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What's the difference between a Māyāví & Siddha?

Śrī Kṛṣṇā at various instances in the Mahābhārata showed his various divine opulences in myriad ways. But, several people used the word Māyāví for dismissing it as something tāmasī or non-...
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Do grama devathas have capability of giving moksha?

Krishna, Rama, Hanuman, Siva, etc., are capable of giving moksha to an aspirant. Is it valid for Grama Devatas (village goddess) as well?
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Do the total number of gotras change?

There are two related and interesting questions on this site Number and Types of Gotras What are the main gotras and the upagotras among Brahmins? I don't know whether gotras are creatable or not? I ...
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Any relationship between the Three Guṇas (गुण) and the three Ayurvedic Doshas ( दोषः)?

In Hinduism (Sanātan Dharma) the number - "three",.occurs in many instances The Trimurtis - Brahmā, Vishnu and Mahesh (त्रिमूर्ति - ब्रह्मा, विष्णु और महेश ), the Three (Guṇas) Qualities - ...
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(Broad level) Classification of ghosts in Hinduism

This question is intended to know about broad level classification only. Further classification is not needed. In English language, words may not exist for each category of ghosts. So I am using an ...
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How are different beeja presented to world?

We may look at various beeja like 'gam' or the 'paraprasad' beeja etc. These are presented in verses with much secrecy such that, even though we read it or say it to someone the actual form of beeja ...
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In which days of week, one can cut neem tree?

If one bound to cut a neem tree then in which day one should do that? Does one need to do puja before that according to scriptures?
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Good and reliable books editions about pujas and Vastu?

Where to find complete Shastras or others like Agamas scriptures in order to know Why and How certain foods or flowers or scents are more appreaciated by a Deva if compared to something other to offer ...
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Curse of Parvathi on Astrological predictions

I heard a story of curse by Parvathi on Astrological predictions. It is said that the astrological predictions cannot be accurate at all times due to that curse of Parvathi. I did not remember the ...
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Parents of Dhaumya

A Gandharva suggests Arjuna to appoint Dhaumya as (purohit)priest "The Gandharva replied, 'There is in these woods a shrine of the name of Utkochaka. Dhaumya, the younger brother of Devala is ...
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Is Vasistha an (Biological) ancestor of Rama?

There is a story in Mahabharata that says about some key events in the life of Vasistha. It is a conversation between a Gandharva and Arjuna. In that conversation, it is clear that Vasistha ...
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Origin of Brihaspati Agama

Is Brihaspati the author of Brihaspati Agama? When did the scripture Brihaspati Agama has been revealed and what is the context?
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Correct Ruchi krut Pitra stotra in sanskrit and the benefits of chanting everyday

Please let me know Ruchi krut Pitra stotra in sanskrit and English transliteration. Also the benefits of chanting everyday.
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Where can I find the Sanskrit work “Jnyana Bhagwat” attributed to Mareechi

In the Vinayaka Rahasyam Volume IV Part B there is a mention of Jnyana Bhagwat having been told by Mareechi the mind son of Brahma to Mudgal Mahamuni.
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Is Khubja a wife of lord Krishna?

Consider the following story about Kubja(Trivakra), whose previous life is Surpanakha, from the scripture Garga Samhita. Shri Bahulashva said: What severe austerities did the maidservant Kubja ...
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Is it possible that all sects of Hinduism could be right about their Parabrahman?

Different sects of Hinduism declare different God's as Parabrahman. Is it possible that all are true if Parabrahman takes different forms in each Kalpa? Since Parabrahman can take any form, is the ...
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Which scriptures should be suffixed with the term Samhita?

According to the Wikipedia Samhita literally means "put together, joined, union", a "collection", and "a methodically, rule-based combination of text or verses". Samhita ...
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Quotes regarding children

Are there any hindu quotes in scriptures describing the divinity of children, holiness of children or any other quote regarding children, normal children , not gods?
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Will guru approach me if I read guru charitra for a fixed number of times?

I heard from one of my friend that If I read Sri Guru Charitra for fixed number of times then guru will surely approach me. Is it true according to scriptures? If yes, then how many times I need to ...
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Which material should be used for incense?

Hindus generally uses different types of sticks for incense. Is there any scriptural recommendation of materials to be used for incense?
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have any scriptures other than Puranas been classified based on Gunas?

Puranas are supposed to have one of three gunas - Sattva, Rajas and Tamas. Commentators like Ludo Rocher have found this classification to be "fanciful". have other categories of scripture like ...
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The yogic or tantric significance of devi mahatmya

What is the yogic or tantric significance of the Durga Saptashati or the devi mahatmya? Specifically, the devi mahatmya prima facie seems to be about the qualities of devi and her confrontations ...
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Does earth have chakras as well?

I read in an article somewhere that as our body have 7 major Chakras, so does the Earth. Energy flows through each of Earth’s main Chakra and makes up the spiritual body that is our world. My ...
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Bringing metals into home on Saturday

There is a popular belief that one should not bring metals (iron afaik) into the home on Saturday. Is this belief a valid one according to scriptures? If yes, what are the metals mentioned and is ...
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Permanent sutak on festivals

In my ancestory, no one celebrates Diwali. The reason for this is given that a long time ago a female member died on the day of Diwali. In the Garud Purana, there is description about period of Sutak ...
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What are the three types of languages of the scriptures?

In a book I got mention of the three types of languages used in scriptures: samAdhi-bhasha prathmA loukiki_iti tathA parA/ tritiyA parakiyapA_ iti shastrabhasha tridhA smrita// Meaning : There ...
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Is auspicious place for marriage as important as auspicious time?

