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Who are the Saptamata?

What is the basis of classifying the “Saptamata”?Where do we find this categorization? Those I’ve heard are: 1)Atma mata(your own mother) 2)Guru patni (Wife of guru) 3)Queen of your country 4)Brahmin ...
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Which scripture contains the origin of Nataraja stotram composed by patanjali muni?

I got a story from a website regarding Nataraja Stotram. It goes as follows: Once upon a time, as the story of the origin of the hymn goes, Nandi, Shiva's carrier would not allow Patanjali Muni to ...
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Is there any concept of shiva margi ekadashi in scriptures?

My question is which ekadashi to follow shaiva margi or vaishnav margi? For eg :- 26-2-2022 is ekadashi according to shaiva followers And 27-2-2022 is ekadashi according to vaishnav followers!
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Did Vaishampayana ever visit the Pandavas like Vyasa?

Vyasa was the grandfather of the Pandavas and the author of Mahabharata who helped Pandavas on numerous occasions and was even present at the snake sacrifice of Janamejaya, the great-grandson of the ...
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Questions on Varna System [duplicate]

Can You Tell Me Some Verses From Hindu Scriptures Which Say Varna Is Not Based On Birth?
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Is Krittivasi Ramayana authentic?

1.Is Krittivasi Ramayana an authentic scripture or is it just a literacy work? Should we consider statements from that Ramayana as authentic ? 2.If it is authentic,then has any acharya from any ...
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Why is Lord Shiva called Soma?

Sri Rudram hymn of YajurVeda is one of the most popular hymn from the Vedas. 8th Anuvaka of Sri Rudram has a special significance because of the revelation of the Panchakshari Mantra “Namaha Shivaya”. ...
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Is it Adharma to speak something Untrue unknowingly?

I wanted to know if speaking something Untrue (unknowingly) is Adharma or not. Say, for example : My watch is 5 minutes ahead of the actual time, but I am unaware of this fact. (I am still under the ...
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How to explore Hindu texts

I am really eager to explore hindu texts for multitude of reasons. But, most of them are in sanskrit and I don't know the language. Hindi is my mothertongue, so I am confortable with devnagari but ...
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Is the story of Gajendra-Mokṣa mentioned in other texts besides the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam Purāṇa?

We find the complete story of the Elephant named - Gajendra getting Mokṣa through god Viṣṇu's grace, (and hence the reason for calling it the 'Gajendra Mokṣa'), in Chapter 2, 3 & 4 of the Canto 8 ...
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According to Hindu scriptures which location on earth had the first human settlements?

According to Hindu scriptures, after Brahma created the first humans and decided to populate the earth with early human settlements, in which geographical location did he put them. I want to know the ...
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What is work of buddhi(intelligence)?

For E.g In scriptures it is said that buddhi(intelligence) makes decision(निस्चय).But I think it must have broader meaning. What are the other characteristics of buddhi(intelligence)?
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In which scripture did Shankaracharya mentioned not to say "Aham Brahmasmi"?

I heard that it is not recommended to say "Aham Brahmasmi" in a vague sense. It is because of the reason that Adi Shankaracharya told to split the tongue of one who says "Aham Brahmasmi&...
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Was dwarka a democratic state?

I heard that yadu who was son of yayati had a curse from his father that neither he, nor anyone from his generation can become king ever. So, whole region ruled by yaduvanshis was like democracy? As ...
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Which other texts besides Padma Purāṇa describe a deity having scriptures as parts of their body?

In the Svarga Khaṇḍa of the Padma Purāṇa, we get a beautiful composition, where various Purāṇas are described as parts of the body of Śrī Hari Viṣṇu himself. Here's the description: श्रीपाद्मे महापुरा...
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What is the meaning of sanskrit word प्रज्ञा(prajna) according to scriptures

What is the work of प्रज्ञा(pragna)? For E.G work of buddhi(बुद्धी) is to make decisions. How does it helps us in leading a ideal life? According to maharishi charak in charak samhita says प्रज्ञा...
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Can a NON-BRAHMIN be a teacher?

Were there any instances in itihasa shastra where non-brahmin were teacher?
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Did the human lifespan gradually change from 100k to 10k during the course of sata-yuga, or was the change abrupt when treta-yuga began?

Did the human lifespan gradually change from 100 thousands to 10 thousands during the course of satya-yuga, or was the change abrupt when treta-yuga began? I am only interested in answers that contain ...
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Is doing shanivaar(Saturday) vrat found in any scripture?

If yes, is there any vidhi (procedure) given to observe shanivaar fast? Is doing shanivaar fast / vrata related to hanumanji?
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Where can I find classification of Indian food items based on its guna?

