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Details on the Original Upāṅga viz. Dharmaśāstra of Prajāpati Manu and the abridged one by Sumati

Understanding Scriptures - Part 1 Summary: through this question I would like to gain as much insight as possible about the original Dharmashastra of Manu containing 1,00,000 verses and also try to ...
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Do deities other than Brahma, Vishnu, Devi etc. have the power to create other universes?

I am aware that in many Hindu texts, famously the Puranas, explained that the gods Brahma creates universes constantly, Vishnu constantly creates universes by inhaling and exhaling also infinite ...
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Which scripture/s describe 15 faced to 21 faced Rudraaksha-s?

The Rudraaksha Jaabaalopanishad describes the lord and merits of wearing 1 faced to 14 faced Rudraakshas. The Shiva Puraan (Vidyeswara Samhitaa) goes no further. The Shrimad Devi Bhaagvatam mentions ...
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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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Different dharmas of different aspects of our existence

I heard something like below Hunger, thirst, increasing, decreasing, etc., are the dharmas of the body. Sad, happy, etc., are the dharmas of manas........................ I didn't remember the whole ...
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Which book or books contains all the Stotra of Bhairav

Books or Scriptures which contains all the stotras of Bhairav
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Is there any mention about Bhanamati in Puranas?

I was watching Ramanand Sagar Shree Krishna. I found some incidents which I didn't knew. For eg. Krishna went to Yamlok to revive Punardatta son of Sandipani Muni for Guru Dakshina But on the ...
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Is there a scripture that refers to the circumambulation (kora/parikrama) around Mt Kailash?

Hi I am researching the religious reason behind the walk around Mt Kailash and am looking for some hindu text that refers to the salvation they receive from taking part in the walk.
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Who is the Rishi Hiranyastupa of the family of Angiras?

Shatapatha Brahmana 1.6.4 mentions that Indra after hurling the thunderbolt at Vritra, hid himself and certain divinities were deputed to find him: Agni of the deities, Hiranyastûpa of the ...
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What are the mantras using which Kak Bhushundi survived the Pralaya?

The Yog Vasishtha narrates the fascinating story of an immortal crow named Bhushunda who is met by Brahmarishi Vasisth. In the course of their conversation the rishi asks him how he has managed to ...
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Does the concept of multiverse exist in vedas?

Does the concept of multiverse exist in vedas just like puranas in samhitas,aranyakas,brahmanas and major upnishads. I think it's a puranic concept if i am right then give evidences that establish ...
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What are the basic rules for Nirahara Samyama?

I read some where that Vedic science even gives us the choice of living without food. This can be achieved through a yogic process called Nirahara Samyama by which we learn to awaken our bio memory to ...
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What are the stories of Mhasoba and Khandoba?

Mhasoba and Khandoba are very popular Maharastrian deities. Their temples are popular pilgrim places. What are their respective stories ? Are they mentioned in any scriptures ?
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Which scripture explains Sapta padi mantra used in Hindu marriage?

There are seven mantras recited during Hindu marriage ritual. Each mantra is recited with each encirclement around fire by bride and bridegroom together. It is said that they take oath in front of ...
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What is the role of Grief according to Hinduism?

What is the role of Grief acc. to scriptures? How is it categorised and on what basis? Do the Vedas mention any definitive relationship between the processing of grief and its consequent culminating ...
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Are there any Vedic/Hinduism scriptures which talk about intelligence completely?

Has anyone come across any such texts/book which talk about on how to improve intelligence? Tried reading Shiva Swarodaya, it was awesome. Wanted to know if there are any other similar texts.
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Looking for scriptural source that introduce Brahmanas

I know about Brahmanas (ब्राह्मण ग्रंथ) as described at BharatDiscovery, what they are, how they originated, part of Vedas, association with Samhita, Shakha etc. I mentioned them in some of my posts ...
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What scriptures describe peacocks producing children through tears?

