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Significance of death on Ganesh Chathurthi

If one's father expires on the same day as Ganesh Chaturthi, I would like to know if there's a significance attached to one's death on an auspicious day like the Ganesh Chaturthi. Secondly, as both ...
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Swastika in Scriptures

Swastika is Auspicious symbol for Hindus. I have only heard about the significance of Swastika no solid proof from Shastras. Where is swastika mentioned in Yagna Rituals specifically Yajurveda if it ...
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Varaha Jayanti : Is there any scriptural reference?

It seems like on 4th Sept., as per the Hindu Calendar, there is Varaha Jayanti. Usually Jayanti refer to the birth. As per this link it is stated that this day is celebrated as the birth anniversary ...
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What is the story of Arjuna becoming depressed when lord Hanuman tested him?

I have read somewhere that Arjuna became depressed in the test by lord Hanuman and he got some lessons from the lord. What is the story from the scriptures?
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Description obout Qualities of Human Mind and Advice for Mind , from Ancient Hinduism texts?

In Which ancient writtings , Shlokas , Books we find more description about Human Mind ? eg. description of Human Mind's characteristics , qualities, It's strength and weakness etc.? What texts ...
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Do the scriptures say anything about the very rapid abnormal changes happening right now?

So called Western Industrial Revolution happened only 200 years ago as compared to millions of years of human existence on earth. The period of 200 years is extremely short in front of duration of ...
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Is Ramashtakam an independent work of Vyasa or part of a Purana?

Ramashtakam which you can listen here on YouTube, is an octet on Lord Rama and is attributed to Vyasa. It also ends with the following: Ramashtakam padathi ya sukaram supunyam, Vyasena ...
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What is the significance of calling Mahalakshmi “Mahodare”?

As we all know that Mahaganapaty is described as having a large belly.In fact one of His many names is "LambaJathara" or "Mahodara" literally meaning one having a big belly. But in the Mahalakshmi ...
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Which Scriptures describe “Vish Purush” who incarnated as Aswatthama?

Some blogs on internet claim that, During Samudra Manthanam, Halahaal the fuming posion capable of burning universe appeared and all Dev Danav Manav Yaksha Gandharva fled. All of them along ...
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Is there a ritual in Hinduism when son leaves parents house?

I'm just wondering, is there a ritual in Hinduism, where a son leaves the house of the parents if he is going to live in his own house alone?
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Are Kapoti and Unchha methods one and same?

While enumerating the lifestyles allowed to Grihastha, Vyasa told the following statement That kingdom grows in prosperity where these highly deserving persons live, viz., those that lead a life of ...
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Parabrahman as generator of thoughts

Every human (in fact living organism) has thoughts throughout the lifetime. Thoughts occur to humans during jagrit and Swapna avasthas. Modern science believes that the brain is responsible for the ...
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Are the rules of eclipses (grahaṇa) still valid if the eclipse is not visible from the observers' place?

There was a recent Lunar Eclipse (Chandra Grahaṇa) - the first for the year 2021. The full eclipse began at 11.11 am UTC, which was around 4.41 pm IST. But the total lunar eclipse was not visible in ...
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Where are the realms of a perpetual Treta Yuga mentioned as being such?

It kind of makes sense for Treta Yuga to be the default Yuga, as its number of legs is the average number of legs: (4(4)+2(2)+1(1))/(4+2+1) = 3 i.e., If you average the dharma in all Yugas you get the ...
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Lighting candles rather than oil-lamps on Diwâlî a scripturally prescribed practise?

Does any scriptures mention use of candles on the night of Diwâlî ? Lighting a seasame oil or ghee based dîyâ is considered auspicious. However, these days it's more common for people to light up ...
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Isn't keeping the idol-murtis of non canonical hindu deities in temples specifically dedicated to hindu deities a sin?

