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Story of Godess Saraswati?

Why is She called Vidyadatri (Goddess who provides knowledge) Vagdevi (Goddess of speech) Veenapani (Goddess carrying veena in her hands) Hansavahini (Goddess who sits on swan) Is there any ...
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Are there any references in the Vedic Scriptures prohibiting the ostentatious and lavish style wedding ceremonies?

I wonder do Vedic scriptures speak of the simplicity required in the wedding ceremonies? And do they prohibit the lavish and ostentatious display of wealth in marriage ceremonies?
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What is the story of Lakshmi getting curse to have a elephant head?

Going through this Wikipedia article, I saw about Lakshmi getting a curse to have an elephant head. I never heard this before and Wikipedia is not always reliable. So wanted to know the exact story ...
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Does scripture say that scripture should not be written down?

Shruti = "what is heard". It is believed that the written scripture does not convey the essence. Does a prohibition against writing scripture down exist in scripture?
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Can a lady undergoing menstruation period do yoga?

I heard that a lady undergoing menstruation should not do yoga. My doubt is can a lady during her menstruation do yoga or not? If no then after how many days she can be able to do yoga? If yes, ...
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Are there any instances in scriptures of husband & wife separated AND remarried, because of reasons accepted by shastras?

In this question about remarriage, the reasons for a husband leaving a wife, or a wife leaving a husband, are listed. Are there any actual examples in Smriti of this happening - where husband ...
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What do sciptures say about partial fasts in Kaliyuga?

I have seen almost every people in today's time don't do fasts with shastriya vidhi OR we can say they don't follow full rules of fasts. For example: If we read fasts vidhi about any fasts then we ...
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Where can I find Hiranyagarbha Samhita?

I was looking out for sometime but couldn't find it.e-book, online text,book for sale or any format will be helpful.
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What is the oldest scripture which explains how a temple should be built?

What is the oldest (surviving) Hindu scripture which explains how a temple should be built, maintained, and what should be its day-to-day affairs? Is an English translation of the same available? Is ...
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According to scriptures, how Bana lingas are formed in Narmada river bed?

For those who don't know what are Bana Lingas, they are self manifested lingams which can be found only in Narmada river bed. What is the reason for formation of those Bala Lingas and how those Lingas ...
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intolerance — as per hindu scriptures, tolerance of the intolerant person or ideology is right action or not?

As per hindu scriptures, tolerating the intolerant person or ideology upto what level is right action ? Should an ascetic on path of meditation, react back with same reverse action ?
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What is the procedure for Agnishtoma ritual that leads to Heaven?

Agnishtoma is a Vedic ritual that takes its name from three hymns to Agni recited in it and was performed by those who want to ascend to heaven. This Hindupedia page - Agniṣṭoma gives the basic steps ...
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Did Feng Shui originate from Hinduism?

Feng Shui is the concept of living in harmony with nature and is used for constructions mainly in China and western countries. Vaastu shastra is the Hindu system of construction and its origin has ...
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Is the feeling of “Deja Vu”, a glimpse of self realization?

As per below post, a philosophy called "Eternal Return" states that all events are repeating infinitely & hence predetermined. Does "Free Will" really exist, even if universe repeats ...
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What is Sahaja Pranayam?

It is said that even though there are many varieties of pranayam, the natural pranayam which one gets from birth i.e. Sahaja Pranayam is the best. This Pranayam was given by Lord Sri Krishna to his ...
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Were Nayanars foretold in any of the Hindu scriptures?

Vaishnavas say Bhagavata Purana foretold the upcoming of Alwars. Likewise, any Hindu scriptures predict the upcoming of Nayanars? For those who aren't familiar with Alwars and Nayanars - they are the ...
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What are views on Laughter, as per Scriptures?

There is a story as to How blinking of eyes came into existence. The story is of a King Nimi, father of King Janaka, Sita's father. The story is mentioned in- Devi Puraanam- Chapter 15, Book 6 ...
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What scriptures describe Draupadi being the reincarnation of Ketaki?

A story I read in Tales from the Mahabharata speaks of Draupadi being the previous birth of Daksha Prajapati's daughter Ketaki. Ketaki decides to marry Lord Shiva and starts performing penances to ...
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God will never give you a cross that you cannot carry

Many times I have heard from Christian people this saying, when you are going through a difficult situation (that is your cross) and that God would never give you a cross that you would not be able to ...
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Mentions of River Iravati(ऐरावती) which is from Myanmar(Burma)?

Are there any mentions of Iravati River(irawaddy River in Burmese) in our Hindu scriptures? It is the blood line of Myanmar. We(Hindus) of Myanmar call it Iravati Ganga.
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Where does Maharishi Bodhayana hails Sri Rudram 1.6 mantra as Kavacham (Armour)?

Sri Rudram hymn is a part of YajurVeda Samhita (which I discuss here) In the Krishna Yajurveda Taittariya Samhita it is present from 4.5.1 to 4.5.11, thus forming total 11 Anuvakams: The sixth mantra ...
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Who was Kohlaasura? How did Mother Lakshmi kill him?

What is story behind him? Is the story written in some Scriptures? How did Mother kill him?
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Why are we named 12 days after birth?

Including myself, many of my family members got their names 12 days after their birth, a day called Namakarana. This is done via a ritual, for example in Nepalese tradition (My ethnicity) we have an ...
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Reasons of enmity between planets?

Surya-Shani: Shani was not obedient to His father Surya, moreover Shani was son of Chaayaa, so Surya Deva did not like Him. Rahu,Ketu-Surya,Chandra: Surya and Shashi told Narayan that the demon is ...
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Why is Ramayana known as Sharanagati Grantham?