In Hinduism, it is customary to consider auspicious time for marriage. It can be found across several scriptures. Consider the following as an example for it from Valmiki Ramayana "Oh, Brahman, the ...
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Which is the oldest commentary on any of the scriptures?

Which is the oldest commentary on any of the scriptures mainly upanishads, any gita or any puranas or brahma sutras? When did the tradition of commenting texts start? Who is the commentator? It can be ...
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Is there any mentions in scriptures about the usage of gemstones in astrology and their relationships with the navgrahas?

In vedic astrology the usage of precious gemstones is common practice to resolve issues in a person's life related to the navgrahas. However,which scriptures mention the relationships of those ...
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Where can I read Prabodha Sudhakara of Adi Shankara in English?

Adi Shankaracharya's little known philosophical work is Prabodha Sudhakara. I am interested in reading it. Where can I read this work in online in English?
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What is the source of the verse “Ajnanta-jnapanam sastram”?

There is a popular Sanskrit phrase Ajñāta-jñāpanam śāstram which means scriptures are meant for something which cannot be known through empirical evidence. What is the source of this phrase?
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When Bhairava destroyed the creation of Brahman mere with the great laughter?

In the famous Kaal Bhairava Ashtakam of Adi Shankaracharya we find the verse - अट्टहासभिन्नपद्मजाण्डकोशसंततिं दृष्टिपातनष्टपापजालमुग्रशासनम् । अष्टसिद्धिदायकं कपालमालिकाधरं काशिकापुराधिना...
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Is there any online translation of grhya and shrauta sutras?

I m looking for some translation of these sutras preferably with actual sanskrit verse. There are grhya sutras on sacred texts website but various sutras are combined together and i m not able to ...
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Which scripture is the source of this mantra- “Achyutananda Govindaya Namaha”?

Which scripture contains the following mantra?: Achyutananda Govindaya Namah Who is the author of this particular scripture? Where can I download this scripture?
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Did lord Shri Ram, Laxman and Sita ever face dangerous wild animals during their exile in forests?

During lord Rama's exile period they killed many Asuras. And sometimes I assume that, In jungle or forest wild animals like lions, tigers,bears and others would also be present there. Did they ever ...
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In Hindu mythology why all eight immortals are male?

According to Hindu mythology, Why we consider all immortals count only 8 with no female and few other characters not included? Did any Hindu scriptures mentioned the reasons, why? I found an Article, ...
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Where in scriptures is found the story of Lord Shiva punishing one crore Gods and Goddesses?

Lord Shiva was on his way to Kashi along with one crore gods and goddesses. He asked all of them to wake up before sunrise the following day, before taking a night's rest in Unakoti, Tripura. But in ...
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Did Sri Rama visit Hatya Haran teertha (Prabhaskar Teertha) to purify himself?

Did Sri Rama visit Hatya Haran teertha (Prabhaskar Teertha) to purify himself of the sin of Brahma Hatya due to killing of Raavana? The Sthala Purana of Hatyaharan Teertha as it is popularly known in ...
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Are there any signs (or lakshnas) that determine the ItihAsha scriptures?

We know that the PurAnas have 5 signs or lakshnas. If a scripture does not have those 5 signs then it can not be called a PurAna. These 5 signs are shared by all PurAnas i.e by the 18 major (mahA) ...
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Examples showing effect of pronouncing the mantra's wrongly in Vedic text?

In my local area prabachan guru said pronouncing the mantra's wrongly will not give the desired result and may have bad outcome, also giving one example of that case but I am not able to recall that ...
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Which scripture is the source of the verse “kalau śūdra sambhavaḥ”?

"kalau śūdra sambhavaḥ" means all humans are Shudras in Kali Yuga. Which scriptures are the source of this verse? Is this found in Bhagavata Purana?
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Hinduism sacred texts written outside India?

Ramayana and Mahabharata the two epics were composed in India in ancient times. Afterwards they reached in different parts of the World like Indonesia and Bali.People on those parts accepted and ...
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Which purana(s) mention story of GarudaAlwar carrying Tiruman mountain from Vaikuntha

Tiruman literally means 'Sacred/holy' (Tiru)+ (man)'Sand/Rock/Clay', is used by Sri Vaishnavas for applying Urdhwapundra on body. I've heard a story about Garudalwar aka Garuda Swamy bringing Tiruman ...
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Is it possible, by any means, for a brahmin to perform nitya karmas or any rituals with sikha untied?

AFAIK, any act done without wearing the upavita and the sikha tied is like an act not done. These are the first prerequisites and there are obviously few others as well. Now, the doubt arose in my ...
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Why no one can climb Mount Kailash?

I have read a lot about it that even if it is not the highest mountain on the planet there is something which makes this mount unique because when ever a person goes there to climb on it, either ...
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Is Marriage with desire considered to be adharma?

Marriage should be made in Love by the couples towards each other. Marriages are also conducted with Desires like Beauty,Money,Physical Strength,etc,.... Material desires are not considered to be a ...
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Niṣedha padārthas (items prohibited from eating)

Can some one explain me about Niṣedha padārthas i.e., items prohibited from eating? I have heard about few vegetables which were grown by Vishwamitra out of anger, therefore, they're not to be ...
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kamajayi mudra and it's implications on celibacy

how can I use kamajayi mudra to become a means of aid in my celibacy?can i use it in the course of simple breathing meditation..or do i have to do a separate kind of affirmation meditation?
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Rules regarding Sutaka?

Upon death of a person, who among the relatives are required to observe sutak? Except immediate family members, how many generations do observe Sutaka? How Generation is determined?
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Agastya's Palm Leaf Astrology

Many Palm leaf Astrology centers exist in south India. It is said that Agastya has written astrological predictions in palm leaf. If that is so only one set of palm leaf should exist. But so many are ...

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