There are three Gunas: Sattva, Rajas, Tamas. Based on the occupation and some other aspects, people take particular types of foods. Scriptures generally encourage the intake of Sattvic food since it ...
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How should be an ideal husband and wife according to our scriptures?

What are the qualities a ideal husband and wife must possess? How should they lead an ideal married life?
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How should one sustain oneself after taking Sanyas ? Where can he live?

If someone takes Sanyas, how is he supposed to survive? At which place should he live? What do scriptures say on 'how should a sanyasi live'?
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How should be an ideal day according to our scriptures?

I want to know about complete overview of how should one spend a day according to scriptures!(i.e Dincharya) For E.g At what time one should wake up etc.
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Do stories, such as Prajapati having intercourse with his daughter or creating cattle out of his sperm, have any scriptural basis?

The stories mentioned in the question are from the reference below. Do these stories have any scriptural basis, and if so, I would like to understand the ethical concerns/dilemmas regarding these ...
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Can a brahmin do job?

Are there any instances in our itihas shastras where brahmin did work out of what is precribed in scriptures(i.e teaching)? E.G Dronacharya and kripacharya fought for kauravas! do a brahmin incur sin ...
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What are the hundred mistakes of shishupal in Mahabharata?

In Mahabharata what were the hundred mistakes of shishupal ?
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Is there any scripture which says how sandhya vandan should be performed

I want to know about procedure as to how sandhya vandan should be performed and also it's significance
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Is "Kiaan" a Hindu name?

If it's a Hindu name, what is its origin and what does it mean? I have read it at multiple places and it means its the name of Lord Krishna, is it true? This twitter post says it means How Much?
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What are the correct Degrees of each Astronomical Constellation?

Each astronomical constellation is different is Size! Some charts depict this fact: Surely, by now we have an accurate measurement of these specific Degrees between astronomical constellations, I ask ...
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Story of jaya vijaya and King Pratap bhanu

I was reading through Ramcharitmanas of Goswami Tulsidas Ji. I read the story of Raja Pratap Bhanu and he becoming Ravana in the next birth. I wondered, how is that possible when we know that Jay ...
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Is the Valmiki Ramayana which is available to us , belongs to this Kalpa(Swetavaraha Kalpa)?

We know from various scriptures that Ramayana happened in the 24th Chaturyuga of the Vaivasvat Manvantara. But does the Valmiki Ramayana which we all have and read in our homes , belong to this ...
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Is the name 'Rama' same as the 2 Syllabled Rama mantra?

What is the 2 syllabled mantra of Lord Rama in the Rama Rahasya Upanishad? Is it same as the name 'Rama' which we use in daily life? If yes , then 1.Does that mean we are indirectly chanting the ...
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What are all the rupas of devi to manifest in us according to devi stotra?

For many days, I am aware of stotra of the form Ya Devi sarva bhuteshu "____"-rupena samsthitha ; Namastasye Namastasye Namastasye Namo Namaha When I search about it I came across the ...
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Do aliens exist as per hindu sacred texts?

I've heard that there are Quantum Multiverse. I wanted to know in other universe is there any mention that someone (aliens) exist on another planet
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Should Hindus eat food objects of non-Indian origin?

Apart from the usual ban on onion, garlic, radish, carrot & mushrooms, the sacred kitchen of Jagannatha Dhama in Sriksetra also bans the usage of vegetables of non-Indian origin like potato, ...
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Why we call shiv shanker and why never call shanker shiv?

First of all shiv is supreme father paramathma living in the supreme abode and shanker is a human( not even a diety ) In his body shiva come as ekvyapi and give studies of creation destruction and ...
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Is egg veg or non-veg?

Is egg veg or non-veg ? If we think that the egg is animal product, so it is Non-veg . But the Milk is also animal product.
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Which scripture is the source of the verse "Janmanā jāyatē jantuḥ karmaṇā jāyatē dvijaḥ" (everyone is born worm)?

Complete verse is as follows. Janmanā jāyatē jantuḥ karmaṇā jāyatē dvijaḥ | vēdādhyayanatō vipraḥ brahmavid brāhmaṇa smr̥taḥ || In devanagari script: जन्मना जायते जन्तु: कर्मणा जायते द्विज:। वेदा...
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Women and Hinduism

It's traditionally believed that some hymns of Vedas have been authored by women. How does one reconcile this with the fact that women are not allowed to recite vedas? (Are those author women ...
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English Translation of Yaska's Nirukta

Is online English Translation of Yaska's Nirukta available ? If yes please provide .
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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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Looking for scriptural reference of Shanta Durga

There is a form of mother Durga by name Shanta Durga which is worshiped almost everywhere in Goa. In fact, many houses names are after mother's name. When we enquire there about it from local people, ...
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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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