Isn't keeping the idol-murtis or pictures, etc., of non canonical deities (like Saî Bâbâ, Santoșhî Mâtâ) in the temples dedicated to scripture defined canonical deities, a sin or a forbidden act? ...
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Importance of drop of water according to scriptures?

Water is one of the panchabhutas for the survival of all living beings. Many people say that water is precious and not even a single drop of water should be wasted as each and every drop of water is ...
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Glorifying others as a bad act

Consider the following statements of Sisupala from Mahbharatha. O king, what can be done by me when (it seemeth) thou hast not heard anything before from virtuous old men giving lessons in morality? ...
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Any sins committed when Bilva tree is desecrated in any way?

Does the scriptures enjoin any sins with cutting the Bilva tree and it's leaves, done either deliberately or by mistake?
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What is the story of suryagrahan and chandragrahan as per scriptures?

I have read in a quora answer that rahu and ketu desired to eat surya and chandra as revenge for what happened to them. They chased surya dev and chandra dev who took surrender in lord shiva. Seeing ...
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Signs of exaltations for all planets

There are nine planets in Hindu astrology. They are Surya, Chandra, Mangal, Budha, Guru, Shukra, Shani, Rahu, Ketu. What do sign of exaltation for a particular planet signify? And what are signs of ...
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Who maintains temples according to scriptures?

This answer says that temples are not owned by any one. But, do scriptures mention anything about a maintainer? Is it king? Is it a person from a particular lineage? or other? Maintainer can be viewed ...
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Is there a tradition of using mantras in Ayurveda?

Jyotish has a tradition of prescribing mantras as remedies to target a particular situation. Does Ayurveda have a similar tradition of prescribing mantras to remedy a particular condition of the ...
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Scriptures mentioning about death of stars

Consider the following line from Mahabharata I see again that the luminous bodies, large and small, which move in the firmament, fall down when their time comes. [Section 179, Mokshadharma Parva, ...
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What is the significance of the float festival - Theppotsavam?

I came across a few videos of Theppotsavam, a festival celebrated in some temples of South India. The principal murti is decorated and floated on a nearby river or lake. As per Wikipedia it seems that ...
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What's the concept of the Kṛityā (कृत्या)?

Hiraṇyakaśipu via his guru, Śukrācārya, is said to have deployed Kṛityā to destroy Prahlāda. I have read that it's some kind of an ogress or an evil demoness. What's a Kṛityā? Is it some ...
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Instances of mutual parakaya pravesa

Parakaya pravesa is a well known in sanathan dharma in which a jiva can enter in to another person body. So, it may also be possible that two persons can swap their Jivas. But, are there any such ...
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Goddess Pārvatī brother, Maināka parvata?

I have read and watched at several places and TV soaps, about Maināka parvata as the son of Himavant and Maināvatī, and thus, being the brother of Devī Pārvatī and brother-in-law to Lord Shiva? ...
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Are there any rules about which fruits may not be consumed during a fast?

The set of fruits in common circulation must have changed over time with contact with other cultures and experimentation for breeding new strains. As such do the scriptures say anything about which ...
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does any authentic vedic scriptures depict Sri Ram alone as the ultimate parabrahman

In the present era many people worship Shri Ram as bhagavan , many people see him as merely an incarnation and many people consider him to be just an ideal man. But other than Sri Valmiki Ramayana , ...
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Guru mantras for people without a guru: Is there any scriptural support?

The general consensus appears to be that a living guru who is accessible and can give initiation to the seeker is absolutely essential for any form of progress in Sadhanas. However, in his book "...
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Why does Manu Smriti state that meat can never be obtained without injury to living creatures?

According to this answer https://hinduism.stackexchange.com/a/44832/22493: Manu Smriti 5.48. Meat can never be obtained without injury to living creatures, and injury to sentient beings is ...
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Time period of Kapila muni

If Kapila muni lived during Svayambhuva-manvantara, did he live approximately 426 Maha-yugas back?. Reasons for this question: Current Manu is 7/14. Swayambhu Manu is 1/14. Each Manu rules 71 Maha-...
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Can a women take her head bath on Sunday at the end of her menstruation cycle?