A Rajasthan High Court judge recently made the following statement: Peacock is a Bramhachari and it does not have sex with a peahen. The peahen gets pregnant drinking the tears of the peacock. Even ...
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Does the Ramacharitamanas Prashnavali concept have any basis in Scriptures?

The Ramacharitamanas Prashnavali or Sri Ramashalaka Prashnavali The answers/predictions in Ramacharitamanas Prashnavali or Sri Ramashalaka Prashnavali (राम शलाका प्रश्नावली) are based on the ...
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What scripture talks about Karṇa's third curse by Bhūdevī or Goddess of Earth?

In my recent answer, I argued that both of Karṇa's two unfortunate curses were interpolations i.e., they were not part of Vyāsa's original Mahābhārata. I think the reason behind those particular ...
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Is Kailāsa mansarovar actually in Tibet, China?

Shrimad Bhagwat Mahapuran, Pancham Skandha , Chapter 16 While describing the character of Mahārāja Priyavrata and his descendants, Śukadeva Gosvāmī also described Meru Mountain and the planetary ...
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Tapping temples (on forehead) and worship of Mahaganapaty

It is usually believed that tapping temples on forehead five times with closed fists, accompanied with the recitation of the "Suklambaradharam..." sloka is a shortcut method of worshiping Lord ...
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From where do priests get invocation(Avahana) and other Mantras related to Shirdi Sai Baba?

From where ( which Hindu Scripture) do Hindu priests get Mantras related to Sai Baba's worship? Like invocation(Avahana) & other Mantras? This question is relevant because Sai Baba is ...
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What is the origin of Chandrashekhara Ashtakam?

Chandrashekhara Ashtakam is believed to be created by Sage Marakandeya. It is believed that when Yama is trying to take life of Sage Marakandeya, then he had sung this Stotram and thus Lord Shiva has ...
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Married Couples who doesn't have a child and they want to adopt a male or female baby

If the Married couples who doesn't have a child and they want to adopt a male or female baby and they need to do some yaaga in Hinduism for our ancestors blessings and the ancestors agreed that the ...
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What are the names of 56 Bhog offered to Lord Krishna?

This page says As per Hindu beliefs, Lord Krishna used to have 8 meals per day. Once to save his village from the fury of Lord Indra, he lifted the Govardhan Parvat (Mountain) under which everyone ...
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Can husband and wife follow different gurus?

If a married woman is initiated with one guru and her husband follows a different guru, which guru should the woman follow?
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Beginner to Hinduism and Sects

I'm somewhat new to knowing properly about Hinduism. I have a broad overview of it. I kinda know the basics about the various Gods we worship in Hinduism. But I've only just come across the various ...
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Scriptural references for the 'Giloy ( गिलोय ) herb' being born from the Amṛta drops?

Giloy / Giloe ( गिलोय ) is an important ayurvedic herb known for its myriad health-benefits, especially during these trying times of Covid-19 pandemic. It's also called Guduchi or Amṛtā (Tinospora ...
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Does the concept of Longitude and Latitude finds explicit mention in the canonical texts?

Latitude and Longitude are the units that represent the coordinates at geographic coordinate system. Our ancient knowledge of Jyotiṣha śhāstras based on the pañcāṅga and knowledge of relevant ...
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List of scriptures translated by Max Muller

Translation of Hindu scriptures is not an easy task and requires a lot of knowledge and even experience in different domains. Linguistic expertise is not the only one required to do it. Many of the ...
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Complete and correct version of Siddha Kunjika Stotra

Can anyone please help with the complete and correct version of Siddha Kunjika stotra from Rudrayamala Tantra. In famous publications like Geeta press, complete version is not given. This is the ...
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Does any scripture other than Mahabharata say that plant experiences pain?

