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Can somebody provide list of Hindu texts chronologically? [closed]

Can somebody provide a list of Hindu Vedas, Purana, Up-Puranas, Upnishads, etc in a chronological manner and also provide their creation dates (if they could be dated by any means)?
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What were the ages of Pandavas & other characters during the Mahabharata war?

I have not found any specific reference to the age of each of the Pandavas, like Arjuna and Bheema when they fought the epic Mahabharata battle. It will be also interesting to know the age of Bhishma ...
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Are there any known fantasy works in Hinduism Literature?

We see today that there are many authors who write novels which contain fantasies (imaginary stories). I haven't really heard of such thing's in past. If people can imagine now then why can't in the ...
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How old is earth according to Hinduism?

I'm just curious to know, How old is earth according to hinduism? As of science it is 4,500,000,000. If we calculate this 4.5 billion years into Hinduism, 1041 Mahayugas, which is equal to 1 kalpa ...
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Can meditation be a substitute to sleeping?

I would like to know whether meditation can be a substitute to sleeping? I mean, can we meditate at night without sleeping? The Great Adi Sankaracharya said: The witness of the three states of ...
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Are new demigods created?

There are said to be a lot of demigods (about 33 crores). Is this number constant? Are new demigods created by the supreme being? What do scriptures say about this?
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Are there any references to the Brahma Samhita before Chaitanya Mahprabhu?

As I discuss in this question, one of the early movements that was important to the development of Vaishnavism was the ancient Pancharatra movement, whose sacred texts consisted of detailed procedures ...
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In Hinduism, what exactly is a lie? And is lying adharma?

I would like to know what is considered a lie in Hinduism? Sometimes we speak good but we speak the same thing in a different way which appears as a lie to the listener but it's not really a lie. In ...
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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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What is actually there in Bhrigu Samhita?

I have heard that there is a book called Bhrigu Samhita somewhere in Hoshiyarpur, India, which can tell about any person's past, present and future births based on his/her janam kundli (astrological ...
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Whose commentaries on the Vedas and Upanishads are most followed?

There are many people who write commentaries on the Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita etc. Whose commentaries is most followed. Also where can I get all of those Upanishads and Vedas in English? ...
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Is Kamasutra a Hindu religious text?

The Wikipedia entry on Kamasutra does say it is a Hindu religious text, but as Wikipedia cites two references both of which are not of Indian origin, and then there is another reference which says : ...
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What is the best time to read Sri Rudram?

I would like to know the best time to read Sri Rudram (Namakam Chamakam) and also the order in which we need to read. Are there any rituals that should be performed while reading Sri Rudram? The ...
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What do Hindu scriptures say about Hindu temples?

Yes or No Questions: Do Hindu scriptures say that we should build temples? (Yes | No) If I go to Lord Shiva's and Lord Hanuman's temple, but I also have the deities at home temple (puja mandir), can ...
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Source book for story of Lohitansh/Lohitang

Recently, I saw a track going on in TV serial Devo Ke Dev Mahadev on LIfe OK channel. The track is about an ansha of Lord Shiva called Lohitansh, who was born from the blood of Shiva while he was ...
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What do the sculptures on hindu temples represent?

No offence, What do the sculptures of khajuraho and konark temples represent as they are too erotic(hope you understand,refer those pics once if not, westernized)? Not just sculptures of khajuraho and ...
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Were Hindu scriptures tampered with by the British?

I am not sure if this claim is true. I often read in some online forums that our scriptures were tampered by the British when they invaded us. One of the speculated reasoning while doing so was to ...
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Hayagriva : The Rakshasa and The Lord [duplicate]

In context to this question about Lord Hayagriva, considered as the avatara of Lord Vishnu, I have some clarification to do. Hayagriva, I think is not a Lord Vishnu's Avatar, but a Vishnu Himself but ...
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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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What is the importance of celebrating temple festivals every year?

What is the importance of celebrating temple festivals every year? What is the concept behind this celebration? Does any scriptures/texts include rules to be followed in temple festivals?
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What are Five Layers (Pancha Kosha) of Human?

While going through I found scriptures depicting about Pancha Kosha, suggesting the Atman is not just inside the physical body but is actually wrapped up in these Five Kosha. What are these Pancha ...
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Who are Gandharvas?

I have heard the name 'Gandharvas', while I was reading Shiva Purana, as the part of the beings in the creation. What are these? Is there any relation of Humans to them (ancestral basis), or they are ...
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Is there a concept of soul mate in Hinduism?

I have come across many philosophies in Hinduism with regards to the soul or "atman". I was just curious if there is any concept of soul mate explained in Hinduism? Can anyone enlighten?
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Most important scriptures to understand hinduism [duplicate]

It's practically impossible for any individual to read and understand all the Hindu scriptures. What is the minimum set of scriptures which a person needs to read and understand the philosophy of ...
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In Hinduism, are you not supposed to be happy?

From what I'm gathering, you are not supposed to be "bad" obviously, but it also seems that you are not supposed to be "happy" either? Am I getting this right? [edit] Are we to exist without karma, ...
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What are the methods to overcome/minimize the effect of Kalipurush in Kaliyug?

We all are living in Kaliyug and the 'Kali'/'Kalipurush'(not to be confused with Goddess Kalimatha) has great influence on people these days. Are there mentions of major places where 'Kali' resides in ...
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How to use Prayascitta to negate the effect of karma?