In SriVaishnavism Ramayana finds a special place in hearts of Bhagwatas(Sri Vaishanvas) and it is known as Sharanagati Grantham. What is the specific reason to call it Sharanagati Grantham. Note: I ...
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Which scriptures define the science of Mudras? And what are they used for?

It would be great to also have some reference to translations (if any) in english or hindi of the scriptures which deal with the science of mudras. Also would like to know what different purpose the ...
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Unity in Diversity concept in ancient Hindu scriptures?

Bhārata Bhāgya Vidhātā (Bangali : Dispenser of the destiny of India) is a five-stanza Bramho hymn in Bengali language  Here dedicated to Supreme divine God or Parabrahma who is the dispenser of the ...
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Do manuscripts of Rāmāyaṇa and Mahābhārata have footnotes in them?

Do manuscripts of Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa and Mahābhārata have footnotes in them? For example, in Rāmāyaṇa at the end of the war, when Hanumān visits Sītā to relay the news of Rāma's victory, she tells him ...
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On reading stotrams from hand-written manuscripts

I'm very fond of reading stotrams.So,what i do is download the stotram of my choice in devanagari sanskrit and then write it down in personal copybooks in transliterated english.This method suits me....
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Why Shikhandi is named after Lord Shiva?

One of the important characters in Mahabharata war is Shikhandi who was one of the reason for the defeat of Bhishma during the Mahabharata war. Below is the brief story of previous life of Shikhandi:...
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Muktika canon and Telugu anthology

Wikipedia's many articles on Upanishads (e.g Brahma Upanishad, etc. many minor Upanishads) says: In the Telugu anthology of 108 Upanishads of the Muktika canon, narrated by Rama to Hanuman, this ...
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Who was Sri Vathsa Somadeva Sharma and how valid are the following shortcut mantras/slokas?

Several short Slokas/Mantras are found on this page and they are said to be compiled by Sri Vatsha Somadeva Sharma. The mantras are shortcut ways of solving various day to day problems and are also ...
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Looking for the source scripture for the verse “Slokardhena pravakshyami”

My previous question was : Help me to find out the verse : “Brahma satyam jagat mithya, jivo brahmaiva naparah”. In which I knew that in the Brahmajnanavalimala of Adi Shankaracharya, The verse is: ...
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Where is this story of death of a Hindu avatar found?

As a child I heard this story about a Hindu avatar which has stayed with me as I find it very interesting. It's regarding death of one of the Vishnu's avatar (or that of an another Hindu god). The ...
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What was the surname of Lord Krishna?

I want to know the surname of Lord Krishna. Is there any reference from scriptures which points to Krishna's surname?
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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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Is any variant of Sati prescribed for men in scriptures?

It well-known that the primary purpose of marriage is to begot children. Since humans begets children through sexual reproduction. The role of men is very limited. He needs to contribute his tejas, ...
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What type of Shashtra is Vastu?

In the accepted answer to What are 16 shastras?, the division of 18 Vidyas into 4 categories is explained: The Vedas The Vedanga Upanga Upveda The given examples of these categories add up to 18 ...
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Is planting a Peepal tree a remedy for “afterlife tarpaṇa” rituals, in case a couple doesn't have a male progeny?

Recently on a dhārmika TV channel, I heard a pundit talk on the importance of the Peepal tree. What caught my attention was when the pundit proclaimed that - " Planting a Peepal tree as a ...
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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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Virginity test In Hinduism?

Do Hindu scripture tells about virginity test ? What process for test ? Virginity test for normal people (male and female both). Which scripture tell about this process ? And what is the process?
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What are the rules for polygamy?

While people may debate if men marrying multiple wives or women marrying multiple husbands is ideal, the simple fact is both happen in Hinduism and are clearly at least allowed in some situations, ...
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Benefits of devi 'Durga' naam jap with proofs scriptural reference from sāshtras

I want to know the benefits and results of chanting Durgâ name only. Can we chant Durgâ name without guru dikșha? And, what if I chant it constantly for some years? Can I get siddhi from it? Will my ...
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What exactly is Vamachara?

For any great verses or naamas in scriptures, there can be different kinds of interpretations. Dharmic, vedic etc., are the types of interpretations. I heard that there can be another type of ...
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Do shastras support the idea of 'good omens' and 'bad omens'?

Is it just superstition or mentioned in shastras? Is there any event when omens are considered?
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Which scripture mention that dattatreya belongs to fifth ashram?

The four ashramas in sanathan dharma are: Brahmacharya (student), Grihastha (householder), Vanaprastha (forest walker/forest dweller), and Sannyasa (renunciate). I heard that Dattatreya does not ...
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Can ashes be stored in house?

I was told that if one is unable to disperse ashes in river immediately then the same needs to be hung from tree. But should not be stored in house. Are there any scriptural references on what should ...
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Can a menstruating women prepare food for herself?

It is well-known that a rajaswala cannot prepare food for her family. It is highly discouraged to eat food prepared by a Rajaswala. But, does it apply to herself also? Can't she cook for herself and ...
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Blowing a Conch in the evening before sunset?

Are there any restrictions to blowing conch before sunset in the evening? Any scripture that says not to do it? Any references would be great.
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What's the story involving Shitala Devi & Jwarasura where Lord Vishnu gets inflicted by fever?

As per Wikipedia Jvarasura or Jwarasura (ज्वरासुर) in Hindu mythology is the fever-deity and consort of pox-deity goddess, Shitala/Sheetala (शीतला or śītalā). Further, Once Vishnu was inflicted ...

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