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What are the causes of losing prana-pratishtha in a deity?

What are the list of causes of losing prana-pratishtha in a deity according to scriptures? Can somebody remove prana-pratishtha purposely in a respectful manner?
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What to do with a damaged Bilva tree at home?

I have an old Bilva tree at my home and it got damaged after Varda cyclone and it is not growing after that. I have tried every thing to restore it but all methods failed. Are there any instructions ...
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Who is nighasa? Was he a worshiper of lord shiva?

Who is nighasa i listened he swalowed lord vishnu and he got this boon from lord bramha? Is he mentioned in any scripture? And was he a worshiper of lord shiva?
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How many old scriptures i.e, original purana scripts are available besides Ramayana and Bhagavatam right now undamaged?

Since many Puranas were transferred to the next generations orally and written later on. So, how many were written and been kept undamaged by priests till now? If available online share the link!!
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What is the complete shloka on marriage ages written in new Vishvnath temple, Varanasi

In 2013-14, I visited new Vishvnath temple (in BHU), Varanasi. Inside temple, many shlokas are written on its wall. One of them states the suiatable age of marriage, I remember only few words from it:...
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Which Puranas are considered to be as authoritative as Prasthanatrayi in Vishishtadvaita?

While reading the preview of Sapta Vidha Anupapatti, I found some scriptures are considered as authoritative as Prasthanatrayi in Vishishtadvaita, as mentioned in the book: In the Visistadvaita ...
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Is it written in our Shastras about abstinence from some acts on certain days

I understand that most of the practices that are followed in the society have some or the other reasons. Like it is very popular belief in Hindu tradition not to purchase Oil and Salt on Saturdays, ...
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Is it true that Jayadratha had split personality disorder?

As per Wikipedia Jayadratha had a split personality disorder. It is mentioned that due to such disorder, he misbehaved with women during his life time. For example: he tried to kidnap and molest ...
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As per scriptures at what part of the head one should tie the sikha? at the back or at the top of it?

We know that in the Vedic Dharma the SikhA and the Upavita (the sacred thread) are indispensable. Without tying SikhA, for example, no Vedic ritual can be successfully completed. We also know that ...
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What's the difference among “Shiva” vs “Shankara” vs “Rudra”?

According to below post "Shiva" is different than the "[Lord] Shankara": Are Lord Shiva and Lord Shankar two different deities? According to Gita "Shankara" is one of the "Rudra"-s: 10.23 Among ...
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“Protective Layers” according to Hindu Scriptures

I was reading a post about cosmic science and I found that Protective Layers Already Mentioned in Vedas. So my question is- Which Hindu scriptures define this? Please note that, I am not asking ...
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Components of Mind According to Hindu Scriptures?

The Mind is known in Vedas and another scriptures as Manas. Manas is not the same as Mind in modern science? "when a man sits down to meditate thoughts rush up by dozens. The mind is only a bundle of ...
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What scripture contains the verse “Rupashabdavibhagacha”?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school, which bases its tenets on the doctrines laid out in the Brahma Sutras, a work by the sage Vyasa ...
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Artificial intelligence in Hindu texts

Hindu texts contain instances about space-time relativity, space vehicles and many others. In present day world, the rising of Artificial Intelligence is phenomenal. It will become major part of ...
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SriVaishnava - propitiation rituals for the Pitrs - redemption for breaks

What happens if there is a break in the propitiation of Pitrs(ancestors) in patrilineal lineage? Are subsequent generations affected adversely? How so? Supposing there is a minimum of one generation ...
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What are differences between Dnyaneshwari and other Bhagavad Gita commentaries?

Dnyaneshwari (IAST:'Jñānēśvarī) is a commentary on the Bhagavad Gita, written by the great Saint Sant Dnyaneshwar in Marathi. It's considered to be the best scripture in Marathi literature. What ...
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Why are Budha and Shukra friends?

