The Kamasutra, states the Indologist and Sanskrit literature scholar Ludo Rocher, discourages adultery but then devotes "not less than fifteen sutras (1.5.6–20) to enumerating the ...
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Is uttara gita mentioned by any previous acharyas in their works?

Sources say it is mentioned in Taittriya upanishad dipika by vidyaranya. If anybody knows can you cite page no ?
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Has the killing of a cow been categorised as a mahapataka in any text or versions thereof?

In a particular text (not able to remember) there was a line which said that :A Brahmin, a woman and a cow must never be slain. This statement is in line with the pancha mahapataka among which, is the ...
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After marriage why do papa and punya not come to women?

Why does paapa go to the husband if a wife commits paapa after marriage? Why does it not go to the wife?
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Punishment for brahmana for hearing?

I have seen that scriptures tell a shudra should not hear. when shudra hear then others should keep Lead/oil on ears. But I did not see that one scripture did not told brahmin should not hear. when ...
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How many creation stories are there in Shastras?

Unlike the Abrahamic religions which gives us an account of only one creation story in their holy scriptures, Hinduism on the other hand has more than one creation story. How many such stories are ...
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What is the meaning of Hrishikesha?

All I know is that Krishna or Arjuna is called Hrishikesha. What is the meaning of Hrishikesha?
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Why do people say that king is a god?

Kings are called gods by people and even in hinduism. People consider their monarchs as gods. My question is why, a king is a god according to people in hinduism? https://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m15/...
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What are the occupations of a person born as a Vaisya?

What are the suitable (prescribed) occupations of a person born as a Vaisya?
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Does Ganesha have two mothers?

In Ashtottara Shatanaamavali given here, the 5th name is 'द्वैमातुराय' (dvaimāturāya - ie one having two mothers). One mother of Ganapati is Parvati and I am wondering then why he is called द्वैमातुरा...
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Does anyone know if there is an English translation of Rudrayamala Tantram?

Is there an English translation of Rudrayamala Tantra available? Please provide the link for the same.
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What exactly is Hrudayam?

There are several similar and related terms in the scriptures of Sanatana Dharma. But there will be subtle differences between those terms. Manas, Chitta, buddhi, Hrudayam are one such example. ...
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What are Bhakti Sutras? How many Bhakti Sutras are there?

I have heard of Narada Bhakti Sutra and Shandilya Bhakti Sutra. These are canonical Sanskrit treatizes on Bhakti Marga (Devotional Path). How many Bhakti Sutras are there? I have also doubt about how ...
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What to make of this Shloka in Valmiki Ramayana where it talks of flying mountains?

Valmiki Ramayana Sundara Kanda Shloka 1.123 ( Complete - 5.1.123 Valmiki Ramayana) talks of flying mountains in KritaYuga. पूर्वं कृतयुगे तात पर्वताः पक्षिणोऽभवन्। ते हि जग्मुर्दिशः सर्वा गरुडानिलवेगि...
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What is a bhashya? What rules are there to write bhashya?

What is bhashya (commentary)? What is the method for writing bhashyas? Which scripture tells us about bhashya? Do Puranas talk about bhashyas?
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References to the character of Manu for Manu Smriti

The Manu Smṛiti is mentioned in a lot of other scriptures, but it is not ever truly endorsed, unlike other scriptures. In the Manu Smṛiti, Manu says he got it from "the Imperishable One," ...
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How does sin in the dharma shastras and other scriptures work on a fundamental level?

The most obvious cause of sin working is God doing it. However, why does he care so much, and if he cares so much about sin, why not prevent the sin from happening by making the world generate less ...
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Has any sect or prominent guru differentiated between scriptures and their Padma (and Śiva) Purāṇa mentions on the basis of taddhita affix "a"?

The taddhita affix "a" is added to the names of the scriptures in the Padma Purāṇa. E.g. the Viṣṇu Purāṇa is called Vaiṣṇava. Has anyone notable used that to differentiate the scriptures ...
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Is there any type of food capable enough to change the contents of causal body?