It is mentioned in Mahabharata that plants also have five senses and also experience pleasure and pain. I am focusing on pain part only in this question. As one can suck up water through a bent lotus-...
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Possible diet for a week

While listening Lalitha Sahastranaama, I came to know about the mention of a 9 month diet for a pregnant women. It may be for the well being of both mother and offspring. As we know that there are ...
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Which scriptures gives details about the Ashta-Lakshmi?

There are said to be eight forms of Devi Lakshmi, called as Ashta Lakshmi ( अष्ट - लक्ष्मी ) . Which all scriptures give details about them? I'd like to further know, if they are to be considered as a ...
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Are there any analogues of this tale about the eventual fates of a sannyasin and an evil woman told by Swami Vivekananda in scripture?

Swami Vivekananda tells the following story (Complete Works, V8, Discourses on Jnana Yoga VI, available here): Thought is all important, for "what we think we become". There was once a ...
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What gives the “spiritual - theological authenticity” to modern compositions like Chālīsās & ārtís?

Hanumāna Chālīsā is by far, one of the most popular devotional hymn to a God. It's authorship is credited to Tulsídāsa, although few other sources might also call it as a later interpolated addition ...
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What are Abūjh Muhūrtas?

Several times, in the newspapers, TV, magazines, etc., the term - Abūjh Muhūrta ( अबूझ मुहूर्त ) is commonly encountered, especially in reference to performing some new auspicious works, like ...
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Reason(s) behind restrictions on sex

There are plenty of restrictions for a grihastha woman to participate in sex. Some restrictions include forbidding the sex of Ekadasi, Amavasya, Poornima, Sunday. Is the ban on some special days, ...
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Origin of “Rãma Nãma Satya Hai”

"Rãma Nãma Satya Hai" "राम नाम सत्य है" i.e. The name of Ram is the truth, is commonly chanted by Hindus while carrying a dead body to be cremated. What might be its scriptural ...
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What should we do of belongings of the person who is no more?

What should we do of belongings of the person who is no more? Like what should we do with cloths and other things of that person?
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Names of other languages which existed during Dwapara Yuga

From the following excerpt from Adi Parva, it is clear that there exist multiple languages during Mahabharata times When the city was built, there came, O king, numerous Brahmanas well-acquainted ...
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Decreased sleep time for Yogis

We generally hear that yogis need less time for sleep compared to others. Are there any scriptural statements that validate this statement?
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Manusmriti with commentary of Kulluka Bhatta

I am looking for translated versions (English/Hindi) of Manusmriti with commentary of Kulluka Bhatta online .
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What is the Vedic ritual for Bhumi Puja of Mandir?

Recently the historic Bhumi Puja for Ram Mandir was conducted at Ayodhya, after at least 1000 years. Which scripture details the exact method for doing Bhumi Puja, especially for that of a Mandir? Is ...
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It is said that Krishna fulfilled Kubja's physical desires, in other words, they had sex, is that true? If yes, is there any vedic reference to it?

Disclaimer - I am not using word sex in any derogatory manner to insult the Lord. For me sex is very natural phenomenon There is a story about Kubja that she wanted to go physical with Krishna and ...
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What is Shandilya Mimansa?

I have recently saw a telecast of "Shandilya Mimansa" Katha By Kirit Bhai on Sanskar TV Channel. I am bit surprised because I never heard name of any scripture called Shandilya Mimansa. I ...
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Does any sacred Hindu text have knowledge of electricity?

At many places our ancient books exhibit deep knowledge of various branches of maths, and that is discussed a lot. For instance, Yuktibhasha, a 15th century Malyalam textbook of maths teaches ...
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Does the tradition of writing Rama Koti have any scriptural basis?

Rama Koti is a practice in Hinduism in which a devotee of Rama writes the name of Rama in a book for one crore times. Is this tradition of writing rama koti mentioned anywhere in the scriptures or ...
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Size of Hindu Gods?

Are there any scripture references for the size of Gods? Did Rishis who had Darshan of Gods, describe their size? Example: Mahabhrata Pandavas; were they of today's human size?

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