In jyotisha, Budha and Shukra are best friends. What is the story and reason behind it?
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Do PanchaMahaBhutas(five elements) get contaminated?

The Classical Elements are foundation elements for Material Universe, every object in physical realm has some configuration of these five elements viz: Space/Aakash : most subtle and difficult to ...
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Do Varnas have subcategories?

Present Caste System is a modified Varna Dharma by Britishers. There are many subcategories even for a single Caste. (more than 7 in some cases) I didn't see any scriptures mentioning subcategories ...
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What was the reason behind carving Lord Ram's name on the boulders of Ram Setu Bridge?

All websites and television shows say Lord Ram's Name was carved on the boulders of Ram Setu Bridge that was built by Vanara Army. ACCORDING to SCRIPTURES: Nala had a Boon that he can make stones ...
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Where are the Sanskrit texts of Upanishads referred by Dara Shikoh?

Wikipedia states : Dara Shikoh subsequently developed a friendship with the seventh Sikh Guru, Guru Har Rai. Dara Shikoh devoted much effort towards finding a common mystical language between ...
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What is the significance for a woman of seeing one's hair parting filled with Vibhuti (sacred ash ) during her marriage in her dreams?

What is the significance for a woman of seeing one's hair parting filled with Vibhuti (sacred ash ) during her marriage in her dreams? Do any Scriptures discuss the significance of such dreams? Does ...
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How can Jamuna river be in India when shastras say otherwise?

This is what shastras/Purana's say about the Jamuna river- Shrimad Bhagwat Mahapuran, Pancham Skandha , Chapter 16, shlok 16-21: "In Mandarachal, A mango fell from a mango tree into a river changing ...
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Gopuram and Kalasams

We can view a gopuram in any Hindu temple consisting of small statues and kalasams above them. The kalasams will be in odd numbers and will be in gold or copper and placed on the top of the gopuram. ...
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What do Hindu scriptures say about the relationship between religion and politics?

It is believed that in ancient times, the Rishis and the Gurus used to guide the kings regarding how to run the kingdom. Nowadays, we see many countries have a separation of the government and the ...
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Are infants and small children really manifestation of Bramhan

There is a saying in hindi Bacche bhagwan ka roop hote hai literally meaning Kids are incarnation or manifestation of Bramhan. Since Bhagwan is used to refer Bramahan or the Ishta devta (for ...
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Martial arts and hinduism

Indian Martial Arts is one of the most ancient martial art technique. Since a kshatriya's duty involves learning martial arts and dictates him to learn Martial Arts for the same purpose. So with this ...
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What can one see of the future by realizing the Supreme?

Since some events in our lives are pre-determined and some are not (from here), if one gets knowledge of supreme and he's able to see the future, would he see only some things (pre-determined) that ...
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Who is the “fiend” in this verse - Rigveda Book 10, Hymn 85

Who is the "fiend" in this verse from Rig-Veda, Book 10: Give thou the woollen robe away: deal treasure to the Brahman priests. This female fiend hath got her feet, and as a wife attends her ...
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What is the scriptural significance of the “solah shringar” in Hinduism?

Does it have specific religious meaning which can be substantiated by any of the religious texts? Which particular scriptures put forward the idea of "solah shringar" into writing, if any?
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Scriptural reference for dead humans turning into Yamadūtas?

I heard that sometimes the dead can turn into Yamadūta. Is there any scriptural support for this belief? https://www.wisdomlib.org/definition/yamaduta
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Does smriti allows king to make new constitution?

Do smriti allows to make constitution ? My point is smriti is supreme constitution.under smriti can king can make new rules and new punishment . Do smriti/vedic/puranic scriptures given freedom to ...
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What is the scriptural stance on taking Datura Stramonium (Jimsonweed)

The main reason why Datura is different to the other intoxicants for scriptural reasons is that it is thoroughly unpleasant in terms of recreational use and thus it shouldn't be possible to get ...
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How powerful (literally) is a soul? Any physical reference points in scripture to calculate it?