According to Sanatana Dharma, a Jeeva or human contains three bodies: Physical body, subtle body, and causal body. It is well known that food can directly impact the physical body. We can also notice ...
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Are any ancient team sports (not games or athletics) mentioned in our scriptures? [duplicate]

I wish to know if team sports existed in the ancient times. Especially in Ramayan and Mahabharat. By sports I don’t mean swimming, archery etc. I’m looking for something like football and cricket ...
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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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Who possessed Pashupatastra other than Arjuna and Shiva?

Shiva gave Pashupatastra to Arjuna but who possessed it besides those two?
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Is there a good source listing contradictions in Hinduism?

It's a personal belief I think apparent contradictions in Hinduism are trying to tell us something. Does anyone have a good list made by skeptics or unbiased Hindus like those for Bible contradictions?...
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Is there a contradiction in the tree parentage of Māṛṣā? (whether multiple or one)

In the Viṣṇu purāṇa, Māṛṣā is described as the offspring of trees. WHILST the Pracetasas were thus absorbed in their devotions, the trees spread and overshadowed the unprotected earth, and the people ...
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How can deity plants like Tulsi and Rice be reconciled with the destined progression of the soul?

The Viṣṇu Purāṇa states souls are destined to proceed through successive births, but deity plants like Tulsi and Rice are surely the zenith already. The gods in heaven are beheld by the inhabitants ...
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What is lakshana shastra mentioned in Mahabharata tatparya nirnaya 9:138?

I read about lakshana shastra in Mahabharata tatparya nirnaya 9:138. What is this lakshana shastra ?
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What are the Vasudeva, Bhagavata, and Narayana cults?

What are the Vasudeva, Bhagavata, and Narayana cults? What is the relation among them?
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Is masturbation itself a sin or are the lustful thoughts associated with masturbating? [duplicate]

Please provide direct quotes from texts please. EDIT: I don't think this question is the same as another one in this forum because that question doesn't separate masturbation from lustful thoughts, ...
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Indra and Agni as Bṛhaspati/Brahmaṇaspati in Vedas

Why are Indra and Agni both regarded as Bṛhaspati in Rigveda 10.112.9 and 3.26.2, respectively? Rig-Veda 2.23.1 ग॒णानां॑ त्वा ग॒णप॑तिं हवामहे क॒विं क॑वी॒नामु॑प॒मश्र॑वस्तमं । ज्ये॒ष्ठ॒राजं॒ ब्रह्म॑णां ...
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How does one become Yaksha?

Are there any Virtuous deeds. How long do Yakshas live in comparison to normal human beings. What powers do they possess?
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Is there reference of Rukmini killing demons?

I heard that Rukmini, the wife of Krishna, killed a demon named Dindhirasura. Is there any mention in texts? If yes, can you provide the name of the book and the chapter which mentions this incident?
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Are there any references in scriptures related to respecting our own understanding(સમજ)? [duplicate]

Should scriptures be called out for every matters?
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Where can I read Hanuman charitam in English?

Where can I read Hanuman charitam in English? Is there any online pdf?
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Is there any specific scripture that tells us how to live and what to do in Hinduism?

In other religions there are the books which tell you how to live your life, what is allowed what is not allowed etc. Is there such book in Hinduism as well, I've only read the summarised editions of ...
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Are scriptures censored?

Are the scriptures censored to be more palatable or understandable to humans or are they always completely honest? Does scripture have anything to say regarding this?
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Where can I read about real characteristics of lord Indra?

In which scripture, I can read the behavior, mind-set or characteristic of lord Indra. All the TV series I have seen so far depicted lard Indra as a jealous, selfish and practicing debauchery. In fact,...
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Where to find the earliest unabridged version of the Valmiki Ramayana?

Where to find the earliest unabridged version (Not the abridged critical version) of the Valmiki Ramayana with Sanskrit verses? Preferably with translations into Hindi or English and also preferably ...
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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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What are the other instances where death or pain is not experienced by individual?

There are some instances in scriptures, where an individual is not experiencing either death or pain due to some qualities, such as being jivan muktha etc., I know two such instances: Prahlada, ...
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Are there any scriptures which prescribe any remedy against fear of suffering?

I'm talking about the fear of suffering. Not particularly death. Personally, I had been through many sufferings in life and I'm still going through mental and physical sufferings. I really want to ...
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Is there any concept of sub-conscious mind in shastras?

And is causal body + subtle body, same as subconscious mind?
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