Various prayascittas are specified in scriptures to negate the effect of bad karmas done by a person knowing or unknowingly. Are these useful for this purpose? Do Vedas mention prayascittas? If, as ...
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Sloka attributed to Lord Ganesha [duplicate]

This is in reference to the Slokha below (sloka link) Shukla-Ambara-Dharam Vissnnum Shashi-Varnnam Catur-Bhujam | Prasanna-Vadanam Dhyaayet Sarva-Vighno[a-U]pashaantaye || Meaning: 1: (We Meditate) ...
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Can Garuda Puranam be read at home?

This question is in reference to the question asked before. Why can Garuda Purana be read on specific days only? When I talk to people they mention that the Garuda Puranam should be read at sacred ...
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What is the story behind the Brahmasthra? Was it actually ever fired?

In different Puranas there are mentions of the Brahmasthra which is one of the powerful weapons capable of destroying the whole world. I have seen usually in Purana TV serials, these astras (arrows) ...
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In Hinduism, what does "immortal" mean? Is there a limit on an immortal's lifespan?

I would like to clarify that this question is not about immortals, or about how to become an immortal. It is about the word immortal in Hinduism. We have a very brief idea, that an immortal is only a ...
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Are scriptures authentic or fictional? [closed]

Personally, I believe there is no fiction in our scriptures (I will neglect very minute ones) Rather I've heard and read people calling the scriptures as fiction, using questions like 'were Hindu ...
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Who are the immortals(semi) mentioned in our scriptures? [duplicate]

I heard that there are 7 (or 8) immortals mentioned in our scriptures like Hanuman and Ashvathaman, I know only two of them, and I want to know others, with their brief enlightenment. I used the word ...
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Time travel in Hindu scripture

A text says that a king named Kakudmi time-traveled in a two-way trip (Earth ⇒ Brahmaloka and Brahmaloka ⇒ Earth). It also says that there is a difference in frequency of times at different places in ...
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What scripture does the sacred thread mantra come from?

If you're a brahmin, you're probably familiar with the following mantra (see page 2): Yajnopavitam, paramam pavitram Prajapatim yatsahajam purastath | Ayushyam agriyam pratimunja subhram Yajnopavitam ...
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Why restriction on taking images and publishing 'some' mantras

Why people are not allowed to take images of god/goddesses in Garbha gudi (sanctum sanctorum) of a temple. Is it a sin according to scriptures? or any other reason behind such restriction? In addition ...
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What is the importance of Brahmacharya (Celibacy) in Hinduism?

Many saints and yogis practice Brahmacharya(Celibacy) for whole life. What are the benefits of Brahmacharya and how important is this practice according to Sanathana Dharma? What are the rules to be ...
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What scriptures did Kalidasa use in his Raghuvamsa?

Kalidasa is most famous for being a Sanskrit playwright who wrote plays based on stories from Hindu scripture. But Kalidasa also composed epic poetry on the same subject, most notably Raghuvamsa, ...
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Reference to the 7 chakras in Hinduism

Where are the details about the 7 chakras mentioned in Hindu scriptures? What is their significance?
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Where are the original versions of the Vedas?

Where are the original versions of the Vedas? Are our oldest scriptures lost in the history of time? Some say that they were lost due to the religious war which happened in the earlier days and some ...
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How do I explain akasha (sky - one of the Panchamahabhuta) to a scholar?

Out of the Five-Elements only akasha is the one I am unable to understand till now. How is it related to the earth or a material body? Though we know it's different from air and recedes into outer ...
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Story of origin of the Godavari river?

I heard that the Godavari river is believed to be "river Ganga of South India" and has some story behind the origin of it. Can someone please explain the origin of Godavari river as per scriptures?
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What is the significance of the "Hare Rama" mantra? In which of the texts is this mentioned?

The "Hare Rama" mantra is very famous among Hindus. Why is this mantra so important? Is it mentioned in any texts/scriptures?
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Origin of the Law of Karma

The Law of Karma can be said to be the cornerstone of Hindu philosophies. Where in Hindu scriptures do we find the first mention of the Law of Karma? Does it have mention in Vedas?
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Do Hindu scriptures acknowledge the presence of Dinosaurs? [closed]

Do Hindu scriptures acknowledge the presence of Dinosaurs?
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Are there any references to Halley's Comet in the Hindu scriptures?

Are there any references to Halley's Comet in the Hindu scriptures? If there are, then in what perspective is the comet depicted as?
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how make dharmic decisions [closed]

In everyday of our life we fall in dilemma in making dharmic decisions like whether to use pesticides and save plants or not whether to kill (green leaf) plants to cook or not whether to steal milk ...
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Fulfilled prophecies in Hinduism?

Have there than any recorded prophecies in the Bhagavad Gita or other major Hindu writings that, according to a significant number of Hindus, was later fulfilled in an event known to history?
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Why is the concept of Divine judgement not given much importance in Hinduism?

Divine judgement and the concept of the soul going to either heaven or hell based on actions on Earth is present in many religions. But this concept is conspicuously absent in Hinduism - rather ...
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What is the concept of "a day" in Hinduism?

We are all practicing westerners time format means a day is starting at midnight 00:00 . What about Hinduism? Does any Hindu scriptures mention about it?