If a soul can control its own body it has to be able to exert a force and do work. This is an important point that often gets overlooked because of the very powerful illusion of unity in being all ...
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Are there any possible senses(meanings) for the word Varna wrt humans other than the ones given?

I recently asked a question requesting for Sanskrit verses containing the word Varna in different contexts. I provided the five senses: Varna assigned by Krishna for each individual based on guna and ...
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How important is Yatra in TIrthayatra

This week Supreme Court of India and government of India didn't permit kanwariyas to bring "Ganga jal" from Haridwar. Instead they asked state governments to develop mechanism to make the ...
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Are there any particular food macros instructions given in our vedas

I would like to follow a strictly sattvik diet. I would like to know if there are any instructions given in the vedas or scriptures about the proportions of protein carbohydrates and fats to be ...
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Are muhurtas still relevant during Navaratris especially Ashadha gupt Navratri?

I vaguely remember reading somewhere that during Navratri the entire period is auspicious; shubh muhurta, Rahukalam, nakshatra, Chandrabalam, Tarabalam etc. do not matter for these nine days. ...
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Instances of rebirth in difference universe in sanathan dharma

Sanathan dharma has many instances regarding rebirth. For this question, I am classifying rebirth in to two categories according to the place of birth: Rebirth in the same physical universe Rebirth ...
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Did our Rishis mention any of our future events in Puranas?

I saw some social media posts that covid was mentioned in Puranas. Is this true? If yes, did our ancestors visualise our future? My point of view to this question is, there is 10th incarnation of lord ...
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Care of Brain cells as per scriptures

I understand that scriptures show various ways of the Mind's spiritual progression. Although, what are the various things that scriptures mention about taking care of physical Brain cells? Like ...
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Notion of “Patni Parameshvari (Wife is the Supreme Goddess)” - found in scriptures?

Similar to this question where I ask: Is notion of Pati - Parameśvara (husband is the Supreme Lord) based on scriptures? Does canonical texts enjoin: Patnī Parameśvarī (पत्नी परमेश्वरी) - i.e., A Wife ...
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What are the various supernatural entities mentioned in scriptures (like Vedas, Puranas etc.)?

People often believe one or more supernatural beings such as bhut, preta or pisach. I would like to know about all the Supernatural entities, from all the major canonical texts (Vedas, Puranas, ...
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Why didn't Rudra incur any sin for killing Vishnu?

When Shiva's form (Kaal Bhairav) just cut off one of Brahma's heads he incurred the great sin of Brahma-Hatyaa and became a skull-bearer who lived by begging in Brahma's skull. But it looks like no ...
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Conjunction of Moon and Rahu in all birth charts

I heard from several sources that moon and Rahu are enemies. Is it true in astrology in general? If yes, what can be the consequences if a person has conjunction of Moon and Rahu in the three birth ...
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How to tell if a new scripture is authentic, according to scripture?

The dating for the Purāṇas is not given in scripture, meaning one could easily conclude they are still being composed to account for language changes, changes in theme, etc. Anyway, say a new ...
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Possessing ego for being “scripturally righteous” or being a sinner (knowingly or unknowingly): Which of the two is worse?

We all commit in some way or another various sins (pāpa) and good acts (puṇya). My question pertains to the situation: Suppose one person, might be conducting themselves in all righteousness (dharmic),...
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Prahlada ruled kingdom being a jivan muktha

Yoga Vasistha contains the story of Prahlada in detail. It is present in Upasama khanda. The important point needed for this question is that Prahlada rules his kingdom till the end of the kalpa being ...
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Did the four Vedas originate from Shiv Sutras?

I am curious to know and understand if the four Vedas did originate from Shiv Sutras? Please do cite references from authentic sources, if any.
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Are places like Gyanganj and Siddhashram mentioned in shastras?

Gyanganj and Siddhasram are said to be mystical places which only very advanced spiritual aspirants can enter.

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