According to scriptures one should not take head bath(hair wash) on Sunday One who forsakes on all Sundays, Woman oil bath, meat and drinks, Will never be sick nor sad nor poor. And would reach the ...
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Remedies for a Gṛhastha for involving in sex on auspicious days

Answers of this question says Gṛhastha rules of the days one should not involve in sex. If a Gṛhastha involves in sexual activities on these following days, then what are the remedies one can follow?
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Story of Adi Shankaracharya as per Siva Rahasyam

What is the life story of Adi Shankara Charya as per Siva Rahasyam
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is this mentioned in scriptures that lord kridhna's son shamva ji sailed eastwards and reached japan and lived there?

Some historians say that the Japanese people were a group of Indians following the story that the Shamva, the son of Lord Krishna sailed eastwards thousands of years ago from India to settle in the ...
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what kind of hell are waiting for liars or deceiver who mislead people

I'd like to know what kind of hell are waiting for liars or deceiver who mislead people to wrong path other than Dharma or liberation from material world?
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Different types of fevers (jwara), does anybody have the complete list of them?

In Hanuman vadvanal stotra we come across this: ॐ ह्रां ह्रीं ॐ नमो भगवते महा-वीर-वीराय सर्वदुःख निवारणाय ग्रहमण्डल सर्वभूतमण्डल सर्व-पिशाचमण्डलोच्चाटन भूत-ज्वर एकाहिक-ज्वर द्वाहिक-ज्वर त्राहिक-ज्वर ...
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Why does hinduism not fit in history and archaeology?

Why does hinduism not fit in history and archaeology? According to the Puranas and the Vedas, Vedas were written 1960000000 years ago (before humans). Mathabhata happened around 3138 BCE, how can ...
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Non-decaying property of Yogi body after death

It is well-known that the body of Paramahamsa Yogananda, after his death, did not decay like any other dead body. And we can read it from here. Are there any other instances from either history or ...
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Do any Vedanta shastra explicitly tell that any phenomenon is possible?

In the universe we are living in, there are many scientific facts. Since science is always evolving and is particular to the time and place. There is no guarantee that the scientific facts will be ...
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Lord Krishna and Lord Shiva in Brahma Vaivarta Purana?

Hare Krishna I have read somewhere verses from Brahma Vaivarta Purana in which Lord Krishna says to Lord Shiva like you are dearest one. What is exact verse and from which chapter of Brahma Vaivarta ...
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Shlokas : “MAYA is eternal” by using the word “MAYA”

Namaste. Are there any shlokas explaining that "MAYA is eternal" by using the word "MAYA"?
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The great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn according to the Scriptures

Astronomers use the word conjunction to describe meetings of planets and other objects on our sky’s dome. They use the term great conjunction to describe meetings of Jupiter and Saturn, the two ...
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Radha staying in Dwaraka

Till now, I thought that Radha generally live in Barsana and she never live in Dwaraka. But, the following statements clarify that Radha lived in Dwaraka also. After thus performing a rasa dance at ...
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Etymology of “priyā”?

What is the etymological meaning of Sanskrit term Priyā ? where can we find its usage examples in the scriptures?
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What is the beejam of Lord Dakshinamurthy?

Every God and Goddess have their beejams. For example, Lord Dattatreya has beejam "Dram". What is Lord Dakshinamurthy beejam?
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Is it vedanta that reconciled all the religions(ways) in Bharat during dwapara and thretha yuga?

In Mahabharata and Ramayana, we can find wide variety of traditions, rituals. Each one was encouraged. We can see the shaktism, Shaivism, Vaishnavism, Saura etc., So, we can say that there are ...
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Are there any references of Solar Cycles in our scriptures?

Just wanted to know more about 'Solar Cycles' from scriptures point of view, their effects on human race or entire earth for that matter. So my question is are there any references of Solar Cycles in ...

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